Here's a little public service blog post to let you know about two candidate forums happening tonight:
Saturday Night Live took aim at some of the low-polling presidential contenders last weekend — including former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.
In Sunday's newspaper, we touched on the long-brewing belief that Southwest Virginia is too often an afterthought for leaders in Richmond.
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.
UPDATE (8 p.m. Friday):
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.
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.
As you've probably heard by now, CNN is hosting a presidential debate for Republican Party hopefuls on Wednesday night.
Preserve Giles County, an anti-pipeline citizens group, is kicking off a series of candidate forums tonight with the 21st District Virginia Senate seat.
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.
U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte and state Sen. Steve Newman had a little lighthearted fun at a employee picnic for Delta Star.
Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush will help drum up some cash for Senate Republicans this month at a coffee klatch billed as "Java with Jeb!"
That's our new favorite verb. Trolled. As in the Internet lingo for provoking someone online. Sometimes good-naturedly. Sometimes not.
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.
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.
Senate candidate Nancy Dye said this week she takes no position on the contentious Mountain Valley Pipeline project.
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.
Del. Ben Cline (R) and challenger Ellen Arthur (D) will share the stage during at least three events between now and Election Day.
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.
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.
William Cline Phillips, 94, of Radford, passed away Friday, October 2, 2015. Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at Horne Funeral Home & Crematory, 540-382-2612.
Jack Douglas (Doug) Woodie, 49, of Roanoke, went home to be with his Lord on Monday October 5, 2015 due to a automobile accident. He is preceded in death by his maternal and parental grandparents and special aunt, Peggy Woodie.Surviving are his parents, Jack and Mary Woodie; son, Brandon Douglas Woodie; sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Paul McPherson; special cousins, David and Allen Woodie; a very close friend, Tim Dooley and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.The family would like to give a special thanks to the Neuro Trauma ICU Staff at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and also Don and Loretta Flowers and Roger and Delphia Flippen.Funeral services will be noon Thursday, October 8, 2015 at at Oakey's East Chapel with Pastor Allen Woodie officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.
Michael Patrick Mason Jr., 61, of Marion, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015. Funeral Services will be 7 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2015, at Bradley's Funeral Home of Marion.
December 19, 1944 - September 27, 2015"On September 27th, 2015, Margaret Kurtin slipped out of the tame and into the wild to roam the fields of heaven forever with the divine fox."Margaret passed away peacefully at home with her sons at her side. She faced the cancer and final days that lead to her passing with calm, courage, and conviction.In addition to raising her sons with a limitless love, she was a social worker in foster care with her heart in the work of helping children with broken childhoods. She thought often of others, and caring for people in need and delighting in delighting them was an effortless part of her nature.Margaret graduated from William & Mary College with a degree in English, and later received a master's degree in social work. She loved writing, art, crafts, and animals, with a particular interest in foxes.Her parents Aubrey Vernon and Corinne Gatten Duke preceded her in death. Her sons, Matt and Brett; sister, Carol Lisi; and four grandchildren are surviving.Funeral service and reception will be held 12:30 p.m. October 10th, 2015 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 15 Glennwood Drive, Rocky Mount, VA 24151, and followed by graveside service at Franklin Memorial Park.Memorial gifts to Hospice of Michigan who eased her transition of life with loving care, please.