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Tim Kaine joins other U.S. Senators to halt gun “default sales”

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tim Kaine joins other U.S. Senators to halt gun

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and 12 of his Senate colleagues urged gun dealers to stop selling firearms to people who do not first pass a background check. When a criminal background check indicates that a firearm purchaser may have a criminal record, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tries to determine whether … [Read more…]

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Rep. Morgan Griffith denounces “sanctuary cities” sheltering illegal immigrants

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rep. Morgan Griffith denounces

In his weekly newsletter Virginia’s 9th congressional district Republican Morgan Griffith said he was heartbroken by the tragic death of 32-year-old Kate Steinle, who was murdered earlier this month while on a walk with her father, Jim, in San Francisco.  Accused of committing this crime is Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who had previously … [Read more…]

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Poll shows divide for Confederate Flag – state top officials fare well

Monday, July 27, 2015

Poll shows divide for Confederate Flag - state top officials fare well

Virginia voters are divided 46 – 45 percent on whether the Confederate flag should be removed from state license plates, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. Both Virginia and Maryland have been under court order to offer specialty plates for the Sons of Confederate Veterans featuring the flag insignia. Gov. Terry … [Read more…]

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Virginia U.S. Senators Warner and Kaine introduce historic nondiscrimination bill

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Virginia U.S. Senators Warner and Kaine introduce historic nondiscrimination bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today joined 38 of their Senate colleagues and 158 House members to introduce historic, comprehensive federal legislation to ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. “We’ve made tremendous strides in the journey towards equality, but work still remains,” said Sen. … [Read more…]

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Steven Nelson, independent candidate in the 19th senate district interview

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Steven Nelson, independent candidate in the 19th senate district interview

Steven Nelson,  60, lives in Roanoke County caring for his aging mother. He also took time out of his career to care for his father, now deceased. Nelson is a graduate from Cave Spring High school with a degree in political science and public administration and a minor in economics from Appalachian State University. He … [Read more…]

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Why the presidential candidate shoutdown at Netroots Nation 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Two of the activists, Tia Oso and Patrisse Cullers of Black Lives Matter explain in a press release “Why We Shut Down the Presidential Forum at Netroots Nation 2015.” PHOENIX—The Netroots Nation conference is the largest gathering of progressive voices in the United States. On Saturday, July 18, 2015, thousands of people gathered at the … [Read more…]

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Mayor Bowers reads a statement on the recent violence in Roanoke

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mayor Bowers reads a statement on the recent violence in Roanoke

Mayor David Bowers at the 2:00 p.m. Roanoke City Council meeting today read a statement addressing the spike in violence in the city over the last couple of weeks. Bowers referred to the 2 year-old killed while with her mother who was also shot seven times by an assailant. Bowers asked for a moment of silence … [Read more…]

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DPVA Chair touts Democratic candidates fundraising

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The latest reporting period fundraising totals show the strength of the Democratic effort this November. In every key Senate matchup, the Democrat outraised the Republican. Democrats have the momentum, support, and infrastructure that sets them up to win in November. The Democratic Party of Virginia outraised the Republican Party of Virginia by a factor of 15:1. In SD06, Senator Lynwood Lewis outraised Richard Ottinger by … [Read more…]

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Charles Withers resigns as chair of the Roanoke City Democratic Committee

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Charles Withers resigns as chair of the Roanoke City Democratic Committee

A press release was issued by the Roanoke City Democratic Committee after questions arose in the media on where chair Charles Withers lives – in the city or in the county. Withers will resign effective at Thursday’s Democratic City Committee meeting. His address on Franklin Road turned out to be a UPS post office box … [Read more…]

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Happy’s Flea Market owners appeal falls flat

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Happy's Flea Market owners appeal falls flat

This afternoon the Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals (BFCBA) affirmed the long list of safety and code violations that the Roanoke City Code Enforcement staff avowed in their decision to force closure and vacate vendors from the building. On a unanimous vote of seven members the city’s findings were affirmed. The chair, Jeffry … [Read more…]

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Virginia looking at a $533 million surplus says Governor McAuliffe

Monday, July 13, 2015

Virginia looking at a $533 million surplus says Governor McAuliffe

While localities and school districts struggle with their budgets forcing them to raise taxes and fees, the Commonwealth of Virginia is seeing a half billion dollar surplus for fiscal year 2015. As housing assessments have stagnated and in some cases continue to decline in Roanoke City the net worth for these homeowners creates a bit … [Read more…]

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U.S. Senator Mark Warner says OPM director should step down over security failures

Thursday, July 9, 2015

U.S. Senator Mark Warner says OPM director should step down over security failures

UPDATE: U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, responded to the news that Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta has resigned. “This is the right move for the agency and all those affected by the breach. The focus now needs to be on fixing the problem and … [Read more…]

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