Govt/Politics

Overrun O'Connell? Does the City Manager spend too much?
Published on Jul 2nd, 2008
21 comments Times are tough, that's for sure, as anyone who owns a gas-powered vehicle can attest. Food prices are up, foreclosures are up. Heck, everybody's pinching pennies, right? Well, maybe not everybody....
Monticello releases star-spangled ban
Published on Jul 2nd, 2008
41 comments If you're one of the lucky 1,000 ticket holders who will see President Bush speak at Friday's July 4 naturalization ceremony at Monticello, you'll get to celebrate your patriotism, but you'll be...
Mayor Norris explains Iran signature
Published on Jun 30th, 2008
5 comments Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris joins 31 other U.S. mayors who signed a petition opposing military action in Iran. "It's the same path as the one that headed to Iraq," says Norris. He cites New...
Will Bush bring out red, white, and boos?
Published on Jun 30th, 2008
13 comments As the saying goes, it's lonely at the top, and perhaps nobody in the world knows this better than President George W. Bush. With the economy lagging, gas prices rising, and the war in Iraq...
Poll: Webb tips Virginia for Obama
Published on Jun 30th, 2008
0 comments As speculation over whom Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama will choose to be his running mate continues, a recent survey suggests he may want to look to Virginia, and in particular to...
President Bush coming to Monticello for July 4
Published on Jun 27th, 2008
59 comments And you thought Sam Waterston was a big name. In the past, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation has managed to snag big names like the Law & Order star, architect I.M. Pei, and Secretary of State...
Nights of music at La Taza
Published on Jun 27th, 2008
0 comments Last summer's spat between some Downtown Belmont residents and area eateries over noisy outdoor music seems to have blown over, as La Taza has announced a "Night of Music" tonight (Live music is from...
Ehrenreich sits on Colbert's hotseat
Published on Jun 24th, 2008
0 comments Having already endured the Hook's HotSeat in 2006, author, labor activist, and former Charlottesville resident Barbara Ehrenreich didn't sweat fake conservative commentator Stephen Colbert his...
Presidential speechwriters speak for themselves
Published on Jun 19th, 2008
0 comments After years of working in the background, the Washington wordsmiths who crafted presidential addresses will emerge from the shadows later this week. White House speechwriters from Nixon through...
State launches localvore initiative
Published on Jun 19th, 2008
4 comments The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced yesterday that they are launching a program called "Farm-to-School" in order to put locally grown fruits and veggies into...
Goode holds back on endorsing McCain
Published on Jun 12th, 2008
3 comments Capitol Hill publication The Hill reports today that Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Rocky Mount) is one of 14 congressional Republicans who have yet to publicly express support for their party's presumptive...
Man bites dog: Divided Supes pass canine barking law
Published on Jun 11th, 2008
15 comments A dying mom awakened in the night; new parents dealing with noise pollution in addition to diaper pollution. Those were just two of the impassioned tales told in a marathon June 11 hearing that...
Supes may shrink their minutes
Published on Jun 10th, 2008
19 comments 6/11/08 Update: At the afternoon session of their meeting today, the supervisors have voted to retain the near-verbatim method of keeping minutes, according to County Spokesperson Lee Catlin. "We're...
Sabato called Obama's win in Oct. '06
Published on Jun 9th, 2008
1 comments If anyone doubts the political prognostication acumen of Larry Sabato, consider this: All the way back in October 2006, in the Hook's profile of the UVA professor and pundit, Sabato said of Sen....
Taxing: County cars cost more
Published on Jun 2nd, 2008
17 comments When Marlene Condon got the Albemarle County personal property tax bill for her 1997 Toyota, she noticed that the amount due June 5 seemed to have gone up, despite her car's depreciation. Condon dug...
Governor Kaine visits Lexis
Published on May 30th, 2008
1 comments Charlottesville's LexisNexis employees will receive a very special visitor today: Governor Tim Kaine. A little birdie tipped off the Hook to the Governor's visit, and Kaine's press secretary, Gordon...
Local libertarians tag Borat alum for prez
Published on May 27th, 2008
1 comments Not to be denied their voice in this year's presidential election, local freedom lovers from the Jefferson Area Libertarians were among those who made a field trip to Denver last Saturday to nominate...
Outdoor Mall seating to be corralled?
Published on May 22nd, 2008
17 comments On Tuesday the Board of Architectural Review discussed the proposed Downtown Mall renovation and touched on an issue that could be of interest to foodies and restaurant owners. The MMM Design Group,...
Calls for Obama-Webb ticket grow louder
Published on May 19th, 2008
53 comments This morning, longtime national political reporter Al Hunt joined the growing chorus of speculation that Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) is on the short list of potential vice presidential nominees for a...
Davis delivers stinging missive to GOP
Published on May 16th, 2008
2 comments Now that he's not running for Senate or seeking re-election, Congressman Tom Davis (R-Fairfax) has written publicly what many of his colleagues have reportedly stated privately: the Republican Party...
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