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Protesters urge council to back off of proposal that could affect panhandlers; New budget calls for 6% increase; And recycling is on the move

About 25 people, holding signs with slogans such as “homeless rights are human rights” and “housing not handcuffs,” marched to council chambers from Court Square Tuesday in opposition of a proposed ordinance that was introduced to city council at their last meeting.

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Let the legislative races begin! Several Valley-area seats feature competitive primaries, other candidates are already looking to November

The ballots are set for the contenders vying for legislative seats representing the Valley. And the action on the campaign trail will increase soon, especially for “firehouse primary” in April that will decide the Republican nominee in the 25thState Delegate District that covers southern Rockingham County.

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City leaders back remembrance of Hburg’s lynching victim and discuss criminal justice issues at Tuesday’s meeting

Council members offered support at Tuesday’s meeting to a civic project memorializing Charlotte Harris, a victim of a public lynching in Harrisonburg 141 years ago.

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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.

Airbnb properties are one step closer to being regulated, and Council finally ends HEC commissioner saga

Short term rentals in Harrisonburg, including Airbnb properties and vacation rentals, will soon be regulated by special use permits – if a new proposed city ordinance passes its second reading at the next city council meeting.

JMU prof & Augusta supervisor joins crowded 25th House District race

On Thursday afternoon, a fifth candidate formally announced his candidacy for the 25th District House of Delegates seat, vacated after surprise announcement from Del. Steve Landes (R-Verona) that he will not seek re-election in November. Marshall Pattie, an associate professor of management at James Madison University and member of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors, made his announcement at First Witness Security in Mount Sidney.

Unexpected retirement prompts candidate scramble in the 25th House district

At his campaign launch event yesterday in Bridgewater, Chris Runion handed out his regular business card from Eddie Edwards Signs, where he’s president. It’s been a busy few days, he said. There hasn’t been time yet to throw together a card for the House of Delegates race he’s just scrambled into, after the unexpected announcement that Del. Steve Landes would not run for reelection.

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