This comes from the "Letters To The Editor" section of the Bristol Herald Courier, dated Wednesday, March 26:
Boucher Playing Both SidesThe letter is signed by a (vigilent) Pound, Virginia resident.
Rep. Rick Boucher, D-9th, is playing a shell game on the people of this district. He is a co-sponsor of HR 4088, a bill to provide immigration reform by securing America’s borders, clarifying and enforcing existing laws and enabling a practical employer verification program, but he has not signed the discharge petition. (* see below)
This allows him to play to both sides of the immigration issue. The people need to be aware that many elected officials are playing the same game with their constituents. (link)
Sure enough, you go to the site referenced above and you'll find that the discharge petition relating to HR 4088 has been signed by:
• Thelma D. Drake Virginia 02
• Tom Davis Virginia 11
• Eric Cantor Virginia 07
• Frank R. Wolf Virginia 10
• J. Randy Forbes Virginia 04
• Virgil H. Goode, Jr. Virginia 05
• Bob Goodlatte Virginia 06
• Robert J. Wittman Virginia 01
Now you might say: Well, there's a glaring lack of Democrats signing the petition; that should tell you something. But what? Boucher co-sponsored the darn thing. Now he's trying to keep it bottled up?
What's up with that?
But back to my original point: Does the Bristol Herald Courier (and the Roanoke Times for that matter) pay reporters to find the news? Or do they wait and have the readers provide it? This should not be a "Letters To the Editor" story.
* See http://clerk.house.gov/110/lrc/pd/petitions/Dis5.htm