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    Heritage Panel: Personal Opinion No Excuse to Abandon Marriage Laws

    Virginia’s Democratic attorney general made history not only by declining to carry out his duty to defend state marriage law based on personal opinion but by “actually turning on his client” and “attacking” the law, his Republican predecessor told a Heritage Foundation audience. If Mark Herring had changed his mind … More

    New Jersey, Virginia Exit Polls: Majority Oppose Obamacare

    There was one clear loser on Election Day: Obamacare. President Obama’s unfair, unaffordable, and unworkable law is a disaster for America. And a majority of voters in New Jersey and Virginia agree. Both states held gubernatorial elections Tuesday. According to exit polls from CNN, voters who showed up don’t like … More

    The Battle of Yorktown, Then and Now

    Restaurant owner Glenn Helseth and his wife have operated the Carrot Tree Kitchens Restaurant in Yorktown, Virginia, for more than a decade. Since the National Park Service owns the building in which his restaurant is housed, Helseth was forced to close his restaurant following the start of the government shutdown … More

    Obamacare and the Medicaid Expansion: How Does Your State Fare?

    The Medicaid expansion is touted by proponents of Obamacare as a “no-brainer.” While it is true that some states may see projected savings, it is erroneous to claim that this experience applies to every state. Proponents predict that by expanding Medicaid states will be able to reduce payments to health … More

    EPA Finds a New Pollutant: Water

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), water can be regulated as a pollutant by the authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA). In saying so, the EPA implicates the very thing it was charged to protect. Ironic? In July 2012, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli sued the EPA for … More

    Virginia's Uranium Working Group Releases Report

    The Uranium Working Group (UWG)—established by Governor Bob McDonnell (R–VA) to help Virginia state legislators determine the regulatory requirements for uranium mining—released its final report today. Though we are still reviewing the 125-page report, some cursory conclusions are appropriate. The most obvious takeaway is the comprehensive nature of the report. … More

    Morning Bell: Why We Aren't Producing Enough Domestic Energy

    President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney had a heated exchange about energy in the most recent debate. The President repeated his refrain that oil and gas production is the highest it has been in eight years, but Romney was right to point out that this was driven by production … More

    Virginia Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients and Personal Responsibility

    On Tuesday, the Virginia senate approved a bill that would require an initial drug screening of welfare applicants, followed by drug testing if officials suspected illegal drug use. Those who test positive or refuse to test altogether would lose Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (cash assistance) benefits for a year. … More

    Virginia Federal Disaster Aid Shows Need for FEMA Reform

    On August 23, 2011, a 5.8 earthquake centered in Virginia was felt throughout the mid-Atlantic. Minor by the standards of the West Coast, the earthquake, even on the less-prepared East Coast, resulted in no deaths or serious injuries and only minor structural damage. Yet President Obama still declared the earthquake … More

    BREAKING: Perry, Gingrich, Santorum, Huntsman Will Not Be on Virginia Ballot

    BREAKING NEWS—Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman will not be on the Virginia GOP ballot. Federal district court Judge John Gibney has just issued a ruling in Richmond finding that the Virginia requirement that ballot petition circulators must be state residents is a violation of the First … More