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May 10, 2011

Frederick County Report: May 11, 2011

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May 4, 2011

The Sherando Times: May 5, 2011

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May 2, 2011

What are YOUR thoughts on 9-11 and the death of Osama bin Laden?

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By Dan McDermott
Publisher

Warren County Report and The Sherando Times are interested in your thoughts as we reflect on an awful Sept. day almost a decade ago and the news of the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

Where were you when you heard about the 9-11 attacks? And what went through your mind as you learned last night or this morning that the man responsible had finally met his fate?

Please leave your comments below.  All will be considered for publication.  Your real name and town are encouraged.

Please keep it clean.

Note: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and members of the President’s National Security team will hold a press briefing scheduled for 1:45 p.m. today. It will be streamed live at LynchburgTimes.com.

April 26, 2011

The Sherando Times: April 27, 2011

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April 20, 2011

The Sherando Times: April 20, 2011

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April 15, 2011

McDonnell vetoes gerrymandered redistricting plan (FULL TEXT)

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By Dan McDermott
The Sherando Times

Gov. Bob McDonnell has vetoed General Assembly redistricting plans saying that he has “significant issues” with the senate reapportionment plan.

While the House of Delegates redistricting plan passed with bipartisan support, the senate plan was criticized for efforts to gerrymander democrats into safe districts and put four Republican senators into two districts. In one case, Sen. Steve Newman of Forest and Sen. Ralph Smith of Roanoke were put into a sprawling district that would have been a four hour round trip from Lynchburg to the West Virginia state line with much of the path through Jefferson National Forest.

In vetoing House Bill 5001, McDonnell sent both chambers’ plans back since they were in the same bill. While McDonnell indicated that the house plan would benefit from some tweaking, the Republican Gov. praised its less partisan approach.

Specifically, McDonnell said the proposed senate districts were not compact and did not properly preserve locality lines and communities of interest.

In a statement released shortly after McDonnell’s announcement, Sen. Newman said McDonnel’s veto was “a wise decision given the impact the Senate plan would have imposed on many of the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

“If an individual near the West Virginia border must travel to Central Virginia to see his or her state senator, a part of our democracy is lost. Similarly if a person on Main Street in Lynchburg must seek out their state senator down near the North Carolina border when three other senators are closer, it diminishes trust in the representative system,” he said.

The Senate plan passed on a straight party-line vote.

Redistricting plans are available online here.

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April 13, 2011

The Sherando Times: April 13, 2011

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April 6, 2011

The Sherando Times: April 6, 2011

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March 30, 2011

(AUDIO) McDonnell talks Clay Athey, Steve Newman, redistricting, Jens Soering, Va. Retirement System, autism and VCU

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By Dan McDermott
The Sherando Times

LYNCHBURG — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell spoke to reporters Wed. March 30 at a ribbon cutting in Lynchburg just one day after Senate Democrats and House Republicans released their respective plans for new legislative lines in the Commonwealth.

The senate plan groups four Republicans into two senate districts. In one case, Sen. Steve Newman’s district runs two hours from Lynchburg through the Jefferson National Forest to the West Virginia state line and includes the home of Sen. Ralph Smith.

McDonnell said he hadn’t looked at the plans closely but said they must be contiguous, compact and meet the legal qualifications of the Federal Voting Rights Act.

Gov. McDonnell addressed his long-time advisor and colleague Del. Clay Athey’s decision not to seek re-election this fall. McDonnell said Athey indicated that he would most likely retire two months ago and his Warren County district has been divided among four neighboring delegates.

McDonnell said the Virginia Retirement system needs to be changed or it will run out of money and that convicted murderer Jens Soering should remain in prison and in Virginia.

McDonnell says he has made several recommendations for changes to a bill for autism insurance and that he is headed for Texas Saturday to watch the VCU game.

Complete transcript and audio are at McDermottReport.com

The Sherando Times: March 30, 2011

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