Tag: Ben Cline

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 […]