Virginia Tech wins Clery Act appeal fines vacated

Friday, March 30, 2012

RICHMOND (March 30, 2012) – In a decision released late yesterday, the chief administrative law judge of the U.S. Department of Education found that Virginia Tech had complied with federal law in its response to the initial April 16, 2007, shootings on campus, and as a result, he vacated the $55,000 in fines that had […]

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Gas price rise fuels political debate and finger pointing

Friday, March 30, 2012

The political party in power gets the brunt of the blame when vehicle owners feel the pocket pinch at the gas pump. Misinformation flows like Niagara Falls from politicians to a citizenry that really doesn’t understand the complexities of the global oil market – supply and demand, tension in the middle east and oil speculators […]

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Judge Gibbons warns funding shortfall will devastate federal courts

Friday, March 30, 2012

Judge Gibbons warns funding shortfall will devastate federal courts

The federal Judiciary Thursday asked House appropriators to provide a 3.1 percent funding increase for fiscal year 2013—the lowest requested increase on record—at a time when courts already have cut staffing and implemented other sweeping cost containment measures. “As a result of fiscal year 2012 funding levels, and out of concern for fiscal year 2013, […]

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Rep. Morgan Griffith accepts U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award

Friday, March 30, 2012

Rep. Morgan Griffith accepts U.S. Chamber of Commerce's

“The Chamber’s prestigious “Spirit of Enterprise” award is given annually to members of Congress based on rankings it gives for key business votes outlined in its yearly publication, How They Voted. This is the twenty-second year that the U.S. Chamber has formally honored the accomplishments of this select group of members of Congress. “The Chamber’s […]

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U.S. Senator Mark Warner frustrated with House stalling the “must do” federal transportation bill

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

U.S. Senator Mark Warner frustrated with House stalling the “must do” federal transportation bill

UPDATED 3/29: Today congress passed a stopgap 90-day measure that avoids a shutdown of federal highway programs that would have occurred Sunday, April 1. State transportation departments are still left with no visibility or ability to write contracts for road maintenance or new construction. (See Sen. Warner and VDOT views from yesterday’s conference call following this update.) […]

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Tinge of tension at the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce Legislative breakfast

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tinge of tension at the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce Legislative breakfast

The tension in Richmond for the most part did not openly carry over to Friday’s 2012 legislative breakfast though one could here inklings of it if listening closely. The breakfast is held annually by the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce. On the dais were senators Ralph Smith and John Edwards and delegates Nick Rush, Greg […]

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Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott touts benefits of health care act in 3rd district

Friday, March 23, 2012

Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott touts benefits of health care act in 3rd district

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott announced that a new analysis shows that thousands of people in the Third Congressional District of Virginia are already benefiting from the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act was signed into law two years ago and many of its most important provisions are already in […]

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Independent council candidate Bushnell has a plan to extend bus service

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Roanoke City Council challenger Brandon Bushnell said current bus service continues only due to public pressure, as the city has found ways in the past to cut services like allowing city students to ride for free. “Roanoke City Council continues to balance its books on the backs of those Roanokers who can least afford it,” […]

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Cuccinelli announces establishment of his campaign committee for governor

Thursday, March 22, 2012

STATEMENT: “This morning my campaign filed with the State Board of Elections to formally establish a campaign committee to seek the office of the Governor of Virginia. Serving as Attorney General of Virginia has been the most rewarding and fulfilling position I have ever held. As legal counsel to every state agency of government, the […]

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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli paid to be paranoid – Part I

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli paid to be paranoid – Part I

March 2012: This is Part One of my hour long interview with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli prior to his Roanoke town hall on electric rates last Tuesday. It was a close quarters one on one interviw in a small conference room the size of a closet at his Peters Creek Road Roanoke office. The door was closed […]

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Cuccinelli says senate Democrats acting like his four-year-old – Part II

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cuccinelli says senate Democrats acting like his four-year-old - Part II

This is Part Two of my hour-long interview with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli last week (March 2012) in his Roanoke office. Here he answers questions on Virginia’s portion of the home mortgage settlement award, Voter ID, UVA reimbursement and he gives Senate Democrats a kick for good measure. Of the home mortgage settlement funds $66.5 million will […]

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Cuccinelli on Virginia’s failing integrity grade, transparency – Part III VIDEO

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cuccinelli on Virginia’s failing integrity grade, transparency - Part III VIDEO

In Part III see the video below shot at the VCOG Annual Meeting in October 2009 when he was running for Attorney General. March, 2012: Cuccinelli first saw the printed copy of the Center for Public Integrity report that gave Virginia an “F” during an interview with the Roanoke Free Press last Tuesday. He dismissed the […]

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