Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area that includes Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Botetourt County, Craig County, Salem City and Franklin County had Decembers largest employment gain in Virginia coming in at an increase of 600 jobs.
Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment data is being produced for nine metropolitan areas. In December, five metropolitan areas experienced over-the-month job gains and four metropolitan areas experienced employment losses. The largest absolute job gain occurred in the Roanoke metropolitan area, with an increase of 600 jobs. The Northern Virginia metropolitan area experienced the next largest increase, with a gain of 400 jobs. The other metropolitan areas
It has been a weekend of jokes by media editorials, blogs and online publications like The Huffington Post. It has even been dubbed as (dare I day) #bobbiegate.
The pin Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli passed out to government employees covered the exposed left breast of “Virtus.”
Virtus represents the virtues of heroism, righteousness, freedom, and valor according to the description of the seal HERE.
With expected fodder coming from late night television Cuccinelli “nips further ridicule in the bud” with this statement Monday, May 3:
“The image on my office lapel pin is similar to that of a large antique state flag that hangs in the Virginia Capitol. That is where I got the idea for my pin. I liked this particular image and thought it would be something unique for my employees.
“I cannot believe that joking with my staff about Virtue being a little more ‘virtuous’ in this antique version has become news. This is simply a media-made issue that has become distracting to the work of my office. I am going to end this distraction by discontinuing future use of the pin. I think we all do the citizens a service by getting back to talking about things that are more important to them, including my office’s work last week to get four sexually violent predators committed to mental health treatment, the collection of $225,000 in back debt owed to the commonwealth, and assisting local law enforcement in an investigation that resulted in a drug kingpin being sentenced to life without parole.”
[Added to the statement] Note: The pins were not paid for with taxpayer dollars. The image from the flag was not altered in any way by the attorney general or his staff.
Causing more of a stir was the fact that the pin resembled the official flag adopted after it had seceded from the Union in 1861.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: art, attorney_general, cuccinelli