Category Archives: Politics

The sub-human stain of Donald Trump

The sub-human stain of Donald Trump

Angry emails, nearly all anonymous, and a voice mail message that said, simply, “go to hell” after I wrote earlier this week that Republican Presidential front runner Donald Trump is “America’s Adolph Hitler.” The kind of reaction expected from the racists, bigots and mentally-challenged Trumpers and Trumpettes who cheer his crudities and crap. Juan Cole… Continue Reading

Stupid is as stupid does

Stupid is as stupid does

Interesting week and one that proves the point that fictional Forest Gump made: “Stupid is as stupid does.” In Iowa, the “everything is about me” Presidential candidate Donald Trump demanded $5 million in charitable contributions as the price for him to appear in the final Republican presidential debate before this Monday’s Iowa primary caucus and… Continue Reading

New York values?

New York values?

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the arch-conservative who some Republicans feel may be the only available alternative to overcoming Donald Trump’s ride to the party’s nomination for President on the hate wagon, is attacking the real estate billionaire for “New York values.” What people of New York feel about what American needs, Cruz says, is out… Continue Reading

One chance to hear candidates face-to-face

One chance to hear candidates face-to-face

Floyd County residents face choices between two candidates for Sheriff, three candidates including a Republican incumbent, a Democratic challenger and an independent for Burks Fork Supervisor; a man or a woman for Little River Supervisors; and two candidates for School Board in the upcoming local elections on Nov. 3. Those who want to see the… Continue Reading

Oops! My bad for missing a candidate

Oops! My bad for missing a candidate

In our roundup of contested races for Floyd County, I omitted Michael Schumann’s name from the list of three candidates for Burks Fork Supervisor.

No slight intended. I mentioned a third candidate for the post but stupidly failed to list Schumann’s name. Continue Reading

Get mad. Then run for office

Get mad. Then run for office

Politics, even locally, is often driven by anger, and people who are mad at the way things are are driving a surge of entries into races this year for Floyd County elections. Kerry Underwood, co-owner of Oddfellas Cantina and distiller of legal moonshine whiskey, got mad over things like an appointment to the Floyd County… Continue Reading

Lies, damn lies and just politics

Lies, damn lies and just politics

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.
We’re so glad you could attend.
Come inside! Come inside!

These lyrics from Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Karn Evil 9 is from their album “Brain Salad Surgery” and, while written and produced back in 1973 — 42 years ago — aptly illustrate the circus currently masquerading as the Sheriff’s campaign for Floyd County in 2015. Continue Reading

Floyd County elections are elephant stampedes

Floyd County elections are elephant stampedes

In most cases, a primary election is just the first step of the process towards election. In Floyd County, winning a GOP primary often means winning everything. Republicans dominate elected office here.  Every member of the county’s board of supervisors is a member of the party of the elephant.  So is every county official.  The… Continue Reading

Branscom, Craig win GOP Convass

Branscom, Craig win GOP Convass

Interim Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Branscom took the Republican nomination for election to the job in the GOP Canvass Saturday, easily defeating Harrison Schroeder and Travis Epes. Long-time Deputy Brian Craig won a tight race for Sheriff against Christiansburg police officer Doug Weddle 1359-1245. Weddle, Schroeder and Epes have conceded. Branscom took every district of the… Continue Reading

Election Day, and a GOP stampede

Election Day, and a GOP stampede

The GOP Canvass, AKA election, starts this morning at 6 a.m. at normal polling places around Floyd County and ends at 1 p.m. Interest appears high for this primary with more than 800 ballots cast in preliminary periods last Saturday and on Thursday. In a country dominated by the party of the elephant, a GOP… Continue Reading

Saturday’s elections:  Choices for voters

Saturday’s elections: Choices for voters

In early voting last Saturday and this past Thursday, those who normally support Republican candidates for Floyd County offices along with other registered voters joined with others who will vote between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday to decide on two candidates among five who want to run the offices of Sheriff and Commonwealth’s Attorney.… Continue Reading

More on Commonwealth’s Attorney Candidates

Two of the three candidates running for the GOP nomination for Commonwealth’s Attorney in the Blue Ridge Mountain Community of Floyd, Virginia, answer more questions from a candidate’s forum on May 7. The GOP Canvass that will decide the nominee and almost certain winner in the general election in November is scheduled for May 16th from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the county’s normal polling places. Continue Reading

Sheriff’s candidate Brian Craig

Republican Floyd County Sheriff’s candidate Brian Craig took time from a busy day of campaigning last Friday to sit down among the hustle and bustle of The Floyd Country Store to talk about his background and why he wants to replace the retiring Shannon Zeman in the job. Continue Reading