Governor sets special election date for 11th district HOD seat

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell has set January 7, 2014, as the date for the special election to fill the seat of Delegate Onzlee Ware, who has announced his retirement from the Virginia House of Delegates. Speaking about the special election, Governor McDonnell remarked, “Richmond will greatly miss the leadership and integrity of Delegate Onzlee Ware. […]

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Dave Trinkle to announce for Onzlee Ware’s 11th district HOD seat

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dave Trinkle to announce for Onzlee Ware's 11th district HOD seat

UPDATE Nov. 18, 5:00: Change in date for Dr. Dave Trinkle’s announcement for 11th district House of Delegate to Wednesday 11:15 a.m. at Elmwood Park Williamson Road side. Thursday, Nov. 14: It didn’t take long for announcements and candidate suspects to hit the rumor mill after Delegate Onzlee Ware’s announcement that he was stepping down […]

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Gov. McDonnell and Del. Habeeb praise Del. Onzlee Ware’s service

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gov. McDonnell and Del. Habeeb praise Del. Onzlee Ware's service

Governor Bob McDonnell on the news that Delegate Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke) will retire from office stated: “Over the past ten years, I’ve gotten to know Onzlee Ware very well. I know him as someone who always puts Virginia first. And I know him as a leader who will always tell you, directly and without nuance, […]

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Roanoke Delegate Onzlee Ware endorses Terry McAuliffe

Friday, October 25, 2013

With less than a week until Virginia’s General Election on November 5, Delegate Onzlee Ware (D-City of Roanoke), announces his endorsement of Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffe. He stated the following for why he supports Terry: I have decided to endorse Terry McAuliffe. The 2013 election has proven to be a relentless campaign of negative […]

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McDonnell appoints Delegate Onzlee Ware to Rural Jobs Council

Thursday, January 31, 2013

McDonnell appoints Delegate Onzlee Ware to Rural Jobs Council

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the membership of his newly created Rural Jobs Council.  This Council will build upon the success of the Governor’s Commission on Job Creation and Economic Development and continue the Administration’s focus on Virginia’s rural communities.  (See commentary below and Jeff Artis President Emeritus of SCLC.) On Wednesday, January 2nd, Governor […]

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House Democrats unveil voting & election reform package

Thursday, January 10, 2013

RICHMOND­- After a Presidential Election where tens of thousands of Virginia voters experienced long lines and several hour long delays at the polls, Democrats in the House of Delegates unveiled a wide array of election reforms at a morning press conference. The election reform package included instituting an Early Vote period, extending voting hours to 8pm, […]

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Trip to France tops gifts of three Virginia legislators

Friday, February 4, 2011

Virginia Uranium retains four lobbyist groups in matters relating to legislation, regulation, studies and policies for potential mining of uranium ore in Virginia. Virginia has a moratorium on mining uranium and there is a highly lucrative deposit near Chatham just out of their reach. Hence the trip offered to any legislator willing to visit France […]

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Reining in payday and car title loans go down in flames

Friday, January 21, 2011

Reining in payday and car title loans go down in flames

Who let these leaches in the door anyway? The bloodsuckers preying off of society’s desperate. It was Governor Mark Warner who signed into law the Payday Loan Act in 2002. According to a 2008 Washington Post article Kevin Hall, a Warner spokesman, said. “Governor Warner is pleased to see the legislature moving forward on additional […]

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Part V: Campaign Finance – Nonprofits are prohibited (TAP complaint)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Part V: Campaign Finance – Nonprofits are prohibited (TAP complaint)

For the better part of a year Mark Powell as a member of the board of directors at Total Action Against Poverty (TAP) has been complaining that the powerful nonprofit was dabbling in Roanoke politics. Powell resigned from the board out of frustration with what he determined was a breach in IRS 501(3)c code: “all […]

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Part IV: Campaign Finance – Cuccinelli too busy for the mundane

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Part IV: Campaign Finance – Cuccinelli too busy for the mundane

It has been six months since Governor Bob McDonnell signed HB125 and almost three months since it went into effect on July 1. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office finally provided the Virginia State Board of Elections with the definition of “personal use” of campaign funds Wednesday. That’s the good news. The bad news – it […]

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Part II: Campaign finance – Examining Delegate Ware’s finance report

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Part II: Campaign finance – Examining Delegate Ware’s finance report

For the purposes of Part Two we will examine Roanoke Delegate Onzlee Ware’s (D-11) expenditure report for the six months ending June 30, 2010. The report is complete and detailed – probably due to the incessant criticism and complaints to the Virginia State Board of Elections by Mark Powell last year. The ongoing saga received […]

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Campaign fund usage definition awaits completion by attorney general

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Virginia State Board of Elections hit a brick wall when a complaint was lodgedagainst Delegate Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke) accusing him of using his campaign fund for “personal use” over a year ago. There is no “definition” of what is considered “personal use” in state law. The complaint was reviewed by Senior  Attorney General James Hopper who […]

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