Senator Bell challenges Senator Smith to debate

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Senator Bell challenges Senator Smith to debate

Sen. Brandon Bell in his official announcement as an Independent for the 19th Senate District challenged Sen. Ralph Smith to debate him in a “real Q & A” type debate. Bell again is pushing for Smith to debate him in the press release issued below. In a recent e-mail sent to the Ralph Smith Senate campaign […]

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U.S. Senator Mark Warner paints a messy picture of Washington politics to new citizens

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

U.S. Senator Mark Warner paints a messy picture of Washington politics to new citizens

As part of the naturalization ceremony for 45 new United States citizens Virginia’s U.S. Senator Mark Warner gave them a lesson in Washington DC gridlock. “Where I work right now it is kind of crazy,” Warner told the new citizens who took their oath Friday at the Poff Federal Building. Warner explained that in the […]

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New U.S. citizen sees natural-born citizens take opportunities for granted

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New U.S. citizen sees natural-born citizens take opportunities for granted

Among the 45 soon-to-be U.S. citizens was 28 year-old Iranian born Sepideh Bigdeli. She is a student at Virginia Tech studying for her Masters Degree in Architecture. Having lived in the United States for almost nine years Bigdeli “came to realization that many people take things for granted in this country. Things that may seem […]

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Va. Sen. John Edwards kicks off re-election campaign in Roanoke

Monday, August 29, 2011

Va. Sen. John Edwards kicks off re-election campaign in Roanoke

Control of the Commonwealth’s Senate hangs in the balance in the 2011 November elections. Republicans have their sights set on capturing it. Since redistricting and reshuffling the political deck in efforts to secure party seats and maybe take a few the campaigns are hitting their stride. The Democratic held Senate is the prize Republicans seek. […]

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Governor McDonnell at Emergency Operations Center

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Governor McDonnell at Emergency Operations Center

Governor Bob McDonnell has spent the morning and early afternoon at the Virginia Emergency Operations Center at the Virginia State Police  headquarters in Chesterfield. He has been meeting with emergency officials and calling local officials. He also participated in a FEMA video conference call with President Obama and held a press briefing on emergency preparedness […]

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Virginia receives federal emergency aid as Irene approaches

Saturday, August 27, 2011

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Virginia received a pre-landfall federal emergency declaration. This action allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide supplies, equipment and other needed resources to state and local officials responding to Hurricane Irene. “I asked the President for the emergency declaration to assure that local and state governments […]

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Members of Congress sign letter to President for advance federal emergency declaration

Friday, August 26, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – The Virginia Congressional delegation announced support of Governor Bob McDonnell’s request to President Barack Obama for a federal emergency declaration in Virginia in advance of Hurricane Irene. Members sent a letter to President Obama this afternoon supporting today’s federal emergency declaration request for the Commonwealth. Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb, and […]

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Democratic nominating committee of Virginia’s 17th House of Delegates District

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Democratic nominating committee of Virginia’s 17th House of Delegates District

UPDATE: Press Release from Roanoke County Democratic Chair, Brian Lang: The Democratic Nominating Committee of Virginia’s 17th House of Delegates District announces that Freeda Cathcart of Roanoke is the Democratic nominee. Ms. Cathcart graduated from Roanoke College in 1983 and has deep, long-standing ties to our region. Her background includes a strong combination of private- […]

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Governor declares state of emergency ahead of hurricane

Thursday, August 25, 2011

RICHMOND — Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Irene, which is anticipated to affect the Commonwealth over the weekend. Depending on the storm’s final track, there is the potential for flooding from both rainfall and storm surge in the eastern part of the state. Winds could […]

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State of the City Address – the “Big MAC” is back though revised

Thursday, August 25, 2011

State of the City Address - the “Big MAC” is back though revised

“Witness for yourself the “revival of Roanoke” said Mayor David Bowers at Thursday morning’s State of the City address. Gone was the ambitious “Big MAC” replaced by a lesser lofty goal for the “AC.” In his 2010 State of the City address Bowers said Council needed to “jump-start our ‘Big MAC’ capital improvement program.” The […]

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Dave Nutter takes Tripp Godsey in Republican primary

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dave Nutter takes Tripp Godsey in Republican primary

As the numbers rolled in  from Virginia’s State Board of Elections the Roanoke Tea Party candidate held a slim lead. He held that lead and squeaked out a win in both Roanoke County and Roanoke City. Godsey’s campaign manager, Greg Aldridge was embolden saying that Nutter “with all of his money and the governor’s support […]

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Earthquake a rarity in Virginia – aftershocks expected

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Earthquake a rarity in Virginia - aftershocks expected

It was a bumpy Tuesday afternoon in Roanoke and most of the Eastern seaboard. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake was felt from Georgia to Toronto, Canada and west as far as Illinois. “There will be aftershocks,” said John Hole, Professor of Geosciences at Virginia Tech. The professor was right as a 4.2 magnitude aftershock hit Fuvanna […]

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