Keith L. Wheaton withdraws – four other candidates file by today’s deadline

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Keith L. Wheaton withdraws - four other candidates file by today's deadline

UPDATE: Sun., Dec. 2 – Keith Wheaton endorses Patricia White-Boyd for the Democratic nomination in the 11th HOD. This is following his withdrawal from the race on November 27. (See Wheaton’s press release on his endorsement below.)  UPDATE: Nov. 27, 5:15 p.m. – Citing increased business and family responsibilities Keith L. Wheaton did not file […]

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Governor sets special election date for 11th district HOD seat

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell has set January 7, 2014, as the date for the special election to fill the seat of Delegate Onzlee Ware, who has announced his retirement from the Virginia House of Delegates. Speaking about the special election, Governor McDonnell remarked, “Richmond will greatly miss the leadership and integrity of Delegate Onzlee Ware. […]

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Obenshain to announce for recount in the tight attorney general election

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Obenshain to announce for recount in the tight attorney general election

Mark Obenshain will formally request a recount in the historically close Attorney General’s race tomorrow morning. A margin of 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million ballots cast currently separates the two candidates. Ashley L. Taylor, Jr. and Stephen C. Piepgrass, representing Obenshain’s legal team, will hold a press conference call tomorrow. Background on […]

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Cuccinelli challenges IRS employer mandate penalty

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

RICHMOND (November 26, 2013) – Today, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed a brief in federal court challenging the IRS’s enforcement of Obamacare’s employer mandate penalty against Virginia businesses, alleging the penalty cannot be enforced in the commonwealth under the president’s health care law, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Cuccinelli […]

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Incumbent city council members break their primary promise – taxpayers on the hook again

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Incumbent city council members break their primary promise - taxpayers on the hook again

The last Democratic primary cost the city of Roanoke $30,000. The incumbent council member(s) pick the means by which a primary is conducted. In 2009 the only incumbent was then Vice Mayor Dave Trinkle. The other candidates were myself, Bill Bestpitch and Ray Ferris. A question was posed to all candidates (including myself) by now […]

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Forum for all candidates seeking the 11th district HOD seat

Friday, November 22, 2013

Forum for all candidates seeking the 11th district HOD seat

According to information just received the Urban Professional League will host a candidate forum for all candidates seeking to fill Delegate Onzlee Ware’s 11th district HOD seat. Ware will vacate his seat at the end of the year before the 2014 General Assembly Session. The date for the forum is December 3 at 6:30 p.m. […]

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Democrats settle on filing deadline and caucus date

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Democrats settle on filing deadline and caucus date

Thursday night the Roanoke City Democratic Committee with most of the five candidates present set the filing period and caucus date for a Firehouse Primary. The $1000 filing fee must be received between November 24 at noon with the deadline being 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27. Sam Rasoul, Dave Trinkle, Court Rosen, Patricia White-Boyd […]

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine on Senate rules change to end gridlock

Thursday, November 21, 2013

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine on Senate rules change to end gridlock

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after voting to ensure judicial nominees get an up-or-down vote on confirmation by eliminating the filibuster on all judicial nominations other than Supreme Court nominees: “Today I joined a majority of my Senate colleagues in taking an important step to ensure highly-qualified, non-controversial […]

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Contested Republican nomination with two candidates forces caucus

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Contested Republican nomination with two candidates forces caucus

The 11th District House of Delegates has another contender for the Republican Nomination according to Roanoke City Republican Committee Chair John Brill. The committee will be approving the call for the Firehouse Primary to select a nominee to run for the special election to oppose the winner of the Democrat’s nominee expected to be selected […]

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Court Rosen entered the 11th district HOD race early

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Court Rosen entered the 11th district HOD race early

Court Rosen is Roanoke City’s Vice Mayor. He was elected to city council in 2008. Rosen is most known for leading the “Eat for Education” campaign. Along with his colleagues on city council he lobbied and won support for a two-cent increase in the meals tax for a two-year period to aid the financial struggling […]

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Dave Trinkle receives endorsements for HOD Democratic nomination

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dave Trinkle receives endorsements for HOD Democratic nomination

On Wednesday Roanoke City Council member Dave Trinkle announced that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 11th district House of Delegates.  Trinkle has served on city council since 2006 with four of those years as Vice Mayor. Prior to that he served on the Roanoke City School Board. His council  term ends in […]

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Sam Rasoul in 5-way contest for 11th district HOD nomination

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sam Rasoul in 5-way contest for 11th district HOD nomination

Half the salary he receives as delegate will go back to local charities pledged Sam Rasoul at his announcement Monday. Dr. Marylen Harmon, Rasoul’s third grade teacher said Sam would cross cultural and racial divides. “This was a good diverse group today” said Dr. Harmon as she surveyed the diverse culture of the 50 people […]

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