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Political Notebook: Northam unmasked; new VB candidates; Mattis cites wrong Federalist paper; rubricated for emphasis

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — So Notebook penned a column a couple weeks ago urging folks to please be cool at the beach and follow the rules, etc., because it would be awfully bad if Gov. Ralph Northam pulled the… Continue Reading

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2020 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — This has been an odd year for all of us, and the pandemic has complicated a great many things, such as running for public office. The Independent News seeks to run robust Q&As for local offices,… Continue Reading

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2020 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates in the GOP primary for the 2nd Virginia House District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — This has been an odd year for all of us, and the pandemic has complicated a great many things, such as running for public office. The Independent News seeks to run robust Q&As for local offices,… Continue Reading

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Breaking: Rouse ends campaign to be Virginia Beach mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — City Councilmember Aaron Rouse is ending his campaign for mayor of Virginia Beach. Rouse today made the announcement in a social media statement that initially caused some confusion about whether he was dropping out. The… Continue Reading

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Political Notebook: Dem prez primary absentee voting; fines for late reports by VB pols; School Board candidate bows out

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Absentee voting for Virginia’s Tuesday, March 3, Democratic Party presidential primary is underway in Virginia Beach — and voting opportunities will expand in the coming month. More on that in a moment. First, a word about a… Continue Reading

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Stolle letter: Virginia Beach nonprofit group that endorsed pols on Election Day may have violated state election law

Ed. — This story first appeared in the Friday, Jan. 17, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A letter by Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle says a group formed by a member of the School Board may have violated… Continue Reading

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In Virginia Beach, questions remain about political activities by nonprofit ‘teachers’ group

Ed. — This story appeared in the Friday, Nov. 29, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Weeks after Election Day, questions remain about the political activities and policy goals of a nonprofit organization that quietly was formed by a… Continue Reading

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Group claiming to represent educators makes surprise endorsements, raising questions about its political advocacy; commonwealth’s attorney reviewing complaint

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Friday, Nov. 15, print edition. The VBTA has not responded to requests for information detailed below. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Early on Election Day, state Del. Barry Knight, R-81st District, drove… Continue Reading

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Berlucchi wins special election in Rose Hall District to keep seat on Virginia Beach City Council

BY JULIE TAYLOR VIRGINIA BEACH — Michael Berlucchi will continue to represent the Rose Hall District on the Virginia Beach City Council in the year to come. Berlucchi handily defeated challenger C. Conrad Schesventer II, according to unofficial returns from… Continue Reading

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Knight wins in 81st Virginia House District, unofficial returns show, though Myers campaign says it will await review of numbers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — State Del. Barry Knight, a Republican, won reelection in the 81st House District on Tuesday, Nov. 5, according to unofficial returns reported this morning by the state elections department. Knight, a farmer from Back Bay, defeated… Continue Reading