Category Archives: Politics

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…

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,…

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…

McAuliffe: Another governor for sale

McAuliffe: Another governor for sale

Looks like the current governor of Virginia, just like the one he followed, is for sale to the highest bidder. While former governor Bob McDonald waits to see how long he and his estranged wife will serve in prison for getting big bucks from former Star Scientific CEO, current governor Terry McAuliffe is selling out…

Sarah Palin and the sad, inane fanatics who follow her

Sarah Palin and the sad, inane fanatics who follow her

The rabid following of failed Alaska governor and one-time vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is a mystery to anyone with an IQ above that of an average plant, but a recent letter to the editor of the Roanoke Times by Jon R. Harris of Roanoke illustrates the the outright inanity of some who genuflect at…

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 really…

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 jury…

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. …

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 Visitors…

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”…

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 entire…

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 from…

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,…

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 candidates…

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 he…

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 getting…

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 it…

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 wife…

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 and…