Armstrong/Plum weigh in on redistricting

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Armstrong/Plum weigh in on redistricting

Virginia House Democratic Caucus Dear Friends, In our last message, we reminded you that the 2011 Redistricting Special Session will convene on April 4th. We also shared that the Governor’s Bi-partisan Redistricting Commission which was established to contribute to “public involvement, openness, and fairness” in the redistricting process had been meeting around the state to […]

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Senate and House redistricting maps are here

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Senate and House redistricting maps are here

Here are a few screen shots of the maps for Senate and House of Delegates. As leaked Delegate Habeeb (R-8) has Craig County and eastern Montgomery County. It is hard to decipher if the 11th or 17th have changed much. But the rumors of Senator Ralph Smith being redistricted out were true. He is in […]

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Roanoke County Sheriff kicks off reelection campaign

Monday, March 28, 2011

Roanoke County Sheriff kicks off reelection campaign

Roanoke County Sheriff Mike Winston will kick off his reelection campaign with a fundraiser on Thursday. Winston, a Democrat became acting sheriff when Gerald Holt retired. Holt was sworn in to be the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Virginia on June 02, 2010. Winston who won over Independent Mike Stovall in a special election last […]

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Gerrymandering will split communities of interest

Monday, March 28, 2011

Gerrymandering will split communities of interest

The General Assembly’s redistricting committees approved rules Friday that contradict the criteria set by Gov. Bob McDonnell, foil the aims of Virginia’s cities and counties and shut down an important discussion even before their public hearings begin. By adopting rules that require new House and Senate districts to be closer in population than the law […]

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Trust me … it never happened!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Trust me ... it never happened!

Our Nation’s history provides a perspective of the struggles Americans have gone through to “form a more perfect union.” Our appreciation of history has a tendency to fade over time, but sometimes important occurences seem to have been blatantly deleted from the record. At a time when corporate controlled Republicans are dominating our nation, avoiding […]

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Police Alert – Frauds Targeting Seniors

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Police Alert - Frauds Targeting Seniors

The City of Roanoke Police Department is currently investigating recent cases of fraudulent offenses targeting our senior population. Individuals are calling senior citizens and posing as their own grandchildren before requesting money to be wired to them for a variety of unfortunate situations. The caller states something similar to “Grandma, how are you?” Grandma responds […]

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Governor McDonnell vetoes Mandatory Physical Education Bill

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Governor McDonnell vetoes Mandatory Physical Education Bill

Governor McDonnell Vetoes Unfunded Mandate on Localities Mandatory Physical Education Bill Would Cost Local School Districts Millions; Take Time Away from Instruction in Other Subjects McDonnell: “While I strongly agree that we must encourage exercise and physical activity, I oppose unfunded mandates, whether they come from Washington or Richmond. In the fight against childhood obesity […]

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McDonnell announces sponsorships and advertising for rest areas

Thursday, March 24, 2011

McDonnell announces sponsorships and advertising for rest areas

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today a new cost-saving program designed to generate additional revenues to help defray the costs of operating the Commonwealth’s 42 safety rest areas and welcome centers. In July 2010, Governor McDonnell directed the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to work in partnership with other state agencies to identify and […]

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RAILROADS, RAIDS & RUIN: Laying the tracks of destruction in Virginia’s Civil War

Thursday, March 24, 2011

RAILROADS, RAIDS & RUIN: Laying the tracks of destruction in Virginia's Civil War

(ROANOKE, VA)- On April 9, 2011, join the Southwest Virginia Regional Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee for RAILROADS, RAIDS & RUIN: Laying the tracks of destruction in Virginia’s Civil War. This one-day event features six guest speakers: Professor Peter Coogan, Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson, Chris Calkins, Clark B. Hall, Eric Wittenberg, and Gordon Hamilton. Each […]

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IRS looking for civic-minded volunteers

Thursday, March 24, 2011

IRS looking for civic-minded volunteers

Not even a stipend or tax credit  – I think this is Daily Show material. WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies key issues and makes recommendations for improving IRS service. “TAP members are a voice […]

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The softer side of Attorney General Cuccinelli – Part Three

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The softer side of Attorney General Cuccinelli – Part Three

Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he could have done better. By better he specifically meant affordable health care. “I could have done some things better in that respect … I need to remember the human element. It isn’t just about the constitution – it is about getting that kid covered. Those elements are very […]

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City Council briefs for Monday March 21st

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

City Council briefs for Monday March 21st

Huff Lane Elementary David Ehrenwerth, Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, General Services Administration, traveled from Philadelphia to discuss the merits of the $51 million renovation of the Richard F. Poff Federal Building project. His presentation took place during the 2:00 p.m. session of Roanoke City Council. During his presentation he said that construction of a new building […]

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