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Politics / Re: Raising the Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure
« on: February 16, 2018, 12:52:56 PM »
Negative. Don't care who proposes it I wouldn't support it. And as Solon noted its a regressive tax.

And it would never pass Congress without getting earmarked to crap and only 5% of the revenue would actually make it to the infrastructure.

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Sports / Re: College Basketball 2017-2018
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:04:05 AM »
I think its going to be Duke's to lose at this point.

They were the favorite coming into the season and now that we're in the final stretch coming into the ACC tournament, Coach K's boys are looking solid. Not just that the fact they DEMOLISHED my Hokies but they're solid all around.

I think a variable is whether or not that punk Grayson Allen keeps his feet to himself or not! I can't stand that kid.

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Sports / Re: 2018 NASCAR
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:01:48 AM »
Looks like Sunday is going to be a BLAST. the Fords look stable and FAST. Chevys are close behind and locked up with the Yota's.  But who knows how this will shake out. Blaney and Elliott each won their Qualifying race. 22,2,4,11,17 and 14 all had good runs even if the 2 crashed out. I'm sure their backup car will be fine.

Gotta go with one of the Fords for the win Sunday - Joey or maybe Harvick

I am with you on the Fords! I'm pulling for Brad Keselowski. He was Jr's young prodigy on the super speedways and he's got Penske power in his Ford.

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Politics / Patrick County's Hospital Gets Saving Grace
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:58:49 AM »
Governor Northam is singing a bill today to give the long Patrick County hospital second chance.

Northam worked with Sen. Stanley of Stuart to license for the shuttered Pioneer Community Hospital ó marking hope that the hospital could reopen soon.

Its good to have a doctor who is a RURAL VIRGINIAN running the show in Richmond.

http://www.roanoke.com/news/politics/general_assembly/gov-ralph-northam-to-sign-patrick-county-hospital-bill-friday/article_b1072f4e-57f0-5a3c-b171-073c383e3008.html

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Politics / Re: Raising the Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:54:44 AM »
It wont work. At all. And its multi-faceted.

First- politicians in the House and Senate will earmark the bill that becomes law. The funds that come in from the tax raise will go to some Representatives garden project in North Dakota or a Senator's retirement center in California.

Second- it will encourage carpooling and public transit. This is good for staying green and reducing traffic congestion but that means less cars on the road...and less cars filling up at the gas stations.

Third- been there, done that. Last tax increase was in 1993. Construction costs have continued to rise with inflation. And improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency have allowed consumers to drive more miles on less gas. This is why that tax income has remained stagnant.

Its functionally a bad idea. And gas is high enough but thanks to my Kroger points I can save a little money!

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Politics / Raising the Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure
« on: February 15, 2018, 02:28:45 PM »
What are your thoughts on a proposed $0.25 per gallon gas tax to help pay for the infrastructure?

That seems like a very conservative measure to fund a big initiative, right? Hey- gotta find someway to fund a $1.5 trillion project!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/15/trump-supports-25-cent-gas-tax-hike-to-fund-infrastructure-plan-lawmakers-say.html

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Politics / Re: Second Judge Blocks Trump on DACA
« on: February 15, 2018, 10:31:03 AM »
Or maybe....they understand our nation's credo of justice for all?

I think thats more like it.

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General Discussion / Re: Local Headlines
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:58:40 PM »
Sunday Evening, February 18, 2018:



Whoa, Bill! I didn't know one could time travel but you made this video and post on "Sunday Evening, February 18, 2018"! Thats creepy! What does the future hold for us?!?!?

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Politics / Re: MAGA
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:56:42 PM »
Whatever happened to budget hawks? We used to have them in the Democratic Party (still do at state level), and Republicans used to run on this stuff??

I guess Rand Paul is all thats left in Congress for being a deficit hawk.

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Politics / Re: Trumps Long time Lawyer Admits To Paying Stormy Daniels
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:53:46 PM »
Seriously...


The Donald makes Bill Clinton look like he's preparing for sainthood. What is the first lady Melania thinking and doing during this? Guess this is understood and accepted in their household. Maybe thats why they wont wear wedding rings?

Not a Bill Clinton fan, at all; but in comparison, seems like his moral compass is well-centered!

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Politics / Re: The Governor and the Speaker continue to get it done
« on: February 14, 2018, 09:58:16 AM »
No kidding. But not anymore.

Governor Northam putting rural and small town Virginia forward as a priority:

http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/northam-medicaid-expansion-is-key-to-rural-economic-development/article_93a2503b-7797-5bec-b231-f26e9b18e1ab.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

Medicaid expansion is key to rural economic development. And many who were born and raised in our area, especially in Ridgeway, Bassett, and Axton, etc. move away to pursue a career with higher wages and opportunities. Telling people to move for opportunity also diminishes our responsibility to look out for the good of the whole state. Its good to see a Governor finally addressing this issue.

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Sports / Re: College Basketball 2017-2018
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:10:09 AM »
Buzz Williams' energy is infections among his players. We can in as the big time underdog and we played like it.

Feels feels good to beat the #1 team in the country, and in state, in their house!

I'm thinking coupled with the win over  UVa and UNC, as well as a few ACC road games should have us in the Tournament.

GO HOKIES!

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Politics / Re: The Governor and the Speaker continue to get it done
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:07:59 AM »
I don't know if he got jail time but its gone on as a felony and carried felonious fines and court fees.

I would think we can all agree that stealing an iPhone should't carry the same degree of punishment as stealing someone car!

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Politics / Re: The Governor and the Speaker continue to get it done
« on: February 09, 2018, 04:24:15 PM »
I saw this yesterday. 100% support this and this is good news that Virginians are working together.

Yessir. This is a good issue that they've focused on; especially with the little details that tend to go by the wayside.

A 2016 State Crime Commission study found that more than $230 million was owed to Virginia crime victims but had not been paid. Another bill involved in the deal would devote more resources to locating crime victims so that they can be paid from a publicly administered compensation fund defendants pay into.

The restitution bills would allow judges to jail defendants who donít pay their victims.

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Politics / Re: The Governor and the Speaker continue to get it done
« on: February 09, 2018, 09:10:19 AM »
Northam, Cox announce deal to raise Virginia's felony larceny threshold from $200 to $500

The agreement to raise the grand larceny threshold, the first such increase since 1980, is a bipartisan breakthrough on a long-blocked proposal. The compromise was brought about by changing Republican attitudes on criminal justice reform and Northamís willingness to reach across the aisle by supporting a GOP victim restitution proposal that former Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed.

Talk about working together. He struck a deal that the previous Governor had said "no" to, by expanding the compromise.


http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/northam-cox-announce-deal-to-raise-virginia-s-felony-larceny/article_26cbe9e2-1b71-5955-aba9-a88c1b7eb54d.html

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