Category Archives: Politics

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

An apology from a former political operative

An apology from a former political operative

I had to turn my back on a couple of long-time acquaintances and walk away from them this week. An attempt to talk reasonably about politics (in one case) or religion (in the other) turned into shouting matches filled with cliches, stereotyping and anger. Others tell me that such things happen more and more often… Continue Reading

Ed Gillespie concedes defeat in Senate race

Ed Gillespie concedes defeat in Senate race

Virginia Republican Senate challenger Ed Gillespie conceded defeat to Democratic incumbent Mark Warner Friday after the latest vote totals showed a margin of more than 16,000 votes. The vote margin put Warner’s victory close to the one percent mark and while that would have allowed Gillespie the right to request a recount, any margin of… Continue Reading

GOP Sheriff Zeman supports Mark Warner

GOP Sheriff Zeman supports Mark Warner

Floyd County Sheriff Shannon Zeman, a Republican, is featured on a new campaign ad supporting Democrat Mark Warner’s re-election effort, saying the Republican, Ed Gillespie, is not a worthy opponent. “Mark Warner is working to solve problems,” Zeman says in his appearance in the ad.  “Ed Gillespie and his attacks are the problem.” Zeman is… Continue Reading

Virginians to Bob McDonnell: Go to jail, go directly to jail

Virginians to Bob McDonnell: Go to jail, go directly to jail

A common mantra of politicians is something along the line of “let the people decide.” The claim, of course, is false.  Politicians, as a rule, don’t give a damn about what “the people” think and realize that most people feel the same way about the politicians. For convicted felon Bob McDonnell, former governor of Virginia,… Continue Reading

Buying Gov. McAuliffe’s support

Buying Gov. McAuliffe’s support

Want support from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe?  Start by writing check. That’s how energy companies are getting the Democratic governor’s support for pipelines they want snaking through the Old Dominion. McAuliffe announced his “endorsement” of Dominion’s latest pipeline endeavor after enough money flowed in over the transom and he is now also on board for… Continue Reading