Author: Ryan Alessi

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Democratic candidates ‘nerd out’ in final pitches to voters, as their supporters’ resolve hardens

With few major policy differences between them, Cathy Copeland and Brent Finnegan have settled on making their closing arguments in next week’s Democratic primary about who gives Democrats the best shot to defeat Republican Del. Tony Wilt of Broadway in November.

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City’s groundbreaking restorative justice program offers second chances and accountability as alternative to criminal charges

Pierre Mbala and two friends were headed to get pizza on an overcast, chilly Thursday in late March, 2018. On the way, they stopped at a convenience store for a soda or maybe some candy, and to taste the freedom that comes with being 17.

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Certain plastics are the latest casualty as Harrisonburg feels more effects of the shifting global recycling landscape

Once again, the global marketplace for recycled materials has caused a ripple effect in Harrisonburg — this time ending collection of No. 3 through No. 7 plastics like yogurt cups and certain microwave-safe containers. It’s also a change that will send tons more trash to the landfill.

Cline tells area Republicans he’s trying to counter the ‘radical left’ in Congress and defend Trump’s agenda

While U.S. Rep. Ben Cline said it’s “depressing being in the minority,” he told his fellow Harrisonburg-area Republicans on Friday evening that he’s been proud to support President Donald Trump’s efforts to build a border wall and to oppose “one bad bill after another.”

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.

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.

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.

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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