Luria defeats Taylor in Virginia 2nd Congressional District rematch

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, Nov. 15, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria defeated former U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, her predecessor who became challenger in trying to win back the seat,… Continue Reading


Taylor tops among three in GOP primary, rematch set with Luria

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Former U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor, a Virginia Beach Republican and business consultant who served as a U.S. Navy SEAL and was voted out of office two years ago, will now get a rematch with… Continue Reading


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


Political Notebook: Just say no to politicking during Pungo Strawberry Festival; everybody runs for Congress in N.C.; basket of power

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Gather round, candidates for local offices that are on the ballot this year, and let Notebook tell you a tale of tempted fate and little red plastic hats with stickers on them. A few years ago, U.S.… Continue Reading


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


Column: It’s the economy, stupid; but is it really so for Virginia voters?

BY J.R. HOEFT Next month, voters across Virginia and the country will exercise their right to choose their government. “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed,” writes Jefferson in The Declaration of… Continue Reading


City man accused of threatening Virginia Beach member of Congress after discussion about pot policy

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A city man upset about pot policy is accused of threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor. Wallace G. Godwin was arrested after he visited the Virginia Beach Republican’s office this past week and… Continue Reading


Hoeft: We have much in common, Virginia Beach — and much to discuss

BY J.R. HOEFT CHESAPEAKE — We live in an era that seems to reward the sound bite and the tweet. The more staccato and abrasive you are with your language, the more you are rewarded with attention. I am not that… Continue Reading


Letter: Trumpcare is a hazard to our health and our pocketbooks

Dear Editor: Some members of Congress claim the American Health Care Act (AHCA) reduces healthcare costs relative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We are physicians and scholars from Hampton Roads who have examined healthcare policy, and we believe the… Continue Reading