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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for the 21st Virginia House District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for 21st District of the Virginia House of Delegates in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions in this series generally… 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

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Dyer seeks state support for plan to turn Building 2 into police offices, bring displaced city workers into other offices following mass shooting

Ed. — This archived story originally ran in the July 5 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Virginia Beach is appealing to the state for money to help restore the municipal center in the wake of the Friday, May 31, mass… Continue Reading

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Column: Celebrating our nation and the ideals of equality, justice and freedom

BY BILL DESTEPH Two months ago, I joined over 300 members of our law enforcement community on a 250-mile bicycle ride across Virginia. The journey raised money for an incredible organization, Law Enforcement United, which supports the children and families… Continue Reading

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Turpin and Kiggans will face each other in November race to replace Wagner in the 7th Virginia Senate District

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE TOWN CENTER — Cheryl Turpin, a school teacher who flipped the 85th State House District from red to blue two years ago, will try to do the same in the 7th State Senate District after defeating two… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: The rules are there— and those serving districts should be, too

BY J.R. HOEFT Virginia Beach, from my lofty perch in Chesapeake, sometimes does act confounding. It is a simple principle – and profoundly and intrinsically American – that you live in the district you desire to represent.  And you follow… Continue Reading

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Wagner: State senator from Virginia Beach will not seek reelection

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH – State Sen. Frank Wagner, a Republican from Virginia Beach, announced on Thursday, March 7, that he will not seek reelection to the 7th District seat he has represented since 2001. Including time in the… Continue Reading

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Sandbridge aside, Virginia Beach taking more time to weigh potential for regulating short term rentals

Ed. — This story appeared in print on March 16, 2018. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach City Council will take more time to determine how it could regulate short-term rentals, an issue felt in the rise of massive… Continue Reading

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Wagner: Help 2 million Virginians with tax credit, not just 400,000 through Medicaid expansion alone

Ed. — State Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach, signaled support for a state budget that includes Medicaid expansion with the following statement on Friday, April 6, which has been edited for style and clarity. He suggested including a tax credit for insured working… Continue Reading

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Henley: Virginia Beach must save the agricultural reserve program due to, not despite, concern about flooding

BY BARBARA HENLEY VIRGINIA BEACH — We’ve come to take our agricultural reserve program for granted. Time has passed and there has been a lot of turnover of people, so the value of it is not fully understood. Our ARP was… Continue Reading