Entries by Robert Andrews


McNamara at the center of the food (tax) fight

by Dwayne Yancey February 18, 2022   A half century or so ago, the thing that Del. Joe McNamara is trying to do was considered dangerously radical, the platform of a wild-eyed liberal. Now it’s considered an article of faith among many conservatives. Funny how things change, isn’t it? The Roanoke County Republican – a mild-mannered […]

McNamara Provides Tax Relief to Struggling Virginians

Delegate Joe McNamara (R-Roanoke), working alongside Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) and Senator Steve Newman (R-Bedford), reached a bipartisan compromise on tax conformity during the 2021 General Assembly session. This will deliver up to $221 million in tax relief for individuals and businesses in the 8th District and across the Commonwealth — despite a Democrat-controlled legislature […]

McNamara Legislation Helps Schools Respond to Emergencies

ROANOKE, Va. – Gov. Ralph Northam signed the “Remote Learning” bill this week, which allows unscheduled remote learning during inclement weather and emergency situations that prevent in-person learning. Delegate Joe McNamara, who represents parts of the Roanoke and New River valleys, introduced the bill to the House of Delegates, and state Sen. David Suetterlein, who […]


McNamara and Head call for in-person session

Republican lawmakers call for in-person session, when General Assembly reconvenes By Joe Dashiell Published: Nov. 11, 2020 at 8:03 PM EST|Updated: 18 hours ago ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Two Republican lawmakers from western Virginia say they plan to be in Richmond when the General Assembly reconvenes. And they are calling for the House of Delegates to hold […]

McNamara: Democrats Continue to Leave Leadership Vaccuum

Tomorrow, August 18, 2020, The Virginia General Assembly will convene for a Special Session. It will mark nearly five months since the legislature has met. During this time, Virginia has weathered the worst pandemic in a century, a severe economic recession, and mounting civil unrest. People are unemployed, public schools face uncertainty as they attempt […]

McNamara breaks down average Virginia Teacher Salary

“NORFOLK — To help lawmakers tackle a bipartisan goal of raising teacher pay, state budget staff tried to untangle for them exactly what the average teacher’s pay is in the state. The takeaway: There are different ways to calculate that number, but it’s clear some districts fall far below any of those averages while others easily […]