Friday, September 27, 2013

Google Alert - middle ground

News 2 new results for middle ground
Municipalities, Unions Need To Find Middle Ground Jamestown Post Journal
It is pretty obvious -given the fact that 44 Chautauqua County municipalities are eligible to participate - that a Financial Restructuring Board is necessary in New ...
See all stories on this topic »
Sony: Indie developers for Xbox One, PS4 a 'new middle ground' of ...
But sometimes creative and innovated developments don't come from big budgets in the triple-A style, Gara said, and indie developers can make a real impact ...
See all stories on this topic »

Delete this alert.
Create another alert.
Manage your alerts.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Welcome To Campaign Season!

banner 2
Norment News
Visit Us Online
View our videos on YouTube

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
Sign Up to Receive Email Updates
Join Our Mailing List

Click here for a printable invitation for the 2013 Pig Pickin'. For questions or to RSVP you may call
(757) 259-7810 or email
September 16, 2013

Welcome to campaign season!  While we all work year-round preparing for the November election, Labor Day marks the beginning of campaign season for most voters.  It is now when most of our preparations for victory are put into action.  Also, I know this begins the busiest time of the year for candidates, campaign workers, and volunteers.


I kept a busy schedule during the month of August, including both legislative and campaign duties.  Legislatively, I spoke to both the West Point and Oyster Point Rotary Clubs in August.  Like most legislators, appearing before Rotary, Kiwanis, and Ruritan clubs , as well as Chambers of Commerce, occurs regularly for me. I consider it my responsibility as a Senator to get into the community I serve to provide updates on our work in the General Assembly, learn about local issues, respond to questions, and hear concerns. I enjoy addressing Republican, civic and community groups year round.  


In the middle of the month I spoke to the Sorensen Institute's Emerging Leaders Program, lecturing on leadership and public policy.  Former Lt. Governor John Hager, a longtime friend, who is the current Chairman of the Institute's Advisory Board.  Sorensen's Emerging Leaders Program is one of several programs they conduct to shape Virginia's leaders of tomorrow.


With so many folks vacationing in August, many of the legislative boards and commissions on which I serve took the month off.  But I did have a month full of meetings with constituent groups like Project Discovery and state agencies like the Virginia Port Authority to begin preparing for the 2014 session.  While the 2014 session seems far away - with critical elections between now and then - much of the leg work to prepare bills and craft a new budget is already well underway.  This work will get more intense over the next four months and such meetings will occur with greater frequency. 


As we move into the campaign season, there is also a greater emphasis on political events.  In August, Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan McDougle and I met with Ken Cuccinelli to discuss his campaign.  We discussed how the Senate Republican Caucus will work with his campaign on voter ID efforts in critical parts of the state and we laid the groundwork for how we will work together once he is elected.  After Ken Cuccinelli is elected Governor, he will have less than two months to build his administration and transition before the General Assembly session begins.  While no one wants to get too far out in front, an aspiring Governor cannot wait until after the election to begin laying the groundwork for their administration.


As an indication that everyone is preparing for the expense of this fall's campaign, three of my campaign appearances last month were at fundraising events.  I spoke at a fundraiser for my Senate colleague (and our next Attorney General) Mark Obenshain in York County.  It's been 24 years since Virginia elected a Democrat Attorney General, and we need to keep that streak going.  Both Mark and his Democrat opponent serve with me in the Senate.  Being familiar with both, I can assure you there is no contest over who would make the better Attorney General - Mark Obenshain, hands down.


Also, I attended the New Kent County Republican Committee's "Summer's Eve on the Pumunkey."  There, I had the honor of introducing my long time good friend, United States House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the event's headliner.  Majority Leader Cantor is very generous with his time in helping his fellow Republicans, and headlined an important event for Senate Republicans during the 2011 campaign.   I wrapped up the month with Glenn Davis, our party's nominee in the 84th House of Delegates District once held by Governor McDonnell, who had me as the featured speaker for his August fundraiser. It is important that we maintain our majority in the House this year and we cannot take that for granted.


As Senate Majority Leader, I have responsibility for the entire Republican Caucus.  I spent two days this month on a road trip to Northern Virginia where I met with dozens of business leaders to share the Caucus's message and to raise some funds.  I am pleased to report that even in a part of Virginia that many people consider "deep blue," I found very receptive audiences and folks who are committed to electing conservative candidates.


I hope you will join me  Sunday, October 6 at 3:00 p.m. for my Annual Pig Pickin' at Carlton Farms in James City County. It's a free event featuring BBQ, hot dogs and great bluegrass music and is always a good time. I hope you and your family will join me. Please click here for the invite and directions to the event.


I hope to see you at the Pig Pickin' or on the campaign trail over the next few weeks. If I may ever assist you please contact my office at (757) 259-781o or by email at . As always, it is an honor to represent you in the Senate of Virginia, and to have the privilege to serve our party and the Commonwealth as Senate Majority Leader.  



Very truly yours,
Senator Tommy Norment
Paid for and Authorized by Friends of Tommy Norment. 
This email was sent to by |  
Senator Tommy Norment | PO Box 6205 | Williamsburg | VA | 23188

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Teacher Gazette -- September 2013



Why Didn't Spain Claim Virginia?

Primary Source

Spanish Coin, 1725
Spanish Coin, 1725
Learn More

For More Information


“I may say that this is the greatest factor: the way in which the expedition is equipped, the way in which every difficulty is foreseen and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it. Victory awaits him who has everything in order, luck people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time, this is called bad luck.”

—Roald Amundsen, The South Pole: an account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram", 1910–12 (New York: Lee Keedick, 1913), pg. 330.

Teaching Strategy

The Spanish were already in North America by the 16th century. Why didn't they colonize Virginia, instead leaving it open for the English to settle Jamestown in 1607? Students seek to answer this question using maps and articles, comparing and contrasting different theories, including their own. They then analyze a quote about exploration and relate it to what they've learned. Learn more.

Related Products

To order, call 1-800-761-8331 or email

Stories Under African SkiesJAMESTOWN UNEARTHED
Electronic Field Trip on DVD

Take a look at how history is written and reevaluated as new methods of study are introduced. Using the example of Jamestown in 1607, revisit the documents, artifacts, and other evidence through archeaology. Learn how every generation sees the evidence in new ways, and how this affects our understanding of the past. Grades 4–8, 60 minutes. DVD. $29.95.

Hands-On Resource Kit

Each classroom simulation kit includes everything you need to introduce students to archaeology and set up a dig in your classroom. Contains reproduction artifacts, primary source documents and images, a modern story that explores archaeological methods, and extension activities. $99.00.

New for this year!

Approaching Controversial Issues: A Guide for Teachers

Foster civil and insightful discussion in the classroom with this digital download!
What's included?

  • A rationale for discussing controversial topics in the classroom
  • Guiding principles for teachers and students, including a helpful list of "do's and don'ts" and tips for classroom discussions
  • Exploration of perspective and what makes an issue controversial
  • Questions to consider when dealing with offensive language or symbols
  • A student reading that highlights core values and the importance of civic and civil debate in American history and politics
$5.00 Buy Now or call 800.761.8311 to order

Kids Zone: History, Games & Fun    Gift to the Nation

Facebook Logo    Teacher Community

The Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip Series is supported in part
by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.

If you would like to subscribe to the Teacher Gazette, please send an e-mail to with the subject heading "subscribe."

If you would like to be removed from future Teacher Gazette mailings, please send an e-mail to with the subject heading "unsubscribe."

Forward email

This email was sent to by |  

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation | Education Outreach | PO Box 1776 | Williamsburg | VA | 23187