Politics

Goodlatte’s constituents hold town hall without lawmaker

Helen Jean Smith speaks during a Sixth District town hall meeting  Saturday at the Charterhouse School in Edinburg.  U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte had been invited to the town hall but he did not attend. Nathan Budryk/Daily

March 5, 2017

EDINBURG – Nearly 150 people turned out to the Charterhouse School in Edinburg on Saturday night for a Sixth District town hall meeting to voice their concerns to U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, who did not attend.

Lt. governor candidates tout records during forum

March 3, 2017

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County Republicans held a dinner in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 208th birthday Thursday night that included a lieutenant governor candidate forum and keynote presentation from Jim Martin, founder of the 60Plus Association and a former member of President George W. Bush’s health and human services transition team.

Citizens to host Goodlatte town hall without him

Helen Jean Smith, organizer of an upcoming  town hall event, speaks at the Women's March in Woodstock on the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration. Jake Zuckerman/Daily

March 2, 2017

Onboarding a wave of grassroots political activism, a community organizer set up a town hall scheduled for Saturday to hear from U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke), fully aware he probably won’t show up.

Most House bills die on unrecorded votes

March 2, 2017

RICHMOND – During the recently concluded legislative session, three bills to increase the minimum wage in Virginia died in the House Labor and Commerce Committee. Want to know who voted for or against the measures? Sorry; the votes went unrecorded.

Constituents hold town hall minus Comstock

Guy Potucek, the main organizer of a town hall in Sterling on Friday, fields questions from citizens on Barbara Comstock's response to national security concerns.  Potucek formed a Facebook group, “Indivisible Northern Virginia,” which became the driving force for the event. Jake Zuckerman/Daily

February 24, 2017

STERLING – When U.S. Rep Barbara Comstock, R-McLean, declined numerous invitations to appear before her constituents in a town hall format, a group of organizers decided to host one in her absence Friday.

Gilbert elected as majority leader

Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, standing, listens to debate during the floor session of the Virginia House of Delegates at the state Capitol in Richmond on Tuesday.  Gilbert has been named the next majority leader of the lower chamber of the General Assembly.
Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP

February 22, 2017

The House Republican Caucus of the Virginia General Assembly unanimously elected a delegate from Woodstock to serve in its No. 2 position Wednesday.

Goodlatte staffer to host office hours

February 20, 2017

A staffer for U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, will be hosting open-door meetings in Front Royal on Wednesdays, according to a news release from a press aide.

Protesters demand Comstock town hall

Protesters gathered outside the George Washington Hotel in Winchester on Friday, near U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock's office, to demand she appear before her constituents at a town hall event. Jake Zuckerman/Daily

February 17, 2017

WINCHESTER – Both a protest and a counter protest formed Friday outside U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock’s (R-Va.) local office.

Goodlatte invites some to lunch: Protesters gather outside ask for town hall

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte addresses protesters outside Carmella's Restaurant in Edinburg on Monday following a private luncheon among area leaders.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 13, 2017

EDINBURG – Congressman Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, held a luncheon Monday to meet with area businesspeople, elected officials and other community leaders to discuss, among other topics, Donald Trump’s executive orders, the Affordable Care Act and Goodlatte’s role in what some perceived to be an attempt at weakening the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Del. Collins takes heat in town hall meeting

Del. Chris Collins, R-Winchester, speaks to about 50 citizens who attended his town hall meeting on Saturday at Lord Fairfax Community College. Jake Zuckerman/Daily

February 12, 2017

MIDDLETOWN – A state legislator took questions from citizens Saturday at a town hall event, and faced fiery probes on progressive issues such as funding Planned Parenthood, women’s rights to abortion and LGBT peoples’ civil protections.

Delegate supports immigration ban

February 1, 2017

A state representative from Woodstock said Wednesday he will not sign a letter condemning President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban from seven middle eastern countries.

Local residents share thoughts on inauguration

January 20, 2017

It’s official. The Trump presidency has officially begun. Supporters and demonstrators alike flocked to Washington Friday to witness Donald Trump become Mr. President.

House Democrats focus on jobs, wage reform

Virginia House Minority Leader David Toscano,  of Charlottesville, speaks during a news conference. "Our priority is to be laser-focused on creating jobs," he said.  Capital News Service

January 12, 2017

RICHMOND – The Virginia House Democrats Thursday outlined their legislative agenda to raise the minimum wage, increase workforce training and protect minority rights during this General Assembly session.

Advocates for rape survivors applaud grant

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring discusses a grant that will go toward eliminating the state's backlog of untested rape kits during a news conference on Thursday.  Capital News Service photo

January 12, 2017

Organizations that help rape survivors see benefits from Virginia receiving a $2 million federal grant to improve the commonwealth’s handling of sexual assaults.

McAuliffe calls for easier voting

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, center, on Tuesday called for legislation to make it easier to vote absentee. Photo by Julie Rothey/VCU Capital News Service

January 11, 2017

Currently, to vote absentee in Virginia, you must cite a specific excuse, such as attending college or having a disability.

McClellan Wins, but GOP still controls Senate

January 11, 2017

Democrat Jennifer McClellan of Richmond easily won a seat in the Virginia Senate in a special election Tuesday, but Republicans retained control of the chamber by holding on to a district west of the capital city.