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Prior to Gov. McAuliffe’s inauguration Sen. Obenshain rains on his parade

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Prior to Gov. McAuliffe's inauguration Sen. Obenshain rains on his parade

Dear Friends: Well, here we are. It is inauguration weekend in Richmond, and we are going to witness the swearing in of three Democrats—for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. Bill and Hillary Clinton will be there. I hear that Vice President Biden will be in attendance. Undoubtedly, a coterie of Hollywood luminaries will show […]

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House Leader Toscano and DPVA Chair Herring congratulate Delegate-elect Rasoul

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

House Leader Toscano and DPVA Chair Herring congratulate Delegate-elect Rasoul

Richmond, VA- The House Democratic Caucus congratulates Sam Rasoul on his election to the 11th District House of Delegates seat and welcomes him to the House Democratic Caucus.  Sam Rasoul won election with over 70% of the vote. “Voters in Roanoke have chosen an excellent advocate for the region,” said Democratic Leader David Toscano.  “Sam Rasoul ran a […]

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Rasoul trounces Johnson in 11th HOD special election – video

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rasoul trounces Johnson in 11th HOD special election - video

It was a landslide victory for Sam Rasoul in the special election for the 11th district House of Delegates contest. Rasoul garnered 70% of the vote in the Roanoke City district. Octavia Johnson barely won three precincts and actually tied one of them. Last minute negative mailers by the Republican Party of Virginia authorized by […]

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U.S. Senator Mark Warner ends 2013 with $7.1 million of cash-on-hand

Friday, January 3, 2014

ALEXANDRIA – Friends of Mark Warner, the 2014 campaign of U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner of Virginia, announced its year-end fundraising numbers today.  During the 4th Quarter of 2013, the campaign received contributions totaling nearly $1.6 million. Friends of Mark Warner ended 2013 with more than $7.1 million cash-on-hand.  “I am grateful for the strong support […]

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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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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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