Govt/Politics

Highland wind farm bill blown out of the Senate
Published on Feb 14th, 2008
2 comments A bill which would have eased environmental restrictions for a controversial wind farm slated for construction in Highland County has stalled in committee. As previously reported in the Hook, Senate...
UVA student reactions to Clinton’s visit mixed
Published on Feb 13th, 2008
4 comments Students at the University of Virginia had a lot to say following Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) question-and-answer session with UVA professor and political pundit Larry Sabato on Monday. While some...
Obama calls Betty Van Yahres after primary win
Published on Feb 13th, 2008
1 comments The DP's Bob Gibson reports that one of the first things that Sen. Barrack Obama did after winning the Virginia primary last night was call former Del. Mitchell Van Yahres' widow, Betty Van Yahres,...
Council not keen on more Mall fountains
Published on Feb 12th, 2008
2 comments Charlottesville Tomorrow reports that city council is not too keen on the idea of adding more fountains to the Downtown Mall. On February 11, council reviewed design concepts for the proposed $7.5...
Clinton to UVA class: ‘Politics is not a game’
Published on Feb 11th, 2008
5 comments Normally, UVA professor and political pundit Larry Sabato is the one teaching the University's Introduction to American Politics class, but today his students belonged to Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY...
Sound bite: City proposes new noise restrictions
Published on Feb 11th, 2008
6 comments The city of Charlottesville is proposing a series of amendments to its noise ordinance in an attempt to address concerns about late night noise "emanating from such establishments as the Buddhist...
Mitch Van Yahres Dies
Published on Feb 9th, 2008
4 comments Former Delegate Mitch Van Yahres died Friday due to complications from lung surgery. He was 81. Van Yahres was a state delegate from the 57th District for 24 years before retiring in 2005. He was...
County budget meets hard times
Published on Feb 8th, 2008
34 comments "What a difference a year makes," Albemarle County Exec Bob Tucker observed to local media before presenting his fiscal 2008/2009 budget today. A year ago, as Albemarle was giddy over annual...
Ron Paul blimp apparently slashed
Published on Feb 8th, 2008
7 comments Four days after it was the Hook's cover buoy, the blimp touting the presidential candidacy of Ron Paul was grounded due to a four-inch gash allegedly caused by a vandal. "Somebody must have come by...
Delegates boo high school students
Published on Feb 8th, 2008
3 comments Youths going to see how their government works, whether on a local, state, or national level, is a time-honored field trip. Yet, last Friday, a group of liberal high schoolers visiting the House of...
Clinton to lecture Sabato’s class Monday
Published on Feb 7th, 2008
3 comments Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) will be a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia Monday, February 11. The Clinton campaign confirms that she will address professor and political pundit Larry...
Obama coming back to Charlottesville?
Published on Feb 7th, 2008
11 comments Today's Washington Post reports that, in an effort to turn out the vote in Virginia's Democratic presidential primary next Tuesday, February 12, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is coming back to to...
Bedford sheriff tracks local computers for child porn
Published on Feb 7th, 2008
10 comments You're on notice, Charlottesville Internet file swappers– the Bedford County sheriff's department may be watching you. According to Sheriff Mike Brown (left), who directs the federally funded...
Ordinances pass; property rightists scream
Published on Feb 7th, 2008
6 comments Three controversial rural protection ordinances, destined to be passed the minute Ann Mallek was elected to the Albemarle Board of Supervisors in November, were approved last night in a 4-2 vote...
Virginia primary looms large for Dems
Published on Feb 6th, 2008
0 comments After yesterday's Super Tuesday primaries left Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) in a virtual dead heat in the fight for the Democratic nomination for president, Virginia and...
Obama takes the Mall
Published on Feb 6th, 2008
0 comments The Jefferson Theater has a new tenant: what appears to be the only local outpost for a major presidential candidate. But does the opening of the C'Ville Obama Center mean that the candidate is...
McCain visit to Paramount in question
Published on Feb 6th, 2008
0 comments Despite previous media reports quoting date, time, location, and ticket prices, Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) visit to the Paramount Theater remains unconfirmed four days before Sunday, February 10, the...
Warner backs McCain
Published on Jan 31st, 2008
0 comments Today the soon-to-be-retired John Warner (R) formally endorsed his longtime Senate colleague John McCain in his bid to become the next President of the United States. Warner will be McCain's official...
Victory squeaks in Nelson for Johnson
Published on Jan 30th, 2008
0 comments The results of a hotly contested Board of Supervisors election in Nelson County were finally validated today ending a saga that has dragged on for more than two months. In a complex legal and...
Speak now or forever hold your peace
Published on Jan 29th, 2008
2 comments Despite some on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors thinking there's been plenty of public comment on three rural ordinances, the populace gets another chance to voice its opinions on critical...