2:14 PM, Jun 24, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jim Webb, the former Virginia senator who may run for the Democratic nomination for president, released a statement on Facebook regarding the Confederate battle flag and the debate over its continued use in state-funded memorials. Here's the message:
This is an emotional time and we all need to think through these issues with a care that recognizes the need for change but also respects the complicated history of the Civil War. The Confederate Battle Flag has wrongly been used for racist and other purposes in recent decades. It should not be used in any way as a political symbol that divides us.
But we should also remember that honorable Americans fought on both sides in the Civil War, including slave holders in the Union Army from states such as Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware, and that many non-slave holders fought for the South. It was in recognition of the character of soldiers on both sides that the federal government authorized the construction of the Confederate Memorial 100 years ago, on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.
This is a time for us to come together, and to recognize once more that our complex multicultural society is founded on the principle of mutual respect.
Jun 22, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 39 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Off hours, The Scrapbook has been dealing, like many everyday Americans, with the sort of problem that admits of no governmental solution: namely, a leaky basement. But just because government has nothing to offer by way of solutions (at least not yet!) doesn’t mean that it’s ignoring what we’re up to.
And is prepared to spend your money to get them.4:07 PM, May 21, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
They are a lousy team with perhaps the worst owner in all of professional sports, but the Imperial City wants the Redskins nonetheless.
Ted Cruz jumps in.1:15 PM, Mar 23, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ted Cruz announced he was running for president on an empty stomach. Well, almost empty.
Cruz was signing a small American flag in a sea of fans and admirers and news cameras and members of the media when I asked him what he’d had to eat on the morning of his biggest day of his political life—so far. He paused for just the briefest of moments.
3:01 PM, Feb 17, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Around 20 Democratic members of the Virginia house of delegates twice fled the chamber in Richmond earlier this month during a vote on a resolution supporting the state of Israel. The video below shows the house holding its vote on February 5. The resolution passed 70 to 2, despite there being 100 delegates seated. A few moments later, Republican member Jackson Miller asks for a second vote to be held on the resolution.
1:10 PM, Jan 19, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The office of Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia has released this statement:
"While on vacation with his family in Africa, Governor McAuliffe was thrown from a horse, which resulted in seven broken ribs. While the injury did not impair his ability to do his job and his doctors expected the injury to heal on its own, today the identified increased fluid around his lungs that will require a procedure to remove. He is begin [sic] admitted today and is expected to be back in action after 2-3 days of recovery."
10:29 AM, Dec 6, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
Two weeks ago, Rolling Stone published a bombshell piece that rocked the academic world. In the story, author Sabrina Erdely detailed a horrific crime — a gang rape at one of the fraternities at the University of Virginia that allegedly took place two years ago.
Dec 8, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 13 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Obama administration’s recently announced Clean Air Act power-plant rules, advertised as helping to control the greenhouse gases that cause climate change, have almost nothing to recommend them. Complex, clunky, and burdensome, they’re likely to spike energy bills while doing almost nothing to control pollution or stop global warming.
9:06 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Barbara Comstock of Virginia has won her race for the U.S. House, beating Democrat John Foust.
Comstock wins the seat currently held by her former boss, longtime Republican congressman Frank Wolf. A state delegate in the Virginia legislature, Comstock was criticized by her opponent and his allies for never having a "real job."
12:18 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Virginia Republican party says there are problems with some touchscreen voting machines in Virginia Beach and other communities. The party sent out a video of one voter attempting to vote for Republican House member Scott Rigell. As the voter's finger touches Rigell's box, the vote is registered for Suzanne Patrick. Watch the video below:
12:49 PM, Nov 1, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Ed Gillespie continues to close the gap on Mark Warner in the Virginia Senate race, causing Real Clear Politics to move the race from “Likely Dem” to “Leans Dem.” Virginia is currently the only Senate race in that category, which suggests it’s the GOP’s best chance to stage a substantial upset on election night.
1:51 PM, Oct 31, 2014 • By MARIA SANTOS
Barbara Comstock, the Republican House candidate for Virginia’s diverse Tenth congressional district in the suburbs and exurbs of Washington, lost the first thing she ever ran for: a spot on her high school cheerleading team. “After that, I was like ‘I’m never doing anything again,’” she jokes.
7:17 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Two new polls show Republican Ed Gillespie closing in on Democratic incumbent Mark Warner in the Virginia Senate race. Christopher Newport University, which had Warner up 12 points earlier in the month in its survey, now has Warner's lead down to 7.
4:19 PM, Oct 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
A candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, after a debate with his opponent, said that: