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Gade wins primary; Virginia Beach GOP will pick new chairperson

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS “Winning is awesome, right?” professor of public administration and policy and Army combat veteran Daniel Gade asked supporters on Tuesday, June 23, after an overwhelming victory to be the Republican Party nominee to face incumbent U.S. Sen.… Continue Reading

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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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Us: The Rev. Dr. James Allen of the Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference

BY JAMES ALLEN VIRGINIA BEACH — I write this as we approach another Memorial Day, when service men and women are putting their lives on the line for all of us, and I am reminded of one thing that stays… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: After a divisive election, how we might run tomorrow’s race

BY J.R. HOEFT Consider this an opportunity and a wakeup call. If President Trump’s post-election press conference is any indication, in his mind, it will be neither. Despite an outstanding economy, strong foreign policy and two appointments to the Supreme… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: When a scammer reached out to me, I reached back with a quid pro quo

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The day before our nation celebrated independence from the Crown, I got an urgent email that seemed to be from the president of a university where I teach. Except maybe I should mention this email came… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: We need to look into our own hearts while searching for moral ideals in divided American times

BY J.R. HOEFT   It’s been difficult to avoid the drama surrounding President Donald Trump, the nuances associated with those who are investigating him and a whirlwind of other misguided events that have been in the spotlight. Honestly, I have… Continue Reading

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Amid “Trump wave” washing over Virginia, GOP’s Knight wins in the 81st House District; Davis returns in 84th House District; victory for incumbents in Virginia Beach constitutional offices

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, chose state Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, to return in the 81st House District, but he said it was a bittersweet victory as other Virginia Republicans fell — including at… Continue Reading

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Editorial: President Trump reminds the nation how character counts

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS President Trump designated Sunday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 21, as National Character Counts Week in a proclamation that cannot be faulted. “Our actions – often done first out of duty – become habits ingrained in the… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Rhetoric is a tool that is only as good as the person using it

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The words we use matter, and there is a word I care about that is unfairly maligned in our increasingly partisan discourse. That word is rhetoric, misused by opponents of certain ideas as shorthand for what… Continue Reading