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Roanoke Delegate Sam Rasoul and five others pen letter to Governor McAuliffe asking to strengthen ethics bill

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Roanoke Delegate Sam Rasoul and five others pen letter to Governor McAuliffe asking to strengthen ethics bill

Roanoke Delegate Sam Rasoul among six delegates asking Governor Terry McAuliffe to amend and strengthen the ethics bill, HB2070, that was rushed out of conference late Friday, February 27.  

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U.S. Sen. Warner supports Loretta Lynch for Attorney General

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

U.S. Sen. Warner supports Loretta Lynch for Attorney General

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) met with U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to be Attorney General of the United States. Ms. Lynch’s nomination was approved by a bipartisan majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 26. Following the meeting, Sen. Warner said, […]

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Attack on ACA heartless says U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement as oral arguments in King v. Burwellbegan at the Supreme Court: “The latest effort to attack the Affordable Care Act in court is particularly heartless. The case being heard today involves an effort to strip health care subsidies away from millions of Americans […]

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Congressman Morgan Griffith votes against clean DHS funding bill

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Congressman Morgan Griffith votes against clean DHS funding bill

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) today released the following statement after voting against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill that would fund the President’s recent unilateral immigration actions: “Thomas Jefferson was very clear when designing our legislative procedure: each house of Congress will make an independent decision, then will […]

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Real estate tax increase, vehicle tax increase, meals tax increase all on the table for Roanoke City

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Real estate tax increase, vehicle tax increase, meals tax increase all on the table for Roanoke City

Roanoke City Council was briefed Monday on the work-in-progress Budgeting For Outcomes fiscal year 2016 budget. Participants  in the process continue to review “offers” and “supplemental” requests in each area of government. The outcome will culminate in a final vote on May 11 following a public hearing on April 20. Look for one cent meals […]

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Snow job on snow removal – Roanoke citizens are idiots says councilman – video

Monday, March 2, 2015

Snow job on snow removal - Roanoke  citizens are idiots says councilman - video

Ray Ferris not known for his political correctness commented during Monday morning’s city council work session that “idiots on the Internet are saying my street’s been cleared.” He doubled down saying that is what he told a neighbor who asked why their street wasn’t cleared. “Yes”, said Ferris, “I said ‘idiots’.” Ferris made that remark […]

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Democrats on Virginia House ethics bill – 2015 session ends

Friday, February 27, 2015

The ethics reform bill that spent 24 hours in conference between the House and the Senate will not go into effect until January 1, 2016. The reasoning was that it will not confuse candidates up for reelection and their challengers. It will also give time to correct or amend any flaws in the bill in […]

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BBB: Don’t look for love in the wrong places

Friday, February 27, 2015

BBB: Don't look for love in the wrong places

The Better Bussiness Bureau of Western Virginia reported that a southwestVirginia woman tells BBB she has lost $140,000 in a years-long romance scam.  “I thought we had a connection and I trusted him… I just wanted to help him.”  The consumer, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, says she received a friend request […]

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Former Roanoke resident Susanne Helbig gets 8 years for mortgage fraud

Friday, February 27, 2015

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA – The former majority owner of a local construction company, who recruited a number of strawbuyers to defraud financial institutions of millions of dollars through an intricate mortgage fraud conspiracy, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg. Susanne Helbig, 50, a former resident of […]

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Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine supports investment in clean coal research

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine supports investment in clean coal research

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Heidi Heitkamp today reintroduced the Advanced Clean Coal Technology Investment in Our Nation (ACCTION) Act to help encourage coal plants to lower their carbon pollution through the use of advanced clean coal technologies. By making capital more accessible, this legislation would ultimately make the clean coal technology […]

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Virginia bill denying bail protects victims of domestic violence

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Virginia bill denying bail protects victims of domestic violence

RICHMOND (February 25, 2015)– Today the General Assembly passed a bill from Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Delegate Ben Cline (24-Rockbridge) to protect victims of domestic violence by denying bail for individuals charged with felony strangulation. In 2012, Herring and Cline worked to make strangulation a felony, closing a loophole that had previously allowed […]

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Virginia Rep. Griffith says President’s veto of pipeline ignores science

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Virginia Rep. Griffith says President's veto of pipeline ignores science

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) today released the following statement on the President’s veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act: “Though he wants his words to indicate otherwise, President Obama’s actions – today and previously – indicate that he has always been opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline.  Put simply: […]

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