Gov. McAuliffe vetoes three bills that would make it more difficult to vote

Monday, March 27, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed three pieces of legislation that, rather than improving election integrity, could impede eligible Virginians from voting. Senate Bill 1253 This bill requires the state to make significant and costly changes to the existing voter registration database that will not improve election integrity. No funding is provided for localities to obtain […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes five firearms bills

Friday, March 24, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed five pieces of legislation that would further weaken the Commonwealth’s gun safety laws and put Virginians at risk. House Bill 1852 House Bill 1852 would provide that for a period of 45 days after the issuance of a protective order the individual seeking the protective order may lawfully carry a […]

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Western District of Virginia court cases for 3/27-3/17/31

Friday, March 24, 2017

ABINGDON DIVISON . US v. Amy Lorene Moser (Sentencing: March 27 at 10:00 a.m.) AGE: 52 ADDRESS: Not Available Moser was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. . US v. Steven Michael Salyer (Sentencing: March 27 at 11:00 a.m.) AGE: 27 ADDRESS: Abingdon, Virginia Salyer was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. . US v. […]

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Unemployment in Virginia lowest since 2008 – Roanoke MSA loses jobs in February

Friday, March 24, 2017

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in February to 3.9 percent, the second consecutive monthly decline, and was also down 0.1 percentage point from last February. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.9 percent is the lowest rate since the June 2008 rate of 3.9 percent. Virginia has the second-lowest unemployment […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes six bills that undermine public education

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe vetoes six bills that undermine public education

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system. House Bill 1400 Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1400, which would create a new executive branch agency known as the Virginia Virtual School. This entity, governed by an independent policy board, would facilitate the provision of […]

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Mexico citizen sentenced for multiple illegal entries into the U.S.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A citizen of Mexico, who had been removed from the United States multiple times in recent years, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on Federal immigration charges, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced. Martin Alvarez-Torres, 38, a citizen of […]

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Discrimination against same-sex couples vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bill 1324 sponsored by Sen. Charles Carrico, Sr, It  would shield from civil liability those who actively discriminate against same-sex couples. I vetoed this exact same bill last year, and my rationale for that veto remains the same. Although couched as a “religious freedom” bill, this legislation is nothing more than […]

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Seeking a Roanoke City Democratic nomination? Contact the Chair please

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Roanoke City Democratic Committee announces a firehouse primary to select our nominees for the offices of Roanoke City treasurer, sheriff, commonwealth attorney and commissioner of the revenue from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Hall, Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Ave., Roanoke VA 24016 on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Nominees selected will be the […]

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Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement today regarding his proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1398. Sen. Scott Surovell was chief sponsor of the bill which would place a temporary pause on the state permitting process for coal ash impoundment projects to allow for additional assessment regarding their impact on Virginia’s water quality and environment Gov. McAuliffe […]

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Big Blue Cockfighting Venue property owners plead guilty to conspiracy

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – The 10,000 square-foot facility known as the Big Blue Sportsman’s Club in McDowell, Kentucky, which has hosted cockfights for more than 20 years, will be razed following the guilty pleas of the property’s two owners, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced. Today in the […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes switchblades and knives to minors for sport

Monday, March 20, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Senate Bill 865, which would provide minors with easy and unrestricted access to lethal weapons. “Senate Bill 865, which would provide an exemption to the prohibition against furnishing specified types of knives to minors. Under the bill, such a transfer would be permissible if between family members or for the […]

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Rep. Griffith and Sen. Hatch introduce legislation for safe transport of firearms across states lines

Monday, March 20, 2017

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) have introduced legislation to address a critical gap in U.S. law related to the transportation of firearms. Under current regulations, many law-abiding Americans unwittingly violate disparate rules governing the transportation of firearms across state lines.  Griffith and Hatch’s bills would amend the Firearm Owners Protection Act […]

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