Author: Ryan Alessi

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Wilt, Copeland and Finnegan give JMU students a preview of their 26th District campaigns

In a sneak peek of the 26th District state delegate race, Republican incumbent Tony Wilt and the two Democrats competing for the right to challenge Wilt all road-tested their distinct approaches on Thursday, even if the trio largely avoided debating each other over the issues.

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Power is money: HEC, city leaders to consider financial effects of city schools’ solar project

Nearly two months after the Harrisonburg City School Board announced its massive solar development, sealing the deal will require more talk between leaders at the school board, the city and the Harrisonburg Electric Commission about how it could financially affect all three intertwined entities.

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After winning the election and ‘worst lottery’ ever, Cline begins congressional journey

Ben Cline spent part of December reaching out to his new constituents, starting with the four communities he lost in November as the longtime Republican state delegate from Lexington prepared to go to Congress. But the Washington experience, which officially begins with his swearing in Thursday, will likely get tougher for Cline as he enters the minority party caucus in a divided Congress and amid a government shutdown.

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Five key storylines for Hburg residents to watch on Election Night

Candidates frequently use the old cliché: The only poll that matters is on Election Day. Voters will reveal those results of that all-important poll tomorrow. In the meantime, here are the main plots and subplots to pay attention to as vote tallies start rolling in Tuesday evening.

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In EMU forum, city council candidates agree on concepts, separate themselves on details

The five city council candidates spent much of Tuesday night’s forum agreeing with one another on issues like completing the Northend Greenway and police recruitment and retention, while still seeking to distinguish themselves through nuances in their answers.  

The next month will be make-or-break for Skyline Literacy’s English and citizenship programs

Community support and donations over next month will determine to what degree—or even if—Skyline Literacy can continue providing reading and citizenship courses for community members next year, board members said Monday.  

Council candidates offer different philosophies in ways they should – and can – help immigrants

Saturday’s city council immigrant forum revealed a philosophical gap between the five candidates – not necessarily over political ideology – but more broadly in how they view the relationship between government and citizens. The candidates, who are vying for two seats in the Nov. 6 election,  also differed over the council’s ability to actually affect certain issues, including access to health care and federal immigration policy.

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