Federal Government

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With a changing of the guard afoot at the U-S Capitol, Speaker John Boehner’s sudden resignation is revealing deep disagreements within the Republican Party...and it's on display in the Virginia congressional delegation.

Virginia seems to have just missed out on having one of the most powerful people in the nation hail from the state. Eric Cantor was the House Majority Leader and was largely seen as Speaker Boehner’s successor until he got ousted in a primary by Dave Brat. Republican Congressman Scott Rigell says the state is feeling Cantor’s loss now. 

Federal Budget Storm Still Brewing

Sep 8, 2015
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Lawmakers were away from Washington all of August, but there was little reason for them to take that extended vacation. They only have until the end of September to fund the government or else the government will shut down.

Remember sequestration? That's those indiscriminate budget cuts that ripped across the military and most every federal agency a few years ago. Two years ago lawmakers were able to get sequestration off the books by reaching a bipartisan budget deal, and Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner bemoans that those talks aren’t taking place now. 

Ever have a problem with the federal government? Like the IRS is hounding you for money that you don’t owe, or say a missing Social Security check? You should go directly to Virginia’s representatives in Washington for assistance. 

For the most part policy makers tend to be a pretty wonky bunch. They like details and data. But Washington is so gridlocked these days that a lot of the data lawmakers study is never implemented into policy. Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner bemoans the atmosphere.

Jeb Bush Brings His Campaign to Richmond

Aug 31, 2015

 Flanked by former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, his in-law--former Lieutenant Governor John Hager--and surrounded by veterans, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush made his case as to why he thinks Donald Trump’s momentum in the polls will fizzle out while his own stock will rise. 

Bush says unlike Trump, he's a doer—not a talker—and Trump has been too wishy-washy politically.  Bush also says he has a balanced approach to governing—which is what the country needs—and reinvestment in the military is also needed. 

The World Peace Game

Aug 27, 2015

As kids head back to the classroom this year, more of them will be learning an important set of skills that could lead to world peace.  At least that was the hope of a Charlottesville teacher who designed The World Peace Game. 

John Hunter is tall, dignified man at the center of a small circus, with kids between the ages of 9 and 12 dashing around a multi-level game board filled with toy soldiers and other props for the game Hunter developed 37 years ago.  

It’s played over several days or weeks - for a total of 20 hours by children assigned various roles.