SueLongby Sue Long - Columnist

Special to VNS

This special "Support Your Local Police Event" is open to the public.  It will be held 6 p.m. Monday, September 12, The first 100 reservations get a free buffet dinner.

Please consider attending this program, an opportunity to hear local law enforcement officers and ask them questions about how we can preserve our community law enforcement. You may already have heard that Newport News and Hampton are considering merging their police forces. Never before has it been more important that we have good rapport with our law enforcement officers, and to keep them independent of federal controls. [Click Read More below for rest of the story]

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Councilwoman Shannon Kane broke the law in recruiting city fire department personnel to do her political dirty work in her run for re-election according to emails received under the Freedom of Information Act. 

Kane is opposed by Robert Dean who said she should resign from office and drop out of the race for re-election. (See Dean’s News Conference Statement)  

Dean Thursday released emails showing Kane got Virginia Beach firemen to erect her 4x8 - foot campaign signs in clear violation of Sec. 2-90 of the City Code. 

Dean wrote Commonwealth’s Atty. Colin Stolle and City Atty. Mark Stiles about the criminal violation requesting investigation and action, which includes firing of employees who violate the code.[Click Read More below for rest of the story]

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Councilwoman Shannon Kane broke the law in recruiting city fire department personnel to do her political dirty work in her run for re-election according to emails received under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

She is opposed by Robert Dean who said she should resign from office and drop out of the race for re-election.

 

Dean Thursday released emails showing Kane got Virginia Beach firemen to erect her 4x8 - foot campaign signs in clear violation of Sec. 2-90 of the City Code.

 

Dean wrote Commonwealth’s Atty. Colin Stolle and City Atty. Mark Stiles about the criminal violation requesting investigation and action, which includes firing of employees who violate the code.

 

Stolle, however, condescendingly replied, “It is not my role to demand that any elected official resign from office, but to enforce the laws according to the Code of Virginia.  Just because you feel that the City Attorney may have a conflict does not mean that I automatically have jurisdiction to step in and enforce the City Code.  If you feel that a crime has been committed then you should contact the VBPD.’

 

However, Shari King-Casey, compliance and transparency council for Atty. Gen. Mark Herring wrote on April 1, 2015 that ‘…enforcement of such provisions for local boards and officials rests with the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the locality …’.  Click here to read the full duties  ‘in revoking the opinion of attorney for the Commonwealth.” 

 

In August Kane recruited William Bailey, head of the Virgina Beach Fire Fighters’ Union, to recruit city firemen  to erect her political signs in direct violation of Sec. 2-90 which states:

 

  • Sec 2-90  para (c) of the code of Virginia Beach states: “No person to whom this section applies shall use the status or prestige of his or her position with the city on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for elective office. 
  • “Sec 2-90 para (d) No person to whom this section applies shall use any city funds, supplies, or equipment for political purposes, nor shall any such person wear his or her city uniform while participating in any manner in political activities.
  • “Sec 2-90 (e) The provisions of this section shall be enforced in concert with applicable city and departmental policies and procedures.
  • “Sec 2-90 (f) Violation of this section shall constitute a cause for dismissal from employment.

 

Starting Aug. 18, Bailey wrote a series of emails to selected fire department captains, including Capt. George S. Woodruff, stating: “I have been asked to post some signs for Shannon Kane. I am physically unable to do this like in the past, so I am asking for your assistance. Only a few hours...  

“I would like to do this Monday morning starting a 0800 and put out signs. If you can help me, please let me know “.

 

He clearly stated he was doing this at Kane’s direction, as stated in this Aug. 18 email: I am going to call [sic] kane if I get someone to help. She asked and said it was a two person job. I tire quickly so I hope to get a helper before I commit.” Bailey is current off duty due to complications from a stroke. The emails were sent from his union computer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , but he sent the request to captains at their city computers and Bailey received responses back from the firemen at his vb.gov email and computer.

 

Kane could not be reached for comment. Nor did she respond to an email.

 

Bailey, however, in a telephone interview Thursday night freely admitted violating the law, indicating he’d also done so in the past.  He said he has been disciplined by the Fire Department, but refused to say what the penalty was, “its a personnel matter.”

 

Bailey said he had recently suffered a stroke that left him with speech, mental, and mobility limitations.  He has moved to NC and is out of work on disability.  He said he is trying to hang on until he can retire.

 

Candidate Dean said Bailey and others should be fired for violating the city code in helping the political campaign of Kane and she should resign from office.

 

 

 

 

 

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By Victoria (Vicky) Manning 

Candidate for Virginia Beach School Board

Almost two years ago, I discovered radical changes to the grading practices in Va Beach secondary schools. Teachers were being told not to give zeros for work not turned in, not to deduct points for work turned in late and test retakes were being encouraged

Homework also could not be a factor in the grade. When I first approached the school board about my concerns, they were not aware this was taking place and my concerns seemed to be dismissed. I continued pushing back against these practices that lowered standards, removed accountability, and created more work for our teachers. 

After a year of forums, surveys, and committee meetings, the Superintendent’s office put forth more radical recommendations which included removing the percentage grading scale. I continued to press the Board and rallied the community to have their voice heard.

New guidelines were recently presented at a workshop on Aug 3. These recommendations do allow for homework completion to be a factor of the grade—up to 10%.  [Click Read More below for rest of the story]

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mike thompsonby Michael Thompson - President of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

Special to Virginia News Source

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       One of the issues that continues to confront our nation is what to do about those illegal residents living in our communities now and how to reform the entire immigration and naturalization system. A few ideas toward that end are outlined herein.

              First, we have to secure our borders. Whatever Congress decides, it is clear that our borders need to be more secure. That's step one to bringing a solution to our immigration problem in this country.

              Second is terminology. [Click Read More below for rest of the story]

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