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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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BREAKING NEWS Latest SCOVA maneuvering – Cuccinelli likely new SCOVA justice

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

BREAKING NEWS Latest SCOVA maneuvering - Cuccinelli likely new SCOVA justice

According to Jim Nolan, reporter at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Judge Alston fails to win 21 votes needed in the Senate – and then former AG and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is certified by Republicans for SCOVA vacancy. Holdout Republican Sen. Glen Sturtevant votes for Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli on his Facebook page stated: “I have been approached to consider […]

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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. Tom Garrett’s legislation against fantasy sanctuary cities

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sen. Tom Garrett's legislation against fantasy sanctuary cities

Sen. Tom Garrett, a Republican representing Buckingham County patroned SB270, a bill that prohibits funds to Virginia cities that pass an ordinance allowing the city to become a “sanctuary city.” There are no sanctuary cities in Virginia. No locality shall adopt any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to […]

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Don Caldwell’s friend disheartened by his independent run for Senate

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Don Caldwell's friend disheartened by his independent run for Senate

Steve Cochran, 18-year Chair of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee, said he wasn’t surprised to see the mailers. Cochran said he received both mailers sprinkled throughout the 21st Senate district. Democrats in Montgomery County have received them too. Cochran said he has known the Roanoke City’s Commonwealth Attorney and one time Roanoke City Democratic Chair […]

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Ten-day crunch for Senate candidates – poll shows tight race

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ten-day crunch for Senate candidates - poll shows tight race

Early Saturday morning 20 of Sen. Edwards’ volunteers gathered at Del. Sam Rasoul’s office scoffing down coffee and snacks harnessing the energy to hit the canvassing road for the day. You could hear faint sighs of “10 more days.” The countdown is on. Former Virginia AG and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli endorses Nancy Dye Ken Cuccinelli’s PAC, […]

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Real differences at senate candidate forum, Planned Parenthood, Photo IDs, gun legislation, marijuana

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Real differences at senate candidate forum, Planned Parenthood, Photo IDs, gun legislation, marijuana

NAACP Roanoke Branch and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority candidate hosted one of the best and last senate candidate forums Friday evening at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. All candidates for the 21st senate district, Sen. John Edwards (D), Nancy Dye (R), Don Caldwell (I) were on hand but only Mike Hamlar (D) candidate for the […]

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Campaign finance numbers out for most senate candidates for September

Friday, October 16, 2015

Incumbent Sen. John Edwards (D-21) raised $107,227 in September and has cash on hand of $165,256 as of Sept. 30 Gov. McAuliffe’s Common Good VA PAC contributed $52,500 for the period. The largest disbursement was for media purchases of about $100,000. Edwards Republican challenger Nancy Dye raised $249,939.85 in September and has cash on hand […]

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Sen. Edwards outraises Republican opponent – Caldwell garners large Via donation

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sen. Edwards outraises Republican opponent - Caldwell garners large Via donation

CORRECTION: Sen. Edwards did not receive a donation from Peter Via as previously reported. Democratic Virginia State Senator John Edwards is defending his 21st Senate district seat with a fierce determined challenge from Republican Nancy Dye. It is the toughest challenge Edwards has had in his 20-year tenure. Republicans want Edwards seat so bad they […]

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Sen. Dick Saslaw radio audio on Virginia GOP’s temper tantrum

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw joined the John Fredericks Show yesterday to discuss the Virginia GOP’s political temper tantrum in trying to fire Supreme Court Justice Jane Roush. Some key quotes: Saslaw: “I can tell you for a fact that George Allen never consulted me, and I’m pretty darn sure given the relationship at the […]

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VHHA creates statistical healthcare dashboard that overlays legislative districts

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

VHHA creates statistical healthcare dashboard that overlays legislative districts

Just take the “Community Health Legislative Dashboard” link and select Senate district or House district. From the dropdown list of legislators pick your Senate or House representative or compare with other districts. RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s research team has created a public “dashboard” that geographically collates Virginia health and demographic data. […]

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