The Park reopens Saturday inviting back old and new patrons

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Park reopens Saturday inviting back old and new patrons

Saturday night December 28 The Park at 615 Salem Avenue reopens with a new owner, new management and renovated interior. The undisclosed new owner has Billy, previously the bartender, as the new manager. The owner just received its beer license Thursday or would have opened sooner. The Park had operated for over 30 years and […]

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Bill Bestpitch explains maneuver to avoid primary challenge

Friday, December 20, 2013

Bill Bestpitch explains maneuver to avoid primary challenge

Incumbent Councilman Bill Bestpitch’s statement on his decision to run as an Independent along with colleague Ray Ferris. This maneuver allows them to avoid a primary challenge and if elected as Independents both Ray Ferris and Bill Bestpitch can jump right back into the Democratic City Committee. This is called “Democrats Dancing a Little Side-Step” […]

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Independents are the majority on Roanoke City Council now

Friday, December 20, 2013

As of yesterday’s deadline to file as a Democrat running in the March 4 primary Roanoke City Council ceased to have a majority of Democrats on the dais. Council members Ray Ferris and Bill Bestpitch announced that they will be running in the May 6 election as Independents. The tally of Democrats represented on Roanoke […]

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Mayor Bowers supports Independents – Councilman Lea stunned

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mayor Bowers supports Independents - Councilman Lea stunned

Mayor David Bowers’ support of the Independents has Democratic Councilman Sherman Lea scratching his head over the mayor’s remarks. This evening Bowers adds more confusion to today’s announcement that two incumbent Democratic council members are leaving the Democratic Party. Ray Ferris and Bill Bestpitch both decided to run for reelection as Independents in May. Bowers […]

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Ferris and Bestpitch to run as Independents – Linda Wyatt, Freeda Cathcart as Democrats

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ferris and Bestpitch to run as Independents - Linda Wyatt, Freeda Cathcart as Democrats

UPDATE: Councilman Bill Bestpitch added – running as Independent. In a surprise announcement today Democratic incumbent council member Ray Ferris says he will drop the Democratic Party label and run for city council in May as an Independent. Councilman Bill Bestpitch did not file as a Democrat by the today’s 5:00 p.m. deadline either. (See […]

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Mark Obenshain to concede as Herring’s lead accelerates

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mark Obenshain to concede as Herring's lead accelerates

Republican candidate Mark Obenshain is expected to release a statement and concede the Virginia attorney general election to Democrat Mark Herring around 3:00 p.m. today. As the recount progressed Herring increased his 165 vote lead to over 800 votes as the recount drew to an end. Few contested ballots remain that would make up the […]

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Virginia Attorney General recount watch …

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Brian Schoeneman is the Republican Secretary of the Electoral Board for Virginia’s largest district, Fairfax County where the kerfuffle occurred regarding over 2000 votes that were not counted due to an optical scan machine malfunction. Another 1000 were added following the discovery of other errors on election night Nov. 5. All eyes are on Fairfax […]

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Governor-elect McAuliffe courteous to Governor McDonnell’s budget

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe highlights mental health, replenishing VRS and investing more in higher education as he and his policy team comb through Governor McDonnell’s proposed 2015-2016 budget. Richmond, VA – Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe released the following statement following Governor Bob McDonnell’s release of his fiscal year 2015-2016 Virginia budget: “I congratulate Governor McDonnell for continuing […]

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Mark Herring increases his lead to 305 after day one of recount

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mark Herring increases his lead to 305 after day one of recount

After the first full day of the recount, starting in Alexandria, Chesapeake, and Fairfax County, Attorney General-elect Mark Herring’s lead has grown from 165 votes to 305 votes.  Lead legal counsel Marc Elias issued the following statement: “The results in the race for attorney general were counted locally, canvassed by the State Board of Elections […]

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U.S. Sen. Mark Warner endorses Sam Rasoul – unveils business initiatives

Monday, December 16, 2013

Roanoke, VA – Senator Mark Warner has issued a statement supporting Sam Rasoul’s candidacy for Delegate. This announcement comes as Rasoul unveils the major focus of his first term, working to bridge the gap between educators and the business community so to help grow businesses in the Roanoke Valley. Senator Warner said, “I am proud to […]

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Kimble Reynolds, Jr. withdraws from 11th district House of Delegates race

Friday, December 13, 2013

Just two days after 47 year-old attorney Kimble Reynolds, Jr. with a law firm in Martinsville filed to be an independent candidate for the 11th district House of Delegates today he withdrew. He owns a home in Roanoke City that on city GIS records shows the owners address in Martinsville. Wednesday Reynolds just made the […]

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Rep. Morgan Griffith votes for bipartisan 2-year budget compromise

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Rep. Morgan Griffith votes for bipartisan 2-year budget compromise

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the bipartisan, bicameral budget compromise.  It passed by a vote of 332-94. “This budget agreement is a compromise.  It is not perfect, nor does not contain everything I would like, but it is on the right track.  This budget keeps with spending […]

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