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Sen. Creigh Deeds announces run for re-election

Monday, May 4, 2015

Sen. Creigh Deeds announces run for re-election

After much thought, I want to announce that I will run for re-election to the State Senate this fall.  I am proud of the many things we have been able to accomplish, working together, to protect the most vulnerable, Virginia’s children, to conserve Virginia’s open space, to rebuild Virginia’s economy, and recently to reform our […]

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Governor McAuliffe getting bad advice on anti-surveillance legislation

Friday, May 1, 2015

Governor McAuliffe getting bad advice on anti-surveillance legislation

RICHMOND, Va. – Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) responds to Governor McAuliffe’s veto of SB 965. The statement is from Senator Petersen’s blog, OxRoadSouth.com – First of all, I like the Governor and support his policies on economic development, which have brought thousands of new jobs to Virginia.  I also consider him a friend, and sometimes friends disagree, […]

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Mike Hamlar says mass surveillance endangers citizen rights

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mike Hamlar says mass surveillance endangers citizen rights

Virginia’s 19th Senate District’s Democratic Candidate, Mike Hamlar says he supports SB 965. The bill authorizes law-enforcement agencies to collect information from license plate readers, provided the information is held for no more than seven days, and is not subject to any outside inquiries or internal usage, except in the investigation of a crime or missing […]

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Mike Hamlar is the Democratic nominee in the Virginia 19th Senate District

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Mike Hamlar is the Democratic nominee in the Virginia 19th Senate District

As of April 4th, Michael Hamlar has accepted the Democratic Nomination for Virginia Senate District 19. “I’m excited to move forward with the official nomination,” Hamlar stated. “The people of this district deserve a State Senator that will look out for them, and I promise to do that.” As State Senator, Hamlar looks to protect […]

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The Virginia Democratic Women’s Caucus and candidate Kim Adkins determined

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Virginia Democratic Women's Caucus and candidate Kim Adkins determined

Linda Brooks, Chair of the Virginia Democratic Women’s Caucus spoke at Friday’s Roanoke Valley Democratic Women’s lunch meeting. The VDWC’s goal is finding, preparing and supporting Democratic women who aspire to public office while raising the awareness of women’s issues. The caucus was formed 10 years ago and has a seat on the Democratic State […]

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Hamlar candidate for senate to speak at pipeline opposition rally at Virginia Tech

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hamlar candidate for senate to speak at pipeline opposition rally at Virginia Tech

Tomorrow, March 21, from noon to 3:00 p.m. at Henderson Field on the Virginia Tech Campus there is expected to be a large crowd at a rally in opposition to the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Mike Hamlar, Democratic Candidate for Virginia Senate District 19 will take the stage at 1:00 p.m. Hamlar says he is deeply troubled […]

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Senator John Edwards announces for re-election

Monday, March 16, 2015

Senator John Edwards announces for re-election

Virginia Senator John Edwards represents the 21st district that includes Roanoke City, all of Giles County, part of Montgomery County and part of Roanoke County. Edwards was first elected to the Senate in 1995. He announced his plans for another term today with about 100 supporters at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. Edwards served in […]

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Dave Suetterlein to succeed Ralph Smith as candidate in the 19th senate district

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dave Suetterlein to succeed Ralph Smith as candidate in the 19th senate district

At a news conference today, Senator Ralph K. Smith (R-Bedford County) announced he will not seek a third term representing the 19th District in the Senate of Virginia. In announcing his decision, Senator Smith endorsed the candidacy of Dave Suetterlein, his Legislative Director and the current Chairman of the Roanoke County Republican Committee, to succeed him […]

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Forum on natural gas pipelines touches on the legal rights of property owners

Monday, March 9, 2015

Forum on natural gas pipelines touches on the legal rights of property owners

The four factors facing the proposed 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline and the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline boil down to, the need for natural gas, the environmental impact, safety concerns and property rights. Property rights hit home for many of the 200 attendees at the Forum on Natural Gas Pipelines hosted by the Cabell Brand Center […]

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Roanoke receives $600,000 for Gill Memorial renovation

Monday, March 9, 2015

Roanoke receives $600,000 for Gill Memorial renovation

As part of a $2.3 million in Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) awards, Governor Terry McAuliffe presented the City of Roanoke with a $600,000 check to renovate the old vacant downtown Gill Memorial building. The grant will allow entrepreneurs a place to share ideas and  boost there efforts to  start a business. It also speeds up […]

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Democrats on Virginia House ethics bill – 2015 session ends

Friday, February 27, 2015

The ethics reform bill that spent 24 hours in conference between the House and the Senate will not go into effect until January 1, 2016. The reasoning was that it will not confuse candidates up for reelection and their challengers. It will also give time to correct or amend any flaws in the bill in […]

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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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