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Stanley cites latest unemployment report as further evidence

Thu, 2011-09-29 20:00 -- Mike

Glade Hill VA, 29 September 2011: The most recent unemployment rates for Southside communities were released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics yesterday, and the report indicated that unemployment increased across the region from July to August. The performance of individual communities cited in the report is as follows:



John Watkins discusses recent activities in the area of tran

Mon, 2011-09-26 20:00 -- Mike

I was in Raleigh, N.C., Sept. 19, for a meeting of the Virginia/North Carolina Interstate High Speed Rail Compact, an organization I am honored to chair.

The Compact is working jointly on planning and development of enhanced passenger rail from Charlotte N.C., to Washington D.C. This would include intercity connections with Raleigh, N.C, Richmond, Va. and Norfolk Va.

Senator Watkins Talks About Energy

Tue, 2011-09-20 20:00 -- Mike

Much has been said in recent weeks about Virginia’s energy needs for the future. That future certainly includes the appropriate and effective use of solar power and wind energy. These sources, however, are not as readily reliable as nuclear, gas and coal.

My answer to fulfilling the needs of Virginia is "all of the above," says Senator John Watkins of Virginia's 10th District. We must encourage energy development of all types.

Bill Carrico

Thu, 2011-08-25 20:00 -- Mike

A lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia, Bill Carrico has served the region in the House of Delegates for the past ten years.  Now, he is running for the Senate in the open 40th District.  As a retired state trooper, Bill has worked in the House of Delegates on public safety issues and has developed a reputation as a reliable conservative voice.  He is running for the Senate on a platform of low taxes, improved education, and promotion of coal and agriculture.  His local roots and strong representation over the past decade will help Bill win election to the Senate this year.

Patricia Phillips

Thu, 2011-08-25 20:00 -- Mike

Patricia Phillips is a small business woman, grassroots activist, and longtime Northern Virginia resident.  The company Patricia founded over 25 years ago, Phillips Resources, helps bridge the gap between food companies and schools to provide more nutritious and suitable meals for school lunches.  Her experience bringing government and business together for a common good will form the backbone of her philosophy in governing.  Active in her community, Patricia recently served a term as chair of the Loudoun County Crime Commission.  Her grassroots campaign is focused on job creation, improvin

Mickey Chohany

Thu, 2011-08-25 20:00 -- Mike

Mickey Chohany is a lifelong Peninsula resident, a successful small businessman and a former Williamsburg City Councilman.  For over 25 years, Mickey has operated popular restaurants in Newport News, Hampton, and Williamsburg.  He has been active on numerous civic boards and commissions.  As a proven vote getter who has attracted votes across partisan and racial lines, Mickey is well prepared to win in the First Senate District.  His campaign is focused on running government like a business and attracting jobs to the lower Peninsula.

Back to college -- and our new nominees!

Tue, 2011-08-23 20:00 -- Mike

College gets more expensive every year, and Virginia's colleges and universities are, unfortunately, helping to lead that advance. Tuition is up over 100% over the past decade, and has been rising about 40% faster than the national average over the past five. On average, the annual tuition increase at four-year institutions in Virginia has been 10.5% in constant dollars and 8% at two-year colleges.


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