Eighth district House of Delegates candidates forum open to the public

Friday, December 31, 2010

Eighth district House of Delegates candidates forum open to the public

Democrat Ginger Mumpower and Republican Greg Habeeb are gearing up for the January 11 special election now just two weekends away. The election will fill Morgan Griffith’s seat as he takes his place as the new congressman for the 9th congressional district. Monday January 3 the Salem PTA will host a public forum in the […]

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Mumpower proposes legislation to require unemployed to volunteer

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mumpower proposes legislation to require unemployed to volunteer

Many complain that the unemployed get a free ride and have little incentive to seek employment. In the lame-duck session Congress passed a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits. Economists like the idea of extending benefits. They say it will put money into the hands of people who will spend it. The Democrat running in the […]

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Governor declares a state of emergency

Saturday, December 25, 2010

RICHMOND-Governor Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency today, authorizing state agencies to assist local governments responding to the winter storm that is expected to affect the Commonwealth tonight and tomorrow. There is still uncertainty with the storm’s track, but the current outlook calls for the possibility of up to 12 inches of snow and […]

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Senator Webb’s statement on DADT

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

On Saturday Virginia’s Senator Jim Webb made the following statement on the floor of the Senate regarding DADT (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell): “I rise in support of the notion that we need to make adjustments to the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. I say this after many years of thought and consideration and also in […]

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U.S. Senator Mark Warner endorses Ginger Mumpower

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

U.S. Senator Mark Warner endorses Ginger Mumpower

Roanoke – Today, Ginger Mumpower, Democratic candidate for the 8th House of Delegates district, announced that she has received the endorsement of U.S. Senator Mark Warner. This endorsement comes during a busy holiday season and is greatly appreciated by the campaign.  “Ginger has always been focused on people not politics,’ Warner said. “She understands that […]

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Delegate Armstrong says Bolling’s letter is disingenuous

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Delegate Armstrong says Bolling's letter is disingenuous

Delegate Ward Armstrong (D-10) responded to Lt. Governor Bill Bolling’s letter Wednesday saying, “Bill Bolling can write all the four-page letters he wants but at the end of the day I’ve got a district that is struggling harder then any other district in this state. At 20% unemployment it isn’t getting any better.”  Armstrong believes […]

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Lt. Governor Bolling asks Armstrong to be an ally and not a political foil

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

In a four-page letter dated December 15 to Virginia House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling asks the delegate from Martinsville to be an ally and “not an occasional political foil.” Bolling’s letter to Armstrong was in response to The Roanoke Times November 21 article. In it Armstrong seemed skeptical of the “chief […]

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Free Press: FCC Net neutrality order a ‘squandered opportunity’

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

WASHINGTON — By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission approved new rules intended to prevent Internet providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from acting as gatekeepers on the Web. The rules, however, heavily favor the industry they are intended to regulate, and leave consumers with minimal protections. Democratic Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael […]

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Net neutrality rule may not be so neutral

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Net neutrality rule may not be so neutral

The Federal Communications Commission will vote today on Net neutrality rules. There appears to be a “compromise.” Wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon look to be exempt from the harshest rules. The objection by promoters of net neutrality fear bandwidth control. ISP (Internet Service Providers) want the option to control the data pipeline and become […]

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Time is short for employers to make payroll changes

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

After exhausting debate in the lame duck session of congress President Obama signed the tax cut extension that former President George W. Bush enacted two years ago. The bill added a payroll tax cut that will boost take-home pay. Taxpayers will see a two-percent reduction in Social Security withholding. Employee withholding will be 4.2% while […]

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Passenger rail service from Norfolk will begin in three years

Monday, December 20, 2010

RICHMOND— Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia and Norfolk Southern Railway Company have signed a landmark agreement that is an important step toward bringing daily intercity passenger rail service back to Norfolk for the first time since 1977. The round-trip train will link Norfolk with a single-seat ride to Richmond, Washington, […]

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When good blogs go bad – media standards apply

Monday, December 20, 2010

When good blogs go bad - media standards apply

UPDATED where indicated – original post 12/15: Once upon a time Dan Casey’s blog at The Roanoke Times was entertaining and humorous. I had retreated from the uninspiring sanctimonious editorial board blog. It became an irritating exercise even when I agreed with them. They were either late to the topic or contained factual errors or […]

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