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Republican challenger Ed Gillespie concedes to incumbent Sen. Mark Warner

Friday, November 7, 2014

Republican challenger Ed Gillespie concedes to incumbent Sen. Mark Warner

It was no surprise that Republican challenger Ed Gillespie was unable to make up the difference in his lagging margin with incumbent Democrat Mark Warner. “The numbers were just not there,” he said. Tea party Republicans should not be marginalized and Gillespie hoped both Libertarian Republicans and tea party Republicans could come together. Had the […]

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Republican Party of Virginia Chair Pat Mullins retires at 77

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Republican Party of Virginia Chair Pat Mullins retires at 77

As Pat Mullins, 77, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia congratulated the two new Republican members of Congress  Dave Brat and Barbara Comstock Mullins announced his resignation. I’m proud that we’re able to send two new conservative Republicans to represent Virginia in the U.S House of Representatives. “I’m particularly happy that the Republican […]

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Bestpitch voter precinct realignment “Plan B” hits a snag

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bestpitch voter precinct realignment

As reported on October 20 Roanoke City councilman Bill Bestpitch instructed city attorney Dan Callaghan to draw up an ordinance dubbed “the  “Plan B voter precinct  realignment/consolidation plan.”  But the “Bestpitch Plan” has come to a screeching halt. “Plan B”, claimed Bestpitch, would evenly divide the number of voters in each 11th House district precinct. […]

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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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Virginia: Returning Ebola health care workers will sign agreement

Monday, October 27, 2014

The policy includes specific provisions for health care workers who are returning from caring for Ebola patients. All health care workers will sign agreements for restrictions in activity, recognizing that the state will check on compliance and reserves the right to issue a quarantine order if needed.  These restrictions are based on the best scientific […]

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iRoanoke app for smartphones lets citizens report issues in realtime

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Reporting a pothole, flooded road, downed tree, or scores of other issues has just gotten easier in Roanoke. Starting today, the city is taking citizen engagement to the next level with the new iROANOKE app. iROANOKE allows citizens to report new issues using their smartphone’s GPS and camera capabilities, review existing requests, send updates, and […]

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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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Notice to all leaf rakers – leaf collection begins Nov. 9

Monday, October 20, 2014

Roanoke will begin collecting bagged leaves starting the week of Nov. 9. Residents can put bagged leaves at the curb on the same day as their paper recycling/brush day is normally picked up. There will be no bagged leaf collection in the alleys. NOTE that regularly scheduled brush collection will occur only for large piles of brush (4′x4′x4′) during […]

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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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