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COLUMN — Democrats reject moderate police reforms

The 2020 Special Session to date has largely focused on police and criminal justice reform even though the General Assembly’s primary charge was to address ... Read more

2 months ago by Tommy Wright.

COLUMN — Prayers to all those affected by COVID-19

Our prayers go out to our president, governor, their wives, and to all who have been infected with COVID-19. We wish them fast recoveries. Likewise, ... Read more

2 months ago by Frank Ruff.

House votes to condemn QAnon

I was glad to be back in Washington this week voting on the issues that matter most to the 5th District. First, I want to ... Read more

2 months ago by Denver Riggleman.

COLUMN — House begins budget work

Last Friday, Sept. 25, the budget bill was passed out of the House Appropriations Committee. Democrats have spent $251 million over and above the governor’s request ... Read more

2 months ago by Matt Fariss.

COLUMN — Pathway back is coming into view

It’s often important to hear rumors of something happening before it actually happens, to know the skids are being greased, to understand that a path ... Read more

2 months ago by Titus Mohler.

Amendment would keep court at nine

Thursday, Sept. 24, I introduced a Constitutional Amendment with Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MD). The Keep Nine Amendment would permanently set the number of U.S. Supreme ... Read more

2 months ago by Denver Riggleman.

Legislature protects renters, hurts landlords

Compassion is a good thing when you are using your resources in assisting others in a time of their need. It is far different when ... Read more

2 months ago by Frank Ruff.

COLUMN — A letter to my pre-pandemic self

Imagine you’re writing a letter to the 2019 version of yourself. It’s something I think about often. What would you say to that person? What ... Read more

2 months ago by Alexa Massey.

Vote ‘yes’ on the redistricting amendment

The 2021 General Assembly Special Session continues to move slowly, as the House did not meet at all last week. We were called back to ... Read more

2 months ago by Tommy Wright.

Law enforcement changes happening quickly

All over America, there are efforts to change law enforcement. In some cities, there has been an open effort to defund the police. In other ... Read more

2 months ago by Frank Ruff.

COLUMN — Support redistricting amendment

Last week, I wrote about the several laws that were changed during the 2020 regular and the on-going special session. My focus was on how ... Read more

2 months ago by Frank Ruff.

COLUMN — Special session focuses on police reform bills

Early in-person voting begins this Friday, Sept. 18. The 59th District is composed of five counties and all information for your registrar’s office is listed ... Read more

2 months ago by Matt Fariss.

Impact study highlights SVCC’s contributions

A recent economic impact study undertaken by Dr. Vincent Magnini, a researcher at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business in Blacksburg, examined the impact Southside ... Read more

2 months ago by Quentin Johnson.

COLUMN — Congress goes purple for addiction awareness

September is National Recovery Month, when we bring awareness to the addiction epidemic and elevate the voices of those it affects. I became a founding ... Read more

3 months ago by Denver Riggleman.

COLUMN — Loss of Family Medicine would have far-reaching effects

Our little rural community was rocked late last week when we learned of Sentra’s plans to close Buckingham Family Medicine at the end of October. ... Read more

3 months ago by Guest Columnist.

COLUMN — Democrats ban chokeholds, no-knock warrants

The 2021 General Assembly Special Session continues to move slowly, only meeting on Thursday and Friday last week, with no guidance on when it will ... Read more

3 months ago by Tommy Wright.

Evaluating the work from home experience

If you had a time machine and went back to visit 2019 Titus and told him I had been to the office only twice between ... Read more

3 months ago by Titus Mohler.

Is your vote safer today than it was last year?

Free and fair voting is the basic premise of any democracy. Remember the stories that came out of Iraq after the fall of the Saddam ... Read more

3 months ago by Frank Ruff.

COLUMN — Is your vote safer today than it was last election?

Free and fair voting is the basic premise of any democracy. Remember the stories that came out of Iraq after the fall of the Shah? ... Read more

3 months ago by Frank Ruff.

COLUMN — Free yourself from things

I recently stumbled upon an illustration online that likely originally came from The New Yorker. In the drawing, an elderly man was standing in front ... Read more

3 months ago by Alexa Massey.

COLUMN — Bipartisan resolution condemns QAnon

Although Congress is not in session this week, I have been working hard to craft legislation for the 5th District. This past week I was ... Read more

3 months ago by Denver Riggleman.

Redistricting amendment is fair

For three quarters of the last century, Virginia was effectively a one-party state. That political party could enact anything they wanted. Because they controlled the ... Read more

3 months ago by Frank Ruff.

Democrats’ agenda weakens law enforcement efforts

The House of Delegates adjourned last Friday and is subject to the call of the speaker with 48 hours notice. As of this writing, that ... Read more

3 months ago by Tommy Wright.

Johns should be honored with statue in Capitol

Barbara Johns’ story of courage and determination that began Monday, April 23, 1951, when the 16-year-old led a walkout of 450 students at Moton High ... Read more

3 months ago by Roger Watson.

COLUMN — Barbara Johns should be honored with statue in U.S. Capitol

Barbara Johns’ story of courage and determination that began Monday, April 23, 1951, when the 16-year-old led a walkout of 450 students at Moton High ... Read more

3 months ago by Roger Watson.

COLUMN — OnStar to connect vets in crisis

These unprecedented times have left many Americans feeling vulnerable and insecure. In Congress, I have continued to work to address these concerns. Recently, I sponsored ... Read more

3 months ago by Denver Riggleman.

COLUMN — The return of the big screen

Movies have long been near and dear to my heart, and I’m sure many in our community would echo that sentiment as well. Consequently, it ... Read more

3 months ago by Titus Mohler.

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