Tag: gov. bob mcdonnell

Chris Graham: Our governor in hock

Maybe you change the way you vote, knowing that the governor is possibly in hock to family, friends and diet-supplement makers, maybe you don’t – but it’s something worth knowing when you head into the voting booth.


Gov. Bob McDonnell announces major mineral sands mining operation in Dinwiddie County

Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced that Iluka Resources (Iluka), a world leader in mineral sands exploration, mining, processing and marketing, is advancing a potential major expansion of its operations in Virginia with the development of a mineral sands mining operation in Dinwiddie County.


McDonnell announces initiative to eliminate state mandates on localities

Gov. Bob McDonnell, joined by members of the Governor’s Task Force for Local Government Mandate Review, today announced specific legislation to eliminate burdensome state mandates on localities. Today’s announcement is part of a continuing effort to reduce burdensome state mandates on localities. In September 2011, McDonnell announced the creation of the Governor’s Task Force for […]


It’s flu-shot season

Gov. Bob McDonnell gets his annual flu shot at the free flu shot clinic put on by the CommonHealth Employee Wellness Program on Wednesday. The clinic is open to state employees and runs through Thursday at the James Monroe Building in Richmond. Pictured here (L to R): Gov. McDonnell; Tim Colyer, pharmacy manager at the […]


Virginia wine sales see boost

Sales of Virginia wine in fiscal year 2010 increased nearly 13 percent from 2009, according to numbers released today by the state. Total sales of Virginia wine amounted to $1,604,387 in wine liter tax collections during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, whereas the total wine liter tax collected by the state derived from […]


Whirley named new VDOT commissioner

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today the appointment of Gregory Whirley as the new commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation. Whirley had been serving as acting commissioner under McDonnell since January. A VDOT veteran, Whirley also served as acting commissioner of the department in 2005 and had served as […]


The Rant | Give McDonnell a break

  Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net


McDonnell: ‘Slight increase in incoming revenue for the year ahead’

  Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The bad news: The state is facing down another massive budget shortfall. The good news: According to Gov. Bob McDonnell, the state can expect to see more revenues in the coming year with the improving economy. “I am pleased to report that the updated revenue numbers from the Department […]


Big Brother and local education

   Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Big government has no place in local education. Does us no good to be sending dictates down from Washingon and Richmond with all manner of strings attached. No Child Left Behind – bad idea. Standards of Learning – bad idea. Freshman State Del. Dickie Bell’s proposed state mandate that […]


I can’t drive … 70?

Proposal to increase speed limit passes General Assembly Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposal to increase the speed limit in Virginia to 70 mph in rural and less populated areas was approved today by both chambers of the General Assembly. The measure received broad bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. […]


Senate Democrats work through issues

   Column by Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple www.vasenatedems.com Greetings from Richmond! As the Senate Democratic Caucus begins another lively session of the Virginia General Assembly, we are reminded that every year presents its own challenges and opportunities, and this year should offer plenty of both. As we consider the many bills before us, know that […]


Bolling: Jobs and Opportunity Agenda good for Virginia

   Column by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling www.ltgov.virginia.gov During this year’s statewide campaign, Bob McDonnell and I talked a lot about getting our economy moving again and creating jobs. We said then, and we reaffirm now, that this is the most important issue currently facing our state. Over the past several months, we have worked […]


Tea, anyone?

   Column by David Reynolds Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net Or should that be, “Tea, everyone?” A few million of my closest friends are having a party. Please join. But I must warn you, there are long lines forming from both the political right – and the left! Still, the bandwagon won’t leave without you. Surprised? […]


Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber represented at Chamber Day at the Capitol

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce made its presence known in Richmond on Wednesday at the annual Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Day at the Capitol”. Twenty-six Chamber of Commerce and 58 statewide organizations, leadership programs and businesses descended upon the Capitol to express support for business friendly legislation and […]


State of the Union: A Virginia perspective

  Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Everything you wanted to know about the State of the Union, but were afraid to ask. We have the full texts and videos of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Republican response. We also have reactions from Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner, congressmen […]


Expert: Virginia headed toward transportation ‘catastrophe’

  Item by Robert Brickhouse UVa. news: www.virginia.edu Virginia is headed toward a transportation “catastrophe” if state political leaders don’t act, according to a former state transportation commissioner. Ray Pethel made that assessment in a column in the latest issue of The Virginia News Letter published by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at […]


McDonnell lays out jobs agenda

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced that leading Republican and Democratic lawmakers will carry the budget amendments necessary to implement the job-creation proposals he outlined in his Address to the Joint Houses of the General Assembly last week. In the Senate the amendments will be carried by ranking Senate Finance […]


McDonnell to address nation from House floor

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Virginia’s historic State Capitol, home of the oldest continuous legislative body in the Western Hemisphere, will serve as the site of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Republican Address to the Nation this Wednesday night. McDonnell will speak from the floor of the House of Delegates, where he served for 14 years […]


The Rant | Kaine, and McDonnell

   Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Tim Kaine did a decent job playing the cards he was dealt as governor of Virginia, maybe until the very end. Chris Graham offers insight into the missteps at the end of Kaine’s term, wihether or not they were missteps, in particular, and muses on how Bob McDonnell […]


Fighting early release

   Column by Del. Rob Bell www.delegaterobbell.com Last Saturday, I was very surprised to hear that Gov. Tim Kaine had approved the transfer of a Virginia inmate, Jens Soering, to Germany. Pursuant to the agreement, Soering would be eligible for parole in as soon as two years. Soering was the University of Virginia student from […]


Renewable energy: McDonnell’s secret jobs program?

    Column by Al Weed Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net Virginia guarantees its utilities a “fair and reasonable” profit and for that we should require clean energy production that creates jobs and helps clean up the Bay. Twenty-eight other states already have such requirements. Virginia today has a very modest request of its investor-owned utilities: […]


McDonnell to deliver GOP response to Obama State of the Union

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Here’s a sign of the role Virginia is playing on the national political scene – newly inaugurated Gov. Bob McDonnell will be delivering the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address next week. McDonnell won election to the governor’s job in November with a resounding […]


McDonnell: We’re reopening the rest stops

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today that all of Virginia’s 19 shuttered rest stops and welcome centers will begin reopening starting in mid-February. All facilities will be reopened by April 15th. In a vote this afternoon, the Commonwealth Transportation Board reversed its previous decision from June of last year […]


McDonnell revokes transfer order in Soering case

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sent a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder last night officially revoking the Commonwealth’s consent to the planned transfer of convicted murderer Jens Soering to Germany. Last week, former Gov. Tim Kaine had requested the transfer of Soering, a former University of Virginia […]


McDonnell: ‘The education of our children is not a partisan issue’

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell used the occasion of the visit of President Barack Obama and United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the Commonwealth on Tuesday to raise attention to the joint interest of McDonnell and Obama in public charter schools. McDonnell has pledged the full support of […]


The Rant | Our governor’s Pat Robertson problem

       Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Pat Robertson is a known entity, so when he says something off the wall about what caused the Haitian earthquake, you take it with a grain of salt. But the guy he spent Election Night in Virginia watching the election returns with, Bob McDonnell, has something of […]


McDonnell Inaugural lineup announced

  Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell today announced that 47 groups from across the Commonwealth will be participating in Virginia’s Inaugural parade on Saturday, Jan. 16th. The parade will take place immediately after the swearing-in ceremony, starting at approximately 1:15 p.m. The parade lineup will include a number of organizations with personal […]