Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled a number of budget cuts Wednesday, including eliminating state funding for public broadcasting.
That move, popular with national Republicans, would save the state an estimated $2 million by the end of fiscal 2012 and $4 million by the end of fiscal 2013. Read More
For those readers who wish to read the full details of the Virginia ruling striking down the federal health care act, we have embedded the PDF of the court decision below: Read More
Seventeen years ago, one of my predecessors as governor of Virginia, L. Douglas Wilder, signed into law a statute explicitly prohibiting public officials at the state and local levels from recognizing government union officials as employees’ “exclusive” bargaining agents. Consequently, teacher, firefighter and other government union officials in the Old Dominion, unlike their counterparts in most other states, may not legally wield monopoly-bargaining power. Read More
One of the more inexplicable votes that soon-to-be-former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi forced on her Democratic caucus was on the issue of carbon rationing. Despite there being no public demand for it and no chance of anything similar to the Waxman-Markey climate bill passing in the Senate, Pelosi nonetheless impelled Democrats to vote for it. Read More
Most of the attention on Tuesday’s election has been focused on Virginia’s hotly contested congressional races, but the state’s voters also will be asked to decide on three statewide ballot question. Read More
Left parties are in trouble in the Anglosphere. Here in America Democrats are doing worse in the polls than at any time in the last 50 years. In Britain the Labor party is on the brink of finishing third, behind both Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, in the election next Thursday.
All of which raises the question: What happened to the "third way" center-left movement that once seemed to sweep all before it? Read More
The Obama Democrats' stealth strategy for increasing the size and scope of the federal government is well under way, despite huge voter backlash. Federal spending has been increased from a 30-year average of 21 percent of gross domestic product to 25 percent, and a bipartisan commission tasked with reducing the deficit may recommend tax increases. Read More
Virginia will be first in line to take advantage of the Obama administration's decision to open up large swaths of the Eastern seaboard to oil and natural gas drilling, clearing the way for energy exploration 50 miles off the state's coastline.
Gov. Bob McDonnell and other Virginia officials hailed the announcement Wednesday, while environmental groups reaffirmed their concerns about leasing the nearly 3 million-acre stretch of ocean that has long been closed to oil platforms. Read More
When Virginia Delegate Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights, set up the “Tax Me More Fund” in 2002, he did it to make a point: Those complaining the most loudly about spending “cuts” in Richmond could put their own money where their mouth was and make a voluntary contribution to the state. Read More
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who flies around on private planes so as to tell larger numbers of people how they must live their lives in order to save the planet, wrote a column last year on the lack of winter weather in Washington, D.C. Read More