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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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Abbott: Let Virginia Beach citizens say via referendum whether district voting should change

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach City Council may consider putting a referendum on the November ballot that could lead to big changes to the way people choose local elected leaders representing specific voting districts. A proposal by… Continue Reading

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The local candidates in Virginia Beach races; Burns stays on ballot after petition review

Ed. — Cheryl Turpin has announced that she will not run for City Council in the Rose Hall District since this originally appeared in print in the Sunday, June 21, print edition. This is an archived version of the initial… Continue Reading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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Divided Virginia Beach City Council backs symbolic Second Amendment resolution

Ed. — This initially ran in the Friday, Jan. 17, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — A divided City Council — following in the footsteps of more than 100 other local governments around the commonwealth — this month passed a resolution voicing… Continue Reading

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Elections: Beach District council candidates address rural issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY –  Two current members of the Virginia Beach City Council addressed the concerns of rural voters – including farmland preservation, flooding and district representation – during a forum at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex on… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Beach District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Beach District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council in the special election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions… Continue Reading

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Moss proposal would require members of City Council to resign before running for another seat

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Friday, Oct. 4, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Members of the Virginia Beach City Council would have to resign before running for another council seat under a plan proposed amid… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council candidate wants courts to kick two others in race for Beach District seat off the ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch, a businessperson who has run for local office unsuccesfully in the past, recently said he liked his odds this year in a three-person race to represent the Beach District on the Virginia… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Finance director raising political money for state delegate facing reelection has the same name as the opponent; cue the confusion

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — There are two Shannon Kanes in the fair city of Virginia Beach who are involved in the same political contest this year. One Shannon Kane is a candidate challenging an incumbent state delegate. The other… Continue Reading