Tag: Sam Rasoul

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.


Augusta Free Press building website for member of Virginia House of Delegates

Del. Sam Rasoul, a Democrat representing the 11th House District in the Virginia General Assembly, has contracted Augusta Free Press to build a new website linking his office to his constituents in Roanoke.


Sam Rasoul wins election in 11th House District in Roanoke

Democrat Sam Rasoul easily won the special election in the 11th House District representing Roanoke held on Tuesday, gaining more than 70 percent of the vote to defeat Republican Octavia Johnson.


Sam Rasoul endorsed for 11th District House seat by Sen. Mark Warner

Sen. Mark Warner has issued a statement supporting Sam Rasoul’s candidacy for the House of Delegates. This announcement comes as Rasoul unveils the major focus of his first term, working to bridge the gap between educators and the business community so to help grow businesses in the Roanoke Valley.


Augusta Free Press designs Roanoke Tribune ad for House candidate Sam Rasoul

Augusta Free Press LLC worked with Democratic candidate Sam Rasoul to produce a full-color ad to run in the Roanoke Tribune to promote his candidacy for House of Delegates. With a background in newspaper design, AFP was able to quickly turnaround an ad for the candidate to the newspapers’ specs.


Democrats uniting behind Sam Rasoul in Roanoke House race

In the first moments after Sam Rasoul’s upset win in the 11th House District Democratic primary, one of his opponents talked to a reporter about possibly making a run in the general election an independent, and the Democratic mayor of Roanoke raised the specter of dirty tricks, without being able to point to anything specific.


Sam Rasoul wins Democratic Party nomination in 11th House District

The House Democratic Caucus congratulates Sam Rasoul on his well-deserved victory in today’s Democratic Firehouse primary in the 11th House District. Turnout was much higher than expected at the Roanoke Civic Center where Democrats gathered to pick the next delegate for the 11th District.


Augusta Free Press launches campaign website for House candidate Sam Rasoul

The campaign website of 11th House District Democratic candidate Sam Rasoul is online through the work of Augusta Free Press LLC.


Former congressional candidate Sam Rasoul announces for House of Delegates seat

Roanoke Democratic State Del. Onzlee Ware announced Thursday that he is stepping down from his seat in the House of Delegates, citing his mother’s health as the issue. Former Democratic congressional nominee Sam Rasoul is among the candidates in the running to replace Ware in Richmond.


Former congressional candidate announces run for mayor in Roanoke

After several years of focusing on his family, small-business owner and CFO of Kissito Healthcare, Sam Rasoul, has decided to run for mayor of Roanoke. Raised in the Roanoke Valley, Rasoul would like to contribute more to an area that has blessed him with so much. “We are putting the campaign together now, and we […]


Sam Rasoul: Why I am not running

Over the past several months I have received scores of emails and inquiries as to why I am not running for Congress this election cycle. As many of you know, I was married for about nine months before I began my two year endeavor to give a voice to those in need across our district […]


Sam Rasoul | Been here before

Down eight points in the polls with one week left, Creigh Deeds lost his 2005 statewide race for attorney general to Bob McDonnell by about 300 votes out of 2 million! Deja vu? When I spoke with Creigh yesterday, he reminded me that we are in the same exact spot now, except this time Virginia […]


Sam Rasoul | Why I support Creigh Deeds

Over the past several months, I have had the pleasure of traveling our great Commonwealth learning more about the struggles facing everyday Virginians. In that time, I have come to one stark conclusion. As a proud Virginian, the single most important elected office to me is the governor. We need a leader who has a […]


Mystery Rasoul announcement is endorsement

He’s not running, but Sam Rasoul is hoping to have something to do with the outcome in the 17th District House of Delegates race. “Gwen will represent the people of our area well,” Rasoul said in his endorsement of Gwen Mason, a Democrat and member of Roanoke City Council, who had already announced her intention […]


What our friend Sam is up to …

Sam Rasoul will make an “important announcement” next week regarding an open House of Delegates seat in the Roanoke area. And at first glance it would appear that Rasoul, who lost in his bid to unseat Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte last fall, might be throwing his hat into the ring for the Democratic Party nomination […]


Sam Rasoul | U.S. business, big and small, hurting because of our current health-insurance system

The practice of work-related health insurance began as a way for employers to get around the wage controls of the Second World War. The idea worked then, providing companies a way to attract the best workers in a time of labor shortage.


Sen. Whitfield

When I was 17, I was barely able to say the word “campaign.” Matthew Whitfield has already worked on his generation’s most important political campaign, and the Robert E. Lee senior is really just getting started. “We thought we could make a difference if we worked at it, and it started snowballing from there,” said […]


Sam Rasoul | 10 Points To Help Rebuild Our Economy

On the verge of global economic collapse, we hear many ideas about how to improve our economy. Just spending more is not going to work. You can add all the fuel you want to a broken engine, but our nation needs to make some fundamental changes. If we are going to spend trillions in taxpayer […]


Sam Rasoul | Terrorism and consumerism: Different pains converge

The attacks in Mumbai brought to the front page more senseless bloodshed by brainwashed radicals wanting to gain recognition through terror. Virginia lost two of her own, including a 13 year-old girl from Nelson County, in the attacks over the holiday weekend by anti-Indian, Pakistani gunmen.


Yes, We Can!

Column by Chris Graham “If I forget everything else when I get old and gray,” a friend told me Tuesday night, “I hope I never forget this feeling.” I understood completely what he was saying, because I had just had a similar thought myself. CNN and Fox News had just called the presidential race in […]


Election ’08: History!

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States, in no small part due to Virginia, which voted for a Democrat for president for the first time in 44 years as it also elected a Democrat in Mark Warner to the United States Senate by a historic margin […]


Sixth District: Goodlatte mailer claims support in err

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The Bob Goodlatte campaign contacted Rockingham County Democrat Mike Breeden asking Breeden’s permission to use his name on a campaign mailer as a supporter. Breeden didn’t return the phone call, but his name ended up in the mailer anyway, at the top of a list of eight Democrats and eight […]


Videocast | AFP News sits down with Sam Rasoul

AFP News sits down with Sixth District Democratic Party congressional nominee Sam Rasoul about the 2008 elections. Length: 6:52.


Valley Blue Dog: Republican Tricks, Democratic Treats!

Column by Steven Sisson Halloween is a time for dressing up in a costume and wearing a mask and having fun. But grownups wear masks, too, especially politicians, and more than ever Republicans are masking the truth behind their agenda. According to nationwide polls, 70 percent of leaders can’t be trusted. The Blue Dog says […]


Sixth District: It’s time for new blood in Congress

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Sam Rasoul forced the Sixth District Democratic Party to live up to its name. It had been 10 years since the party had even tried to challenge Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte in the Sixth, after his 40-point win over then-Roanoke mayor David Bowers in a race that had seemed at […]


Harrisonburg: Rasoul, Allen to debate at EMU

Staff Report Sixth District congressional candidates Janice Lee Allen and Sam Rasoul will take part in a debate at Eastern Mennonite University tonight at 7 p.m. in the President’s Reception Room on second floor of the University Commons. Allen, an independent, and Rasoul, the Democratic Party nominee, are challenging Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte for the […]


David Reynolds: Mark for John, and Bob

Column by David Reynolds I will never forget what the elephants failed to remember. In Buena Vista on Labor Day 2007 I was having my usual breakfast with them at the downtown American Legion Hall. There was no tribute! But up the hill at the high school where the donkeys were meeting a tribute was […]


Ad Watch: Rasoul ‘Attack Ad Take 23’

The Sam Rasoul for Congress campaign is gearing up for the debut of its first TV ad of the 2008 campaign season, “‘Attack Ad Take 23,” highlighting the positive, issues-based Rasoul campaign. Length: 30 seconds


Winners and Losers: Frederick, Gilmore, Rasoul, Bush, McCain

Compiled by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net LOSER: Jeff Frederick and the right to vote The guy whose aim seems to be to sink the Republican Party of Virginia to the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay was at it again this week. “This might not be illegal, but it sure stinks to high heaven. Is this really […]


Harrisonburg: Candidates in Sixth talk issues

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The economy, Iraq, health care and interestingly, term limits. Voters in the Sixth District were able to get a glimpse into the differing approaches of Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte, Democrat Sam Rasoul and independent Janice Lee Allen on those issues and others in a candidates forum sponsored by WSVA-550AM in […]


Sixth District: Goodlatte, Rasoul, Allen to debate

Staff Report There are two Sixth District congressional candidate debates on the schedule this week. Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte, Democratic Party nominee Sam Rasoul and independent Janice Lee Allen will appear at a candidates forum sponsored by the Roanoke County PTA tonight at 7 p.m. The forum will be held at William Byrd High School […]


Business and Politics: Bailout rescue passes House

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net And just like that, we had ourselves a bailout rescue. The House voted 263-171 today to pass a compromise $850 billion plan to buy up securities from Wall Street lenders to take pressure off the financial and credit markets, just four days after a vote on a similar legislative proposal […]


Virginia Politics: Undecided in Sixth?

Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net In the absence of hard numbers in the form of updated polling data to break down, it’s hard to get a handle on the Sixth District congressional race beyond the rendering now six weeks old that has Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte comfortably ahead. Which makes our completely unscientific and unverifiable […]


Virginia Politics: Rasoul vows to limit terms

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Bob Goodlatte said in 1992 during his first campaign for the Sixth District seat in the U.S. Congress that he would limit his time in Congress to six two-year terms. His ’08 run is for term #9, and though Goodlatte has been silent as to the broken promise, Democrats haven’t […]


Staunton: Meet and Greet Sam Rasoul

Item by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Sixth District Democratic Party nominee Sam Rasoul will be in Staunton for a meet-and-greet at White Star Tavern Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. There will be refreshments and a cash bar. Admission is free. For more information, call 540.886.7764.


Sixth District: Rasoul proposed congressional debate schedule

Item by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Sixth District Democratic Party congressional nominee Sam Rasoul wants to get on a stage with Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte to debate the issues of the day in front of Western Virginia voters. Rasoul today proposed a schedule of six debates – two each in the Roanoke, Lynchburg and Shenandoah Valley […]


The Top Story: Democrats taking up mantle of fiscal responsibility

The Top Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Democrats have been doing well in Virginia in recent years, and it’s no secret why. They’ve been balancing budgets and building the economy. And while national Democrats are using a “more of the same” theme to link GOP presidential nominee John McCain to the failed presidency of George […]


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. – […]


Sam Rasoul: Fiscal prudence is needed in our health-care solution

Column by Sam Rasoul Principles of decency, fairness, and respect lead me to support reform of health-care insurance in the United States. Acknowledging that 18,000 people die every year because of lack of access to health care and acknowledging that extremely ill people often must battle their insurance companies make turning our backs on the […]


The Sixth District Blue Dog

The Top Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net I was introducing Sam Rasoul to a member of the Wayne Theatre Alliance board of directors a few months ago when I saw political hari-kari committed right before my very eyes. The Wayne representative was talking about how hard it would be for him to vote against Bob […]


No YouTube for you

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Dave Rexrode is all up in arms about news reports that said that his boss, Congressman Bob Goodlatte, would be participating in a YouTube debate hosted by his Democratic challenger, Sam Rasoul. There’s just one problem. No such news reports exist. I have scoured the Googler and found three references […]


A YouTube debate in the Sixth

Item by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The Lynchburg Ledger will moderate a YouTube debate to give voters a chance to learn more about Sixth District congressional candidates Bob Goodlatte, Sam Rasoul and Janice Lee Allen. The virtual debate is the brainchild of the Rasoul campaign, which has put up a website, www.virginia6.com, and put out a […]


Augusta, Staunton, Waynesboro Dems Paint the Valley Blue

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Creigh Deeds remembered being asked to save the date on his schedule. “David Bottenfield said we needed to mark off this date, the 16th of August, for Paint the Valley Blue, that we were going to have a little picnic at the Frontier Culture Museum,” Deeds said at last night’s […]


Poll numbers, even parsed, not looking good in Fifth, Sixth

Analysis by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net On first glance, it’s pretty damning. Democrat Sam Rasoul in the Sixth District is trailing Republican Bob Goodlatte by a 2-1 margin, and it’s worse than that for Tom Perriello over in the Fifth, which is surprising given the recent decision of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to put its […]


Fact and fiction on oil in the Sixth

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net It sounds good when Bob Goodlatte puts the numbers in front of us. Virginia has 57 million barrels of recoverable oil and more than 300 billion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas on the waters off its outer continental shelf. That’s a lot of dadgum oil and natural gas, right? […]


We have met the enemy, and it is us

The Top Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net You listen to Republicans, and you’d think that the only thing we need to do to address our current fuel and energy crisis is drill, drill, drill and drill some more – even if the Department of Energy, the Bush administration’s Department of Energy, that is, has done […]


Rasoul begins radio campaign

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The Sam Rasoul for Congress campaign is on the air with a radio commercial that will begin airing in markets in the Sixth District this week. The ad features a voiceover from Rasoul, the Democratic Party nominee in the Sixth, talking up his background and his agenda for reform. “As […]


Raising the energy bar

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Gotta agree with Chris Saxman on the energy issue. “There isn’t an answer,” Saxman told me yesterday, emphasizing the word “an.” That’s right on point with where I am on the energy issue. There isn’t an answer; it’s a lot more complicated than that.


A new energy paradigm

Column by Sam Rasoul Two weeks ago, I addressed the reasons behind the astronomical prices for gasoline. These serious increases hurt not only individuals and families, but also weaken our already vulnerable economy. The price of oil has decreased somewhat since then, but the cost of both gasoline and fuel oil threatens to destroy local, state […]


Why have gas prices gone through the roof?

Column by Sam Rasoul Those big signs at gas stations along every major road in the Sixth District shout our dilemma. We can’t afford to drive the vehicles we own. In a few short months, gas prices have destroyed the family budget and now threaten our entire economic health. Over the past few weeks in […]