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The Fantasy Convention, will it be real?

Editor’s Note: This “fantasy convention” article may prove to be reality. Keep reading!

Just a month and a half ago it looked like Mitt Romney was the presumed Republican nominee for President. He had won the Iowa caucuses, or at the time we had thought he had, and later went on to win New Hampshire. And then, oops, sorry, not so fast, Newt Gingrich won South Carolina. All at once Romney wasn’t the presumed nominee.

But, oh wait, then Romney won Florida, and once again, the aura of likely nominee returned. Nevada kept that image

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Can Allen still get the GOP nomination?

George Allen is an icon in the Virginia Republican Party.  He was that scrappy legislator who made the Democratic Majority in the House of Delegates so uncomfortable, and then, after a brief stay in the Congress (brief because his old Democratic colleagues redistricted him out of his seat), he was that come from behind long shot who managed to defeat the anointed successor to the three term Democratic dynasty in Richmond, Mary Sue Terry.  And then, he was the Governor, who did something remarkable.  He managed to carry out several of his most high

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It’s still about the economy

IThe amount of time, money and energy that will be spent in trying to find out what you and I will do on Election Day 2012 is staggering.  Whether it’s the campaigns, or a host of professional pollsters, they all want to know what issue, perception, worry, or loyalty is going to sway our decision to vote one way or the other.  There are even polls and focus groups that assess the reaction we have to the way the candidates talk, their mannerisms, and how “likable” they are. It’s a multi-million dollar industry and it’s the driving force behind the campaigns, their strategy and their messaging.

 However, it can be argued that none of this really matters.  That’s because overwhelmingly, in

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Cuccinelli decides not to wait his turn

 Waiting your turn is important. We teach that lesson to our children, and most of us practice it every day.  We wait in line at the supermarket, sit patiently in our cars at the McDonald’s drive through, and read whatever magazine is available in the doctor’s waiting room as we wait for our appointment.  However, when it comes to picking a nominee for governor, particularly when one party holds both of the down ticket jobs; Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General, this age old courtesy is often tested to its limits.

 Both parties, as a rule, particularly when they already have the reins of power, try to avoid heated fights for the nomination.  They like to see a smooth handoff from the Governor to the

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Virginia’s STEM Academies

Helping America Stay competitive in a Global Economy

In 1956 America was in uproar.  The Soviet Union, showing off its scientific and technical prowess, had just launched Sputnik and every 90 minutes this basketball sized satellite crossed over the United States.  It was frightening, and the American people asked why we weren’t in space, and why weren’t we moving forward at least as fast in science and technology as our Cold War competitors the Russians.  The answer, after a little soul searching, was that we weren’t training and graduating enough scientists, engineers and mathematicians.  The Soviet Union was and we weren’t.  It was that simple.  The Congress, with a speed that’s hard to imagine today, responded a few months later with the National Defense Education Act.  Its soul purpose was to improve the teaching of engineering and mathematics at all levels – from elementary schools to the nation’s best universities.  It was one of the most far sighted pieces of legislation in our nation’s history.  But, alas that was 55 years ago.  And today, in what has

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The revival of American manufacturing

The Bureau of Labor Statistics collects data on every aspect of our nation’s economy. This includes calculating the GDP, the unemployment rate, as well as tracking how many people work in the various sectors of the economy.  Sadly, one of the most depressing statistics the Bureau monitors, at least until recently, has been the number of Americans employed in manufacturing.  For the past fifteen years, without let up, without regard for the state of the economy, and seemingly unstoppable, this figure has steadily fallen.  However, this decline is part of a larger overall downward trend.  In 1960, 42% of our nation’s work force was employed in manufacturing.  Today, only 11% are employed in actually “making things.”

 This is no surprise to most Americans and it’s hardly news to those of us in the Northern Neck.  Major

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