Category Archives: Politics

Little old-fasioned Karma coming down?

Little old-fasioned Karma coming down?

My Page One story in today’s Floyd Press tells of a a consistent overcharging of customers of Floyd’s Pizza Inn Restaurant, owned and operated by county board of supervisors chairman Case Clinger. Pizza Inn has been charging customers 10.3 percent sales tax on purchases for at least a year — almost double what was reallyContinue Reading

Morrissey charged with sex with teen girl

Morrissey charged with sex with teen girl

Democratic Virginia Del. Joe Morrissey, a controversial legislator and lawyer in the Old Dominion, now faces charges that he had sex with a minor at least twice in his law office, possesses pornographic images of an underage female and solicited others to obtain even more such images. Indictments handed down by a special grand juryContinue Reading

Mark Warner:  Governor then, Senator now

Mark Warner: Governor then, Senator now

Mark Warner was still governor of Virginia when he came to Floyd in 2005 to hold a town meeting at The Floyd Country Store. The three county supervisors on the front row in the photo — Jerry Boothe, Kerry Whitlock and David Ingram — no longer serve on the board.  Boothe quit on his own. Continue Reading

More ethical questions for the McDonnells

More ethical questions for the McDonnells

Looks like former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, already facing prosecution for selling favors during his scandal-scarred term in office, is facing even more problems. Now prosecutors say McDonnell and his former Washington Redskins cheerleader wife accepted a $23,000 fancy trip to Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina with University of Virginia Board of VisitorsContinue Reading

McAuliffe will sign budget deal but veto Medicare amendment

McAuliffe will sign budget deal but veto Medicare amendment

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe today said he will sign the new two-year fiscal budget approved by the General Assembly late last week but will veto an amendment that seeks to stop him from implementing any expansion of the Medicaid program to take advantage of Obamacare. McAuliffe also announced he is scrapping a legislative Medicaid “reform”Continue Reading

Will Terry McAulifee veto the state budget?

Will Terry McAulifee veto the state budget?

The Virginia General Assembly, now completely under Republican control, late Thursday passed a budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1 but that budget is not yet law. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, unhappy with amendments that put a halt to his plans to expand Mediciad through options under Obamacare, could veto the entireContinue Reading

Cantor goes down in self-induced flames

Cantor goes down in self-induced flames

The standard political spin out of House Minority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss in Tuesday’s Virginia GOP primary declares the election’s stunning result a tea party win. In reality, neither the tea party or primary winner Dave Brat beat the number two Republican in the House of Representatives.  Cantor beat himself.  The arrogant, ego-driven Congressman fromContinue Reading

McAuliffe: Major disappointment to Dems?

McAuliffe: Major disappointment to Dems?

Ask a Virginia Democrat for a public comment about Governor Terry McAuliffe and you get the standard political rhetoric about what “a great job he is doing,” Talk to them privately and a different picture emerges.  The celebration over McAuliffe’s victory last November is over and an increasing number of Democrats admit, off the record,Continue Reading

Turn out the lights. The tea party is over

Turn out the lights. The tea party is over

Voters Tuesday sent a strong message to the once-formidable tea party:  We don’t like you and we don’t want you representing us in Congress. Tea party candidates lost big in Senate primaries in Kentucky and Georgia as GOP voters rallied behind “establishment” party candidates who  stand a better chance of running strong against Democratic candidatesContinue Reading

McAuliffe bypassing General Assembly?

McAuliffe bypassing General Assembly?

Looks like Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is looking for ways to tell the Republican-controlled General Assembly to go screw itself while bypassing the legislature to implement his controversial Medicaid expansion plan that has brought state government to a virtual halt. McAuliffe has fellow Democrat and Attorney General Mark Herring researching whether or not heContinue Reading

What did McAuliffe know?

What did McAuliffe know?

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, catching hell from both Republicans and Democrats for the blatant “access for cash” fundraising effort by his new political action committee aimed at high-dollar donors, is now claiming he knew nothing about a recent email sent out by the committee selling access at various levels of contributions up to 100 grand. “They put out a piece of paper I had never seen or approved,” McAuliffe told radio listeners on WRVA radio Thursday when asked about the solicitations by his Common Good Virginia PAC. That solicitation sold a private dinner with the governor and his wife, plus…Continue Reading

Love ’till debt does us part?

Love ’till debt does us part?

If one reads between the lines of the latest mountain of motions filed by the legal defense team for former and disgraced Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, it seems the best way for the governor to get off is to reveal just what his former pro football cheerleader wife was doing to him rather than gettingContinue Reading

McAuliffe sells ‘special access’ to big donors

McAuliffe sells ‘special access’ to big donors

Access to new Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe is for sale and he doesn’t come cheap. The governor’s Political Action Committee is pitching “insider access” which includes a private dinner with he and his wife, participate in roundtable discussions with Virginia’s top politician and meet once a month with the Old Dominion’s “policy experts.” While itContinue Reading

Candidate credit check

Candidate credit check

As more and more details emerge about the acceptance of gifts, loans and more by former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen during their fours years in Executive Mansion in Richmond, a picture of a chief executive up to his butt in debts and scrambling to pay bills emerges. McDonnell and his wifeContinue Reading

Will a new governor bring real change to Virginia?

Will a new governor bring real change to Virginia?

Virginia inaugurated a new governor over the weekend, a Democrat after four years of Republican leadership by the scandal-scarred Bob McDonnell. Democrats now occupy the top three positions in Virginia:  Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General.  Four years of hysteria from now deposed Republican attorney general Ken Cuccinelli are over. As a political agnostic andContinue Reading

Obenshain concedes to Herrin in AG race

Obenshain concedes to Herrin in AG race

State Sen. Mark Obenshain, the Republican candidate for Attorney General, gave up on his effort to reverse his loss through a recount and conceded defeat to Democrat Mark Herring Wednesday afternoon. “It is apparent that our campaign is going to come up a few votes short,” Obenshain said to reporters in a late afternoon pressContinue Reading

Obenshain set to concede race for Attorney General

Obenshain set to concede race for Attorney General

The Washington Post is reporting that Republican Attorney General candidate Mark Obenshain will concede the Virginia Attorney General’s race to Democrat Mark Herring before final results of a recount are announced. Obenshain, the paper says in a report attributed to two sources, will conceded Wednesday afternoon even though the recount is scheduled to continue throughContinue Reading

Yes, Virginia, there will be a recount in the state AG race

Yes, Virginia, there will be a recount in the state AG race

In the least surprising news out of a statewide election of surprises this year, Republican Attorney General Candidate Mark Obenshain is requesting a recount after the official canvass of this month’s election shows him trailing Democrat Mark Herring by 165 votes out of the 2.2 million cast. Recounts are virtually automatic in such races andContinue Reading