House Speaker gives legislative update
By Del. Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights The 2019 General Assembly just adjourned sine die Sunday. Over the course of the 46-day legislative session, the House and Senate considered thousands of bills on a wide range of issues. Despite the distractions taking place elsewhere on Capitol Square, the General Assembly... Read more
Editor gives his take on local politics
The times, they are a changin’, and no more so than in politics. A new redistricting map drawn by a court-appointed special master will result in five Republican state House seats becoming “lean Democrat” and one becoming “swing,” and one Democrat seat becoming “swing,” unless the U.S. Supreme Court... Read more
Editor: I am writing to express my concern about the mistreatment of inmates in our prisons. While inhumane treatment is fairly common in many of our Virginia Department of Corrections prisons, possibly the worst female prison is Central Virginia Correctional Unit 13 located at 6900 Courthouse Road. I have... Read more
Consensus reached on coal ash cleanup: Jaeckle questions whether access to Henricus will be protected
A bipartisan agreement was reached in the state Legislature last week to deal with 27 million cubic yards of coal ash. Although House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, state Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, and others got behind the deal, Chesterfield supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle questioned whether Henricus would be protected.... Read more
Henricus closure questioned, but Dominion says access will remain open
The potential for Henricus Historical Park to be closed for 15 years is a possibility as the state deals with a solution for coal ash at the Chesterfield Power Station, according to a Chesterfield County supervisor. However, a Dominion Energy official said access to the area will remain open.... Read more
Coyner seeks to replace Ingram in General Assembly
Carrie Coyner believes in girl power. The 37-year-old Chester resident announced last week that she is seeking the Republican nomination for the House District 62 seat currently held by state Del. Riley Ingram, R-Hopewell. Coyner said she wants to offer “a different voice,” that of a “young female business... Read more
In recognition of the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of elected members of the House Burgesses in Jamestown, the House Clerk’s Office on Jan. 3 unveiled the culmination of an ambitious, multi-year project – DOME, or Database of House Members – that offers biographical and legislative service information... Read more
Spanberger votes for Bustos, not Pelosi
In the Jan. 3 vote for U.S. House Speaker, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., voted for Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill. Spanberger, who represents part of Chesterfield County, said she would not vote for Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who was elected with 220 votes compared with 192 votes for Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.... Read more
Cox presents school safety report to General Assembly
State House Speaker Kirk Cox, R–Colonial Heights, released the Select Committee on School Safety’s final report to the General Assembly on Dec. 19. The report contains 24 priority recommendations for consideration during the 2019 General Assembly session. The committee presented a comprehensive set of recommendations to make students and... Read more
All state parks will offer free parking all day, Jan. 1, 2019, and the first 100 visitors to each park will receive a special bumper sticker. Two contests give visitors two opportunities to win gift certificates valued at up to $500. Participants can be eligible to win prizes by... Read more