Chase reflects on session; decries ‘assault on 2nd Amendment’
Although Democrats dominated the recently-completed legislative session, state Sen. Amanda Chase was in favor of some bills that passed and wait Gov. Ralph Northam’s signature. Chase, a second-term legislator, co-sponsored a bill — SB 95 — that requires “balanced emergency billing.” The bill, she explained, will require insurance companies... Read more
Although a compromise was offered to get through a disagreement over appointment of two judges to Chesterfield courts, the effort failed last week before the Legislature finished its session. Joe Morrissey, a Democratic first-term state senator who represents eastern Chesterfield County, said that he and six other legislators agreed... Read more
Although eight of 10 members of Chesterfield County’s delegation in the General Assembly reached an apparent consensus in January on the nomination of a replacement for Circuit Court Judge T.J. Hauler, two state delegates who did not participate in the process may thwart the majority. According to a Feb.... Read more
Chase will not caucus with GOP, says she remains a Republican
State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, surprised some last week with an announcement that she would not support Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County, as minority leader, and, as a result, would not caucus with the Republican Party when the Legislature convenes in January.  Chase was re-elected in Senate District... Read more
Chase and Morrissey vow to work across party aisle
Chesterfield County voters elected two independent-minded legislators last week in Democrat Joe Morrissey and Republican Amanda Chase. And on Morrissey’s radio show last week on WJFN 100.5 FM, the two said they would work together in the Senate. Democrats took control of the body, 21-19, by picking up two... Read more
Chesterfield stays red as Virginia turns blue
Although Democrats were rejoicing at picking up the state House and Senate on Nov. 5, Chesterfield County Republicans won a number of what some thought would be close races while knocking off incumbent Democrat Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Miles. Miles, who last year was narrowly elected to finish the remaining... Read more
Election of first Muslim to state Senate draws reaction on Facebook
By Hannah Eason and Sravan Gannavarapu (VCU Capital News Service) Days after Virginia’s legislative elections, anti-Muslim comments flooded news stories about Ghazala Hashmi becoming the first Muslim to serve in the state Senate, with hundreds of Facebook users linking her to terrorism and saying it was a “sad day”... Read more
Ross wants gun rights for felons, yes to Confederate statues
State Senate District 16 doesn’t feature conventional candidates. Disbarred attorney Joe Morrissey, 62, and his former employee, Waylin Ross, are squaring off Nov. 5 in a race to replace state Sen. Rosalyn Dance, whom Morrissey dispatched in the Democratic Party primary on June 11. Ross, 29, filed signatures to... Read more
Q &A: How will you balance development and “smart growth” with community needs?
Shajuan Mason, Matoaca (D) I would balance development by having more data surrounding the needs of the community and how the proposed development will address that need. I would have a separate commission conduct a needs assessment. The needs assessment would address how the proposed development would impact neighborhoods,... Read more
Davenport, Miles vying for commonwealth’s attorney
Stacey Davenport Age: 42 Status: Married with two children Why I should be elected? I am the only candidate in this race who supports keeping School Resource Officers in our schools to keep our children and teachers safe. I am the only candidate with the ability to rebuild the... Read more