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Our fearless leaders in Washington seem to be gearing up for a fight over the filibuster. It’s not the first time our fearless leaders have fought over filibusters.

The Reconvened Session was held last week with few surprises. Most Republican proposed legislation had already been killed. For this reason, we mostly considered technical changes on bills that needed to be adjusted.

The 2021 General Assembly Reconvened Session that occurred last week was almost exactly what I expected it to be – a confirmation of the 2021 session’s far left policies and ideas. While there were a number of issues covered during the Reconvened Session, there were only two of major signifi…

In 1974, President Nixon was about to be impeached but not for simply knowing about the break-in at the Watergate. He was about to be impeached for the cover-up of that knowledge of who was involved and when. So he resigned. Nixon didn’t know when to stop digging the hole in which he had put…

Have you recently had a medical appointment? Conducted business online? Needed your electricity restored after storm damage? If so, you may have benefited from the expertise of an SVCC graduate. Our graduates fill frontline positions all across Southside Virginia.

I’ve gotten to that age where, all too often, someone asks me “did you hear about ao-and-so?” and then tells me that someone I know has passed away.  Last week I lost two friends.  It was a tough week.

For much of the last several years, the media has picked up the phrase of being “woke”. A term that some have used to define themselves. They believe it makes them cool to be described that way. Sadly, what it really says is that they have ignored much going on around them since they went th…

I had to go to my local bank last week. The lobby has been closed for awhile due to Covid-19 and on this particular day the ATM wasn’t taking deposits. Not a big problem. I just whipped into the lane for the drive through window. While I was waiting I saw a notice posted in the window announ…

The administration of Governor Northam seems to believe that they do not have to follow the law. We are hearing more and more cases in which his appointees blatantly ignore laws passed in the legislative process. Laws are passed for all Virginians to follow, if they do not, they should be te…

The 2021 General Assembly session concluded its work on March 1st, and as promised last week, I wanted to continue to tell you about some of the bills that passed and failed this year that may have an effect on your lives.

A popular adage advises, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Mangled comic versions go something like this: “Never put off till tomorrow what may be put off until the day after tomorrow.”

Cheryl drove me over to Halifax on Saturday morning to get my first Covid Vaccine shot and I was mighty pleased to get it.

In the course of the last year, we have seen our world turned upside down in the name of Covid. As yet, we still do not understand everything that has been changed and the effects of those changes in our lives. Some things will return to normal, others it will take some time, and still other…

The 2021 General Assembly session concluded its work on March 1st, and as promised last week, I wanted to continue to tell you about some of the bills that passed and failed this year that may have an effect on your lives.

Cheryl and I currently share our home with half a dozen dogs. The number used to be a little higher. At one point, we had about a dozen dogs living with us.

The 2021 Session is now history. This week, I will mention a few bills and how they might affect the citizens of our area. For a second year, Virginia Democrats used majorities in the House and Senate to push their top priorities. They advanced “first-in-the-South” legislation that would ban…

The 2021 General Assembly session concluded its work on March 1st, and I wanted to update you on how the final week, and overall session, progressed.

As the Session came to its end on Saturday, it is important for people to understand that what has been occurring this year in Richmond is no better, if not worse, than in Washington. No greater example is the issue of equity and equality. On the surface, some may think these two words are t…

The ice storm last week left our street looking like a war zone. I didn’t see any large trees down but there were at least two utility poles down on our short street, all sorts of lines and plenty of big limbs.

After a week full of long sessions and contentious debates, we were finally able to wrap up legislative business late Saturday night at 11 pm. The 2021 Special Session will officially end on Monday, March 3rd at 11 am. I wanted to briefly talk about some of the important issues we had to dea…

I received my second virus shot this morning from VCU Community Memorial Hospital. As did the first shot from them, it went flawlessly. The staff was so very kind and helpful. They really made it pleasant. I am so grateful and appreciative. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful institut…

How would you like to have a new car? Well, thanks to the new majority in the General Assembly, you will have one!

First and foremost, this week I want to once again talk about devastating storm that hit my district last week. As soon as the storm hit, I reached out to the counties in my district to make sure they had a contact person in the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. There is a system …

Three issues have been causing turmoil for a year: unemployment, schools, and vaccines. Governor Northam closed down the state with power not seen since colonial times, successfully driving folks into frenzies often asking for our help.

We have completed another week of the 2021 General Assembly Session, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on last week’s proceedings.

When I was growing up, I knew my father was a Democrat. In the 50s and 60s, if one wanted a voice in Virginia’s government, they had to be a Democrat. The primary in June was when the real competition occurred; the General Election in November was a mere formality.

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The 2021 General Assembly session has reached it’s halfway point, known as crossover. This is the point where the House and Senate complete work on bills originating from the respective chambers, and the successful bills “cross over” to the other chamber.

Our second full week of the 2021 General Assembly session has come to an end, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on what’s happening in Richmond.

While most were focused on events in and around Washington, the General Assembly was going about the business that we were sent to Richmond to do, represent the views of our constituents.

For some of us, we like things to make sense. Being consistent is important in pursuit of that. When the same person sees a problem when one group does something and does not when others do similar things is a great example.

As you know, the 2021 session of the Virginia General Assembly opened last week in Richmond. Unfortunately, the session is a ‘virtual’ one, not unlike the recently completed Special Session.

As you read this, we have returned to Richmond.  At least the Senate has returned.  What the House of Delegates is doing is something different.  They have opted to operate by Zoom for the most part.  Some of that is because of their fear of COVID-19, but I expect they believe it is a more e…

Last week’s events in Washington are at the top of everyone’s mind right now.  What happened last Wednesday was unacceptable. 

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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 world, all of us have been stressed out by not only the COVID-19 virus and the daily news about it, but as well riots in our cities, and politics in a deeply …

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 is scheduled to meet at the Science Museum in Richmond as they did during the 2020 Special Session.  The Democrat leadership in Richmond has closed …

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 governor will offer the desert first with new spending rather than starting with the basic meal.  Because there is never enough money to provide for th…

From 1705 to 1779 each county was divided into precincts and a justice of the county court appointed for each one to compile the list of tythables. He took sworn statements from residents and the agents of non-residents households. The county took the biggest part of the tithe. Its share was…

As we are preparing for Christmas, whether shopping for gifts or planning to visit relatives, we are making decisions about where we want to be on Christmas Day, and is everything as it should be for the big day to be a joyous Christmas for all.  Let us pray that all will have a blessed and …

In the last couple of weeks, the number of identified individuals that have or have had COVID-19 has increased dramatically.  We should all be concerned and do everything possible to protect our loved ones.  Some, like Governor Northam, are focused on impeding businesses and religious activi…

I searched records for Mecklenburg, Halifax and Granville Counties and Ancestry.com, but found no record of a plausible William H. Tunstall. The ones I did find (South Hill and Sudan were in their 50s in 1940 and were married with children. (I’m assuming that Tuck was hanging out with someon…

I was glad to see that Chase City held it’s Christmas Parade on Sunday night.  Even if the traditional event had to be changed around a little due to Covid-19, the parade is one of those traditions that we need to keep.  And so, the event didn’t follow the traditional path down Main Street w…

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 use of marijuana.  This year it rapidly came to a head.  The debate probably reached a peak with Governor Northam’s decision to push for recreational use.  This is a pos…

Revisiting the notes from my meeting with Mrs. Anne Gayle Roberts on July 29, 2017, she stated at that time, Mr. Johnson had black cow milkers. One of the milkers arrived for work one day, picked up an ax from outside and went into the home and killed Johnson. Then he assaulted a woman there…

It’s that wonderful time of year, just after Thanksgiving but just before the Christmas rush really gets started.  My doctors have decided that this would be a perfect time for me to have all those pesky tests done that they take such delight in ordering.

It’s that wonderful time of year, just after Thanksgiving but just before the Christmas rush really gets started.  My doctors have decided that this would be a perfect time for me to have all those pesky tests done that they take such delight in ordering.

For those who don’t remember him or never heard of him, Stossel made it big a generation or two ago when he was the co-host of ABC’s show 20/20.  He became most famous for his piece at the end of each weekly show.  It was called “Give Me A Break”.  Each week, he would focus on one issue that…

Another example of the collision between education and politics is, "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" a song written by James A. Bland (1854–1911). It is not an adaption of a song by a similar name sung by the Christy Minstrels, the group that popularized the “black-face” movement. They had a …