Sturtevant an ‘independent voice,’ Hashmi on the left
In the race for state Senate District 10, which includes a northern section of the Dale District, incumbent Glen Sturtevant, R-Midlothian, labeled himself an “independent voice” while Democrat challenger Ghazala Hashmi, also of Midlothian, laid out a liberal agenda during a VPM forum Oct. 9. Sturtevant is an attorney... Read more
‘Totally … opposite ends of the spectrum’
House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, and Democratic challenger Sheila Bynum-Coleman squared off during a candidate forum hosted Oct. 9 by VPM. The District 66 race could decide control of the House of Delegates, which the Republican Party has held since 1999. Cox said it was important that Republicans... Read more
‘The Chase is on, with a few Miles left before its Pohl time’
I enjoy turning a phrase. Being a wordsmith has its privileges. Nov. 5 is right around the corner, and Chesterfield voters could have a big say in which party controls the state Legislature for the next two years. Since the Republicans only have a tenuous one-seat advantage in both... Read more
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, and House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax County, responded last week to the state’s recent No. 1 ranking by CNBC in its annual business rankings of the 50 states. The top ranking is determined following an extensive study... Read more
Social media: Guns, rape and marijuana: Candidates criticized for FB posts
Social media posts seem to have taken on added importance for political candidates. This was signified by a couple of local state Senate candidates who were criticized last week for controversial posts. Sen. Amanda Chase, a Republican from Senate District 11, and independent Waylin K. Ross, who is challenging... Read more
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will begin accepting applications for the Beehive Distribution Program on July 1. The program provides free beehive equipment to Virginia residents. The 2019 General Assembly approved $125,000 for the program for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The program... Read more
Focus on Petersburg brings victory: Morrissey will face his former legislative aide in November
Should he be the new senator for state Senate District 16, Joe Morrissey – who last week won the Democratic Party nomination – wants to be known as “Senator Pothole.” Morrissey – a controversial former state delegate who has twice lost his law license and was convicted of a... Read more
Caleb’s Corner: Primary day is upon us
The June 11 primary election is Tuesday. Since Virginia has “open” primaries, most voters in Chesterfield County will be able to vote for at least one race, depending on where they live. Senate District 16 voters will most likely choose their next senator on June 11, since no Republican... Read more
Dance, Morrissey competing for state Senate seat
Senate District 16 residents will likely decide their next senator in the June 11 Democratic primary, as no Republicans filed for the seat. The independent filing deadline is June 11. Incumbent Democrat Rosalyn “Roz” Dance is being challenged by former Del. “Fighting Joe” Morrissey. Both are running as Democrats.... Read more
Two Democrats seeking SD11 nomination
Two Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination on June 11 in state Senate District 11, with the winner set to challenge first-term Republican incumbent Amanda Chase on Nov. 5. Chase defeated incumbent Stephen Martin and challenger Barry Moore in the Grand Old Party’s primary in 2015 and defeated... Read more