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Fox News poll: Americans want government shutdown to end

A new Fox News poll shows overwhelming support for getting the federal government up and running again.

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Sarvis for #VAGov statement on federal government shutdown

The government shutdown is further proof of the extreme dysfunction we’ve come to expect from Republicans and Democrats.


Virginia WIC offices open during shutdown

State Health Commissioner Cynthia C. Romero, MD, FAAFP, assured Virginians today that all offices for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) across the state are open and providing services during the partial shutdown of the federal government.


Waynesboro Public Library to host healthcare info session

If you have questions about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Waynesboro Public Library will be hosting an information session on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m.


Ken Plum: Affordable Care Act

Another phase of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became effective this week. Although controversial among some politicians who refer to the Act as “Obamacare,” it is proving extremely beneficial for those who have had limited or no access to health care.

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Del. Marshall requests special GA session to consider shutdown relief

Republican State Del. Bob Marshall today sent a letter to Gov. Bob McDonnell to request that he call a special session of the General Assembly to consider legislation to offer some relief to those affected by the federal shutdown and any future shutdowns.


U.S. government shutdown affects agriculture; current farm bill expires

After passing a continuing resolution back and forth between the two chambers, Congress failed to come to an agreement to keep the government open beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.

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Shutdown: When truth is the first casualty

We’ve heard that in wartime, truth is the first casualty. A close second must be the current brouhaha about the government shutdown and who’s responsible. What seems lost is the record of how we got here.

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Warner: End shutdown, get back to work

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski (both D-Md.) spoke out today about the harm the shutdown of the federal government is doing to federal workers and their families nationwide, as well as our overall economy.

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3QuickThoughts: Shutdown

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham offers 3 Quick Thoughts on the federal government shutdown – and specifically what Democrats need to do, what Republicans need to do, and what President Obama needs to do to end the stalemate.


Chris Graham: The new dumbest thing about the shutdown

So now they’re going to cancel college football games. This blows the rest of the dumb stuff about the shutdown away.

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Tim Kaine on House efforts to delay ObamaCare

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine released the following statement on his vote earlier today to reject the latest attempt by House Republicans to use the threat of keeping the government closed to delay a key part of the Affordable Care Act.


Chris Graham: The dumbest thing about the government shutdown

Here’s what makes no sense about the government shutdown: We all know how this is going to end. Republicans are going to capitulate. They always do.


Kaine, Warner comment on Senate votes to avert shutdown

The Senate voted 54-46 on Monday to reject continued attempts by House Republicans to use the threat of government shutdown to delay or defund the Affordable Care Act.


New TV ad focuses on Cuccinelli’s fight against ObamaCare

The Cuccinelli for Governor campaign on Thursday released a television ad outlining the differences between Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe and their positions on ObamaCare.

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Tim Kaine: Comments on House welfare, budget votes

This week, the United States House of Representatives voted to slash food assistance to poor families and also defund the Affordable Care Act. Many in that body are willing to shut down the government because they are opposed to a health care law that Congress passed, that the President signed, that the Supreme Court affirmed and that has survived more than 40 Congressional repeal votes.

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Bob Goodlatte: House votes to defund Obamacare

As we approach the looming implementation of the President’s health care law, efforts to stop this law in its tracks continue in the House of Representatives. My concerns surrounding the real impacts of this law on hardworking American families have only grown since it was forced through Congress three years ago.


Ken Cuccinelli: ObamaCare’s latest broken promise

What was supposed to be President Obama’s signature legislative achievement has become an astonishing failure. The most recent delay, involving a component of the law that was supposed to cap how much consumers would have to spend on their own insurance, is just the latest in a seemingly endless string of blunders.


Bob Goodlatte: It’s time to repeal this train wreck

The health care law is a “train wreck.” Or at least that’s how Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) referred to it recently. It’s very telling when one of the chief architects of the law makes that statement.


McDonnell amendment bans abortion from state health exchange

An amendment from Gov. Bob McDonnell would prevent insurance plans in the new state health exchange being created under the Affordable Care Act from covering women seeking abortions.

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House Dems call on Gov. McDonnell to implement state-run health exchange

Democrats from the House Caucus held a press conference Thursday calling on Gov. Bob McDonnell and Virginia’s GOP to expand Medicaid and implement a state run health exchange.

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McDonnell: State will not pursue its own health benefits exchange

The old saw about PR is that if you have news that you need to get out, but really don’t want getting out, you do it on a Friday, the later in the day, the better. In that context, then, we have the news release from the McDonnell administration issued at 4:35 p.m. Friday reporting that Virginia will not be pursuing a state-based health benefits exchange for 2014.


Medicare open enrollment begins

Between now and Dec. 7, Medicare will be accepting enrollment for next year.


Report: Virginia consumers save big on health care

American consumers have saved an estimated $2.1 billion on health insurance premiums as a result of two important provisions of ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act) that protect consumers from excessive premiums.

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Andy Schmookler: Goodlatte misleads on ObamaCare

Bob Goodlatte sent a grossly misleading email to Sixth District voters following the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA)


Farm Bureau: ‘Concerned’ about ObamaCare

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling June 28 upholding President Obama’s health care legislation, which includes a requirement that all people have health insurance. That same day the nation’s largest agricultural organization voiced its apprehension


Ken Cuccinelli: ‘Silver linings’ in health-care ruling

I am disappointed in the court’s ultimate decision today. Virginia’s legal argument has always been that there was no constitutional basis for the federal health insurance mandate, and that the health care law should be struck down in its entirety. The court’s decision has saddled us with a budget-busting health care law that will most assuredly increase health care costs and thrust a new tax on the American people


Chris Graham: Backdoor politics at play in historic health-care ruling

Few people saw the split decision of the Supreme Court on the 2010 health-care reform law coming, both in terms of the substance of the ruling, that the individual mandate is indeed constitutional, and in the makeup of the 5-4 majority

Nomination in hand, Schmookler challenges Goodlatte

The ink is barely dry on the paperwork, but Andy Schmookler isn’t wasting any time making the most out of his campaign’s latest accomplishment. “In the weeks and months ahead, I will be increasing my public challenges of Bob Goodlatte,” Schmookler wrote to his supporters in an email announcing he had secured the Democratic nomination […]

Schmookler submits ballot petitions

The Andy Schmookler for Congress campaign faced an unusual challenge, and met it with room to spare. Candidates seeking to be on a congressional primary ballot in Virginia must gather 1,000 signatures from registered voters in the district. While most candidates began gathering signatures Jan. 1, the decision to hold a Democratic primary in the […]

Robert Hurt: The president’s health-care law

My many stops and meetings throughout the Fifth District have painted a clear picture of the concerns Fifth District Virginians have regarding the most pressing issues facing our country today. At the top of that list is the President’s health care law. These policies put forth in Washington have very real effects on Central and […]

March 2012 SWAC Breakfast features Schmookler

Last month the SMAC Breakfast heard from Republican candidate Karen Kwiatkowski, and next month we will hear from Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Continuing the Sixth District Congressional Candidate Series, this month we will hear from the Democratic candidate, Andy Schmookler. Bring your questions and come hear what his ideas are for the future of the […]

Robert Hurt: The president’s health-care law-two years later

As I continue meeting and talking with citizens across the Fifth District, it remains clear that too many are suffering not only from the President’s economic policies, but also from the budget-busting policies put forth in the government takeover of health care that was signed into law nearly two years ago today. Just this past […]

Andy Schmookler: The Challenger

In this corner, weighing in at 155 pounds, the challenger, Andy Schmookler. Cue up the theme from “Rocky” here, right? “I’m going up against a guy who’s been sitting in that seat for 20 years. So I’m the challenger in the ‘Rocky’ sense. But I’m also going to be the challenger in another sense,” said […]

Andy Schmookler: Shutdown

Republicans push themselves as patriots, but something about the claim and the way they act bothers Andy Schmookler. “In the last year-plus, three times they have basically threatened to do something that would be bad for the country if they weren’t given their demands met. A patriot doesn’t say, Meet my demands, or I’ll blow […]

Andy Schmookler: Global warming

Is global warming a real reason for concern? Sixth District Democratic congressional candidate Andy Schmookler doesn’t pretend to be an expert in climate science. He is smart enough to look at what those who are have to say. “There are people who have been told that the way science works is that we have essentially […]

Andy Schmookler: Health care

American consumers pay more than 17 percent of their annual national income on health care, roughly two times more than comparable Western democracies – with measured outcomes in the range of some Third World countries. Andy Schmookler is among those who has a problem with this dichotomy. “I was brought up to believe that one […]

Karen Kwiatkowski: Does Bob Goodlatte regret voting to fund Obamacare?

The buzz in conservative media is that former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, a Democrat, now regrets that she voted for Obamacare. Dahlkemper is Roman Catholic, and she says she didn’t realize that Obamacare would force “all private insurers, including Catholic charities and hospitals, to provide free coverage of contraception, sterilization procedures, and the “week-after” pill.” Sixth […]

GOP leaders call out Kaine on health-care reform

Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt joined a pair of Virginia state legislators Thursday in an effort to paint Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine as a loyal Barack Obama ally. “The president’s health-care law has produced devastating effects for Fifth District Virginians and all Americans since passage. It has expanded the size of the federal government, […]

Appeals court upholds health-care law

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that the Commonwealth of Virginia lacks standing to challenge the individual mandate portion of the health-care reform passed by Congress in 2010. The ruling is not expected to be the end to the case brought by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. It is anticipated that the challenge […]

Ken Plum: Obamacare in Virginia

President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Obamacare, into law on March 23, 2010. On the same day Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed the first lawsuit in the nation to challenge the provision in ACA that most individuals be mandated to have health insurance. Eastern District Federal Judge Henry Hudson ruled in […]

Who is DeFundIt.org?

A 21-year-old named Alex Cortes has inserted himself into the thick of the Fifth District congressional race, with his advocacy group DeFundIt.org targeting Democratic incumbent Tom Perriello for his vote in favor of the health-care reform. A Google search of the name produces as the top item a link to a column about an op-ed […]

David Reynolds: Obsession

Column by David Reynolds Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   “Call me Ishmael.” I, too, will try to explain obsession. I will try to explain one president’s drive to enact one piece of legislation – ObamaCare. However, if you are familiar with Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” there is no need. You already know about Captain Ahab […]

Poll: Dems damned if they do, damned if they don’t on health-care reform

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net A new Public Policy Polling survey seems to buttress the case that Democrats might be well-advised to go ahead and pass a health-care reform package – because the majority party seems destined to at least lose seats and possibly its upper hand in Congress whether they pass a reform […]

Whaddya Think? Health-care reform

   Moderated by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Health-care reform is on life support, and the hand is reaching for the plug. Share your thoughts – good, bad or indifferent. Whaddya Think? Comment below. Forum moderated by AFP editor Chris Graham.

Staying bought

   Column by David Reynolds Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net I can’t wait for 2010! I can’t wait to see how 2009 will turn out. Yep, we are going into overtime. Too much is still up in the hot air of politics to be settled in twelve short months. Sure, a few minor clashes have been […]

Morton offers free-market alternatives to health-care reform

   Column by Feda Morton www.fedaforcongress.com I am deeply upset over the sweetheart deals that have been cut by the Senate’s Democratic leadership. At a time in our history when millions of American people are crying out for their voices to be heard around this great nation, our leaders are cutting back room deals with […]