Politics

Vogel downplays missed vote on immigrant bill

Jill Holtzman Vogel

January 21st, 2015

State Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Upperville, downplayed a vote she missed Tuesday on a bill that would have scrapped in-state tuition for public college students who came to this country years ago as illegal immigrants.

Republican women

Members of Republican Women of Shenandoah County attended the annual Virginia Federation of Republican Women Legislative Day held at the downtown Richmond Marriott on Jan. 15.  Shown here, from left, are Sue Hughes, 6th District representative from the Virginia federation;  Toia Middleton, first vice president of the Shenandoah County organization, and  Laura Cadden, a member of the Shenandoah County organization. Also shown are Del.  Todd Gilbert, back left, and state Sen. Mark Obenshain.   Courtesy photo

January 21st, 2015

Members of Republican Women of Shenandoah County attended the annual Virginia Federation of Republican Women Legislative Day held at the downtown Richmond Marriott on Jan. 15. Shown here, from left, are Sue Hughes, 6th District representative from the Virginia federation; Toia Middleton, first vice president of the Shenandoah County organization, and Laura Cadden, a member of the Shenandoah County organization. Also shown are Del. Todd Gilbert, back left, and state Sen. Mark Obenshain. Courtesy photo

Obama’s tax plan: ‘Mixed bag’

January 20th, 2015

Industry insiders sounded off on the tax plan President Barack Obama presented to Congress in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Comstock settling into duties

January 16th, 2015

Barbara Comstock’s first days as the new congresswoman from the 10th District have been filled with committee assignments, her first votes and floor speeches and getting to know her House colleagues.

Lawmakers back safety, privacy bills

January 15th, 2015

Protecting privacy, controlling state spending, expanding gun ownership rights and safer soccer goals are among the issues on the minds of two area legislators in the 2015 General Assembly session.

Aiming to make a difference

January 14th, 2015

RICHMOND — The General Assembly convened Wednesday for the first day of its 2015 session amid hopes that at least some of the thousands of bills expected to be introduced will pass and make a meaningful difference in the lives of the state’s 8.3 million residents.

Gov. McAuliffe announces equality agenda for 2015 session

January 13th, 2015

For the 2015 General Assembly legislative session, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced an equal opportunity agenda for women and gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender workers throughout the Commonwealth.

McDonnell’s sentencing hits many hard

January 7th, 2015

The two-year prison sentence a federal judge imposed on former Gov. Bob McDonnell Tuesday was far lighter than what prosecutors had sought, but it was enough to leave some local lawmakers and Republican party activists dismayed and unsettled.

Goodlatte among chief foes to reform

November 19th, 2014

Fierce resistance by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte to immigration reform, at least as it is conceived by President Obama, is a leading reason why the president is preparing an executive order to overcome his congressional opponents.

Comstock, Foust head for finish line in 10th District

October 31st, 2014

The campaign in Northern Virginia’s 10th Congressional District is closing the way it started: Del. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, continues to be rated a slight favorite over Democrat John Foust, but enough uncertainty remains to give both campaigns reason to work hard until the end.

Republicans, Democrats cut ad buys in 10th District

October 13th, 2014

Decisions by the Democratic and Republican national congressional committees late last week to cut ad spending sharply in the 10th Congressional District jolted the campaigns of Del. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, and Democrat John Foust, but the two sides differed on what it means for their chances of winning.

Political outlook: more gridlock

October 8th, 2014

Larry Sabato, the highly visible political pundit from the University of Virginia, brought a mixed message Wednesday for Democrats and Republicans pondering elections in 2014 and beyond.

Comstock, Wolf campaign together in Winchester

September 25th, 2014

The Frederick County Republican Party opened the doors to its 2014 campaign headquarters at 17 W. Boscawen St. Thursday with a rally focused on electing Del. Barbara Comstock to Congress.

House candidates take chance to make their case to electorate

September 12th, 2014

Local political activists got a chance Friday to hear Del. Barbara Comstock and Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust take turns explaining which of them would be the best choice to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Vienna.