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Monday 10/12/2015
Posted: October 12, 2015 - 1:30 pm
Where to watch: Democratic presidential debate edition

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.

Saturday 10/10/2015
Posted: October 10, 2015 - 3:30 pm
New River Valley reps slam charter schools and vouchers

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.

Posted: October 10, 2015 - 8:00 am
Goodlatte for speaker? Roanoke rep says he's not seeking the job

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.

Friday 10/09/2015
Posted: October 09, 2015 - 4:06 pm
Two-thirds of a joint appearance in Salem

Two of the three candidates for the 21st Senate District appeared before the Rotary Club of Salem on Thursday.

Thursday 10/08/2015
Posted: October 08, 2015 - 6:00 am
Goodlatte: House Judiciary leaders to unveil sentencing reform bill

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.

Wednesday 10/07/2015
Posted: October 07, 2015 - 9:00 am
Can't get enough of forums and policy debate? This is the post for you.

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.

Posted: October 07, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Bowers backs Clinton campaign

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.

Tuesday 10/06/2015
Posted: October 06, 2015 - 7:00 am
On tap tonight: Doubleheader candidate forums

Here's a little public service blog post to let you know about two candidate forums happening tonight:

Monday 10/05/2015
Posted: October 05, 2015 - 12:30 pm
By the Numbers: How do localities stack up on state funding?

In Sunday's newspaper, we touched on the long-brewing belief that Southwest Virginia is too often an afterthought for leaders in Richmond.

Posted: October 05, 2015 - 5:00 pm
There's a pill for that: SNL needles Gilmore and other presidential hopefuls

Saturday Night Live took aim at some of the low-polling presidential contenders last weekend — including former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.

Friday 10/02/2015
Posted: October 02, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Will 73 ex-inmates be released to Roanoke next year?

Recently, Police Chief Chris Perkins said Roanoke may see around 73 ex-federal inmates return to the city in the coming year.

Posted: October 02, 2015 - 9:00 pm
Video: Del. Rasoul dances for charity

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.

Wednesday 09/30/2015
Posted: September 30, 2015 - 6:42 pm
Virginia Senate leaders will debate live, on the web

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.

Tuesday 09/29/2015
Posted: September 29, 2015 - 5:30 pm
UPDATED: 12th District House candidate files comments opposing pipeline

UPDATE (5:30 p.m. Tuesday):

Posted: September 29, 2015 - 11:30 am
Goodlatte for speaker? Two political observers make the case

Could Roanoke County's own Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R) be tapped to succeed soon-to-retire House Speaker John Boehner?

Thursday 09/24/2015
Posted: September 24, 2015 - 8:00 pm
NRA endorses Edwards in race for Senate

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.

Posted: September 24, 2015 - 8:30 pm
Gun violence restraining order: Where do the 21st District candidates stand?

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.

Tuesday 09/22/2015
Posted: September 22, 2015 - 6:02 pm
Three thoughts for a Tuesday on the 2016 race

Some random political thoughts:

Monday 09/21/2015
Posted: September 21, 2015 - 6:09 pm
Walker dropped out too soon

Scott Walker dropped out too soon.

Sunday 09/20/2015
Posted: September 20, 2015 - 11:00 am
Meet the first Roanoke voter of the 2015 general elections

Frank Roupas waited patiently for the clock to strike 8.

Friday 09/18/2015
Posted: September 18, 2015 - 8:00 pm
UPDATED: TV ads hit 21st District Senate race

UPDATE (8 p.m. Friday):

Wednesday 09/16/2015
Posted: September 16, 2015 - 10:30 am
Partisan sparks fly at 21st District Senate forum

PEARISBURG — A forum that organizers intended to be low intensity and low confrontation took a turn Tuesday night when Republican activists squared off with the Democratic and independent candidates for the 21st District Senate seat.

Tuesday 09/15/2015
Posted: September 15, 2015 - 5:33 pm
Gilmore needs a rap

Poor Jim Gilmore isn't doing so well. Some candidates are bummed when they didn't make the cut for the "big" debate. Gilmore didn't even qualify for the "kids table" debate this time around.

Posted: September 15, 2015 - 3:30 pm
Where can you watch Wednesday's presidential debate?

As you've probably heard by now, CNN is hosting a presidential debate for Republican Party hopefuls on Wednesday night.

Posted: September 15, 2015 - 8:00 am
Preserve Giles to kick off candidate forums tonight with 21st District Senate race

Preserve Giles County, an anti-pipeline citizens group, is kicking off a series of candidate forums tonight with the 21st District Virginia Senate seat.

Posted: September 15, 2015 - 12:30 pm
GOP group pumps $90k into 21st District Va. Senate race

The Republican State Leadership Committee — a national group working to get Republicans into state office — gave 21st District Senate candidate Nancy Dye a major financial boost on Monday, pouring $90,000 into her campaign.

Monday 09/14/2015
Posted: September 14, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Photo finish: Goodlatte and state senator race down giant, wavy slide

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte and state Sen. Steve Newman had a little lighthearted fun at a employee picnic for Delta Star.

Posted: September 14, 2015 - 10:00 am
Jeb Bush to fundraise for state Senate Republicans

Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush will help drum up some cash for Senate Republicans this month at a coffee klatch billed as "Java with Jeb!"

Friday 09/11/2015
Posted: September 11, 2015 - 3:01 pm
Sen. Stanley gets trolled

That's our new favorite verb. Trolled. As in the Internet lingo for provoking someone online. Sometimes good-naturedly. Sometimes not.

Thursday 09/10/2015
Posted: September 10, 2015 - 11:15 am
Sen. Warner: U.S. needs to step up background checks for gun buyers

This morning, ahead of a D.C. rally that Andy Parker and Gov. Terry McAuliffe are expected to attend, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner called for moving toward universal background checks for gun buyers.

Tuesday 09/08/2015
Posted: September 08, 2015 - 4:53 pm
Kaine: Gun bill would apply to sales and gifts (now updated with video)

While the timing closely follows the tragic WDBJ-TV shooting, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine said the idea behind a new gun bill he rolled out today reflects something he’s been mulling over for months.

Friday 09/04/2015
Posted: September 04, 2015 - 1:00 pm
Pipeline & Property Rights: Where do the Senate candidates stand?

Senate candidate Nancy Dye said this week she takes no position on the contentious Mountain Valley Pipeline project.

Tuesday 09/01/2015
Posted: September 01, 2015 - 8:57 am
Sen. Bill Stanley to chair Cruz campaign in Virginia (now updated with more links)

State Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin County, announced today he's backing Ted Cruz for president and will serve as state chairman for the campaign in Virginia.

Monday 08/31/2015
Posted: August 31, 2015 - 4:00 pm
Candidate events set for 24th District House of Delegates race

Del. Ben Cline (R) and challenger Ellen Arthur (D) will share the stage during at least three events between now and Election Day.

Thursday 08/27/2015
Posted: August 27, 2015 - 4:45 pm
Hamlar camp nixes fundraiser with attorney general in light of WDBJ tragedy

State Senate candidate Mike Hamlar has canceled a fundraiser planned for tonight, citing respect for the victims of Wednesday's stunning on-air shooting of a WDBJ-TV (Channel 7) news crew.

Posted: August 27, 2015 - 9:37 pm
Politicians speak at vigil for WDBJ shooting victims

On Thursday night, citizens once again paid their respects to Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, the two WDBJ-TV journalists fatally shot while reporting live from Smith Mountain Lake on Wednesday morning.

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