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.
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.
Gary Lynn Sexton, 56, of Roanoke, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, October 7, 2015. He was born on December 6, 1958, to Peggy and Gene Sexton. He was a graduate of William Byrd High School and a lifelong member of the Wesleyan Church.Immediately recognizable and completely unforgettable, Gary loved life and was known for his immense kindness and his fun spirit. He enjoyed being around people yet cherished his time with his loved ones. He was proud of his family and strove hard to support all around him. Moreover, Gary was also known throughout the Roanoke Valley and beyond as a creative talent second-to-none. Through his work at Reid's Fine Furnishings, his design work will live on in homes and in people's lives across the region as a testament to his life.Gary is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sheila Ellis Sexton; and his sons, Cody and Caleb Sexton. He is also survived by his sister, Vicki Overholt; and niece, Meleah Overholt of Christiansburg; his brother-in-law, Clifford Ellis, wife, Tammi Ellis; and nephews, Tyler and Logan Ellis of Fredericksburg; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Ellen Ellis of Roanoke. Gary is also survived by other family and friends too numerous to name who will cherish his memory.He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents.A service celebrating Gary's life will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, October 12, 2015, at First Wesleyan Church, 3706 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, VA 24019, with the Rev. Herb Shaffer officiating, the Rev. Jim Harrison, the Rev. Matt Reynolds, and Mr. Bill Overstreet assisting. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 11, 2015, at Oakey's South Chapel.
William Patrick McClanahan Jr., 50, of Charlotte, N.C. and formerly of Pulaski, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015. Funeral Services will be 3 p.m. Monday, October 12, 2015, at Church of God, Pulaski. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
Alan Wayne McFarland, 62, of Covington, died Wednesday, October 7, 2015. A memorial service will be 6 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2015, at chapel of Loving Funeral Home.
Bernice Bowles Shaver Santos, 87, of Vinton, passed away Friday, October 9, 2015. Arrangements by Oakeys Vinton Chapel.