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Amid budget fight, Colgan prepares for final year in office

It's a song all-too-familiar to Prince William County residents: state Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-29th) says he'll retire only to be talked into running for office again at the last minute by Democrats trying to capture or retain their majority. This time, however, Colgan says he means it. "This is my 40th year coming up," said the 87-year-old president pro tempore of the upper chamber of the legislature in Richmond.

Manassas gets new development chief

Patrick J. Small has recently been appointed economic development director for the City of Manassas and will join the city staff on Aug. 11. “The city is growing, becoming a destination of choice and having Patrick fill this much needed position is a great plus for future economic development for the City of Manassas,” City Manager William Patrick Pate said in a written statement.

Republicans, Democrats head down to the wire over Medicaid

In an era of hyper-partisanship in Washington, D.C. and Richmond, even tokens of aisle-crossing can be an accident by a new guy. Last week, the Virginia state Senate voted along party lines to approve of a budget that every Republican supported and every Democrat voted against. Well, except for state Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-6th).

Marines, community members commemorate Memorial Day together

The Quantico National Cemetery parade deck was filled with Marines, past and present, and members of the local community for the Potomac Region Veterans Council Memorial Day Ceremony on May 26. Memorial Day, a national holiday commemorating those who have died in service to their country, was originally called Decoration Day and was proclaimed by Gen. John Logan on May 30, 1868. It is now commemorated on the last Monday in May.

House passes responsible, conservative budget without Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion

Budget also addresses $1.5 billion shortfall.

As Marshall pushes impeachment of Herring, passage unlikely

Prince William Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th) is drawing fire from within his own party after issuing two resolutions calling for an investigation into state Attorney General Mark Herring (D). Marshall is targeting Herring for refusing to defend in court the commonwealth's constitutional ban on legal recognition for same-sex couples. He wants the House of Delegates to launch an inquiry into whether the attorney general should be impeached.

Lawson runs again in Brentsville District

Jeanine M. Lawson isn't waiting for the third time. She's hoping the second time's the charm. Lawson, who challenged Prince William County Supervisor Wally Covington three years ago, again seeks the Brentsville District seat. The details are different this time, though. Lawson, a 44-year-old community activist, lost the GOP nomination to Covington by 157 votes in an August 2011 primary. This year, however, she seeks the Republican nod to replace Covington, who is expected to be named a General District court judge. She faces real-estate broker Scott A. Jacobs, who also wants to run for the Brentsville slot with the party label. The winner most likely will square off with Democrat Donald B. Shaw II of Gainesville in a special election. Problem is, it's unclear when that contest will be held.

Ramadan awarded for military spouse legislation

Western Prince William Del. David Ramadan (R-87th) was recently selected as the 2014 Legislator of the Year by the Virginia Council of Chapters, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Ramadan represents parts of Loudoun as well as the northernmost part of Prince William and the Haymarket area.

Shaw seeks Brentsville seat

Donald B. Shaw II may have gone to high school with Ashley Judd back in Kentucky, but he's aiming for a longer political run than the starlet had last year. Judd flirted with the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, but then decided not to make a run against Republican Mitch McConnell. Shaw, on the other hand, is running – for the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. He's a Democrat, too. But he's not sure who he'll face.

Town elections bring change in three towns

Three of the four towns in Prince William County can expect a big change this summer as new members are set to join town councils in Dumfries, Haymarket and Occoquan following the results of the May 6 elections. Only Dumfries remained the same as all of the incumbents on the ballot swept the election.

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