Category: Politics

Oh oh, the rabid right is angry with Bob McDonnell

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

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Bob McDonnell: The Klan’s governor

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

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Area Congressmen split vote on flawed health care bill

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

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A well-deserved butt kicking

Hell froze over in Massachusetts Tuesday. Voters sent a Republican to Washington to represent the most liberal state in the union in the United States Senate. Defeated Democrats immediately launched their typical finger-pointing game — blaming the loss of seat held for so long by Sen. Ted Kennedy on everyone and everything except themselves. Most

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Judge Ray Grubbs steps down

For months, the buzz around the Floyd County Courthouse said Circuit Judge Ray W. Grubbs would not seek reappointment to another eight year term on the bench. On Tuesday, Grubbs confirmed the buzz. He’s stepping down when his current term ends in March, ending a 16-year tenure on the bench. Like many retired judges, however,

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The political blog graveyard

The Virginia blog graveyard got another addition Saturday as Democratic political activist Karen Duncan announced she is shutting down her popular Anonymous is a Woman site because of a potential conflict with an unnamed new job. Duncan is shutting down her blog for what she feels are good reasons. Others recently have quietly walked away

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New faces in government

Some new faces joined the ranks of elected officials Monday as Circuit Judge Ray W. Grubbs administered the oath of office in the courtroom of the county courthouse. Among those taking the oath of office were newly-elected town Mayor Will Griffin, council members Bruce Turner and Karen Agnew Bingham, Courthouse district supervisor Casey Clinger and

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Election night: A return to status quo

Floyd County voters, for the most part, returned to status quo Tuesday, giving Republicans wide support and strengthening the GOP stranglehold on the Board of Supervisors.

Republican Casey Clinger easily defeated former Town Manager Mike Maslaney, a Democrat running as an independent, collecting 56.56 percent of the vote to win the open seat on the Floyd County Board of Supervisors, replacing retiring Democrat-turned-Republican Jerry W. Boothe.  Boothe endorsed Clinger and the win gives the GOP a solid 4-1 majority on the county board.

Some saw the race as a referendum on old vs. new: Clinger, the local boy and businessman, against Maslaney, the newcomer heavily involved in the downtown rehab project. Others felt Maslaney would be hurt by his seat on the county Economic Development Authority, currently involved in a questionable deal to sell 51.5 acres in the county’ Commerce Park to a company with a dubious track record.

Whatever the reason, county voters returned to their GOP roots Tuesday, giving the three Republicans running for statewide office 65 percent of the vote and delegate Charles Poindexter 74 percent.

In the school board race, however, voters dumped incumbent Howard Cundiff — replacing him with Linda King, who rang up 62.65 percent of the vote in a comfortable win.

In the town council race, appointed councilman Bruce Turner, Floyd County’s Chief Deputy in the Sheriff’s Department, led voting with 102 votes (39.08 percent), followed by Karen Agnew Bingham (71 votes: 27.20 percent), Ross G. Miller (50 votes: 19.15 percent) and Dennis Wagner (37 votes: 14.17 percent).  Will Griffin, running unopposed for mayor, won with only 1 dissenting write-in vote.

Statewide, Republicans padded their majority in the House of Delegates, picking up at least four seats, and newly-elected governor Bob McDonnell delivered the final blow to Democrats by capturing the Northern Virginia counties of Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William.  Independent voters who helped put Mark Warner and Tim Kaine in the governor’s office in the last two elections, went to McDonnell this time around. Democrats weren’t helped by the the incredibly inept campaign of Bath County Senator Creigh Deeds in his bid for the state’s top job.

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Live from Floyd

CNN invited me to join in a live discussion Monday on the war of words between President Barack Obama and Fox News. In the old days, when I did gigs like this in Washington, I would drive down to the studios of CNN, MSNBC or other news outlets. No more. Now it’s simply a case

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