Budget Deal

June 2, 2022

Friends, A few weeks ago, Governor Youngkin called a Special Session of the General Assembly to hammer out the details of our two-year budget for the Commonwealth. Members of the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee and the House Appropriations Committee have come to an agreement on a budget which brings me to Richmond today to […]

Virginia school board bars team from wearing ‘Pray for Peace’ shirts for Ukraine: ‘Defies all logic’

April 12, 2022

Montgomery County school board says lacrosse team’s shirts too ‘political’ and ‘religious’ By Bailee Hill | Fox News Virginia student-athletes are pushing back after their school board prohibited them from wearing “Pray for Peace” shirts in support of Ukraine, deeming the shirts too “political” and “religious.” Blacksburg High School Lacrosse Captain Elise Levison and her mother Clare Levison discussed […]

Youngkin signs bill regulating explicit content in schools

April 8, 2022

By SARAH RANKIN | April 8, 2022 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bill that will require Virginia schools to notify parents if their children are assigned books or other materials with sexually explicit content was among more than 100 measures Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed into law this week, his office said Friday. Youngkin held up the measure as […]

Commentary: Gov. Youngkin’s tax plan can lift us out of recession

March 30, 2022

Chris Braunlich Mar 28, 2022 “I urge you again to contact your Senators and Congressmen. … Tell them you believe this is an unequaled opportunity to help return America to prosperity and make government again the servant of the people.” —Ronald Reagan July 27, 1981 Richmond, like Washington, has always been a place where an […]

Virginia Tech’s Reka Gyorgy criticizes NCAA over transgender swimmer

March 25, 2022

Mark Berman Mar 22, 2022 Virginia Tech women’s swimming standout Reka Gyorgy, who competed in the NCAA championships event that was won by a transgender swimmer last week, has written a letter of complaint to the NCAA. Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas of Penn gained national attention when she won the 500-yard freestyle title Thursday at […]

More Republicans than Democrats would stay and fight if what happened in Ukraine occurred in US: poll

March 23, 2022

Overall, a majority of Americans would not flee if they were in the position Ukrainians are in now By David Aaro | Fox News If Americans were in the same position as Ukrainians right now, more Republicans than Democrats would stay and fight, according to a poll released Monday.  Of the Republicans surveyed in the Quinnipiac University Poll, 68% said […]

General Assembly Session winds down

March 4, 2022

Friends, These last two weeks have been packed with positive updates at the General Assembly.  February 15 was what we referred to as “Crossover,” when the House and Senate completed work on all bills originating in each respective chamber. The Senate is now acting on House bills and the House is acting on Senate bills. […]

Mask Mandate Update

February 9, 2022

Friends, One of the most highly charged political issues to emerge so far during the General Assembly Session is the statewide school mask mandate.  Governor Youngkin has endeavored to lift the mandate and to leave the choice to parents as to whether to send their children to school with a mask.  Yesterday, a large bipartisan majority approved an amendment […]

Obenshain Statement on Failure of Charter School Bill in Senate Committee

February 3, 2022

RICHMOND – Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement in response to the failure of the Senate Education and Health Committee to  report the charter school bill, SB 125 on a vote of 7-8 earlier today.  “I am extremely disappointed by our failure to pass the regional charter school bill this morning.  It is […]

Obenshain Releases Statement on Bridgewater College Shooting Today

February 1, 2022

RICHMOND, VA – Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Rockingham) issued the following statement today in response to the shooting at Bridgewater College. “The events this afternoon at Bridgewater College are devastating and heartbreaking. I join countless others in our community and across Virginia as we pray for peace and comfort for the families of those affected by these events, their […]