Tag: government


Breaking away

The shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have laid bare modern statism for the entire world to see.

Supreme Court ruling is admissible evidence of police state

On Monday, June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that evidence police find during illegal stops is admissible in court.

Time to declare our independence from corporate tax dodging

Marchers in this year’s 4th of July parades in small towns across America will pass a variety of Main Street businesses.

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Dems sit in: And Speaker Ryan learns a media lesson

House Democrats, as of this writing, are staging a sit-in to try to force a vote on gun control legislation.

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Virginia Dems slam Trump on economy

Virginia Democratic Party leaders joined Hillary Clinton in slamming Donald Trump on the economy on Tuesday.


Brock Turner’s lenient sentence is a feature, not a bug

Brock Turner was discovered on top of an unconscious woman. The woman had her underwear removed and her dress pulled up.

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Steve Landes named to Growth and Opportunity Board

Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, was appointed to the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board by House Speaker William Howell, R-Stafford.

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Robert Hurt: Encourage economic prosperity

This past week, Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced a robust plan to replace the Dodd-Frank Act.


May 2016 Virginia general fund revenue collections up 6.4%

May revenue collections for the Commonwealth of Virginia increased 6.4 percent from a year ago. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 1.9 percent.

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Andy Schmookler: A Congress whose priority is the good of the nation

Although defeating Donald Trump is one essential goal for this fall’s campaign, that should be seen as one important means toward the ultimate goal.

Andy Schmookler: I was wrong about Trump

There’s been a change in how I see Donald Trump. A few months ago, I saw him as an accomplished actor, able to pick what role to play for the occasion.

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Groups praise President Obama for Social Security expansion shift

President Obama’s declaration that Social Security should be expanded has been applauded with great enthusiasm by groups nationwide.


Governor announces $1 million in Economy Workforce Grants

Seven regional Workforce Development Boards in the Commonwealth were awarded grants to work with small businesses.

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AG Mark Herring comments on proposed rules to curb predatory lending

Attorney General Mark R. Herring comments on proposed rules from the CFPB to protect consumers from predatory lending.

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Virginia Organizing, VPLC release report on predatory lending

Virginia Organizing and Virginia Poverty Law Center released a predatory lending report showing the negative effect of high interest, short-term loans.


Supreme Court grants expedited hearing in voting rights case

The Supreme Court of Virginia agreed today to expedite the legal challenge to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order on voting rights for ex-felons.


The problem doesn’t stop with Amtrak

Amtrak is in legal trouble. The rail service provider has long enjoyed an anomalous legal status as a for-profit corporation created by the U.S. government.

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ACLU joins Virginia Legislative Black Caucus in rallies to support voting rights restoration

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus in the ACLU of Virginia will host four Voices for the Vote Rallies across the Commonwealth.

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Johnson, Weld nominated by Libertarians for president, veep

Two-term Massachusetts governor William Weld became the vice presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party.

Bluegrass for the long haul

A recent article in Kentucky’s leading paper, The Lexington Herald Leader, discusses the down-fall of coal in the Bluegrass State.

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Dominion considers options for offshore wind project after federal grant withdrawal

Dominion is assessing options for its proposed offshore wind project with the U.S. Department of Energy withdrawing $40 million in funding.


Warner, Kaine introduce amendment to block commissary privatization

Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have introduced an NDAA amendment to prevent the DoD from privatizing commissaries at five installations.


Volunteers for the long haul

Good old Knoxville, Tennessee — this scruffy little town that I love — will host the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a dismal bureaucracy.

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Kaine presses Obama on Afghanistan troop levels

Tim Kaine joined colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee in a letter to President Obama regarding troop levels in Afghanistan.


Senators introduce NDAA amendment to strengthen cybersecurity

An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act directs the president to elevate Cyber Command to a unified combatant command.


Senate committee approves bill to reduce wasteful end-of-year spending

A Senate committee approved a proposal from Mark Warner and Rand Paul to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending.

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Forbes applauds committee passage of Visa Integrity & Security Act of 2016

The House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 5203, the Visa Integrity & Security Act of 2016 (VISA Act).

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Del. Steve Landes named to joint education committee

Del. Steve Landes was named to the new Joint Committee on the Future of Public Elementary and Secondary Education in the Commonwealth.


Warner, Kaine on Senate vote to repeal USDA catfish inspection program

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine comment after the Senate voted 55-43 to repeal the USDA catfish inspection program that is harmful to Virginia seafood producers.


McAuliffe signs directive to leverage use of shared data, analytics

Gov. McAuliffe signed a directive to leverage the use of shared data and data analytics among state agencies to improve services.


May 23 voter registration deadline for June primary

Monday, May 23, is the voter registration deadline for the June 14, 2016 primary elections. Eligible Virginians can use the Department of Elections online voter registration system.

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Forbes leads congressional effort on basing MQ-4C Triton at Wallops Island

Congressman Randy Forbes led a letter to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations urging the use of Wallops Island.

Sixth District Republicans have a choice on June 14

What if you lived in a part of Virginia dominated by poultry, hay and cow-calf agriculture, and yet your Congressman of nearly a quarter of a century was a city lawyer from Massachusetts?

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Robert Hurt: First responders are a community’s greatest asset

Over the past week, I had the opportunity to meet with our local first responders throughout Central and Southside Virginia.

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McAuliffe announces second round of Governor’s Competition for Talent Solutions

Gov. McAuliffe announced the second annual round of competitive grants to help close the skills gap in key industry sectors.

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Hillary Clinton to meet with families in Virginia, Kentucky

Hillary Clinton will continue her “Breaking Down Barriers” tour as she travels to Virginia and Kentucky to talk with young families.

Trump loves Hispanics: And taco bowls

No doubt you saw the dumbass tweet from Donald Trump about taco bowls and his love for Hispanics. You missed it? You’re so lucky.


An anarchist take on the Panama Papers

The release of the Panama Papers last weekend shows how major global banks move assets offshore to protect them from taxation.