Longtime Floyd County Board of Supervisors Chairman David Ingram’s loss to political newcomer Lauren Yoder in the Saturday GOP canvass surprised few. It’s a bad year for incumbents and the furor over tax hikes a few months ago signaled trouble for anyone who supported the hikes. The local tea party hasn’t taken credit for Yoder’s
A member of the local tea party got in my face during a break at the monthly board of supervisors meeting Tuesday and claimed I was “biased” and “not a real conservative.” Well, he was half-right. I’m not a conservative. I’m not a liberal. I’m not a Democrat. I’m not a Republican. I’m an American
Mason Adams at The Roanoke Times has a good profile of outgoing Congressman Rick Boucher who is leaving Congress after 28 years representing the “Fighting Ninth” of Southwestern Virginia. Writes Adams: For 28 years, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher divided his time between the mountains of Southwest Virginia and the ornate buildings on Capitol Hill. By
The networks called the 9th District Congressional race early Tuesday. Republican Morgan Griffith, the carpetbagger from Salem, ousted Democrat Rick Boucher from the Congressional seat he has held for 28 years. In a campaign fueled by voter anger, outside money and 800 grand in spending by the National Republican Congressional Committee, Griffith handily defeated a
The Floyd tea party — such as it is — endorsed Morgan Griffith for Congress last week. Yeah, sure. They weren’t going to endorse Boucher. He’s a Democrat and far too moderate for the right-wing extremists of the tea party “movement.” Jeremiah Heaton? No way. Heaton makes Sharron Angle look well versed on the issues.
Many Congressional incumbents around the country are in trouble. At the moment, veteran 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher does not appear to be one of them. A new poll shows Democrat Boucher leading Republican challenger Morgan Griffith by 13 points — 52-39 percent. An incumbent with more than 50 percent re-elect is not usually considered
Just call the Tea Party the CB Radio of this year’s political circus, a fad that is fading fast, a crackpot idea whose time never was and now is disappearing faster than Sarah Palin’s credibility. Three Tea Party candidates went down in flames in the Virginia primaries Tuesday, beaten to a pulp by established candidates.
The rabid right wing of the Republican party saw Bob McDonnell’s election as a road to the past, restoring the shameful and restrictive policies of the Old South to the Old Dominion. Now they’re not so sure. “He clearly cannot be trusted,” Joe Glover, a Republican activist who lives near Lynchburg and heads the Family
Gov. Bob McDonnell, playing to his mostly-white, Conservative base, restored Confederate History Month to Virginia’s Hall of Shame recently, reversing an eight-year trend of relegating the history of the ill-fated Confederacy to its well-deserved place in the dustbin of historical mistakes. For some, dedicating a month to remembering the Confederacy is akin to declaring a
Our two Democratic Congressmen split their votes on the health care “reform” package that passed the House of Representatives late Sunday night. Rep. Rick Boucher voted “no,” saying the bill’s cuts in Medicare hurt his large senior citizen constituency. Rep. Tom Perriello cast a “yes” vote, a move which could cost him in the mid-term