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VaNews for 2015 State Senate - District 8 - Regular General and 2015 State Senate - District 8 - Regular Primary

DeSteph wins Virginia Senate 8th District

By MATT MCKINNEY, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Republican Bill DeSteph will leave the House of Delegates for the Senate after beating Dave Belote on Tuesday in the race to represent the city's eastern half in the 8th District. DeSteph, 51, takes over for retiring Sen. Jeff McWaters two years after handily winning his bid for a House seat. DeSteph previously served on the Beach City Council.

VaNews November 4, 2015

Political newcomer takes on one of Virginia Beach's familiar faces in 8th District race

By MATT MCKINNEY, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

With more than a decade of door knocking and political campaigning under his belt, Del. Bill DeSteph has become a familiar face for many residents. The 51-year-old businessman was on the City Council for seven years before winning the 82nd District House seat.

VaNews October 30, 2015

Senate candidate Dave Belote launches TV ad in Va. Beach

By PATRICK WILSON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Dave Belote, a Democratic candidate for state Senate in Virginia Beach, unveiled a TV ad Monday in his bid to replace retiring Republican Sen. Jeff McWaters. Republican Del. Bill DeSteph is leaving his House seat to run for Senate against Belote in the 8th District.

VaNews September 22, 2015

DeSteph wins GOP nomination in 8th District Senate race

By PATRICK WILSON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Del. Bill DeSteph won the GOP nomination Tuesday to replace retiring Sen. Jeff McWaters in the 8th District in Virginia Beach.

VaNews June 10, 2015

General Assembly hopefuls gear up for June primary

By PATRICK WILSON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Hampton Roads voters will narrow down state legislature candidates in a primary on June 9, including a race in which a former Portsmouth City Council member is trying to oust an incumbent and two pitting Republicans against Tea Party challengers. - Steve Heretick, a lawyer, is challenging Del. Johnny Joannou in the Democratic primary for the 79th House District, which includes parts of Portsmouth and Norfolk.

VaNews April 13, 2015

McAuliffe says Dems will target Hampton Roads seats

By PATRICK WILSON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Two Republican-held state Senate seats in Hampton Roads will be Democratic targets in the November election, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday, including that of incumbent Sen. Frank Wagner. McAuliffe talked about the 2015 General Assembly session during a briefing with reporters on Friday evening in the Capitol. The Associated Press’s Alan Suderman asked him if he thought Democrats had a chance to retake the Senate in November.

VaNews March 1, 2015

Va. Beach Sen. Jeff McWaters won't seek re-election

By PATRICK WILSON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Six years in the General Assembly is enough for Sen. Jeff McWaters, R-Virginia Beach, who said Wednesday that he won't seek re-election in November. But he's not ruled out seeking some other elected post, including governor. "I rolled out of kind of a big corporate job right into politics, and so this gives me an opportunity to kind of drop back and think about, is there another phase?

VaNews February 26, 2015

GOP's McWaters: Bring back Virginia's Obamacare money

By TRAVIS FAIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

State Sen. Jeff McWaters dropped an eyebrow raiser Tuesday during a John Fredericks Show interview. Fredericks asked what's next for the Republican Senate caucus now that it has narrow control of the chamber. "... we have a focus on jobs. We have a focus on health care. We send $2.4 billion dollars now to the federal government under the Obamacare program in taxes. Lots of different taxes. We want to get that $2.4 billion back into Virginia to provide health care for indigent people, to improve medical education, community clinics and many, many other things - programs for women, etc.

VaNews November 12, 2014

Committee approves creating Va. nuclear consortium

By KATHY ADAMS, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

A House committee this afternoon approved creating a state nuclear energy group, opposed by uranium mining opponents as a back-door effort to further that cause. SB1138 by Sen. Jeff McWaters, R-Virginia Beach, creates the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority to study and research nuclear energy issues and make "the Commonwealth a national and global leader” in the field.

VaNews February 15, 2013

House panel spikes absentee bill for senior voters

By MARKUS SCHMIDT AND JIM NOLAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

A House panel effectively killed a bipartisan Senate proposal on Tuesday that would have allowed seniors age 65 and older to vote absentee without having to provide a reason. Also Tuesday, the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee passed a House measure that would limit the forms of ID that voters can present at the polls. Advertisement By a 5-2 vote, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Privileges and Elections spiked Senate Bill 724, sponsored by Sen. John C. Miller, D-Newport News, and Sen. Jeff McWaters, R-Virginia Beach.

VaNews February 13, 2013