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Notebook: Virginia Beach GOP backs candidates in nonpartisan local races; Wagner has fundraising edge in mayor’s race

Ed. — From the Sunday, Sept. 20, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — The Republican Party of Virginia Beach recently endorsed a number of candidates in nonpartisan local races on the general election ballot this year.  The endorsed candidates… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Curtis tops Frost in second vote to be new chair of city GOP; VBEA-PACE endorsements; don’t vote twice, NC peeps

Ed. — This first appeared in the Sunday, Sept. 6, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — The new chairperson of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach is Bill Curtis, a financial resources manager for the Navy and retired naval… Continue Reading

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VB City Council and School Board elections are nonpartisan, but party committees back candidates

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — On a Saturday this past month, one of two candidates to become the chairperson of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach met with supporters at Mom’s Kitchen, a restaurant in a strip mall on… Continue Reading

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Notebook: VB GOP vote for new chair needs do-over; Franklin on ballot for Kempsville SB; Owen bows out of at-large council race

Ed. — This originally appeared in the Sunday, July 19, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Hot mess ahead. The Republican Party of Virginia Beach on Monday, July 13, held a vote during its mass meeting to name a successor… Continue Reading

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Column: Overcoming inequality, the knee on the neck of Black America

BY BILL CURTIS VIRGINIA BEACH — Thomas Paine, a Virginian and an American revolutionary, penned a pamphlet titled “The Crisis” on Dec. 23, 1776, that captured the imagination of people in the Colonies who were on the verge of defeat by… Continue Reading

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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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Us: Republican Party of Virginia Beach Chairperson Tina Mapes

BY TINA MAPES Time and talent are probably the most valuable things you can give to any organization or candidate for public office. For most volunteers who care about government, the return is priceless. I am the chairperson for the… 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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Democrat Fowler defeats incumbent Villanueva in the 21st House District

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Political newcomer Kelly Fowler — a Democrat inspired to seek office after participating in the Women’s March on Washington — defeated incumbent state Del. Ron Villanueva in the 21st House District on Tuesday, Nov. 7. “This… Continue Reading

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Voting district or ballot question? The Virginia Beach registrar — and local parties — are happy to help

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Dave Belote, chair of the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee, is among the local elections and political party officials who encounter voters who sometimes do not know what state legislative district they live within. Belote said… Continue Reading