Lt. Gov. Northam on House Republican’s attempt to defund Planned Parenthood

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Lt. Gov. Northam on House Republican's attempt to defund Planned Parenthood

In a party-line vote, Virginia House Democrats today sustained Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s veto of a Republican bill to defund Planned Parenthood. During the debate, Republican Del. Matt Fariss, a white man, asked Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring, a black woman, whether fetuses could be selectively aborted based on race. “More than-one third of Planned Parenthood […]

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Roanoke City Sheriff Tim Allen announces run for reelection

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Roanoke City Sheriff Tim Allen announces run for reelection

Tim Allen has announced today that he is seeking re-election as Sheriff of Roanoke City. Sheriff Allen, a Democrat, ran for election first in a primary where he bested Joe Bush 1917 votes to Bush’s 292 votes. Allen then face the incumbent Republican sheriff Octavia Johnson and Independent Travis Akins a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist […]

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Sen. Kaine discusses global refugee and migrant crisis with Pope Francis

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sen. Kaine discusses global refugee and migrant crisis with Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY – Wednesday U.S. Senator Tim Kaine attended a general audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City and spoke with the Pope about the Holy See’s work to address the global refugee and migrant crisis. “I had a chance to visit with Pope Francis to discuss the global crisis of refugees and migrants which […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes costly and ineffective coal tax credits

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 2264, which would reinstate the coal employment and production incentive tax credit and extend the allowance of the coalfield employment enhancement tax credit without meaningful reform. “Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 2198, which would reinstate the coal employment […]

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Michael Lintz sentenced for coercing women on probation to performing sex acts

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – The former Maintenance Supervisor of the City of Norton Parks and Recreation Department, who previously admitted to coercing women who were on state probation to perform sexual favors for him and lying in federal court, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes legislation defunding Planned Parenthood

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 2264, which would restrict state and federal funding for women’s health providers like Planned Parenthood. The Governor’s full veto statement is below: Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 2264, which would prohibit the Virginia Department of Health from entering […]

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Data shows economic impact and critical need for immigration reform

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Data shows economic impact and critical need for immigration reform

RICHMOND, VA – New research has been released on the contributions of immigrants in Virginia’s 6th Congressional district and highlight the critical need for immigration reform. Spearheaded by New American Economy (NAE), the event marks the launch of Map the Impact-a campaign to highlight the power of immigrants in communities across the country. This effort […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes concealed handgun bill, Tebow bill, and legalization of concealed switchblade knife

Monday, February 20, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe vetoes concealed handgun bill, Tebow bill, and legalization of concealed switchblade knife

House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens. It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on […]

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BBB Advisory: Door-to-door contractors getting a jump on Spring

Thursday, February 16, 2017

As our region continues to experience unseasonably warm weather, some contractors are getting the jump on spring and have begun soliciting door-to-door. BBB Serving Western VA is advising consumers to do their research when hiring contractors who operate in this manner. According to one Bedford County woman, an asphalt company was recently canvassing her neighborhood […]

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Republicans hit Perriello on comparing Trump election to 9/11 – video

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Republicans hit Perriello on comparing Trump election to 9/11 - video

Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck covering bases on both Democratic primary candidates with video trackers. Trackers follow candidate around making videos hoping to catch opposition candidates in a macaca moment. Primary candidate Tom Perriello slipped a bit when comparing the election of President Trump to the 9/11 terrorist attack of New York City’s […]

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Individuals with mental impairments should not possess firearms

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The U.S. Senate voted to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to permanently block a federal rule that would prevent individuals with serious mental impairments from obtaining firearms. U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) said in  statement: “I opposed today’s effort in the Senate to reopen a loophole that prevents individuals with serious mental impairments […]

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William Rhodes pleads quilty to child pornography

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke man, who used a peer-to-peer file sharing network that allowed others to access his images of hard core child pornography, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced. William Rhodes, a.k.a. “Billy Rhodes,” a.k.a. “BillRho,” […]

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