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  2. LpMv2407

    Trump Tough On Illegals

    Actually spending was up 7.1% in Homeland Security alone from FY 2017 to FY 2018. 29.4% increase for ICE - $7.9 BILLION 23.3% increase for US Citizenship and Immigration Services - $4.4 B 21.6% increase for U.S. Customs and Border Protection - $16.4 B Source Page 11: https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/DHS FY18 BIB Final.pdf But we are #MAGA... The trend continues also in FY 2019 https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/DHS BIB 2019.pdf
  3. LpMv2407

    Trump Tough On Illegals

    Meanwhile we are spending $4 BILLION annually on keeping people out of our country who otherwise could work, pay taxes, and potentially take up some of the burden of taxes, social security, and health care from retiring baby boomers. I'd rather have my share of tax money back from that. You can bet spending will go higher with all this current stuff happening. R's are only conservative when the D's are in power.
  4. LpMv2407

    Trump Tough On Illegals

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  6. superman

    Trump Tough On Illegals

    Kudos for President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security for following the law and cracking down on illegal immigration at the border. Attorney General Sessions for months has warned those trying to cross the border that they would be arrested if they crossed and families would be seperated. ye they keep coming. the Democrats want the ieelagls admitted into the country as they see them as new clients to be added to the government welfare rolls and new democrat party voters. Several kids are even crossing the border with adults that are not their parents or relatives. DHS cited cases like this has increased 314% since February. Lets see if Congress changes the law. No more catch and release. Cross the border, get arrested.
  7. Martinsville Daily

    US Senate - VA 2018

    I'm down with that.
  8. On June 17, 2018 at approximately 7:07 PM, the Martinsville/Henry County 911 Center received a call of a shooting that occurred on Cedarwood Ct., Martinsville, Virginia. Deputies arrived on scene and located a female with a gunshot wound to her leg. Lavonna Giles, 25, of 87 Cedarwood Ct., Martinsville, Virginia was transported by EMS to SOVAH Health Martinsville where she was treated for a gunshot wound. The incident began with an argument between neighbors that resulted in shots being fired and Giles being struck in the leg. Donrell Markese Rucker, 41, of 83 Cedarwood Ct., Martinsville VA has been charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm during commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a violent felon. All charges are felonies. Rucker is currently wanted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Rucker is described as a black male, 6’00”, 190 pounds, brown eyes with dreadlocks. Anyone having information pertaining to this incident or the whereabouts of Donrell Markese Rucker is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.
  9. LpMv2407

    US Senate - VA 2018

    I guess my argument against that would be that only around 25% of voters consider themselves republicans. If you have closed primaries, you have even fewer voters turnout. Why not just do a convention?
  10. Martinsville Daily

    US Senate - VA 2018

    Both. Because there are so few people voting, the few that do mobilize and use it as an opportunity to manipulate and control the outcome. Wasn't it David Duke that once said if enough people in this country quit voting we "his group" could elect a communist.
  11. Skinsguy

    New Eating Places for Mville/Henry County?

    Yeah, I didn't quite follow that either. I really think the issues come down to a population that is older and just doesn't go out at night like they once did. I mean, I'm older, married, and have a child - we almost never get to go out anywhere, and if we do, we're usually home and in the bed by 10:30pm.
  12. LpMv2407

    US Senate - VA 2018

    Why did republicans run Stewart if they didn't want him to win? Independents and third party voters shouldn't have a say in the candidates even though they fund the process? I don't think the number of dems voting affected the primary. There were several house races that held primaries like the 6th& 9th. I don't want either party to win. I considered voting for Stewart because I knew that would help Matt waters. Instead I voted my conscience for Freitas
  13. Common Sense

    US Senate - VA 2018

    Convention/Caucus- you pay to join the party (Republicans are the only ones in Virginia that do it) then you go to the convention hall where you have people get up and tell you why you should support their candidate. After the speeches, all the people at the convention get up and walk to the side of the room underneath the candidate they support. Then, they do another round of speeches to see if anyone will get up and walk to the other side of the room. Primary- what we just had in Virginia. Any registered voter can vote in the primary. The issue comes down to having people from one party voting for the perceive "weaker candidate" in the opposing party to give their candidate the easier win on election day. (i.e. Democrats voting for Corey Stewart knowing that Tim Kaine would route Stewart in the general election.)
  14. LpMv2407

    US Senate - VA 2018

    Maybe I'm confused here. What's the perceived problem? Is it voter turnout OR people voting "against" candidates and not for who they want?
  15. Common Sense

    US Senate - VA 2018

    The problem with that scenario is that in Virginia, you do not register as a member of a party. You are just a registered voter.
  16. LpMv2407

    US Senate - VA 2018

    I would much rather it be convention. I just don't feel like a party should be able discriminate on who votes for them when the process is funded by tax dollars. A closed primary would also further the bigger problem of party tribalism. It would make people think "i'm registered Republican on my voter registration so i have to or need to vote for them in the general." People who register as independents or a third party wouldn't be able to give there input as well. Independents are the 2nd biggest voting block next to those who don't vote. The turnout appears to be the lowest since the 2012 primary with Rand Paul and Mitt Romney. Corey Stewart is an extremely unlikable candidate and Freitas and Jackson are relatively unknown to party outsiders. The system isn't broke if the party doesn't do a good enough job promoting candidate or working the GOTV.
  17. Martinsville Daily

    US Senate - VA 2018

    So what's "fair" about an open primary when you only have 5 percent turnout? 95 percent of "We, the voters" aren't participating - only those hard core folks with agendas and a very few of us people who honor the process. The system as it is - is broken - rife with people who use the system to manipulate the outcome. Closed primary or convention would be better than what we have. And don't get me started on redistricting! What a farce! All districts should be required to follow geographic boundaries, city/town, counties, and then state lines. Cutting a county in half or breaking up a city is chaotic and should be outlawed.
  18. Martinsville Daily

    New Eating Places for Mville/Henry County?

    Lp, I don't understand what you just said. - The bar at Mt. Jax was going ok, so it was something else. Then you say Wild Mags is struggling apparently because of the bar?
  19. Martinsville Daily

    Gas Prices Drop Again

    Gasoline prices in Virginia have fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.66/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,081 stations in Virginia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.89/g, according to GasBuddy. Including the change locally during the past week, prices yesterday were 56.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 5.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has dropped 3.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 60.9 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The least expensive reported locations to buy gas in Martinsville are: Liberty Street Market, 1012 Liberty St, Martinsville, VA, $2.49 Exxon, 937 E Church St, Martinsville, VA, $2.49 Kroger, 240 Commonwealth Blvd W, Martinsville, VA, $2.49 Marathon, 101 Commonwealth Blvd W, Martinsville, VA, $2.49 "Average gas prices in the U.S. have fallen to their lowest in a month, following oil's continued slump as OPEC appears poised to adjust oil production levels and the U.S. nears its hitting 11 million barrels of oil pumped per day, the highest level ever," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "Oil bulls may see their day again this summer, but the prospects of higher oil supply have diminished the value of oil for the time being, and that's leading to what nearly every American has been rooting for as of late- lower gas prices. While many are still bitter over having to pay more than last year, prices certainly could have moved higher if there hadn't been pressure on OPEC to act now that the (previous) glut of crude oil has been absorbed into the market. We see gas prices falling slightly into late June or early July before odds rise of hurricane season leading to some volatility at the pump, which could lead prices higher short term."
  20. LpMv2407

    US Senate - VA 2018

    I don't think we(the citizens) need to fix it. It's a problem with the party. If they didn't want Stewart to run, they could have made that call long ago. If they wanted more control over the nominating process, have a convention to nominate your candidate. Don't use tax payer dollars to nominate your candidate and then complain the candidate you wanted to win didn't win. You'll have some people that will argue for closed primaries. Closed Primaries require voters to register with a party at the time of voter registration. You can only vote in primaries for the party you are registered to. Thank God Virginia is still a state with open primaries.
  21. LpMv2407

    New Eating Places for Mville/Henry County?

    I don't think the bar itself was doing bad, but there were other problems going on economically that forced it to close. It had a decent group of regulars. I've heard recently that Wild Mags has been struggling too so it's not easy to operate a bar in VA with all the state regulations. They had a lot of turnover when Dutch Inn reopened.
  22. Common Sense

    US Senate - VA 2018

    And that could run back on voters "jumping the fence" in the primary to vote for the weakest candidate in the opposing party! ANNNNDDDDD...we NEED REDISTRICTING REFORM SO THAT OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS CAN'T DRAW THEMSELVES INTO EASY RE-ELECTION. We, the voters, should decide who represents us not the other way around!
  23. Martinsville Daily

    US Senate - VA 2018

    Fundamentally, it should be designed so that the members of a party determine who they want - not registered voters with no loyalty to the party participating with the sole intention of either messing it up or improving the position of the opposition.
  24. Martinsville Daily

    49 Applications Received for Cannabis Shops in Virginia

    Virginia has received 49 applications from medical cannabis companies hoping to be among the first to set up shop in the state, giving officials plenty of options as they prepare to hand out five licenses this summer. The applications, which required a $10,000 filing fee, were due last week to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy, which is planning to issue licenses to allow one medical cannabis oil dispensary in each of the state’s five health service areas. Several participants said the number of applications was slightly higher than they expected, indicating a strong interest from local entrepreneurs and established industry players looking for a foothold in Virginia. When they open, the facilities will be limited to selling cannabis oils. But the first wave of licensees could have a bigger role in the future if the state further relaxes medical marijuana laws or legalizes marijuana for recreational purposes.
  25. Skinsguy

    New Eating Places for Mville/Henry County?

    I thought Mtn' Jax was doing well for the area? It opened long after I had left, but As much as I've heard about the place, I figured it was doing well. Dave N Busters is an impressive place. It's basically a big arcade for adults and it also serves food and adult beverages.
  26. Common Sense

    US Senate - VA 2018

    But how do we change it?? The Republican caucus system is terrible. Essentially, you buy a ticket to go to a gym, you group up by who you support and then argue for others to join your side. And I know the Democrats debated doing that in certain localities as well. Its a smaller way to have the diehards of your party to decide who runs for office from the party. Whats the best way to conduct a primary in Virginia?
  27. Martinsville Daily

    Jason McArthur Turner

    Jason McArthur Turner, 76, of Patrick Springs, Va., passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Blue Ridge Nursing Home in Stuart, Va. He was born in Patrick County, Va. on May 3, 1942 to the late John Homer Turner and the late Clemmie Kendrick Turner. He was also preceded in death by several brothers. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Sarah Turner of the home; four sons, Jason W. (Pee Wee) Turner, Douglas W. Turner, William M. (Albert) Turner and wife Lynn and George (Randy) Turner; one daughter Sarah (Shorty) Cooke and husband Sammy; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren; six brothers Sammy, Nathan, Alan, Landis (Whitey), Ted and James (JD) Turner; one sister Marlene Dalton; and several nieces and nephews. The visitation will be Monday, June 18, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the chapel of Bassett Funeral Service and at other times at the home. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bassett Funeral Service with Minister Sammy Cooke and Minister Avery Preston officiating. Burial will follow in the Buffalo Ridge Church Cemetery. Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is serving the Turner family.
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