Tag: Sixth District

Karen Kwiatkowski: America First? Not for Mr. Goodlatte!

On Dec. 31st, the U.S. federal debt reached an all time record of $15,222,940,045,451.09.  The U.S. debt is now at a Greece-busting 100.3 percent of GDP. $15.2 trillion is more than the annual value of the entire U.S. economy. Sixth District Virginians can thank Bob Goodlatte for this situation, created by the idiotically titled Budget […]


Andy Schmookler: American Values and the Christmas Season

Holidays offer us a chance to put our usual pursuits aside. But often, also, holidays provide a light to illuminate the meaning of our usual pursuits. So it is with this Christmas season and with our efforts to meet the challenge of the present crisis in America. Over the generations, the holiday of Christmas has […]


Karen Kwiatkowski: Goodlatte finds his inner conservative

Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte has not faced a primary challenger since he was first elected in 1992. Now that a conservative military veteran and farmer has entered the GOP primary race for the Sixth District seat, we are seeing a new and improved kind of Bob Goodlatte. Goodlatte still defends his pending Stop Online […]


Former congressional candidate announces run for mayor in Roanoke

After several years of focusing on his family, small-business owner and CFO of Kissito Healthcare, Sam Rasoul, has decided to run for mayor of Roanoke. Raised in the Roanoke Valley, Rasoul would like to contribute more to an area that has blessed him with so much. “We are putting the campaign together now, and we […]


Balanced budget amendment fails in House vote

A measure proposed by Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte that would set into motion a process to amend the United States Constitution to require that Congress pass a balanced budget fell short today of the two-thirds majority needed for passage. “It is a simple concept – you can’t spend more than you take in,” Goodlatte […]


Andy Schmookler: Goodlatte’s balanced-budget amendment folly

Congressman Bob Goodlatte trumpets his Balanced Budget Amendment as his big idea. It’s a bad idea, offered in bad faith. Rep. Goodlatte’s rules would mean inevitable cuts to Social Security and Medicare –programs seniors rely upon for security and dignity.  The funds that have been built up over years in the Social Security Trust Fund, […]


Another Dem-less year in the Sixth

It had been 10 years since the last Democratic Party nominee challenge to Republican Bob Goodlatte when Sam Rasoul made a run at the Sixth District seat in 2008. Goodlatte’s 61 percent showing in 2008 was convincing enough to convince Democrats not to field a candidate against the incumbent in 2010. The question today – […]


Vanke fights Capitol Hill convention

A question for Jeff Vanke. You’re an independent candidate for Congress. Let’s say you’re elected. Who do you caucus with? The answer will surprise you. “I wouldn’t caucus with either party. I would have a vote on the House floor,” said Vanke, a self-described “independent centrist” from Roanoke who is challenging Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte […]


Vanke: ‘Both parties’ part of the problem in Washington

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Republicans are talking tough on federal spending and the national debt right now, but where we they just a few years ago when they had control of Congress and the White House? “Both parties, Republicans and Democrats, have left these issues unaddressed,” said Jeff Vanke, an independent on the […]


Government Inc. leads to red ink for small business

   Column by Bob Goodlatte www.goodlatte.house.gov Four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the now-notorious case of Kelo v. City of New London, which authorized the government to take private property from individuals for nearly any reason under the guise of eminent domain, even to give to other private individuals […]


Common-sense solutions needed to get Americans back to work

   Column by Bob Goodlatte www.goodlatte.house.gov The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released November unemployment numbers. For the second month in a row, the unemployment rate is at 10 percent – the highest rate in 26 years. Equally sobering is the fact that last month the national debt surpassed $12 trillion. Earlier this year, […]


Giving thanks for our veterans and the freedoms they defend

  Column by Bob Goodlatte www.goodlatte.house.gov   On Nov. 9, 1989 the world watched as a wall in Berlin, Germany crumbled to the ground in one of the greatest triumphs of freedom in history. Twenty years later, we mark the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the victory of freedom over communist […]


Goodlatte statement on health-care reform

Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte issued the following statement on Thursday after House Democratic leaders unveiled their latest proposal for health-care reform: “The health-care proposal that was unveiled today is a repackaging of what Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat leaders were pushing all summer: a Washington takeover of our health-care system —one defined by federal […]


Sixth District: Goodlatte mailer claims support in err

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The Bob Goodlatte campaign contacted Rockingham County Democrat Mike Breeden asking Breeden’s permission to use his name on a campaign mailer as a supporter. Breeden didn’t return the phone call, but his name ended up in the mailer anyway, at the top of a list of eight Democrats and eight […]


Sixth District: It’s time for new blood in Congress

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Sam Rasoul forced the Sixth District Democratic Party to live up to its name. It had been 10 years since the party had even tried to challenge Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte in the Sixth, after his 40-point win over then-Roanoke mayor David Bowers in a race that had seemed at […]


Harrisonburg: Rasoul, Allen to debate at EMU

Staff Report Sixth District congressional candidates Janice Lee Allen and Sam Rasoul will take part in a debate at Eastern Mennonite University tonight at 7 p.m. in the President’s Reception Room on second floor of the University Commons. Allen, an independent, and Rasoul, the Democratic Party nominee, are challenging Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte for the […]


Ad Watch: Rasoul ‘Attack Ad Take 23’

The Sam Rasoul for Congress campaign is gearing up for the debut of its first TV ad of the 2008 campaign season, “‘Attack Ad Take 23,” highlighting the positive, issues-based Rasoul campaign. Length: 30 seconds


Harrisonburg: Candidates in Sixth talk issues

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The economy, Iraq, health care and interestingly, term limits. Voters in the Sixth District were able to get a glimpse into the differing approaches of Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte, Democrat Sam Rasoul and independent Janice Lee Allen on those issues and others in a candidates forum sponsored by WSVA-550AM in […]


Virginia Politics: Rasoul vows to limit terms

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Bob Goodlatte said in 1992 during his first campaign for the Sixth District seat in the U.S. Congress that he would limit his time in Congress to six two-year terms. His ’08 run is for term #9, and though Goodlatte has been silent as to the broken promise, Democrats haven’t […]


Goodlatte leads money race in Sixth

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Bob Goodlatte has a million and a half dollar warchest to pull from as the Sixth District campaign heats up in midsummer. This is according to a campaign-finance report filed by the Republican with the Federal Election Commission this week.


Why I’m running

Letter from Janice Lee Allen During one of my home visits while campaigning for U.S. Congress, I knocked on a door, and a mother answered. She invited me in and asked me to walk over and meet her son. She said: “This is my son, and he is dying from leukemia.” The young boy, I […]


Dirty politics in the Sixth

Special Commentary by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net I know that politics is a dirty, dirty, dirty pursuit. I just ran a local city-council campaign, so I’m not speaking about this from an academic or philosophical perspective, but from personal experience. I’m saying that now so you can understand where I’m coming from regarding the issue being […]


Rasoul advocates single-payer

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net It wasn’t cheap before, but health insurance is now something that Terry Holmes almost can’t afford to keep up for his employees. “I’m not going to pass all the increases onto them, but I have to pass some of them,” said Holmes, the owner of the popular Mill Street Grill […]


Rasoul secures nomination

Item by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net We can now stop calling Sam Rasoul the presumptive Democratic Party congressional nominee in the Sixth Congressional District. Rasoul received 34 delegates in caucuses in Augusta County, Harrisonburg and Lynchburg Monday night, pushing him past the 74 delegates that he needed to secure the Democratic Party nomination in the Sixth […]