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Editorial: After secrecy in light rail fight, greater transparency is needed in Virginia’s campaign finance law

POSITION: A bill to end an exemption for some nonprofits seeking to influence referenda could mean our public policy and spending choices will be made by better-informed citizens. It deserves support in Richmond. Every Virginian should know who is paying to influence… Continue Reading

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DeSteph bill would end exemption for nonprofit advocacy that kept voters in the dark during light rail referendum

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – State Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-8th District, has introduced a bill to change language in Virginia law that can let some nonprofit groups shield the identities of financial backers and the extent of their spending to… Continue Reading

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The Princess Anne Independent News joins the Virginia Press Association

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — The Princess Anne Independent News, a community newspaper founded two years ago to serve southern Virginia Beach, is now an associate member of the Virginia Press Association. The association is a professional organization representing more than… Continue Reading

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Airbnb request to be included in Virginia Beach legislative requests; Henley objects to committee

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach property owners who rent out their homes through online platforms such as Airbnb must register with the revenue commissioner here and collect lodging taxes or face penalties under a code change approved this… Continue Reading

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A letter to residents of the Virginia 81st House District from Del. Knight

Ed. Note – State Del. Barry Knight, a Republican, represents the 81st State House District. BY BARRY KNIGHT RICHMOND — It is my honor and privilege to serve my friends and neighbors in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. It is a truly… Continue Reading

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A few resources for last minute voters with little information on doing so

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Beach voters can look at their ballots for the general election today by visiting the voter registrar’s slice of vbgov.com. The General Assembly is up for election, and the city will have a total of… Continue Reading

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Belote, DeSteph hope to follow McWaters in 8th state senate district

BY AMY POULTER COURTHOUSE — Two candidates from Virginia Beach are running to claim the Eighth District seat now held by state Sen. Jeff McWaters, a Republican who is retiring.  Democrat Dave Belote, a retired Air Force officer, and Republican Bill… Continue Reading

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Elections: Incumbent Del. Knight faces Green Party’s Staples in 81st House District

BY JOSH WHITENER COURTHOUSE — State Del. Barry Knight, a Republican seeking his fourth term, faces Green Party challenger Jeff Staples in the Nov. 3 election in the 81st House District. Knight, a Pungo native, is a farmer and businessman who also… Continue Reading

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A recent City Council matter could lift spirits in rural Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The introduction of an amendment to allow farm distilleries under the city zoning code, based on a change by the General Assembly to the state code, led to some discussion this past month at City Hall. Not… Continue Reading