Politics/Government

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Senate budget reinstates Marketplace Virginia

Capital News Service

The battle for a passable Virginia budget continues in the General Assembly after the Senate passed a budget bill Tuesday that the House of Delegates likely will reject, replacing Medicaid with Marketplace Virginia.
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County wants less salt

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April 10
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County roads took center stage at the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors Monday meeting (April 7), as the board amended its six-year road plan and considered the impact of road salt on the local watershed.
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Letter: Returning to the ‘Virginia Way’

Recently many Virginians have been left to wonder what takes place in Richmond. They ask: “What happened to the Virginia Way?” Sadly, Washington style politics have infiltrated Virginia. With a single vote in the Senate, encouraged by an executive branch with its own agenda, the General Assembly is at an impasse. The Virginia Way...
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Fire and rescue, broadband, road salt policies on Monday’s agenda

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April 3
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The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meets at 2 and again at 7 p.m. Monday (April 7) in the courthouse.
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The Rappahannock County Republican Committee held its mass meeting March 27 at the county courthouse.
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Neighbors object; planners reject family apartment

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March 27
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The Rappahannock County Planning Commission approved one housing permit while denying another at its monthly meeting Wednesday night (March 19).
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Legislation restricting fox pens awaits governor’s signature

Capital News Service

Anyone erecting or maintaining an enclosure for the purpose of pursuing, hunting or killing fox or coyote with dogs will face Class 1 misdemeanor charges if Senate Bill 42 is signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
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Blue State Bluegrass Brunch

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March 27
Ben Hudson

Say Rappahannock heidi-ho and here we go!The Brunch is now four years in a row! We’ll crank up the music and set out the foodTo make sure folks are in a good mood. At Washington Fire, in their meeting hall,Ten in the morning, doors open to all. This is on Saturday, 29th of MarchCome...
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Letter: Virginia deserves a clean budget

Del. Webert said last week that we have seen the disastrous effects of the Affordable Care Act. While the implementation has had problems which are slowly getting resolved, what is disastrous about folks finally get health insurance with a pre-existing condition? College age children on their parent’s policy for a few more years, ensuring...
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Board rejects extending school year

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March 20
A table full of manipulatives, RCPS’ newest math program addition.

At its monthly meeting last Tuesday night (March 11), the Rappahannock County School Board debated at length whether to add two more days to the school calendar, eventually deciding against it.
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Planners postpone golf course

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March 20
Detail of Cliff Miller IV’s planned schoolhouse golf course, which was tabled at Wednesday’s meeting.

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission once again considered Cliff Miller’s proposed nine-hole golf course in Sperryville at last night’s (March 19) meeting.
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Virginia deserves a clean budget

As the 2014 General Assembly session readied to adjourn, the House outlined a fiscally conservative, responsible budget. Yet, the Commonwealth’s budget was taken hostage with no regard for reconciliation. The Commonwealth deserves better writes Del. Michael Webert.
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Low-salt diet asked of VDOT

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March 13
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At the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors’ snow-delayed monthly meeting last Wednesday afternoon (March 5), David Konick spoke to the board about exploring other chemical compounds to help melt the snow that was still adorning parts of the county roads.
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Boneta Act: Mandate or mishmash?

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March 13
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The signing of a bill last Thursday by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is being hailed as a victory for small farmers against burdensome regulations. But the Boneta Act is also causing some confusion as to what, exactly, it covers.
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New face, no race in town elections May 6

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March 13

There will be one new face on the Washington Town Council after its May 6 elections and — barring any successful write-in campaigns — no actual races.
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Sunday hunting bill signed into law

Capital News Service

Virginians will have the right to hunt on Sunday beginning July 1, 2014 according to a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
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GOP House leaders request special session on Medicaid expansion

Capital News Service

Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates have proposed a special legislative session to address the debate on Medicaid expansion just three days before the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn.
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Trash ordinance revised

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March 6

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors approved several amendments to the county’s trash ordinance at Wednesday night’s (March 5) monthly meeting.
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Letter: Get your farmer and farm bill facts straight

Regarding Walter Nicklin’s editorial (“Of farms and fiscal policy,” Jan. 30) and his rather confusing and misguided criticism of both Congressman Robert Hurt and the recent Farm Bill: He discussed the “lavish subsidies” contained in the bill, ignoring the fact that the bill eliminates direct payments made to agricultural producers and consolidates a number...
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Rappahannock has too many children in foster care

Rappahannock County has too many children in foster care. Rappahannock’s foster children stay in foster care for too long, too many are in institutions outside the county and the cost to taxpayers is far too high.
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CVS readies for future, will stop selling tobacco Oct. 1

Capital News Service

The giant U.S. pharmacy chain CVS announced it will stop selling all tobacco products nationwide as of Oct. 1, 2014.
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Trash law changes to be aired Monday

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Feb. 27

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors is holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday night (March 6) to discuss possible changes to the county’s trash ordinances.
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Letter: Let’s sacrifice the publisher!

I feel concerned and sorry for Walter Nicklin , since he is so closed-minded. Someone with a dearth of facts and a weak argument will make their point even weaker by demeaning and belittling those who hold another, educated view. Thus, in his editorial, when he stooped to minimize those who do...
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Letter: Balancing the costs

Walter Nicklin, in last week’s editorial, “Women are people, too,” would have us believe that those who seek to restrict access to contraception and abortion are taking “extreme positions on women’s rights.” The World Health Organization has found contraceptives to be a top carcinogen, along with asbestos and tobacco smoking (gerardnadal.com/2010/01/18oral.contraceptives-who-class). Furthermore, women who...
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GA delaying individual school grading system

Capital News Service

The House Education Committee approved a bill delaying the implementation of a new grading system for schools this past week, but some delegates are questioning if the new system meets the needs of Virginia schools, parents and communities.
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Census provides snapshot of agriculture in U.S. and Virginia

Virginia’s farms saw a dramatic increase in both the market value of production and the average value of products sold per farm, according to the preliminary results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture.
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Medicaid expansion battle foreshadows potential Va. government shutdown

Capital News Service

Virginia’s Republican-dominated House of Delegates and Democratic Senate both passed competing versions of a two-year, $96 billion state budget bill this past week, but not before the GOP reinforced its stern opposition to Medicaid expansion.
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Bill gives officers more options, dogs more chances

Capital News Service

A bill giving animal control officers flexibility in dealing with livestock-injuring dogs is heading to the desk of Gov. Terry McAuliffe for signature, after passing the Senate unanimously this week.
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County chooses Knick to head treasurer’s office

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Feb. 20
Debbie Knick will start March 3 as Rappahannock County’s deputy treasurer and take over as treasurer in May.

Debbie Knick, director of finance at Randolph-Macon Academy and a lifelong resident of Harris Hollow who’s “always been an admirer of the position” of Rappahannock County treasurer, will soon be doing more than admiring the job.
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Hunting on Sundays likely by 2015

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Feb. 20
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Sunday hunting looks like it’s coming, like it or not — the likes leading the like-nots by about a 3-to-1 margin in Richmond, if not in Rappahannock County.
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Editorial: Women are people, too

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Feb. 20
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Many political observers believe Republicans’ positions on women’s rights issues cost them the last election. So it’s not surprising this year has seen fewer bills in those areas. Except one: A bill in the House that would prevent insurance companies from providing contraception.
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Letter: Remind Herring of his duty

In 2006, more than 1 million Virginians legally voted for the marriage amendment. The present attorney general of Virginia, Mark Herring, has taken upon himself that this amendment is unconstitutional. The courts, however, decide such a situation, whereas the attorney general has no constitutional authority to do so. Virginia law takes into account that there...
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Herring supports court’s gay-marriage decision

Capital News Service

The fight for marriage equality for same-sex couples in Virginia continues to progress through the courts this week after a federal judge ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional. Federal District Judge Arenda Wright Allen struck down the law used in the controversial Bostic v. Rainey case as unconstitutional.
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Women’s health divides General Assembly

Capital News Service

The Republican-sponsored law that presently mandates ultrasound tests for women seeking abortion services may face repeal after Senate Bill 617 narrowly passed this week through the Senate’s Health and Education Committee.
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Letter: ‘Cut the talk and show the love’

For a solid week, I found myself churned up about the supervisors’ meeting that exposed our slice of Virginia to the change taking place in communities all over the U.S. To some people in each of those communities, the issue blossoms into roses of opportunity to strengthen the fabric of a place. To others...
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Letter: More voices: A good thing

There was a full house at the Feb. 3 Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meeting. This was in sharp contrast to the normal audience of a half dozen, and that’s counting the Rappahannock News’ reporter. When we got to the public comment period, I was pleased when a regular got up to encourage the...
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Marriage challenge, heading South

The federal judge who heard the case against Virginia’s 2006 ban on same-sex marriage Feb. 4 in Norfolk said a decision could come quickly.
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Sunday hunting bills progress through General Assembly

Two bills seeking to allow Sunday hunting of deer and wild animals on private Virginia property and state waters are progressing through the General Assembly. However, hunting with dogs or hunting within 200 yards of a house of worship would be prohibited.
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Supervisors decline to oppose AG’s actions

More than 30 county residents spoke during the one hour and 15 minute public comment period at Monday's board of supervisors meeting.

At Monday’s (Feb. 3) meeting of the county board of supervisors, more than 30 citizens had something to say about whether the board should accept or reject a resolution protesting Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s decision not to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
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