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Statement of Del. Ben Cline on passage of sanctuary cities legislation

Del. Ben Cline (R-24) issued the following statement today regarding passage by the Virginia Senate of HB 1257, legislation banning sanctuary cities in Virginia.


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Ben Cline Sanctuary Cities bill passes House of Delegates

Delegate Ben Cline (R-24) issued the following statement today regarding the passage of his legislation (HB 1257) banning sanctuary cities in Virginia.


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Former AG nominee endorses Ben Cline for Sixth District GOP nomination

Ben Cline, Republican candidate for Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District, announced today that John Adams, the 2017 Republican Attorney General nominee, has endorsed his campaign.


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Denver Riggleman endorses Ben Cline for Congress

Ben Cline, Republican candidate for Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District, today announced that former gubernatorial candidate and small business owner Denver Riggleman has endorsed his campaign.


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Ben Cline statement on Incumbent Protection Act ruling

State Del. Ben Cline, a candidate for the Sixth District Republican congressional nomination, offered the following comment on the Incumbent Protection Act ruling.


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Money race: Ben Cline raises $108,000 in fourth quarter of 2017

Ben Cline, Republican candidate for Virginia’s Sixth Congressional district, today announced that his campaign raised over $108,000 during the fourth quarter of 2017. Over 75% of individual donors live in the Sixth District. The campaign ended the fundraising period with over $78,000 cash on hand.


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Ben Cline appointed chairman of House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee

Del. Ben Cline (R-24) has been appointed chairman of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee for the Virginia House of Delegates.


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Roanoke, Lynchburg area sheriffs endorse Ben Cline for Congress

Ben Cline has picked up the endorsements of several sheriffs and former sheriffs in the Roanoke and Lynchburg areas for his bid for the Sixth District Republican congressional nomination.


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Senate votes to defund Planned Parenthood

The Virginia Senate passed Rockbridge Republican Del. Ben Cline’s HB 1090, which would defund Planned Parenthood affiliates in Virginia.


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Senate committee votes to defund Planned Parenthood

The Senate Committee on Education & Health voted Thursday to report a bill that would defund women’s health centers across Virginia, including Planned Parenthood affiliates.


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House of Delegates votes to defund Planned Parenthood

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill that prohibits public funding of clinics that provide abortions for cases other than rape, incest, or life-endangerment.


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Republicans sweep local legislative races: Maintain control of House, Senate

Republicans Dickie Bell, Ben Cline and Steve Landes easily won re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates, and State Sen. Mark Obenshain won re-election to the State Senate in a landslide.


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Donor profiles telling in Cline-Arthur 24th House District race?

The Ellen Arthur 24th House District campaign is pointing to recent campaign finance filings to suggest an interesting picture of how the race for the Virginia General Assembly seat is playing out.


Friends of Augusta endorses Ellen Arthur in 24th House District race

Friends of Augusta has endorsed Democratic Party nominee Ellen Arthur for the 24th District House of Delegates.


Democrat Ellen Arthur presses debate issue in 24th House District race

Ellen Arthur, Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in the 24th District, announced today that she has officially accepted invitations to formally debate her opponent, Republican Del. Ben Cline, from three politically neutral hosts: the Lexington News-Gazette, Washington and Lee University in Lexington, and Sweet Briar College in Amherst.


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Virginia Citizens Defense League releases pro-gun ratings

The Virginia Citizens Defense League released its General Assembly candidate ratings this week. 20th House District Libertarian candidate Will Hammer was given a “very pro-gun” rating, which is the highest the organization rewards candidates.


Democrat Ellen Arthur accepts debate invite in 24th House District race

Ellen Arthur, the Democratic Party nominee for the 24th District in Virginia’s House of Delegates, announced Wednesday that she has accepted an invitation from The Lexington News-Gazette to participate in a formal debate with her opponent, Del. Ben Cline, in advance of the November 3 election.


Ellen Arthur wants debate in the 24th House District

Ellen Arthur, the Democratic Party nominee for the House of Delegates seat in the 24th District, announced that she is ready and willing to schedule a date to debate her opponent, Republican Del. Ben Cline.


Ellen Arthur kicks off campaign for 24th District House of Delegates seat

Ellen Arthur, who is retiring after 35 years as a practicing attorney in Lexington and vicinity, will kick off her campaign for the Democratic nomination for the 24th District House of Delegates seat currently occupied by Republican Ben Cline on Thursday April 2 at 1 p.m. in front of the Augusta County Courthouse in Staunton, 1 East Johnson Street.


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General Assembly passes bill from Herring, Cline to protect domestic violence victims

The General Assembly passed a bill from Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Delegate Ben Cline (24-Rockbridge) to protect victims of domestic violence by denying bail for individuals charged with felony strangulation.


Local legislators support Linda Schorsch Jones for judicial appointment

Sen. Emmett Hanger, Del. Steven Landes, Del. Dickie Bell, and Del. Ben Cline announced their support of Linda Schorsch Jones for appointment as Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge for the 25th Judicial Circuit.


Will Hammer: Corporate cronyism on full display by both parties

Two headlines this week concerning elected officials on both sides of the aisle highlight the cronyism inherent within our government.


Sam Rasoul joins in formation of Ben Franklin Liberty Caucus

Roanoke Democratic Del. Sam Rasoul joined other legislators in the General Assembly to co-found the Ben Franklin Liberty Caucus.


Cuccinelli puts AG office budget online for public review

Looks like somebody’s back hard at it in the office. Ken Cuccinelli, still attorney general for a few more weeks, today unveiled a program to put his office budget on the web for public inspection. The budget data is from July 2011 through the last complete quarter, September 2013.


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Chamber hosts legislative breakfast

The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Winter Legislative Breakfast at The Legacy at North Augusta (1410-A North Augusta Street, Staunton) on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 8-9:30 a.m.


Cline recognized by law-enforcement group

Del. Ben L. Cline received the Outstanding Legislative Service Award by the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association. He was one of two delegates selected by the Association to receive this prestigious award because of his support for sheriffs and deputy sheriffs across the Commonwealth.


Cline kicks off re-election bid with manufacturing tour

Del. Ben Cline (R-24) today officially kicked off his campaign for re-election to the House of Delegates this November with a focus on creating jobs and accelerating Virginia’s economic recovery. Del. Cline was joined by Congressman Bob Goodlatte as he toured three local manufacturers in the 24th House District. “It has been an honor for […]


Campaign finance: GOP incumbents report cash totals

A look at campaign-finance numbers for the upcoming 2011 Virginia General Assembly elections shows long-time Republican State Sen. Emmett Hanger in the best money position among local incumbents. Hanger reported $98,448 in cash on hand as of March 31, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. Hanger, R-Mount Solon, has a proven ability to raise […]


McDonnell backs local delegate on balanced-budget amendment

A resolution proposed by Rockbridge Republican Del. Ben Cline that calls on Congress to pass an amendment to the United States Constitution requiring it to adopt a balanced budget has the support of Gov. Bob McDonnell. “Over the last two years, the federal government has added approximately $3.37 trillion to the national debt, making the […]


The AFP on WREL: McDonnell for president?

Editor Chris Graham joins WREL’s “Online with Jim Bresnahan” for their weekly look at the latest news in Virginia politics. The segment begins with a discussion of an interview done by the Washington Post of Gov. Bob McDonnell in which McDonnell sidestepped a question on whatever interest he might have in a spot on the […]


Cline: ‘Skins suite seats misused by Lottery staff

State Del. Ben Cline, R-24th District, announced today that he had received confirmation of recent actions by Virginia Lottery employees in which luxury skybox suite seats reserved for winners of the Redskins Legacy game were misused by Lottery staff. Cline also announced that he would be asking for an independent audit of the Virginia Lottery […]


Legislative breakfast

The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce invites you and your guests to attend the Legislative Breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 8-9 a.m. at Bentley Commons of Staunton. Our area legislators, State Sen. Emmett Hanger and State Dels. Steve Landes, Ben Cline and Dickie Bell, will be briefing members on hot issues and bills […]


Cline gives thumbs-up on rail news

State Del. Ben Cline, R-24th, today applauded the elimination of a critical choke point with a reconfigured rail junction on Norfolk Southern’s Crescent Corridor near Front Royal. This was the final of six capacity improvement projects in Northern Virginia that will help more trains travel at higher speeds and ease traffic congestion on I-81. “Ensuring […]


81: Wait and see

Special Report by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   You might remember all the hubbub over what they were planning to do with Interstate 81. They were going to pave over the Valley! That was what people were saying, anyway, looking at the monstrosities of plans that we knew as the Star Solutions proposal and the Fluor […]


What should it do?

   Column by David Reynolds Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net That’s the multi-trillion-dollar question. It is that big a question because it is one that requires all of us to answer. Yet it is directed to only one segment of our economy, the one with an obesity problem. The “it,” of course, is government. What should […]


Republicans sweep local House races

Not much to say about the four contested House of Delegates races in the AFP reader area. The Democrats got pantsed. Jeff Price’s 28.8 percent showing in his 24th District challenge to Republican Ben Cline was actually the best showing of the four, if you can believe that. And Price wasn’t even able to get […]


Chris Graham | Where I am on local elections

I explained in a column today on our new sister website, VirginiaPoliticsToday.com, how much I loathe making endorsements. That said, I get it that some of our readers are at the least interested in knowing where I am on local elections, assuming that since I do news and analysis for a living I might have […]


David Cox | The sad state we’re in

On Tuesday Virginians go to the polls for statewide and delegate races, never having heard what a serious mess we’re in. Admittedly, I didn’t realize how bad things are until attending a conference for local officials last week. The data are grim. Though the information has been out for a long time, certainly for someone […]


GOP, for the most part, dominating local House money races

26th District Democrat Gene Hart is giving Republican incumbent Matt Lohr a run for his re-election money, literally. Aside from Hart, though, Democratic candidates contending for seats representing the Central Shenandoah Valley in Richmond are struggling to keep pace with their Republican counterparts. Hart actually outraised Lohr in the Sept. 1-30 reporting period, according to […]


David Reynolds | Jeff vs. Ben

This is just a wild guess on my part. But I believe that Ben Cline was an outstanding wrestler in college. How else can you explain that no one has ever been able to pin him down? I know I have not. Following Bates College, Virginia’s 24th District delegate earned a law degree from the […]


PAC-man Cline leads money race in 24th

An impressive $74,000-plus in contributions from PACs and business and industry donors has Republican incumbent Ben Cline safely ahead in the money race in the 24th House District. More than 75 percent of Cline’s $95,959 in fundraising totals in the 2008-2009 campaign cycle have come from political committees and business and industry donors, according to […]


The Agenda | Tuesday, Sept. 1

Decision time for GOP’ers Wowsers, that Bob McDonnell guy is a piece of work, isn’t he? My second thought – following, Wowsers – was that not only has McDonnell has his Macaca moment, to infinity and beyond, Republicans down the ticket are going to be facing their own moment of truth in the coming days […]


Stinging rebuke to local GOP lawmakers

How about that ringing endorsement of 25th District Republican Del. Steve Landes’ effort to inject partisan politics into the special session of the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday? The Republican-majority House of Delegates voted 82-7 to limit the legislation to come before the session to the matter at hand cited by Gov. Tim Kaine in […]


Jeff Price | Busy 24th House campaign season

In the last few weeks, the campaign has been very busy. We have attended parades and carnivals in Effinger and Raphine. We have been to festivals in Amherst and Art expos in Lexington. We have met with friends in Amherst and have taken time to visit Goshen Pass to learn more.


The 100 Percenters

All four Republican incumbents running for re-election in the Augusta Free Press/New Dominion Magazine reader/circulation area received 100 percent scores on The Family Foundation Action’s 2008-2009 General Assembly Report Card.


Team Coverage | Democrats raise the temperature on GOP unemployment block

Results, Not Roadblocks was the theme of the news event featuring Democratic Party candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates at the Virginia Employment Commission office in Harrisonburg Thursday afternoon. AFP editor Chris Graham was there and reports across the media platforms. The videos feature 15th District Democratic nominee John Lesinsky, 20th District Democratic nominee […]


House GOP turns back on those hit hardest by recession

(Updated with statements from Del. Chris Saxman and Democratic legislative candidates Erik Curren and Greg Marrow appearing under our Comments section.) One thousand, one hundred and thirty two. That’s a real number for you, specifically how many more Waynesboro residents are out of a job as of the most recent report of the Virginia Employment […]


Family Forum ready for ‘Unveiling’

The conservative Valley Family Forum is hosting the fifth annual installment of “The Unveiling” where local Republican state legislators unveil and detail their social-conservative agenda for the coming General Assembly session next week.


David Reynolds: Seen and heard in Buena Vista on Labor Day

Column by David Reynolds – If the sign war is any indication of the outcome of the Senate race between Mark Warner and Jim Gilmore, Gilmore loses by more than 20 to 1. – Turnout at the Republican breakfast was slightly down from last year. The Dems had a few more at their table. – […]


Cline critical of governor on transportation

Item by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Rockbridge Republican Del. Ben Cline is “disappointed but not surprised” that Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine has proposed a series of small tax and fee increases to provide funding for transportation maintenance and funding. “As a member of the House Finance Committee, I have listened to Gov. Kaine ask time and […]