Monday, July 30, 2007
John S. Edwards
Edwards, a Democrat, is state senator for the 21st District, which includes Roanoke, parts of Roanoke, Pulaski and Montgomery counties, and all of Craig and Giles counties.
The ill-conceived Transportation Act of 2007 -- negotiated in secret by House and Senate Republican leaders -- is only now receiving the public scrutiny it should have received during the legislative session last winter. And the public is making clear that it does not like what it sees.
The dramatic increase in fees is intended to raise funds for road improvements, never mind that this source is inadequate and not designed to fund road building. But, worse still, they only apply to Virginians, and not to out-of-state drivers. Despite the fact that perhaps one-third of the miles traveled are driven by out-of state motorists, Virginians will bear the entire burden of paying for roads under this legislation.
Click here for the rest of Senator Edward's Op-Ed
Then come back and tell us your opinion.
Two delegates, architects of the abusive driver fees, have gotten speeding tickets recently.
By Mason Adams
Two advocates of a state transportation bill that included "abusive driver fees" were each caught during the past year driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 81.
House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith and Del. Terry Kilgore's tickets weren't eligible for the abuser fees, which just took effect July 1 and can run as high as $3,000 for a felony offense. But if they'd been driving just a little faster and few months later, each could have been subjected to a $1,050 fee to be paid over three years.
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Sunday, July 29, 2007
Va. Courts Brace for Avalanche of Bad-Driver Cases
By Amy Gardner
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 29, 2007; Page C01
They have been trickling into courtrooms across Virginia in recent days. But this week, next week and week after week after that, thousands of traffic cases that carry steep new civil penalties will slam the state's judicial system.
All summer, the political upset has been growing over new and higher fees for the most egregious driving offenses, fees that in some cases run as high as $3,000. But the practical effect is about to hit even harder, and judges and court clerks predict an unprecedented wave of trials, appeals, strategies and anger as they begin to hear cases subject to the new law.
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Friday, July 20, 2007
For a list of threatened vetoes - http://www.speaker.gov/legislation?id=0058
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
- The best person to hire for a job, is the person who has the experience and understanding to know what the company needs, a solid and proven work ethic, and a vision for the future.
- The best person to hire for a job, is the individual who's history shows she will give her full attention and effort to making the company the best it can be.
- The best person to hire for a job, is the person who puts faith in hard work and performance.
- The best person for the job, is the individual who is willing to earn the job.
- The best person for the job, is the individual who exhibits all of the above, plus a proven long term investment of herself in her community and church.
The Robinsons met Dianne as she was going house to house, listened to her ideas, expressed their ideas and concerns, asked questions, and now display a Fulk for Clerk of Court sign in their yard.
Sincere Thanks to The Robinsons of Grottoes for their support!
- Rename SIRIUS PATRIOT to SIRIUS PARROT since most of those types just repeat the same talking points. Might be insulting to Jimmy Buffett.
- Rename SIRIUS LEFT as SIRIUS LIBERTY which is at least descriptive of American liberal stands and is equally complimentary as the term patriot.
- Rename both to SIRIUS RED and SIRIUS BLUE.
- Cancel your subscription to SIRIUS and enjoy local radio which gives you music and LOCAL news, weather, and sports. Plus, you support the LOCAL economy.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Put huge hunk of oak on the fire figuring it would last a couple days. It did. And more. More fire gazing and wondering. Sometime the second day the fire had opened a tiny fissure through the heart of the oak. At first it was just the barest hint of smoke escaping. I barely noticed. Later the crack opened a bit more allowing a plume of smoke to escape the hot coals underneath. Then a tiny orange flame found an avenue which finally opened into a faster burn that consumed the oak from the inside out. In the end, the oak fell to the slow burn that quite quickly became a raging fire.
The United States is a bit like that solid oak. Built of solid values and solid people. Meant to last an eternity.
But, our nation and our society are in a slow burn that will, if not doused with our democratic values and the rule of law, consume us from the inside out.
It is getting smokey. Time is short. We are the masters of our fate. We are the captains of our soul.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Is it our military veterans?....nope
Is it our country's most vulnerable, the young and the elderly?....wrong again
How about civil servants like firemen and police?....no way...
It's the 535 members of the U.S. Congress, and a select few in the upper levels of the executive and judicial branches of government!!
In America, where almost 20% of the children live below the poverty line and thousands of people die each year because of lack of affordable health insurance, is Congress's medical coverage a fair, warranted perk or a feasible model that we should ask Congress to extend to the rest of us?
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
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Then come back and talk about it. We've got some thinking to do on this issue...
Monday, July 9, 2007
By Dale Eisman
WASHINGTON -- The combat boots he made famous in last year's long march to the Senate are a museum piece now, enshrined in a glass-fronted case in his reception room on Capitol Hill.
These days, Sen. Jim Webb dresses and talks more like a peacemaker than a battle-tested Marine. Six months into his term, the Virginia Democrat whose campaign slogan was "Born Fighting" is learning the ways of the Senate and taking care to get along with his colleagues.
"We have 100 scorpions locked in a jar, and we have to keep working with each other," he joked recently. "It doesn't pay to not be cordial."
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Then come on back, we''ll wait for you!
THE former American secretary of state Colin Powell has revealed that he spent 2½ hours vainly trying to persuade President George W Bush not to invade Iraq and believes today’s conflict cannot be resolved by US forces.
“I tried to avoid this war,” Powell said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. “I took him through the consequences of going into an Arab country and becoming the occupiers.”
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Sunday, July 8, 2007
The key to this demographic shift is, according to the survey, is with Independents, who make up about a third of Virginia’s voting population. The poll found that four out of ten independents now want a Democrat to become our next president, compared to 33% who favor a Republican. Independents helped Bush take the state in 2004, but were critical to the recent Democratic wins of Governors Warner and Kaine, and Senator James Webb.
The poll attributes this shift from red to blue to a very negative opinion of President Bush (he was ranked the worst president since 1960 by this group), deteriorating conditions in Iraq, and a general uneasiness about the economy.
"The times they are a changin' "
Saturday, July 7, 2007
We are very pleased to begin Dianne's latest phase of campaign by recognizing volunteers and special friends.
Our first recognition is our Face of Tomorrow Award.
Face of Tomorrow will highlight the wonderful dedicated young people who are working their hearts out to help build a better tomorrow, today.
Katie Hoover is a true blessing to our area. She has worked tirelessly (and with great results!)
for RCDC and local, state and national Democratic candidates.
In December Katie received the RCDC "Keeper of The Flame" award from
Rockingham Democratic Chairman Don Roderick at the annual Christmas Banquet.
Katie received a personal letter of thanks and special recognition from Delegate Brian Moran.
Katie was honored as one of our Most Important Young Democrats in the Sixth Congressional District by Sixth District Chair David Layman with special recognition from Senator Creigh Deeds during the Annual Sixth District Fundraising and Awards Event held June 16, 2007.
Katie is the daughter of Eric and Brenda Hoover of Broadway (who have blessed her with endless support!)
Thank you Katie Hoover, we are fortunate that you are our community's
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Here's a top notch Team! This photo was just before the 4th of July Parade in Harrisonburg.
By the time we reached Main Street we had 28-30 Wonderful Volunteers handing out campaign information and candy to a crowd estimated to be at least 5,000 strong!
Thank you so much for showing such strong support of our Democratic Candidates!
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
JFK led us as a Nation for many years after he was gone because he inspired vision. He brought not only the United States, but the world into thinking about the future. A bright and bold future.