Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Sen. Tim Kaine
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on his intent to vote against cloture and final confirmation for the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:
“After meeting with Judge Gorsuch and reviewing his testimony and past decisions, I’ve observed that he has repeatedly taken an activist approach to cases involving a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her health. He has made the astounding argument that bosses have an individual right to prevent their company’s female employees from using their own health insurance to buy contraception. He has taken extraordinary steps to force reconsideration
"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"
Winning a seat in the predominantly Republican 17th District for an independent democrat centrist passionate conservative (pick one) candidate requires “dancing a little side-step” to the right where plays the majority of the 17th constituency.
Gwen Mason, Councilwoman House of Delegate candidate has left the Noel C. Taylor Municipal building headed for the higher ground of the mansion on the Richmond hill already. She trades in “For The City” for the District. She had supported the amphitheater along with Councilman Dave Trinkle ever since they were elected to Roanoke City Council in 2006. Mason severed her ties with Trinkle permanently Monday when she voted against the amphitheater as part of the five year capital improvement plan.
My, how quickly time passes. It seems like yesterday that I was standing at Ruffner Middle School handing out flyers for Democrats Bowers-MacFarlane-White for Roanoke City Council in 2006. Across from me stood a paid poll worker handing out Mason-Trinkle-Dowe literature. They called themselves “Independent Democrats” back then. They were part of the caucus Delegate Onzlee Ware headed up to take over the Roanoke City Democratic Party.
Alfred Dowe, Jr. has been deposed by scandal. Ware’s campaign finances are under review, Mayor Bowers pummeled Nelson Harris in 2008 and Mason has left them all in the stadium dust.
Dr. Dave Trinkle (bless his broken amphitheater heart) has been left holding the pieces of Victory Stadium wishing he could put it all back together again.
“Victory Stadium” has the last laugh. I can still see it though you say it is gone. I can still see the field from the bleachers. Every time the movie “Remember the Titans” runs on TV I watch for the brief glimpse of the “Victory Stadium” banner as the Titans take the field to win the championship.
Those that praised her demise don’t bother me now because I can still see her sturdy and strong – never so clear as I see her today.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Commentary, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: amphitheatre, city_council, Elections, house_of_delegates