McDonnell’s commission on reform approves ABC privatization plan

Thursday, September 30, 2010

McDonnell's commission on reform approves ABC privatization plan

Heads to Full Commission for Monday Vote. The House and Senate will have the last say and support is in doubt. The commission further reduces potential revenue generated from the licenses. The Simplification and Operations Committee of the Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring today officially approved adoption of the governor’s ABC privatization plan, with […]

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George Allen says liquor sales a distraction

Thursday, September 30, 2010

George Allen says liquor sales a distraction

Statement from Richmond Former Virginia Governor and Senator: “The principle of privatizing the warehousing, distribution and sale of distilled spirits is common sense. It is simply not the function of government to sell beer, wine, bourbon or vodka.”  “Most people realize that government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.  The principle of privatizing […]

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Part V: Campaign Finance – Nonprofits are prohibited (TAP complaint)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Part V: Campaign Finance – Nonprofits are prohibited (TAP complaint)

For the better part of a year Mark Powell as a member of the board of directors at Total Action Against Poverty (TAP) has been complaining that the powerful nonprofit was dabbling in Roanoke politics. Powell resigned from the board out of frustration with what he determined was a breach in IRS 501(3)c code: “all […]

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Sign up to join Eric Cantor in strategy call

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sign up to join Eric Cantor in strategy call

Do You Have Time for a 30 Minute Strategy Call?  Dear Republican Type Person, Will you join me for a 30 minute strategy call on Thursday, September 30th at 4:30 PM? My colleague in the GOP Young Guns program, Representative Kevin McCarthy, and I would like to discuss with you how we can work together […]

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11th Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference

Sunday, September 26, 2010

11th Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference

Neighborhood Treasures: Capitalizing On Our Assets It was hustle and bustle in the weeks leading up to Roanoke hosting the statewide neighborhood conference for the first time. The three-day conference began registration on Thursday at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. There were 240 registrants. They included hefty youth participation – the future neighborhood leaders. […]

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Rumors of a Cuccinelli run for governor in 2013 dispelled

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rumors of a Cuccinelli run for governor in 2013 dispelled

Speculation and rumors ran rampant with the Richmond Times-Dispatch artical posted at 2:00 a.m. this morning by eagle eye Ben Tribbett on his blog Not Larry Sabato. Even former State Senator Brandon Bell weighed in on NLS (confirmed to be Bell) saying: “Cuccinelli will definitely run for Governor. He could care less about Bolling or […]

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Part IV: Campaign Finance – Cuccinelli too busy for the mundane

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Part IV: Campaign Finance – Cuccinelli too busy for the mundane

It has been six months since Governor Bob McDonnell signed HB125 and almost three months since it went into effect on July 1. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office finally provided the Virginia State Board of Elections with the definition of “personal use” of campaign funds Wednesday. That’s the good news. The bad news – it […]

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Part III: Campaign finance –The rules if you can find them

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Part III: Campaign finance –The rules if you can find them

A long overdue epiphany – state campaign laws are enacted by the same legislators the laws are suppose to govern. Leaving loopholes and making life “easier” for themselves is the General Assembly’s answer to “accountability.” Not for lack of trying by some – See September 17 Virginia Statehouse News (Delegate Jim Scott D-Fairfax) who has […]

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Part II: Campaign finance – Examining Delegate Ware’s finance report

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Part II: Campaign finance – Examining Delegate Ware’s finance report

For the purposes of Part Two we will examine Roanoke Delegate Onzlee Ware’s (D-11) expenditure report for the six months ending June 30, 2010. The report is complete and detailed – probably due to the incessant criticism and complaints to the Virginia State Board of Elections by Mark Powell last year. The ongoing saga received […]

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INTRO Part I: Campaign finance – expectations of the individual campaign donor

Friday, September 24, 2010

INTRO Part I: Campaign finance – expectations of the individual campaign donor

So you say you gave $25 of your sweat-earned tax-raped paycheck to the candidate who stirred you almost to tears the other night. You were still staring at the candidate’s halo when you wrote the check. As you handed over maybe even $100 you are thinking I’m helping this candidate who will solve all problems […]

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VDOT audit finds half a billion in the couch cushions

Thursday, September 23, 2010

VDOT audit finds half a billion in the couch cushions

The audit identified a lack of budget accountability from 2006-2009 within the maintenance program as the primary reason funds were not being spent in a timely fashion. During fiscal year 2009, VDOT had available $1.58 billion for maintenance. However, it spent only $1.23 billion, resulting in it carrying over $348 million. During fiscal year 2010, […]

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Assistant city manager Grigsby to retire – Sherman Stovall named

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Assistant city manager Grigsby to retire - Sherman Stovall named

Roanoke, VA – James M. Grigsby, Assistant City Manager for Operations, has announced that he will retire from his position with the City of Roanoke effective Oct. 31, 2010. During his service as Assistant City Manager since 2006, Grigsby managed several departments within the city including Technology, General Services, Civic Facilities, Fire-EMS, Human Resources, and […]

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