Govt/Politics

Abe in Va.: Quiet rides and sad sojourn deserve note
Published on Feb 4th, 2012
17 comments About 20 years ago, I saw an illustration of Abraham Lincoln entering Richmond, the familiar Jefferson-designed Capitol building looming in the background. I figured the drawing was Union propaganda...
Bus-ted: Transit policy blocks Harrington ad
Published on Feb 1st, 2012
33 comments As Charlotte Ding drove behind a public bus in Rochester, New York, an advertisement on the back of the vehicle pleading for help with an unsolved murder grabbed the former Charlottesville resident's...
Bloody Sunday? Repeal of hunting ban thrills-- and chills
Published on Jan 31st, 2012
55 comments When Karen Wood was shot to death in her own backyard in 1988 while wearing white mittens, some suggested the Maine woman's death was her own fault. After all, those mittens might resemble a deer's...
Prelim waived: Halfaday fraud charges go to grand jury
Published on Jan 26th, 2012
10 comments Making his third appearance to answer election fraud charges Thursday, former City Council candidate James Halfaday waived a preliminary hearing, so the four felony charges will go to the grand jury...
Local legislators: Tebow, triggermen among their bills
Published on Jan 24th, 2012
22 comments Every January, the six men representing the gerrymandered chunks of Albemarle and Charlottesville (and Rustburg!) head east on I-64 to participate in Virginia's part-time legislature. For 60 days,...
Biscuit Run reform: Deeds would loosen secrecy... some
Published on Jan 23rd, 2012
8 comments In Virginia, tax returns are so sacred that a section of code forbids state officials from revealing individual info– even if those individuals have reaped millions of dollars for their land...
Dumb and dumber: Silly stuff that's supposed to be green
Published on Jan 22nd, 2012
18 comments With the recent Detroit Automotive Show focusing on electrics and the Sierra Club having an electric car columnist, America continues to believe technology will save us. Let's see how that's working...
Peace seeking: Council tells Congress to stay out of Iran
Published on Jan 18th, 2012
39 comments After a variety of speakers pointed out how they'd warned against the war in Iraq before it started, a majority on the Charlottesville City Council voted to send a message to the U.S. Congress urging...
Pam Melampy: Clerk candidate dies from aneurysm
Published on Jan 17th, 2012
3 comments It started as a really bad headache over the weekend. By Monday, January 16, Pam Collier Melampy was dead from an aneurysm, says her sister, Albemarle Circuit Court Clerk Debbie Collier Shipp....
Meadow Creek Parkway: Rubber hits road
Published on Jan 12th, 2012
18 comments The man touted as instrumental in getting what was long called the Meadow Creek Parkway built– or at least 1.4 miles of it– wasn't there. Former U.S. Senator John W. Warner, 84, checked...
Unclouded: Sabato predicts for 2012
Published on Dec 22nd, 2011
25 comments Political pundit and Crystal Ball-meister Larry Sabato is the go-to guy in an election year, but as much as the Hook tried to lure him into some early prognosticating, Sabato likens any predictions...
Year in review: The best and worst of 2011
Published on Dec 22nd, 2011
2 comments December 22, 2011 Since the Hook started doing a year-in-review issue 10 years ago, we've always wanted to say that this is the best year ever: The economy is on a roll, employers are hiring as fast...
Child un-support: State agency blames parents for flawed deposit
Published on Dec 19th, 2011
90 comments Every month, Charlottesville resident Sherry Nist gets a child support payment of $1,500 when her ex-husband writes a check to the state, which then moves the funds into her bank account. In early...
Halfaday holiday: Candidate's election fraud case continued
Published on Dec 15th, 2011
10 comments The trial of former City Council candidate James Halfaday on four counts of address-based election fraud has been continued until January 26. Outside the courtroom on Thursday, December 15, Halfaday...
Person of the year: Ken Boyd. King of the road... and the midnight vote
Published on Dec 15th, 2011
18 comments If Ken Boyd's entire political career were an Aesop's fable, he'd be the slow-and-steady tortoise. But when the opportunity arose earlier this year, the usually mild-mannered Republican maneuvered...
Verdant Parkway: County's part likely to open in January
Published on Dec 15th, 2011
1 comments With no opposition– only advice– from Charlottesville City Council and with the Albemarle Supervisors having resolved to open the Melbourne-to-Rio Road portion, the county's stretch of...
Cuccinelli effect: Rob Bell and Obenshain eye AG job
Published on Dec 6th, 2011
3 comments Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's recent decision to seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2013 has opened the door for those who'd like his job, including Harrisonburg state Senator Mark...
Ready to roll? Boyd pushes Meadowcreek Parkway opening
Published on Dec 5th, 2011
29 comments Albemarle Supervisor Ken Boyd wants the Meadowcreek Parkway open, and he wants it open now– or at least by December 8. Boyd introduced a resolution to the Board of Supervisors at its November 2...
Biscuit and gravy: Lawmakers dodge calls to unshroud millions
Published on Nov 29th, 2011
21 comments The loudest voices on both the political left and right have voiced outrage, but future Hunter Craigs can continue to secretly extract millions from taxpayers. That's because the Charlottesville-area...
Biscuit burden: Cuccinelli demands cash from Craig
Published on Nov 22nd, 2011
26 comments In his response to a speculator's controversial lawsuit seeking nearly $20 million from taxpayers in the form of conservation tax credits, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has fired back by accusing...
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