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Senate Democrats kill measure allowing legislators to defend state laws in court

The Senate Rules Committee voted Friday along party lines to defeat a bill that would have allowed members of the General Assembly to take the place of the attorney general in court. The bill was passed by indefinitely.


Gilbert introduces school safety bill

Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) has announced that he has filed House Bill 2277 which would give Virginia school systems more flexibility in how they choose to protect our children in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting and other school massacres around the nation.


Gilbert, ACLU propose legislation to regulate unmanned aerial drones

State Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R Woodstock) and the ACLU of Virginia announced Thursday that they are working together on legislation to regulate the use of unmanned aerial drones in the Commonwealth


House Dems denounce passage of ultrasound bill

On the final day for House bills to be considered before crossing over to the Senate, Republicans capped their divisive social-issue agenda by passing the physically intrusive HB462. The measure, sponsored by Del. Kathy Byron (R-Bedford), mandates women have an ultrasound performed – which includes the transvaginal procedure that requires a device to be inserted […]


Group pushes for expansion of Alicia’s Law

Alicia’s Law, the Virginia legislation inspired by the rescue of a captive child, has generated more law enforcement funds than projected in its first two years and should be expanded immediately to ensure more child rescues. That’s the message delivered today by a group of Virginia law enforcement and legislative leaders who joined the pro-child, […]


House GOP takes up immigration

House Republican leaders are taking up the hot-button issue of illegal immigration at the outset of a Virginia General Assembly session taking place against the backdrop of fall elections. “House Republicans believe that playing by the rules and abiding by the law is important. Countless immigrants to this great nation have come here to embrace […]


The AFP Show | Budgets and triggermen

   Hosted by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   The AFP Show | Budgets and triggermen (20:21) [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/thenewdominion01/THE_AFP_SHOW_feb._18.mp3] The Feb. 18 installment of The AFP Show has editor Chris Graham conversing with: – State Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, whose legislative initiative to extend exposure to the death penalty to people who order hits or engage others in […]


Stinging rebuke to local GOP lawmakers

How about that ringing endorsement of 25th District Republican Del. Steve Landes’ effort to inject partisan politics into the special session of the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday? The Republican-majority House of Delegates voted 82-7 to limit the legislation to come before the session to the matter at hand cited by Gov. Tim Kaine in […]