Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

News from Office of Senator Frank Ruff, Oct. 3

Sun, 2011-10-02 20:00 -- Mike

In the course of the last week we have had positive economic announcements from Microsoft and Ikea. These companies have come to our region in the last few years.  Both have found our area to be easy to work with and a good place to do business.  I am confident that as the McDonnell administration attracts companies to look at Virginia, more good companies will find Southern Virginia to be a good place to do business. They will find our local leaders easy to work with.    

Tolls on I 95?  

     As many of you know, the Federal Highway Administration recently granted Virginia preliminary approval to place toll booths on the I 95 corridor. I opposed the toll proposal as it went through the General Assembly and will continue to do so.  

Campaign Update 

          While I don't have any opposition in this Senate race, I do still need your support as I travel the large area that is encompassed in Senate District 15.  Much of my area is new, and it is important for me to get out and meet as many people as I can and hear their thoughts on the issues that impact them.   

      In the redistricting the 15th district lost 110,000 constituents and gained a different 120,000. To reach out to those and introduce myself, I must still send out information about myself. I will do this by mail, radio, and newspaper. 

      I am having a fundraising event in the Gretna area on October 17.  If you or anyone you know would like more information, please contact my office.  We will gladly answer any questions you have.  If you would be interested in hosting an event in your area, please let us know.                                 



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2011 Virginia Rural Summitt


   The 2011 Virginia Rural Summit has been here and is gone.  What a great response with a lot of information and ideas shared!  Over two hundred business leaders, educators, professional developers, community leaders and local and state elected officials, including  Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling attended the two-day conference.

    The purpose of the Virginia Rural Summit is to bring together  those that have a vested interest in the economic well-being and sustainability of the Commonwealth's rural counties, communities, and regions. 

     This year's focus was on creating jobs, and developing a workforce by providing skilled work training to meet the demands of advanced manufacturing, healthcare and energy generation.  Ideas for creating a competitive advantage by building regional and urban/rural partnerships were discussed as well.                                        

Joke of the Week

 A good ole West Virginia boy won a bass boat in a raffle drawing.  He brought it home and his wife looks at him and says,

"What you gonna do with that.  There ain't no water deep enough to float a boat within 100 miles of here." 

 He says, "I won it and I'm a gonna keep it."

 His brother came over to visit several days later.  He sees the wife and asks where his brother is. 

She says, "He's out there in his bass boat", pointing to the field behind the house.

 The brother heads out behind the house and sees his brother sitting in a bass boat with a fishing rod in his hand down in the middle of a big field.  He yells out to him, "What are you doing?"

 His brother replies, "I'm fishin.  What does it look like I'm a doing."

His brother yells, "It's people like you that give people from West Virginia a bad name, makin everybody think we is stupid.   

 If I could swim, I'd come out there and whip up on you!"