Thursday, May 29, 2014

50 Team Cantor walkers join Autism Society's 5K

In the middle of a sea of red "Team Cantor" tee-shirts was the congressman himself walking to support families who are close to him including Harry Talley, 11, who raised $425. Read more at

Augusta County supervisors discuss future of courthouse

Should Augusta County build a new courthouse in Verona, or should they renovate the historic building in Staunton? There was quite a discussion from supervisors at Tuesday's work session. Read Augusta County supervisors discuss future of courthouse at

20 made-up lies about Eric Cantor ... and the truth

The rumors and lies about Congressman Eric Cantor continue from Brat supporters. It's time to set the record straight. See 20 made-up lies about Eric Cantor ... and the truth at

25 years later ... remembering the Tiananmen Square massacre

Has it really been 25 years since the uprising in Tiananmen Square that resulted in the massacre of hundreds? Those of us who are older remember the young man who defiantly stood up to Chinese tanks (see 25 years later ... remembering the Tiananmen Square massacre).

Virginia: Emmett Hanger proposes compromise on Medicaid expansion

There may be a light at the end of the Medicaid expansion tunnel with today's press release and proposals from state Senator Emmett Hanger (R-Mt. Solon). With the state budget deadline looming, legislators are feeling pressure to do something about the stand-off between the Senate, House, and Governor Terry McAuliffe. (See Virginia: Emmett Hanger proposes compromise on Medicaid expansion.)

Perspective ... a teen's final days, a family's courage journey

In the midst of political sniping, a story like this puts life in perspective. Read about Kennedy's journey into the final days of her life (see Perspective ... a teen's final days, a family's courage journey).

'I support Eric Cantor'

Brian Kirwin lays it on the line with his support of Congressman Eric Cantor. Read his guest post at (see I support Eric Cantor).

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Earthquake confirmed in Powhatan, Virginia

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is confirming a 3.2 earthquake Wednesday evening in Powhatan County located outside Richmond. The quake was centered near the Powhatan-Amelia county line around 10:00 p.m. This is breaking news. Stay tuned for additional details.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Courtesy on the internet

We don't have to agree on an issue but I expect a civil discussion on my Facebook Wall and blog comments, not personal attacks and name-calling. Read my post, Courtesy on the internet, on

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Flash flood watch for Shenandoah Valley

Grab your umbrella! More details at

Cantor challenger Brat stands up Grover Norquist

Dave Brat was a no-show on Wednesday for a round of planned meetings in D.C. The Washington Post wrote, "... as much as Brat may dream of defeating Cantor, the man widely seen as the likely next speaker of the House is well-organized, well-funded and more plugged in than most Republicans. To beat him, you probably need to show up." Read more details at

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Burgers with Bill … Bolling and Romney together again

For the 20th year,  former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling will have Burgers with Bill. Check out all the details at

Will tea party glee be short-lived?

Anything can happen at political conventions. That was evident in the 2013 Virginia Republican State Convention with the candidates that were elected to represent the GOP on November’s ballot.  It was again proven at Saturday’s 7th Congressional District Convention when backers of Fred Gruber, head of the Louisa County tea party, turned out to vote for him as chairman over long-time Republican volunteer and incumbent Linwood Cobb. (continue reading at

Monday, May 12, 2014

Republican Hunger Games

The latest political cartoon from Kurt Michael is at

Tea party: Why the take-over of GOP and not Democratic party?

By Lynn R. Mitchell
Something has been gnawing at me for a while and others have vocalized it, too. Several years ago while I was still a member of the 6th Congressional District committee, a tea partier from Harrisonburg....  (continue reading at

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tea party win in 7th Congressional District doesn't bode well for Republicans

Guest poster Daniel Cortez has thoughts on Saturday's 7th Congressional District convention and where it puts Virginia Republicans. Check it out at

Friday, May 09, 2014

Latest posts from

We've been busy at so please check out some very good posts:

- Red vs Blu, the political cartoon creation of Kurt Michael, based on the Spy versus Spy comic strip from "Mad Magazine."

- Staunton: Body found in Gypsy Hill Park - UPDATED: 16-year-old charged with murder

- Balance in Augusta County by Supervisor David Karaffa 

- Covering Saturday's 7th Congressional District Convention

A 3-part series by guest poster Bill Wheaton:
- Campbell County 1: What really happened at the 2014 Republican mass meeting?
- Campbell County 2: Refusing to concede a loss
- Campbell County 3: Background on what led to appeal to be heard on Saturday

- Appeal upholds Frank Wagner as chair of 2nd Congressional District

- Stuarts Draft: Summer flowers from Milmont Greenhouse

- "American Idol" includes audition stop in RVA

- Congressman Cantor honors life of 8-year-old Martin Cobb

Campbell County 2: Refusing to concede a loss

Part 2 of Bill Wheaton's information about the Campbell County mass meeting is posted at

Campbell County 3: Background on what led to the appeal to be heard Saturday

Bill Wheaton was chairman of the nominations committee at the disputed Campbell County Republican mass meeting. Here he gives in a nutshell background, the meeting events, and why the losers have appealed. Read it all at

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Staunton: Body found in Gypsy Hill Park

An early-morning discovery of a body by a Staunton Parks and Recreation employee has left folks a little rattled. Read more at

Will marijuana, drug concerns sideline 2014 Nelson County Lockn' Music Festival?


Appeal upholds Frank Wagner as chair of 2nd Congressional District


Campbell County GOP: What really happened at the 2014 mass meeting?

We have published a guest post by Bill Wheaton at He took part in the Campbell County Republican mass meeting and has details of what happened....

Ed Gillespie adds 65 legislators to growing list of endorsements

Ed Gillespie is racking up the endorsements heading to the Virginia Republican Convention on June 7. Read about the latest ones at

Summer flowers at Milmont Greenhouse

I was at Milmont today to pick up summer annuals and garden vegetables. Check out the photos of the gorgeous flowers on display at

Mother's Day and the Bush family

George W. and Barbara ... check them out on

Eric Cantor honors 8-year-old Richmond boy who died while saving sister

Eight-year-old Martin Cobb saved his sister but died in the process. The Richmond boy was honored today by U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor who took to the House floor to remember this young hero. See the post, his remarks, and the video at

Monday, May 05, 2014

Linwood Cobb

Linwood Cobb ... husband, father, conservative Republican leader in the 7th Congressional District. Read more at

RVA: My hometown is growing up

I'm a product of the Richmond area of our Commonwealth of Virginia so it's been fun to watch the city on the hill overlooking the James River come of age. From its heyday to the slump years of the 1970-80s, it has built into a mecca for young professionals and sports enthusiasts. History, architecture, government ... the city has in recent years become a mecca for craft breweries, food trucks, and festivals.

Now read the 26 (wonderful) things you need to know about Richmond before you move there. RVA: My hometown is growing up at

Patriotism or perversion?

Military veteran Wayne Ozmore post a photo and writes, "As I continue to see a leader of the local Tea Party Patriot movement fly the U.S. Flag upside down, I take solace in the words of Simon Wiesenthal–a prolific hero of mine and people the world over. Wiesenthal was a survivor of the Nazi concentration camp located at Mauthausen."

Read his entire post Patriotism or perversion? at

Red vs Blu: Bending the Rules

Check out talent of Kurt Michael with the adventures of Red versus Blu's "Bending the Rules" at

Latest posts at

In case you missed it, here's what has been posted at the past few days. Grab a cup of coffee and come on by for some thought-provoking, informational, and entertaining moments from our political cartoonist and group of writers:

- Patriotism or Perversion? - by Wayne Ozmore. A military veteran's observation of an upside-down American flag flow by tea party leader.
- Red vs Blu: Bending the Rules - by Kurt Michael
- Linwood Cobb - by Lynn R. Mitchell
- Augusta supervisors prepare for staggered terms - by David Karaffa
- Staunton's Best Buy celebrates 20 years in business - by Andrea Oakes
- RVA: My hometown is growing up - by Lynn R. Mitchell
- Libertarian Chris Stearns takes on Republican Reid Nicholson in 3rd District chairman's race - By Lynn R. Mitchell
- George W wants Jeb to run - by Lynn R. Mitchell
- Riding with warriors - by Lynn R. Mitchell
- Leader Cantor statement on House Select Committee on Benghazi