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Celebs & Musicians to Tweet and post their photos on Tuesday to #GoVote

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Celebs & Musicians to Tweet and post their photos on Tuesday to #GoVote

Hundreds of Entertainers Partner with HeadCount.org For Massive Election Day Social Media Push Urging Fans to #GoVote Dave Matthews, Stephen Colbert (pictured), Sarah Silverman, Linkin Park, George Lopez, Fergie, Russell Simmons, T.I., “Weird Al” Yankovic, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jason Mraz, Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter to Tweet and Post Photos in Effort to Drive Millennials […]

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Roanoke City precinct changes become a very long hard slog

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Roanoke City precinct changes become a very long hard slog

As demonstrated by the lack of attendance at public hearings and area presentations citizens have shown little interest in the voting precinct changes. Councilman Bill Bestpitch’s late-in-the-game voter precinct realignment plan is an unnecessary, time-wasting distraction to the long overdue three-year-old discussion of the much needed voter precinct consolidation. The 32 precincts have become way […]

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Roanoke City fiscal year 2014 results fall short and more

Friday, October 17, 2014

Roanoke City fiscal year 2014 results fall short and more

The FY2014 Financial results are still at pre-recession levels said Barbara Dameron, the city’s new Director of Finance. There was a slight 2% increase in revenue from 2013. However revenue came in $1.1 million short  of the $260 million 2014 projected budget. Sales tax was down 1% and residential real estate lost ground by .5%. Overall […]

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Councilman Bill Bestpitch and his alcohol advocacy

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Councilman Bill Bestpitch and his alcohol advocacy

At city council on October 7 Councilman Bill Bestpitch asked that an ordinance be drawn up by the city attorney, Dan Callaghan that would amendment city code to allow alcohol for events at several city parks. The hot button issue over alcohol events at Preston Park at the last city council meeting immersed the city […]

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OPINION: My brother-in-law changed city code for me

Thursday, October 16, 2014

An OPINION on City Manager’s increase in authority: Without publically explaining a reason/need – on October 7 City Council passed an amendment to Roanoke City Code that was apparently initiated by the City Attorney Dan Callaghan (though the assumption is that his brother-in-law, the City Manager Chris Morrill requested it). The amendment increases the city […]

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Governor Terry McAuliffe addresses budget shortfall

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe addresses budget shortfall

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that reductions of 7% for fiscal year 2016 to balance the budget will be necessary to close an $882 million deficit.  “Making these budget reductions has been the most difficult experience of my term so far. Toward the end of the fiscal year, we started to see revenues not meet the […]

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Planned Parenthood says Ed Gillespie’s healthcare plan hurts women

Friday, October 10, 2014

Richmond, VA-Today, Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie unveiled his long awaited alternative to the Affordable Care Act. As expected, Gillespie’s plan is nothing more than a veiled attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the critical protections put in place by the law such as ensuring women are not charged more than men for […]

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Gillespie’s healthcare plan is flawed says Sen. Mark Warner

Friday, October 10, 2014

Gillespie's healthcare plan is flawed says Sen. Mark Warner

Senator Mark Warner says that “Ed Gillespie’s plan would take us back to the days when insurance companies could deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, charge women more than men for the same care and impose caps that cut-off coverage just when you need it the most. Senator Warner is working to keep what’s good in the […]

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Ed Gillespie’s repeal and replace healthcare alternative

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ed Gillespie's repeal and replace healthcare alternative

Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for Virginia U.S. senate says that the Affordable Care Act increases health costs, federal spending, and gives government control over peoples healthcare choices.  “It reduces job growth, patient choice, and the quality of care.”  Today as promised in recent debates Gillespie repleased his alternative to the ACA after it is […]

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Robert Sarvis on court decision to strike down 3rd district boundary

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 7 — In the wake of Tuesday’s federal court decision striking down Virginia’s Third Congressional District boundaries, Robert Sarvis has called for nonpartisan redistricting for state and federal elections. (Congressman Bobby Scott represents the district.) “Even absent a racial motivation, gerrymandering for partisan advantage and incumbent protection is also wrong. It is specifically designed […]

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Ed Gillespie’s support for over-the-counter contraceptives called misleading

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Richmond, VA-Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie reiterated his support for over-the-counter access to birth control during tonight’s debate with U.S. Senator Mark Warner. This disingenuous platform, which has been used by Republican candidates across the country, would strip the no co-pay birth control benefit from the Affordable Care Act. “Gillespie’s support for this policy is […]

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Warner, Gillespie and Sarvis are different in many ways

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Warner, Gillespie and Sarvis are different in many ways

Media would have you believe there was little daylight between the Virginia U.S. Senate candidates at the forum held Monday in Roanoke. They just didn’t listen. Well, maybe they listened for sound bites or something that would make a good headline. Incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Warner, the Republican former RNC Chair and political operative Ed […]

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