Politics

Area legislators ready for session

January 13, 2016

Bills authorizing creation of drug courts and aimed at preventing government agencies from discriminating against certain religious beliefs are among the legislative proposals area lawmakers were pushing on the opening day of the General Assembly on Wednesday.

Council discusses fireworks, improvements plan

January 4, 2016

NEW MARKET – The town of New Market held a meeting of the committees on Monday evening where the Capital Improvement Plan for 2017-2021 was presented and the possibility of bringing back the Fourth of July fireworks was proposed.

Virginia to abolish handgun permit pact

December 22, 2015

An announcement by Attorney General Mark Herring Tuesday that the state will scrap an agreement with 25 other states to recognize concealed handgun permits they have issued drew swift criticism from local lawmakers.

U.S. Attorney sworn in

December 22, 2015

John P. Fishwick Jr. has been sworn in as the new U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia.

Statement required to vote in GOP primary

December 18, 2015

Republicans voting in the March 1 presidential primary will have to sign a statement declaring their affiliation with the party under a new rule created by state GOP officials and approved by the state Department of Elections.

Democrat runs against Comstock in 10th

LuAnn Bennett

December 18, 2015

Democrats have found at least one candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, in the 10th Congressional District in 2016.

Area legislators balk at refugees

November 19, 2015

Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, joined several of his GOP colleagues earlier this week in calling for a two-year halt to the acceptance of new Syrian refugees in the state.

Wiseley won most precincts in close race

November 6, 2015

Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda McDonald Wiseley won her second term Tuesday by winning all but two of 13 precincts over Republican challenger Chad Logan.

McEathron takes Warren School Board seat

November 3, 2015

Donna McEathron pulled ahead of Shawn McClosky in the race for Joanne Cherefko’s South River District seat on the Warren County School Board.

Obenshain wins easily in Senate race

November 3, 2015

Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, coasted to an easy victory over Democratic challenger April Moore in Tuesday’s election in the 26th state Senate district.

Moore, Obenshain face off for Senate seat

October 30, 2015

The state Senate election in the 26th District between Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, and April Moore is a contest in which the candidates not only disagree on most issues but often differ on what they consider to be the most important matters facing the district.

Convictions, indictments concerns in local race

October 29, 2015

WOODSTOCK – The candidates for Shenandoah County commonwealth’s attorney appeared in the same courtroom Monday, one among the spectators and the other prosecuting a man facing a capital murder charge.

State senate candidates show many differences

October 15, 2015

Democrat April Moore and State Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg disagreed on every one of a long list of issues presented to them at a candidate’s forum Thursday night.

Candidates debate rates of convictions

October 15, 2015

The candidates for Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney debated conviction rates and plea agreements at a candidate’s forum attended by more than 130 people Thursday night.

Wiseley, Logan focus on their records at forum

October 11, 2015

MOUNT JACKSON – Republican Chad Logan and Independent Amanda McDonald Wiseley took their campaigns for Shenandoah County commonwealth’s attorney before a group of conservative activists Saturday.