On Sunday, February 27, 2011, the General Assembly approved amendments to the Governor’s introduced 2010-2012 Biennium budget that includes additional funds for James Madison University and higher education in the Commonwealth.
Sen. Mark Obenshain’s bill that would have privatized state-owned liquor stores in Virginia was killed in committee Friday morning. SB1272 had the support of Gov. Bob McDonnell, who toured Virginia last year to promote the plan. The Washington Post reports that Friday’s rejection came as no surprise. Rosalind Helderman writes: The development was widely anticipated [...]
Community Announcement from Virginia Organizing: Harrisonburg, VA- Virginia Organizing is hosting an immigration forum on Tuesday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg. The forum will focus on preserving immigrants’ rights in the face of a slew of anti-immigrant and anti-democratic bills currently making their way through the 2011 Virginia [...]
Referendums. Those pesky little surprises that blind side us at the ballot box on Election Day. Meals tax? What meals tax? On November 2nd voters in Harrisonburg and throughout the state will face three referendum items that if passed will modify the state’s constitution. These items have already been passed by the state House and [...]
In 2007, Harrisonburg City Council passed a resolution asking General Assembly to cap payday loan interest rates at 36 percent. At tonight’s council meeting, members could vote to reiterate that request to Richmond.
Del. Todd Gilbert fanned the flames of a debate over farmer’s rights and water quality at a Young Farmers expo in Woodstock this past weekend. The Republican delegate from Virginia’s 15th House district criticized legislators’ and regulators’ efforts to reduce farm runoff (animal manure) from the barn to the Bay.
According to election results on SBE, Republican Tony Wilt swept the county vote 4,220 to 779, and will become the next delegate to represent the 26th House district. Democratic Party candidate Kai Degner carried the city by a narrow 42-vote margin. Wilt carried three of the five city precincts. District-wide, Wilt defeated Degner 65.79 to [...]
Human error caused this morning’s problems with voting in all five Harrisonburg precincts, according to city election officials. Precinct officers were unable to use city-issued laptops to check the status of incoming voters for more than an hour, but things are now back to normal.
Polls are open in the 26th district for the House of Delegates special election. Voters will select a delegate for the seat previously held by Republican Matt Lohr. But several voters have reported problems at the polls in the city early Tuesday morning. According to unconfirmed reports, the software the poll workers were using crashed [...]