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Primaries: Democratic candidates stress Medicaid expansion during forum hosted by party committee

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the Tuesday, June 13, primary elections for two Virginia House of Delegates races say Medicaid expansion is a major concern for their campaigns. Candidates Kimberly Anne Tucker and… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach officials tell Sandbridge civic league members sand replenishment is planned for 2018

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – City officials this past month briefed civic league members on plans to conduct the next major sand replenishment project here. The target remains 2018 — though whether federal dollars will help is uncertain. Dan Adams, coastal… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge beach may get more sand next year, but will there be federal help when it comes time to pay the bill?

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Since the days before the modern city, Virginia Beach has paid to add more sand to the beach – and it ultimately entered into formal arrangements with the federal government that include cost sharing and cooperation… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Use of anonymous sources sometimes a moral choice for journalists, seldom an easy one

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — There is discussion of anonymous sources on the national scene, which is timely because I made a decision to use an unidentified source in a story published earlier this month in an edition of The Independent… Continue Reading

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Column: As an introvert marches in Washington, meeting others matters more than speeches

BY ERICA HOWELL WASHINGTON — “Life begins where your comfort zone ends.” This is the mantra I repeated to myself in the days leading up to the Women’s March on Washington. As an introvert, participating in this march was far outside… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: A modest proposal related to registration

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — President-elect Donald Trump in 2015 said he wouldn’t rule out compiling a registration of Muslim people in the U.S. Now it looks like registration is being discussed, at least among some of his supporters, though the extent of what might… Continue Reading

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Column: ‘Sense of the people’? Indeed, the Electoral College still works

BY JIM HOEFT CHESAPEAKE — “It was desirable that the sense of the people should operate in the choice of the person to whom so important a trust was to be confided,” Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 68, the paper known… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: A mural in Virginia Beach’s Back Bay has its critic(s)

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I am writing about a mural in Back Bay that I decided not to write about some months ago. It’s the one that says “NEVER HILLARY!!” In part, it shows the sort of wall some folks think… Continue Reading