The New Yorker just published a feature about Barack Obama’s “Appalachian Problem” in rural Virginia. Writer Peter Boyer spoke with John Edwards’ former political strategist, Mudcat Saunders, who compared and contrasted rural Virginia voters’ perceptions of Barack Obama with “NASCAR Dems” like Warner, Webb and Edwards. If John Edwards were the nominee, he would certainly […]
Yesterday I posted about one economic analyst’s opinion of how the apparent economic doom might affect the Shenandoah Valley. Today, I’ve seen several more. Opponents of yesterday’s failed “banker bailout” span the political spectrum, from local mortgage brokers, to Republican Bob Goodlatte, to liberal filmmaker Michael Moore.
There’s a Q&A with William Shobe, research director at UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center, in today’s News Leader about the proposed $700 billion Wall Street bailout as it relates to the economy of the Shenadoah Valley. There’s no mention of the local poultry industry, but Scobe does refer to small businesses and local banks.
Even in the midst of what looks to be a major economic crisis on Wall Street, Rosetta Stone, the language learning software company with a large office in downtown Harrisonburg, is moving ahead with plans to become a publicly traded company. From MarketWatch: Rosetta Stone Inc. late Tuesday filed to raise up to $115 million […]
With the frenzy over the bailout package, and the prospect that Obama may be having a debate by himself in Mississippi this evening, one might think McCain’s numbers would be dropping. But according to a recent Mason-Dixon poll, McCain is holding a slim lead in Virginia. McCain’s advantage appears greatest in Southwest Virginia and the […]
Earlier this evening, architect Eugene Stoltzfus gave a presentation to local residents of his vision of what downtown Harrisonburg could become. The visual presentation, featuring computer renderings and fly-thrus of a virtual buildings and parks, was less a blueprint for actual development, and more a philosophical demonstration of what sort of development is possible and […]
It’s interesting, albeit hypothetical. Chris Graham speculates: if John McCain wins, would Chris Saxman, who represents southern Rockingham, be offered a position in the McCain administration? If he accepted, would Scott Sayre make a run for Saxman’s seat in the House?
STORY UPDATED 5:00pm: As pundits and politicians in DC debate how fast the sky is falling over Wall Street, Pilgrim’s Pride — which employs more than 900 workers in total at their plant and corporate office in Timberville — announce they will post a huge financial loss this quarter. Pilgrim’s made a few cutbacks in […]
Suspect #1 The Harrisonburg Police Department (HPD) is reporting a shooting which occurred at 12:30 early this morning. According to a news release by Mary-Hope Gangwer, HPD’s newly hired Public Information Officer, Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 200 block of Kelly Street.