Tag: Virginia

Bob McDonnell’s incredible tales

When discussion gets around to the incredible tales told by former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in his corruption trial in Richmond, most observers say he is either canny or stupid. Few, if any, say he is innocent.  The general conclusion is that the governor who is throwing his wife under the bus to try and

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Virginia’s relentless rabid right

Virginia’s often raucous Republican Party is under fire — not from liberals, not from Democrats but from themselves. Bolstered by the defeat of former GOP House of Representatives leader Eric Cantor and nominations for top state offices last year that sent Republicans down in defeat, the rabid right-wing wants to expand its control of the

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Bob McDonnell’s ‘do-nothing’ record

Former, scandal-scarred Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell went on the witness stand for his defense Wednesday and said he really didn’t do “all that much” to help Star Scientific, the company where the CEO lavished he and his wife with more than $170,000 in gifts, cash and loans. McDonnell might actually be telling the truth in

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Separating church from state

Circuit clerks throughout Virginia, recognizing — in some cases reluctantly — that gay marriage is destined to become the law of the land, are getting ready for an influx of applications after an expected favorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week denied motions for a stay

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McDonnell’s defense starts

As the defense tries to find a way to absolve former scandal-ridden governor Bob McDonnell of exchanging favors for loans, cash and gifts from a high-rolling dietary supplement wheeler-deeler, a federal agent documents shows the governor and his wife pulled down more than $177,000 in largese from the scheme. Jonnie R. Williams Sr. provided some

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Another Va. GOP bigot

The Virginia Republican treasurer with a passion for bigotry and insults resigned from his position Wednesday but refused to apologize for his racist remarks. “It seems that no matter how careful I might be, I will periodically give consideration for others to portray the party in a bad light, as long as I am a

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Gay pride march set for Floyd

Floyd has a gay pride march set for Saturday. Wolf Cherrix says the second annual march hopes to draw more participants this year because the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Virginia’s ban on gay marriage and because polls show growing acceptance of gay marriage and equality. Although a stay of the decision is in place,

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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. 

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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”

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