SCOVA vindicates state senators on contempt charges

Thursday, September 15, 2016

SCOVA vindicates state senators on contempt charges

Contempt charges against six of seven Virginia state senators were dropped in a unanimous opinion by the Virginia Supreme Court in Edwards v. Vesilind regarding a discovery dispute and the scope of legislative privilege. The redistricting in 2011 was the subject of the lawsuit backed by OneVirginia2021 that focused on the Virginia Constitution’s requirement of […]

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Tuesday SCOVA will determine if Sen. Edwards and other pay fines

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tuesday SCOVA will determine if Sen. Edwards and other pay fines

On Tuesday, July 19th, the Supreme Court of Virginia (SCOVA) will decide if six former and current Virginia State Senators will pay over $60,000 in fines for refusing to obey court orders said  The State Senators are arguing that the scope of their legislative privilege extends beyond correspondence with staff or other legislators and includes […]

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Sen. Edwards and five other state senators in contempt of court

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sen. Edwards and five other state senators in contempt of court

According to Brian Cannon, Executive Director of OneVirginia2021 this morning in Richmond Circuit Court Judge Marchant ruled that six and possibly seven state senators were in contempt of court for not turning over documents related to their role in the 2011 redistricting. (See Sen. John Edwards response below regarding the issue being “Legislative privilege.”) The […]

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Democrats rally in unity before tonight’s forum

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Democrats rally in unity before tonight's forum

At noon in the Municipal Building Stephen Niamke, Roanoke City Democratic Chair brought together not only the successful firehouse primary candidates for mayor and council but those who ran and didn’t quite make the cut. Niamke said he had heard from all eight of the primary candidates and they are all united behind Democratic council […]

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HB 773 The Nondiscrimination discrimination act passes the Senate

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Senate substitute vs. the House bill defines discrimination (religious freedom) more clearly. It was changed to religious organizations, ministers and those performing marriages. Del. Todd Gilbert’s original bill was more broad. Churches now can refuse to perform a marriage on any grounds like a divorced couple. This does however give those authorized to perform […]

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Senate reconsiders vote on adding workplace and school to sex offender database

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Senate reconsiders vote on adding workplace and school to sex offender database

UPDATE Feb. 25: There were serveral votes to recommit to the Senate Courts of Justice Committee where Lt. Gov. Northam broke a tie with a “Yes” to recommit. That was followed by a reconsideration to recommit that failed. The final vote to pass HB628 passed the Senate on a vote of 21-19. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HB628 sponsored […]

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Sen. John Edwards endorses winners of Democratic primary

Friday, February 19, 2016

Sen. John Edwards endorses winners of Democratic primary

In a press release Virginia State Sen. John Edwards stated: “I am pleased to endorse the Democratic Party nominees for Mayor and Council for the City of Roanoke in the upcoming May 3rd general election.  Each of these candidates worked hard to win the nomination in the firehouse primary and deserves our support. Sherman Lea, […]

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Rep. Griffith and Roe of Tennessee weigh in on Virginia Reciprocity Agreements

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Rep. Griffith and Roe of Tennessee weigh in on Virginia Reciprocity Agreements

BRISTOL, VA – Tuesday, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) held a press conference to discuss the recent announcement that the Commonwealth of Virginia will end reciprocity agreements and stop recognizing concealed carry gun permits from 25 states, including Tennessee. The announcement was made on December 22, 2015 by Virginia Attorney General […]

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Sen. John Edwards wins re-election in 21st senate district

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sen. John Edwards wins re-election in 21st senate district

Senator John Edwards of Roanoke won a tough race that turned negative at times. Edwards opponent was heavily backed by Republicans and outside PACs. Edwards was able to fend off Republican Dr. Nancy Dye and Commonwealth Attorney independent Don Caldwell. Caldwell was in the middle of a negative mailer battle by the Middle Resolution PAC […]

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Gov. McAuliffe, Lt. Gov. Northam, AG Herring at Sen. Edwards HQ to GOTV

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Gov. McAuliffe, Lt. Gov. Northam, AG Herring at Sen. Edwards HQ to GOTV

The final push brought the A-Team to Roanoke this morning to rally the troupes who were hitting the phones to get all possible voters to the polls today. A close, close election for the 21st Senate District is expected by the end of the day. The Governor pushed his agenda hard – “We’ll get Medicaid […]

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Senator Edwards gets last minute infusion of cash

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Senator Edwards gets last minute infusion of cash

Incumbent Senator John Edwards received $98,000 from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Common Good VA PAC on Tuesday. This almost matches the two $50,000 contributions from  Senator Ryan McDougle and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment. There is still some gap in super big money with Nancy Dye showing $180,000 and Edwards at $120,000. Dye received $80,000 from […]

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DPVA responds to the 2nd “slimy” PAC mailer calling on Nancy Dye to return PAC money

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DPVA responds to the 2nd

A second mailer from the Middle Resolution PAC, a right-wing Tea Party connected PAC, designed to help the candidate while giving the candidate, in this instance Republican Nancy Dye, the excuse that she has no connection with the PAC. By law this must be the case. As in Saturday’s mailer that was targeted to Roanoke […]

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