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5th District race: Social issues 'a distraction,' says Hurt


The 5th District incumbent makes no bones about it: his traditional conservative values are a product of how he was raised. That would be in Chatham in southside Virginia, and U.S. Congressman Robert Hurt's frequent use of "with all due respect" demonstrates the good manners with which he was raised and his education from Hargrave Military Academy, Episcopal High School in Alexandria, and Hampden-Sydney College. Hurt was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 after defeating Democrat Tom Perriello– and winning a seven-pack Republican primary. This year, he faces challenger John Douglass, a retired Air Force brigadier general. Recent polls show Hurt with a comfortable 18 percent lead.

VaNews September 18, 2012

The politics of uranium mining

By TIFFANY HOLLAND , Danville Register & Bee

One of the major issues for political candidates seeking votes in the Dan River Region has been uranium mining. On Monday, Gen. John Douglass, the Democratic nominee for the congressional 5th District, visited the area and focused heavily on the controversial issue. At a uranium mining forum Monday night, Douglass said that although lifting the moratorium on uranium mining was a state issue, he supports federal legislation to ban uranium mining as well.

VaNews September 18, 2012

Douglass shows competitive side during campaign stop

By RAY REED , News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

Fifth District congressional candidate John Douglass’ competitive side was on display at a campaign event in New London on Thursday, where he said Republican incumbent Robert Hurt appears to have conflicts of interest on a proposed uranium mine and a no-tax pledge. Douglass, a Democrat and former Air Force general, said a poll by the Hurt campaign, showing the Republican ahead by 18 points, “if it were true, isn't that bad.”

VaNews August 31, 2012

The General: Douglass battles for 5th District seat


The skill set of military general and Virginia farmer is a popular one in American politics, dating back to George Washington. That's why Democrats tapped Brigadier General John Douglass, who's retired from the Air Force, to challenge Robert Hurt for the 5th District congressional seat. Besides, he's been through more terrifying events than running for Congress. "There aren't too many candidates for Congress who've looked down the barrel of an AK-47," observes Douglass. "It's shaped my views on defense."

VaNews August 28, 2012

Video of Douglass smacking GOP staffer's camera causes a row

By GRAHAM MOOMAW , Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

A video of Democratic congressional candidate John Douglass smacking a GOP staffer’s video camera with rolled-up paper lit up conservative blogs Thursday and drew a rebuke from Rep. Robert Hurt’s campaign. The Hurt campaign suggested the incident shows a lack of “professionalism” and “respect” on the part of Douglass, while the Douglass campaign said the Republicans were “ginning up a right-wing hissy fit.”

VaNews August 24, 2012

Independent seeks to enter 5th District race

Martinsville Bulletin (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

A Fluvanna County man will announce today that he is running for Virginia’s 5th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ben Hudson, a retired Army lieutenant colonel with more than 24 years in the military, will announce his candidacy at stops in Danville, Charlottesville and Fauquier County, a release stated. He is running as an independent.

VaNews August 22, 2012

Douglass talks policy as Hurt again skips Senior Statesmen debate

By BRYAN MCKENZIE , Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

It was more political monologue than political forum for Democratic challenger John Douglass, the lone 5th District congressional candidate to show at Wednesday’s Senior Statesmen of Virginia’s candidates forum. The former U.S. military officer took advantage of the venue to talk about his views on the issues and question his opponent’s dedication to the district’s constituents.

VaNews August 9, 2012

Challenger pushes Hurt for federal ban on mining

By TIFFANY HOLLAND, Danville Register & Bee

Retired Gen. John Douglass has sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt, R-5th District, asking him to introduce federal legislation banning uranium mining near residential communities and wants Hurt to step up his stance on the uranium mining issue in Pittsylvania County. Douglass is Hurt’s Democratic challenger in the November’s congressional race. Douglass has said repeatedly he opposed to lifting the uranium mining ban.

VaNews August 8, 2012

Hurt's farm bill moves forward

By TIFFANY HOLLAND , Danville Register & Bee

Since agriculture is an important business in the 5th District, Rep. Robert Hurt said he is trying to make it easier for farmers to do their jobs. Today, his much-talked about bill — the Preserving Rural Resources Act — successfully came out of the House Committee on Transportations and Infrastructure with bipartisan support.

VaNews August 6, 2012

Hurt stops in Danville

By JOHN CRANE , Danville Register & Bee

Rep. Robert Hurt stopped in Danville on Saturday, where he rallied the GOP faithful and said he will take “take common sense to Washington.” About 40-50 of his Republican supporters showed up at the event at GOP Victory Center located at the Forum at 625 Piney Forest Road. He commended attendees for coming to support him when they could have spent the day working in their gardens in the summer weather.

VaNews August 6, 2012