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COLUMN — Mandatory minimum sentencing could be repealed

The 2021 General Assembly session began Jan. 13. The Senate will meet in person while the House remains virtual. I have added links below for ... Read more

22 hours ago by Matt Fariss.

COLUMN — Our divisions have resulted in a constitutional crisis

The orderly transfer of presidential authority failed to materialize this year. The political divisions in this country have devolved into a constitutional crisis. The head ... Read more

2 days ago by Angus McClellan.

Column — What will 2021 look like?

For months now, everywhere I have gone, people have been saying, “I can’t wait until 2020 is over.” With all that has occurred in the ... Read more

1 week ago by Frank Ruff.

Short session to begin Jan. 13

As you may already be aware, when the General Assembly meets for its 2021 session, the House of Delegates will meet 100% virtually. The Senate ... Read more

1 week ago by Tommy Wright.

Higher taxes for high income workers proposed

As 2020 draws to a close, I cannot help but reflect on the unusual nature of this year as we prepare for the 2021 session. ... Read more

1 week ago by Guest Columnist.

Column — Do COVID relief packages violate principles of taxation?

The purpose of this column is to provide the readers with some thoughts on three constitutional principles in the hope that they may consider them ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Angus McClellan.

Column – Wishes for a great holiday season

Christine and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. This is a time to celebrate with family and be close ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Denver Riggleman.

A new way to formulate the state budget

Every year, the most important thing that the governor of Virginia does is produce a budget or a revised budget. Yet, way too frequently, a ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Frank Ruff.

COLUMN — First doses of vaccine have come to Virginia

Thanks to the hard work of doctors, scientists and Operation Warp Speed, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two coronavirus vaccines in record time with more on ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Denver Riggleman.

COLUMN – Where’s the science behind new restrictions?

My office has been helping Virginians in the 59th District with Virginia Employment Commission issues since the beginning of the pandemic. As of last week, ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Matt Fariss.

Riggleman says farewell to Congress

These last two years serving as your representative in Congress have been an honor of a lifetime. As my time in Congress comes to an ... Read more

1 month ago by Denver Riggleman.

Thoughts on the placement of the Confederate statue

The Farmville Town Council has yet to make a final decision on where or whether the Confederate Heroes statue will stand. According to the town, ... Read more

1 month ago by Angus McClellan.

China should be held accountable

After a joyous Thanksgiving break, I was glad to return to the House of Representatives last week to conduct legislative business on behalf of the ... Read more

1 month ago by Denver Riggleman.

Should we really legalize marijuana?

Over the years that I have been in the General Assembly, there has always been an effort by some to change the laws on the ... Read more

1 month ago by Frank Ruff.

Is climate change really an existential threat?

Remember John Stossel? For those who don’t remember him or never heard of him, Stossel made it big a generation or two ago when he ... Read more

1 month ago by Frank Ruff.

Thanks to those on the front lines of COVID-19

I hope you had a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving celebration with your loved ones last week. Although this holiday season looks different for many ... Read more

1 month ago by Denver Riggleman.

COLUMN — Opioid Grant Act passes House unanimously

I am proud to announce that earlier this week, my original bill, H.R. 2466, the State Opioid Grant Authorization Act of 2020, passed the House of Representatives with unanimous support. ... Read more

2 months ago by Denver Riggleman.

Some taxes unfairly affect rural Virginia

We all want to be treated fairly. Sometimes we do not like government policies at the federal, state, or local levels, but if it affects ... Read more

2 months ago by Frank Ruff.

COLUMN — Working to keep promises to veterans

This week, we paused to pay special tribute to all the brave men and women who serve our country and risk their lives to keep ... Read more

2 months ago by Denver Riggleman.

November is a great time for a gratitude challenge

In 2015, National Day Calendar established November as National Gratitude Month in the United States and Canada. The designation had been advocated by Stacey Grewal, ... Read more

2 months ago by Quentin Johnson.

COLUMN — After 83 days, the special session is over

Monday, Nov. 9, after 83 days, the 2020 Special Session adjourned. We were initially called into the Special Session to develop a revised two-year budget ... Read more

2 months ago by Matt Fariss.

Can we thrive as a mediocracy?

Once upon a time, not that long ago, one received things from earning them. You merited a raise. You merited a promotion. That system was ... Read more

2 months ago by Frank Ruff.

Legislation sponsored to help seniors with timely medical care

I hope that you all had a productive and safe week. It is my pleasure to provide you with an update on my work in ... Read more

2 months ago by Denver Riggleman.

Looking forward to a brighter future

Thankfully, it is human nature to have faith in a brighter future. If not, 2020 would drive us crazy. Most of the year, COVID-19 has ... Read more

2 months ago by Frank Ruff.

COLUMN — Treat the voters with honesty and respect

In slang, the phrase, “Come on, man,” is used to convey the speaker’s frustration or annoyance with someone else. The term has been used repeatedly ... Read more

3 months ago by Frank Ruff.

COLUMN — Housing, trade were last week’s initiatives

It remains an honor to represent the 5th District, and I am pleased to provide you with an update on my work in Congress last ... Read more

3 months ago by Denver Riggleman.

COLUMN — Special session laws will bring changes to law enforcement

Last Friday’s budget action should be the final votes this chamber must cast on the budget until the reconvened session. Yet Democrats have still found ... Read more

3 months ago by Matt Fariss.

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