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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 — 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 / 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 / The Governor and the Speaker continue to get it done
« on: February 06, 2018, 12:46:43 PM »
Governor Ralph Northam and Speaker Kirk Cox continue to show that the Virginia way is the BEST way. Get out the way, DC.

After a couple weeks with face-to-face meetings, full staff included, Northam and Cox announced a bipartisan regulatory reform deal Monday that aims to reduce state regulations by 25% within three years. Not all regulations that are on the chopping block are disclosed just yet, but one in particular turns out to be pretty funny:

On Monday, the House passed a bill to specify that hair salon workers who only clean, style or blow dry hair do not have to get a state-issued license. It also specifies that shampooing is not among the more sensitive chemical treatments that require extra government oversight.

“We don’t need to be regulating shampoos,” said Del. Mark Keam, D-Fairfax, the bill’s sponsor. “I don’t know about you, but I don’t want big government in my hair.”

Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, brought his daughter, Ally, onto the House floor Monday as a living argument for why the state should not include hair braiding in its cosmetology regulations.

“When her friend provided her with a beautiful hair braid, she decided to compensate her with a dollar,” Freitas said. “And that is when her descent into crime began.”


http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/northam-cox-announce-bipartisan-plan-to-roll-back-state-regulations/article_3ce8f05a-4eb8-524e-9a1c-0b75a87e1103.html

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Politics / Virginia Gets Its- Washington Does NOT
« on: February 02, 2018, 04:30:55 PM »
Regardless of what party or ideals you support, this is a shameful time of bickering and squabbling solely on party lines. Virginia is setting the tone on how governance should be done. A lot of us, myself included, are sick of it. (I'm dead serious about starting the Bull Moose Party Revival!)

Governor Ralph Northam: "This is a moment for Virginia to distinguish itself. We can show Washington and the rest of the country what good governance looks like."

And it just so happens that Ralph and the Republican Speaker of the House, Kirk Cox, have been working hand-in-hand on several of those big issues: Medicaid expansion and public education. And the fact is, that some people have scoffs at them for "taking the bait" to work together. But it hasn't stopped them. The Virginia way is proving to be the better way.

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Politics / More funding for rural schools
« on: January 31, 2018, 07:28:57 AM »
I've a Virginian first. And I'm a rural Virginia first. Before any party, or prior party allegiance. So its good to see more focus from the General Assembly on public school in, and for, rural Virginia.

Del. Israel O’Quinn, R-Bristol, this week introduced an amendment that would add $35.7 million the first year and $28.5 million the second from the general fund, increasing the supplement paid to school districts with at-risk students in poverty. The bill — which would apply to the fiscal 2018-19 and 2019-20 spending plans — would both increase funding and broaden how funds may be spent to support those students, the document shows.

Please remember that what our legislators and leaders in the state do effects you MUCH MORE than what Trump and the federal government does!

http://www.swvatoday.com/news/article_a20eff03-c29e-531a-8bd0-f6b261fe0671.html

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Politics / Trump refuses to impose Russian sanctions
« on: January 30, 2018, 09:48:02 AM »
Despite Congress passing a low allowing him to do so. Included in this was Congress (Republican controlled) voted almost unanimously to pass a bill that punished Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 US election and aggression in east Ukraine.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-russia-sanctions-trump-no-new-congress-law-election-hacking-intervention-putin-kremlin-a8184866.html



C'mon dude...this could be another step in your favor to try to prove that there is no buddy-system with you and Russia.

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Politics / Program tackles mental health issues before arrests
« on: January 26, 2018, 08:09:42 AM »
A Virginia county has set up an efficient system for treating people experiencing mental health emergencies, without sending them to jail. I believe this is the way to move forward in the bridge of mental health/criminal justice system.

Prince William County, surprisingly, implemented system and is looking to expand it. I'm hoping that other localities in Virginia are going to move to institute this type of system for mental health emergencies. Locking those who are mentally ill, in many severe cases, does NOT solve the problem and often exacerbates it.   
http://www.insidenova.com/news/crime_police/prince_william/program-tackles-mental-health-issues-before-arrests-in-prince-william/article_23143afe-01ea-11e8-a332-3722ddc461a7.html

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Politics / Marijuana reform in Virginia
« on: January 24, 2018, 08:02:43 AM »
Virginia's citizens, voters, and leaders have put some attention on decriminalizing pot. Our Senate majority leader introduced a bill that eliminates jail time for first-offense possession but falls short of decriminalization. First-time marijuana possession offenders would be fined but also have a chance to have their records expunged. The patron of the bill has since waned on his support on certain specifics of the bill.

What do you think? I am for legalizing for medical purposes and lowering the chargers of first time offenders; so much as they aren't facing the same types of chargers as those caught with heroin or other big time drugs. I know our Libertarians are in favor of such measures as well. 


http://www.insidenova.com/news/politics/marijuana-reform-bill-doesn-t-go-far-enough-for-decriminalization/article_9862c978-006f-11e8-888b-8b8daa4d675f.html

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Politics / Governor Northam Calls for Teacher Raises
« on: January 24, 2018, 07:42:29 AM »
Governor Northam has a good idea on attracting and MAINTAINING top talent in our public schools:

raising teacher's pay.

http://www.insidenova.com/news/education/northam-calls-for-raising-teacher-pay-to-attract-top-talent/article_9c60544a-0070-11e8-aa5c-0b8d168bf4e9.html

I support this move. Especially is Martinsville/Henry County and other rural areas, as we have difficulty recruiting and retaining good K-12 teachers. This is the type of move our area needs.

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Legislators push for workforce development- especially for those without college degrees. This could be a great push to help cut our unemployment rate in Martinsville and Henry County.

HB 306, introduced by Del. Vivian E. Watts of Fairfax, would assist businesses that participate in the Virginia Registered Apprenticeship program, which provides on-the-job training. Under the measure, state agencies could give extra consideration to such businesses in awarding contracts for goods and services.

HB 1407, introduced by Del. Jeion A. Ward of Hampton, the state would set a goal to award 42 percent of its procurement orders and contracts to small businesses and microbusinesses. In addition, state agencies could set aside certain contracts that only small businesses or microbusinesses could bid on.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legislators-push-for-workforce-development/2018/01/18/d59c8ab0-fc99-11e7-9b5d-bbf0da31214d_story.html?utm_term=.9f87b3c90b11

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Politics / Bi-Partisan efforts to bust Dominion (all politics is local)
« on: January 19, 2018, 07:42:29 AM »
We can talk all day about how wretched of a person the Donald is but honestly, state government and the General Assembly does work that effects our day-to-day life.

Now members from both sides and different regions of the Commonwealth are going after Dominion power.

Legislators plan to unveil a bipartisan bill on Friday to undo the controversial utility rate freeze that has shielded Dominion Energy from review since 2015 and issue rebates to customers who have overpaid during that time. In the Senate you've got 2 of the best from Fairfax and Virginia Beach teaming up. Then in the House, youve got a delegate from Henrico and Wise County. This sounds very promising!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/lawmakers-plan-bipartisan-bill-to-end-dominion-rate-freeze-promise-rebates/2018/01/18/6220273e-fc9b-11e7-a46b-a3614530bd87_story.html?utm_term=.8fbba8ed60e6

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Politics / 2018 General Assembly Bills
« on: January 12, 2018, 11:08:15 AM »
The 2018 Virginia General Assembly graveled into session this Wednesday. There are already some good bills on the docket; and please remember all politics is local. These lawmakers will have much more effect on our day-to-day lives than the federal government.

Bill to prohibit state dollars funding tests on dogs, cats
http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/bill-to-prohibit-state-dollars-funding-tests-on-dogs-cats/article_2e8a11b3-5843-55fe-a914-1ee37cf17fc5.html

Southwest Va. push to reforming pipeline regulation
http://www.newsadvance.com/nelson_county_times/news/southwest-va-lawmakers-push-legislative-package-aimed-at-reforming-pipeline/article_749a4803-12bd-5dc9-99eb-c1afc4501b53.html

Credit freeze fees would be eliminated through General Assembly bill
https://pilotonline.com/inside-business/news/banking-and-finance/article_516e1ef1-7a5e-542e-b355-f109d56b9d70.html

Confederate Monuments to be handles by localities
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/virginia/articles/2018-01-11/bill-would-let-virginia-cities-remove-confederate-monuments

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Politics / FBI Stops ISIS Terror Attack on Christmas
« on: December 27, 2017, 08:37:45 AM »
A former Marine was apparently excited about the idea of carrying out a terror attack over Christmas at Pier 39, a busy shopping area of San Francisco. Or at least that’s what Everitt Aaron Jameson claimed when he talked to an undercover FBI agent that he thought was associated with the senior ISIS leadership.

He was booked on Friday on charges that he attempted to support a terrorist organization. In addition to discussing the attack, Jameson also said he would be willing to donate $400 per month to the cause and was willing to travel to Syria.

It may be hard to look past the whining rants of the president about the FBI, but they just foiled a terror plot right before Christmas. Thank you FBI!




https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2017/12/fbi-claims-it-stopped-christmas-attack-in-san-francisco-by-former-marine.html

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Politics / For Everyone
« on: November 05, 2017, 07:12:21 PM »
Tuesday is important.

Whether or not your love or hate Donald Trump, love him, believe in Russian collusion, conspiracies, crooked politicians, the actions of Congress, or love where the federal government is at right now, remember this:

ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL

The actions of our state leadership are the aspect of government that direct your day-to-day lives here in Virginia. Tuesday's election for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and our delegates will effects you, your family, and your community much more than the President.

I hope you vote for Ralph Northam for many reasons. Even if you don't, just remember that all politics is local.

Please go vote. Stand up and be heard Martinsville and Henry County!

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Politics / Trump's Secretary of Health Gone- Another one bites the dust
« on: September 29, 2017, 05:11:48 PM »
The Trump administration and cabinet cannot keep anyone on board for long.

Tom Price, the Secretary of Health and Human Human Services has "resigned". This comes admist the revelation that he had repeatedly chartered private planes for government travel. Oh, in the end, we the U.S.A. taxpayers pay the bill for all of this. Price took as many as 26 private flights and flew on military planes on trips to Europe and Africa at an estimated cost to taxpayers of over $1 million

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tom-price-resigns-health-human-services-secretary/story?id=50186881

And one from Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/29/trump-says-hell-decide-friday-night-whether-to-fire-hhs-secretary-tom-price.html

This whole administration/regime cannot keep it together for 1 damn week.


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