UVa’s response to Virginia state legislators on $2.3 billion fund inadequate

Monday, August 8, 2016

In a letter to the University of Virginia’s Rector, William Goodwin, and UVa President Teresa Sullivan, 12 Virginia State Senators wrote that the response from UVa regarding the mystery $2.3 billion fund discovered recently by a whistleblower was not sufficient. UVa treated the Senators response demand as a Freedom of information request which they say […]

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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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Judge Clifford Weckstein retiring brings back video memory

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Judge Clifford Weckstein retiring brings back video memory

A memory of Judge Clifford Weckstein came rushing back as I read in The Roanoke Times that he was stepping down Thursday after 28 years as a circuit court judge in the Roanoke Valley. Anonymous juries were a topic at a 2009 Virginia Coalition for Open Government (VCOG) annual meeting in Staunton where Judge Clifford […]

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Gov. McAuliffe on release of Virginia ABC admin review into arrest of Martese Johnson

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The following documents include statements issued by Virginia ABC related to an interaction in the City of Charlottesville on March 18, 2015, between Virginia ABC special agents and University of Virginia student Martese Johnson. Virginia State Police Administrative Review Release Statement, September 22, 2015 (PDF) Virginia State Police Administrative Investigation/Review on Martese Johnson Arrest, September […]

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Statements of Economic Interest for local city officials should be publicly accessible

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Statements of Economic Interest for local city officials should be publicly accessible

Grade Roanoke City official’s Statements of Economic Interest completed for the December 2014 period. Elected City Council and Board of Supervisors members, among others, are required to complete Statements of Economic Interest by June 15 and December 15 of each year. For Roanoke City Council these forms are maintained in the city clerk’s office and […]

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SPJ urges Virginia lawmakers to reject execution secrecy bill

Friday, February 13, 2015

SPJ urges Virginia lawmakers to reject execution secrecy bill

On Monday, February 16,  the Criminal Law subcommittee of the House Committee on Courts of Justice will take up Senate Bill 1393 filed by Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, George L. Barker and Charles W. Carrico, Sr. The bill would allow the state Department of Corrections to contract with any ‘external entity’ to compound the […]

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Shell game at city hall obscures source of magic petition

Friday, August 29, 2014

Shell game at city hall obscures source of magic petition

NEEDED $5000 to get an answer from city hall. Read on about this continuing saga … Alcohol had city council members a bit wobbly as they hashed out the pros and cons of adding Preston Park to the list of parks where beer and wine could to be consumed. The parks where alcohol permits can […]

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Cuccinelli’s transparency election promise at the 2009 VCOG annual conference

Friday, July 26, 2013

Cuccinelli's transparency election promise at the 2009 VCOG annual conference

If I didn’t remember anything about the 2009 Virginia Coalition for Open Government conference I remember this. Then Senator Ken Cuccinelli’s promised transparency. In today’s Roanoke Times Lawrence Hammack, another open government wonk, has an article about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s opinion on the appropriation of public funds to nonprofits without proper contracts. The purpose […]

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VA Sen. Donald McEachin submits FOIA request to Cuccinelli

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Calls for Governor Bob McDonnell to explain allegations of conflict of interest are mounting daily. Connections with  Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams continue to unfold. Donations, gifts to family and now allegations that McDonnell’s corporation and wife allegedly benefited from $120,000. Virginia Senator Chap Peterson of Fairfax called on McDonnell to explain his gifts or resign. […]

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Part I: Big Bird, Mill Mountain and smaller government

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Part I: Big Bird, Mill Mountain and smaller government

Poor Big Bird looks to get his feathers plucked should presidential Republican candidate Mitt Romney get the November nod. It’s for sure those PBS dollars are the cause of the $16 trillion deficit and you know Big Bird is a <gasp> liberal. You can tell by the way he walks. The Mill Mountain Advisory Committee […]

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FOIA: When a little information means a lot

Friday, November 11, 2011

FOIA: When a little information means a lot

It is an understatement to say to citizens “get involved early – very, very early. Don’t wait for a public hearing at a city council meeting to object to an issue on a  rezoning, chickens or anything else. What is early? Work sessions are where it begins. Council briefings work the same way but this […]

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Retiring city attorney’s little known sense of humor

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Retiring city attorney's little known sense of humor

The tall lanky graying man that sits next to the Director of Finance Ann Shawver during council meetings rarely speaks unless spoken to – Not your typical attorney. William Hackworth, 63 is retiring as Roanoke City’s attorney after 23 years. He became a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington but hated […]

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