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W&L President Ken Ruscio at White House college access event

Ken Ruscio, president of Washington and Lee University, will participate in the White House College Opportunity Day of Action Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C.

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Harrisonburg women in D.C. to stand for immigration reform

Harrisonburg Virginia Organizing leaders Maria Peña and Maria Del Carmen Valdez attended a media conference in Washington, D.C. today to discuss how she and her family will be directly affected by the administrative relief offered by President Barack Obama’s recent executive action on immigration.

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Country star Scotty McCreery coming to The Paramount in Charlottesville

In two short years, Scotty McCreery became one of country’s hottest new stars, with album sales topping 1.6 million, including a platinum-selling debut album that made Billboard history.

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Poll: Republicans looking good in key Senate battleground states

The final polls of the 2014 election season in Arkansas and Kentucky from Public Policy Polling find Republicans in strong positions to win the open Senate seats in those states on Election Day.

House Speaker Bill Howell comments on SCC analysis of proposed EPA rule

Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell commented Friday on a new analysis from the Virginia State Corporation Commission that indicates Virginia families and businesses could see $5.5 to $6 billion in higher energy costs under an EPA regulation proposed by President Barack Obama.

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President Obama speaks at the Pentagon on ISIL

Remarks from President Barack Obama at the Pentagon on Wednesday after a briefing with Department of Defense officials on ISIL.

Robert Sarvis calls for congressional authorization on ISIS

Following President Barack Obama’s televised address regarding military action against ISIS, Robert Sarvis, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, released the following statement.

Virginia Christian Alliance on same sex marriage decision

There are many arguments of sound reason for marriage only between one man and one woman. They have been articulated over and over and today pro-family organizations will again state those arguments.


Bipartisan Senate group urges VA fix

A bipartisan group of nine U.S. Senators called on the Obama Administration today to accept private sector assistance in fixing the broken Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) scheduling system.

Ready Virginia app presented to Obama during hurricane briefing

The free Ready Virginia mobile application that helps people prepare for emergencies and stay informed during disasters was demonstrated to President Barack Obama May 30 in preparation for hurricane season, which extends through Nov. 30.


Kaine joins Senate effort to push career, technical education

U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to establish a Presidential Career and Technical Scholars Award program.

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Obama: Tourism translates into jobs

President Barack Obama visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, on Thursday, contributing the jacket that he wore when he threw out the first pitch at the All-Star Game in 2009 against a backdrop that he used to talk about the tourism industry.

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Obama: No isn’t the answer

There are legitimate debates to be had on issues like how to deal with long-term debt and healthcare. But those issues aren’t the focus right now, President Barack Obama noted in remarks at a private Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser in Potomac, Md., Monday night.

Virginia interfaith leaders urge action on kidnapping of Nigerian girls

More than 80 Virginia religious leaders have signed a joint letter to world leaders, urging them to take more coordinated action to return more than 220 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their school by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

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Warner urges President Obama to oppose sale of French warships to Russia

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Bill Keating (D-MA) today urged the President to oppose the sale of French Mistral warships to Russia in light of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Poll: Mark Warner, Hillary Clinton fare well with Virginia voters

Virginia, considered a swing state, is swinging blue for U.S. Sen. Mark Warner in his reelection drive this year and for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she runs for the White House in 2016, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.


Kaine urges President Obama for executive order protecting LGBT workers

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine joined more than 175 Senators and Representatives to write a letter to President Barack Obama calling on him to issue an executive order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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UVa.-Maryland basketball game moved back due to President Obama visit

Due to the appearance of President Barack Obama in Charlottesville, Va., on Monday, Feb. 10, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced that UVa.’s home men’s basketball game with Maryland, originally scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip, has been moved to a 9 p.m. start.

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Robert Hurt: Expanding American Opportunity in 2014

Last week, America watched as President Barack Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.

NWF: Obama climate goals call for all of the above on carbon pollution cuts

President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address last night, reiterating his commitment to industrial carbon pollution standards and declaring, “Climate change is a fact.”

Ken Cuccinelli on the campaign trail with GOP heavyweights

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Texas Congressman Ron Paul will join Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli on the Virginia governor campaign trail in the final days heading into the Nov. 5 election.

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President Obama defends Affordable Care Act at Boston event

President Barack Obama defended the rollout of the Affordable Care Act at an event in Boston on Wednesday with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Massachusetts has a similar state health-care system as what is being implemented at the federal level. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, was the architect of the system, signed it into law in 2006.


House passes budget compromise; Goodlatte, Hurt vote no

The House voted 285-144 late Wednesday to pass the Senate budget compromise. President Barack Obama signaled that he would sign the legislation, which also includes an increase in the federal debt ceiling.

Remarks by Obama, Al-Maliki at joint press conference

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Please have a seat.  Good afternoon, everyone. When I took office, nearly 150,000 American troops were deployed in Iraq, and I pledged to end this war, responsibly.  Today, only several thousand troops remain there, and more are coming home every day. This is a season of homecomings, and military families across America are […]

Transcript: President Obama on the American Jobs Act in Denver, Colo.

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Denver!  (Applause.)  What a beautiful day.  Thank you so much.  How’s it going, Lancers?  (Applause.)  I hear the Lancers have a pretty good ball team.  That’s the story I’ve heard.  (Applause.) Well, listen, there are a couple of people here I want to acknowledge who are just outstanding public servants.  First of […]

Remarks by President Obama on American Jobs Act

On Thursday, I told Congress that I’ll be sending them a bill called the American Jobs Act.  Well, here it is.  (Applause.)  This is a bill that will put people back to work all across the country.  This is the bill that will help our economy in a moment of national crisis.  This is a […]

Chris Saxman: Cold Fusion Friday

Greetings to all and Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to my parents! As underwhelming as the State of the Union was, please try to remember that every time Obama speaks he is supposed to deliver one of the great speeches of all time. The expectation bar has now been set to a height that cannot be […]

Linda Tarr-Whelan: Meeting Obama’s challenge for girls

The President’s challenge for all of us to create the country that 9-year old Christina Taylor Green thought we had when she made the fateful trip to hear her elected representative rings true to me. Christina had an ambition to be the first girl to play in the major leagues. Tragically it’s a chance she […]

Perspectives on the economy: U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling

Interesting week for me in my often overlapping roles as a business writer and politics writer. On Wednesday, I met with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat, after a roundtable in Staunton with local business owners and business leaders who gave Warner quite the earful about the state of business and the state of the […]

White House News: President speaks on clean energy manufacturing

Remarks from President Barack Obama at Menomonee Falls, Wisc., on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010:   Thank you very much. (Applause.) Everybody, please have a seat. Thank you very much. It is wonderful to be at ZBB Energy. And thanks for your hospitality, and thanks for helping to build a future. I’ve got a couple of […]

Austin Gisriel: Pragmatism and politics

Column by Austin Gisriel Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   What works? The American people still believe in this most basic American value, even if American politicians have abandoned it. Pragmatism is, perhaps, the quintessential American value, and it essentially defines the growing political center. It is why even people who generally approve of the recently […]

Sanford D. Horn: To protect and defend

Column by Sanford D. Horn Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   Article II, Section I of the Constitution of the United States of America requires the President swear an oath of office that includes the words to “protect and defend” that very document. Upon the administration of said oath, that president becomes Commander in Chief of […]

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 […]

Sarah van Gelder: Post-racial America

Column by Sarah van Gelder Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   If anyone thought the inauguration of Barack Obama as president heralded the end of racism in America, they should look no further than the tea party rallies held last weekend. The racial slogans and the mocking signs show how far we still have to go. […]

AFPBusiness.com: Obama on clean-energy jobs

Edited by Chris Graham AFPBusiness.com    Read a transcript of remarks by President Barack Obama on Friday, March 5, in Arlington on clean-energy jobs.    The transcript is available on AFPBusiness.com.

I Love The ’90s, Part Two

Are we about to reprise the pendulum swings of the Gingrich-Clinton era?   Report by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Might we see a repeat of 1994 in 2010? The short answer: yes. Next question: Might we then see a repeat of 1996 in 2012? Well, maybe. “For all the trouble Barack Obama’s had lately voters still […]

The Rant | An empty chair on health care

   Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The response to President Obama’s invitation for a public dialogue among congressional leaders has been as deafening as silence can be. It’s hard to dialogue with an empty chair, editor Chris Graham points out in today’s Rant.

Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing

Howard Dean, Tim Kaine, Vince Lombardi, and a guy named Phil Bengston Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net When the football team starts losing games, the fan base tends to start getting antsy, and when the losses compound into a losing season, you can start hearing calls for the coach’s head. Politics isn’t unlike football in […]

Defining moments

   Column by David Reynolds Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net Let’s cut right to the chase. Last month tens of millions of Americans witnessed a president break his oath of office. Ten hours later millions of others saw and heard a vice-president do the same on NBC’s Today show. The only difference being that the vice […]

Obama administration proposes $30B small-business loan fund

   Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net The Obama administration on Tuesday released plans for a Small Business Lending Fund that will transfer $30 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to a new program supporting small-business lending. The Fund would divert resources from the big-bank TARP bailout to community banks that have as their core […]

Letter | The pols and the BCS

   Letter from Jack McClenahan, Lyndhurst Submit letters: freepress2@ntelos.net Well, it looks like the politicos in Washington are finally hearing the public outrage on a matter of significant importance. I am not talking about health care, record deficits, high unemployment nor an endless war in the Middle East. I read they are going to possibly […]

In honor of Lilly, take action now to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

   Column by Linda Meric Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net A year ago, dozens of women’s and civil-rights activists gathered at the White House to watch President Barack Obama sign his first piece of legislation into law: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. The signing was a triumphant moment – especially with its namesake, Lilly […]

The perils of obstructionism

  Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Nice sentiment from Barack Obama in his State of the Union address the other night. Democrats and Republicans need to be more focused on getting things done than on the daily political scoreboard. The problem is incentives. Republicans have no incentive to work with Obama and Democrats with […]

Obama meets with House Republicans

   Video Blog www.whitehouse.gov President Barack Obama takes questions from members of the House Republican caucus at the GOP House Issues Conference in Baltimore, Md., on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. The video is courtesy the White House channel on YouTube.

Verga: ‘There is a better way’

   Column by Laurence Verga www.vergaforcongress.com Wednesday night, President Obama tried to press the reset button on his disastrous presidency and once again fell short. After driving up record deficits and wasting $800 billion on a failed stimulus bill that has only stimulated our debt, Obama’s disingenuous proposals to create jobs and reduce our debt […]

Morton: The strength in our union

   Column by Feda Morton www.fedaforcongress.com Wednesday night in President Obama’s lengthy State of the Union address he declared our union to be “strong”. I take issue with that. I do believe the resolve of hard working Americans is strong. I believe in the strength of the voices of the voters of Massachusetts in last […]

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 […]

Democrats: Where do you go from here?

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net You talk to one Democrat, and the party definitely, no question, needs to restrategize toward the middle. The blowback from voters in Massachusetts is an obvious clear signal. The nation isn’t comfortable with the direction things had been headed on health care and the stimulus. Time to pull things […]

Marrow: Obama, Dems no better than GOP

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net See if you can guess who updated their Facebook status this way over the weekend. “A year later is has become abundantly clear that Obama and the dems are no better than bush and his republican sleaze. They are all corporate wh@#es, liars and thieves. The only difference is […]

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 […]

Show me the money

Court strikes down restrictions on corporate campaign financing Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The best government that money can buy – it’s official now. “Their decision announced today in Citizens United v. FEC is constitutionally irresponsible and will surely bring about an anti-democratic revolution in how we finance elections in this country. Today, basic pillars […]

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 […]

What is ‘the right direction’?

  Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net My first reaction to the news that Republican Scott Brown had upset Democrat Martha Coakley in the special election to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat – Damn, there goes the country. The pundits were laying out the course for the next few months in the political […]

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 […]

Looking up

   Column by David Reynolds Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net Now let’s see if I’ve got this right. We are just into the new year and the sky has not yet fallen. Yes, I know, no one actually predicted that the clouds would fall. Nevertheless, there were those who kept saying that whatever keeps the human […]