Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, which encompasses Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, is among the reddest Republican strongholds in the Commonwealth. If Democrats in the Virginia Senate have their way in the redistricting process, it could become even redder. Republican Bob Goodlatte has held office in the 6th CD since he was first elected in 1993. But [...]
Dull? Not last night’s Harrisonburg City Council meeting. Thirty people turned out and stayed two hours to support various initiatives, including an exemption from a solar tax, and the addition of the Northend Greenway to the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. In addressing the issue of tax exemptions for certified solar energy equipment, Harrisonburg City [...]
UPDATE: The issue of a solar panel tax exemption in Harrisonburg arose because EMU requested an exemption, and City Council is trying to find a way to manage that request while simultaneously preventing a tax on residential solar additions. — In an email to a local environmental list-serve, Harrisonburg attorney and solar advocate Tom Domonoske [...]
On Sunday, February 27, 2011, the General Assembly approved amendments to the Governor’s introduced 2010-2012 Biennium budget that includes additional funds for James Madison University and higher education in the Commonwealth.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte successfully added an amendment to a House budget package that strips the EPA of federal funds designated to implement their Chesapeake Bay restoration plan. The EPA’s Bay restoration program involves a “pollution diet” for six states in the watershed, including Virginia, and funding to help states meet the mandates.
HB 1508 has now passed both the Virginia House of Delgates and State Senate and awaits the governor’s signature. The bill will have a direct impact on the membership and composition of the Harrisonburg City Electoral board. The bill was patroned by Delegate Mark Cole, a Republican from Fredericksburg, and prohibits a member of the [...]
Harrisonburg DREAM Act-ivist Isabel Castillo was profiled in a feature in Monday’s edition of the New York Times. Regular hburgnews readers should recognize the name from several stories published here in 2010. Castillo entered the U.S. illegally with her parents when she was six years old, and grew up in Harrisonburg. The NYT story by [...]
Rep. Bob Goodlatte said Tuesday that he believes Congress, and not the FCC, should have purview over the future of net neutrality. In December, following a conflict between Netflix’s content delivery network and Comcast, the FCC voted for what some described as “toothless” net neutrality rules. The new rules forbid ISPs like Comcast from preventing [...]
Sen. Mark Obenshain’s bill that would have privatized state-owned liquor stores in Virginia was killed in committee Friday morning. SB1272 had the support of Gov. Bob McDonnell, who toured Virginia last year to promote the plan. The Washington Post reports that Friday’s rejection came as no surprise. Rosalind Helderman writes: The development was widely anticipated [...]