When newly minted Sen. David Suetterlein rose to take his oath of office Wednesday, he placed his hand on — not one — but two Bibles.
The post-election reshuffling in the General Assembly means some key committee changes for Southwest Virginia reps.
Del. Chris Head, R-Botetourt County, has put in a resolution honoring the life of WDBJ (Channel 7) reporter Alison Parker.
Del. Greg Habeeb, R-Salem, filed a resolution Wednesday honoring slain WDBJ (Channel 7) cameraman Adam Ward.
Del. Sam Rasoul is among the founding members of a new 35-and-under caucus announced Monday.
The compromise struck in Thursday's fraught Virginia Senate GOP Caucus leadership decision was the product of weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner edged into the No. 4 spot — up from No. 5 last year — in Roll Call's annual rankings of the wealthiest members of Congress.
I visited Crystal Spring Baptist Church when polls first opened this morning at 6 a.m. and saw election officers dealing with computer laptop crashing issues. A handful of voters (about 5-6) waited in line.
At 10 a.m., we were seeing a turn-out in Roanoke that sharply favored Republicans — with the GOP-heavy precincts accounting for a higher-than-usual percentage of the vote.
Updated 2:23 p.m. — see note in bold below.
Voter turnout hit 8.5 percent in Roanoke and 12 percent in Roanoke County by 10 a.m., according to midmorning reports from local registrars.
Corey Fitzgerald saw his opportunity, and he took it.
The elections are just days away and if you're looking to do some last-minute boning up on the contenders for state Senate, WFIR has a new series of candidate interviews.
UPDATE (3:20 p.m. Friday):
On today's editorial page, we make the case that the infamous mailers from the conservative Middle Resolution PAC purporting to show Democrat John Edwards as a "conservative" go beyond being just a dirty trick to confuse left-of-center voters.
One week before Election Day, Sen. John Edwards rallied supporters and pledged to carry a bill next year to raise the minimum wage.
As a second wave of controversial mailers hit Roanoke, Virginia Democrats pressed Republican Nancy Dye on Wednesday to disavow The Middle Resolution PAC and return a $7,000 donation from the conservative group.
The controversial mailer that hit Roanoke mailboxes this weekend cost the conservative Middle Resolution PAC $6,008, according to finance reports compiled by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project.
Big money is flowing into the 21st District Senate race at a fast pace as the election enters its final days.
Independent candidate Donald Caldwell is rolling out a TV commerical — his first of the election — in the final days of the race to win the 21st District Senate seat.
The Republican State Leadership Committee just invested another $80,000 in Nancy Dye's bid to oust incumbent Democrat Sen. John Edwards in the 21st District race.
Since same-sex marriage was legalized a little over a year ago, Virginia has seen more than 3,500 same-sex unions take place, according to new data released this week by the Virginia Department of Health's Division of Vital Records.
Republican contender Nancy Dye has signed onto the anti-tax increase pledge created by Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform.
The Edwards for Virginia Senate commercial that Republicans blasted for missing a required disclosure statement also turns out to have misspelled the name of its chief spokesman — former Virginia Tech admissions staffer Allen Trigger.
In today's paper, we delved into some of the issues about energy policy and the federal Clean Power Plan being raised in the 21st District Virginia Senate race.
Independent candidate Steven Nelson won't appear at a forum tonight in Montgomery County, and he offered the following explanation to organizers in an email he shared with The Roanoke Times:
Public service announcement: Today is the deadline to get registered to vote if you want to cast a ballot in the Nov. 3 elections.
The Democratic contenders for president will gather for their first debate Tuesday night. Host CNN will air it live and stream it online for free. Questions from the public can be submitted via Facebook and Instagram.
Speaking to a crowd braving the drizzly Saturday weather, Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) and Del. Joseph Yost (R-Pearisburg) said in strong terms that Virginia needs to prioritize its public schools over alternative ideas like charter schools and vouchers.
The surprising news that U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was dropping out of the speaker's race inspired an online rallying cry this week among Virginia Republicans who saw one of the commonwealth's own poised to fill the void.
Two of the three candidates for the 21st Senate District appeared before the Rotary Club of Salem on Thursday.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, will roll out a sentencing reform bill today as part of the committee's larger work on criminal justice issues.
In an effort to cater to our blog's target audience of policy and politics fanatics, here are a few odds and ends that didn't make it into the article about Tuesday night's candidate forum.
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers is joining up with Hillary Clinton's Virginia Leadership Council in the 2016 race for president, according to Clinton's camp.
Here's a little public service blog post to let you know about two candidate forums happening tonight:
In Sunday's newspaper, we touched on the long-brewing belief that Southwest Virginia is too often an afterthought for leaders in Richmond.
Saturday Night Live took aim at some of the low-polling presidential contenders last weekend — including former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.
Recently, Police Chief Chris Perkins said Roanoke may see around 73 ex-federal inmates return to the city in the coming year.
The hoofers who took to the stage last weekend to raise some much-needed money for the Salvation Army's Turning Point shelter included Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, and his wife, Layaly.
Want to see a debate between the Democratic and Republican leaders of Virginia's state Senate? You can on Monday, and all you need is a computer.
UPDATE (5:30 p.m. Tuesday):
Could Roanoke County's own Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R) be tapped to succeed soon-to-retire House Speaker John Boehner?
The National Rifle Association is backing Sen. John Edwards in his bid for re-election — a typically attractive political plum in the conservative Southwest; but one that's grown dicier for the Roanoke Democrat amid the emotional debate spurred by last month's WDBJ7 shooting.
In the days after the WDBJ7 shooting, Alison Parker's father highlighted a General Assembly bill — sometimes called the gun violence restraining order bill — in an impassioned column criticizing the region's pro-gun lawmakers.
Some random political thoughts:
Scott Walker dropped out too soon.
Frank Roupas waited patiently for the clock to strike 8.
Alma Frances Richie, 87, of Roanoke, Va., passed away Monday, February 8, 2016. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home, 540-344-1271.
Louise Jones Richardson, 86, of Callaway, passed away Sunday February 7, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Posey and Naomi Richards Jones; husband, Robert L. Richardson; sister, Evelyn Jones Underwood (J. Willard); niece, Sharon U. Craft; grandson, Kevin Lane Pendleton.Surviving are her daughters, Jennifer Pendleton and husband, Roger, Elaine Carter and husband, David; grandchildren, Lisa Forbes (James), Devin Pendleton, Travis Pendleton (Stephanie), Scarlett Deering (Jeff), Melissa Cloutier (Jason), Martha Carter (Robin), Matthew Carter (Melissa); great-grandchildren, Zane and Ty Forbes, Tristan and Teagan Pendleton, Conner and Abby Deering, Nathan and Evan Cloutier, Isabelle and Guiseppe Farris, Troy, Cole and Tiana Carter; nephews, Phil, Brad and Steve Underwood.Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Flora Funeral Chapel with the Rev. John Heck officiating. Interment will follow in the Richards Family Cemetery. Her family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
James Posey Hodges, 84, of Roanoke, died peacefully on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at Carilion Clinic Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was fondly known as "Hezzie," "Junior," "Papa," and "Grandpa Hodges."Jimmy is survived by his son, Jeffrey Brian Hodges (Amanda); and daughter, Sabrina Hodges Tyndall (Ray); step-son, Alan Dale Hodges (Dawn); and his three wonderful granddaughters, Jacqueline Tyndall Smith (Jordan), Victoria Gabrielle Tyndall, and Kaylee Slone Hodges. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Macie, Nadine (Clifton), Alan (Peggy), Brady (Marie), Leslie (Virginia), Daniel (Judy), and David (Betty); special friend, Teresa Williams. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Jarret Slone Hodges; and brothers and sister, Nelson, Billy, and Joyce. Jimmy was born on October 10, 1931, in Rocky Mount, to the late Posey Leslie and Easter J. Hodges.He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He and Ruby moved to Miami, Fla., where he began his career as a furniture refinisher. Jimmy returned to Virginia in 1985, and settled in Roanoke and continued his career as a master furniture refinisher. Jimmy had a generous, giving heart and gave his children and grandchildren whatever he could. His granddaughters were the light of his life and brought him so much happiness and joy.Graveside services will be conducted from the Hodges Family Cemetery (English Road), 2:30 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016, with the Rev. Michael Stump officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors. The family would like to thank the staff and physicians of the Neuro Trauma ICU and Palliative Care Unit for their amazing and compassionate care. His family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016, at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
Betty Jo Carver, 50, of Roanoke, Va., passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel, 540-982-2100.