Bell will offer $250,000 budget amendment for local museum

The Staunton Republican confirmed the amount at a legislative breakfast sponsored by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce. Waynesboro City Manager Mike Hamp said the state funds, if approved, could be used for engineering and design work on the museum.

News of the amount of the proposed amendment comes just one week after Waynesboro City Council reaffirmed its support for the museum. City Council passed a resolution Dec. 12 offering about $1 milliion in potential aid.

Read More: Bell Will Offer $250,000 Budget Amendment for Local Museum - The News Virginian

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Republicans Upbeat in Augusta County

STAUNTON - With the television tuned in to Fox News at the Republican election watch party at the Byers Street Bistro in downtown Staunton, the early election results kept the crowd "cautiously optimistic" in the words of Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave.

But Landes noted the election results could go deep into the night, keeping everyone guessing until the very end.

"I think everybody is realistic from that standpoint," he said.

While everyone waited, drinks and food flowed freely into the evening, with the crowd comfortable in the thought that Donald Trump was leading in Staunton, which has leaned left in recent presidential elections. Hillary Clinton would eventually take Staunton, but that did little to dampen enthusiasm. Four years ago, the local Republican party knew earlier in the night that President Barrack Obama would prevail, and the festivities petered out swiftly. Not so Tuesday night.

Read More: Republicans Upbeat in Augusta County - The News Leader

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Bell Opposes Courthouse Move

Bell said he supports the efforts of the Augusta Citizens Coalition and Common Sense Courthouse Solutions to keep the courthouse in its current Staunton location.


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Area General Assembly members receive validation of conservative credentials

One of the local legislators, Del. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, achieved a perfect 100 percent rating by conservative organization. Cline earned a conservative excellence award.

Overall, the ACU said Republican Virginia legislators voted slightly more conservative in 2016, getting a score of 81.5 out of 100 as compared to 79.5 in 2015.

Read More - Area General Assembly members receive validation of conservative credentials - The News Virginian

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Del. Dickie Bell supports courthouse opposition

Delegate Dickie Bell, who represents part of Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro, issued a statement saying that he supports citizens who are opposing the courthouse referendum that, if passed, would mean a $45 million dollar courthouse complex being built in Verona near the government center.

“I’ve been impressed by Augusta citizens and groups who are standing up to oppose spending $45 million on a new courthouse," Bell said. "They are questioning the reasoning behind a move and if all alternatives have been thoroughly explored. I support their efforts to demand greater fiscal stewardship and I share their concerns."

Read More - Del. Dickie Bell Supports Courthouse Opposition - The News Leader

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Join us for an evening of Barbecue and Bluegrass!

Join Delegate Bell for his Annual BBQ and Bluegrass

with Ed Gillespie

and the local Valley Delegation


Thursday, October 6, 2016

6:00 -8:00 pm


Shenandoah Harley Davidson

213 Rolling Thunder Lane

Staunton, Virginia 24401


Please RSVP to 540-255-8778 or by email at

Yes, I will attend the annual Bell’s BBQ and Bluegrass at the following level:

         _____$1000 Platinum Level


_____$500 Gold Level        _____$250 Silver Level


_____$100 Bronze Level


_____$25 per person to attend (no Press passes)


Yes, I support Delegate Bell. However, I cannot attend the event but please accept my generous donation of $_______ to show my support!


Please make checks payable to “BELL FOR DELEGATE”

2620 Eston Drive Staunton, VA 24401


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Political Contributions are not tax-deductible. Paid for by Bell for Delegate. Corporate Contributions are accepted. State law requires employer and occupation information for contributions over $100 in a calendar year.

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Delegate Dickie Bell Pushing Virtual Online School Option


Lawmakers in Virginia are working to create another option for students and it doesn't include attending a brick and mortar school. They’re working to set up a statewide, virtual online public school system but have met some challenges along the way.

This is something that 20th District Delegate Dickie Bell (R) has been working on since 2010. The legislation, introduced by Bell six years ago, passed through the General Assembly but was vetoed by the governor.

The Virginia Virtual School would be a parental choice program where parents or guardians would choose whether or not they want their child to take part. It would meet the same requirements as a public school system.


Read More: Delegate Dickie Bell Pushing Virtual Online School Option - NBC 29

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Bell amendment would codify 'right to work' status

The amendment was proposed by local House District 20 Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, who has been working on passing the amendment since he took office in 2010.

Bell's amendment has the backing of both the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business. Those organizations, along with Bell and most Republicans, maintain that Virginia's right-to-work status is a plus in the state's efforts to recruit business and new industry.

Read More - Bell amendment would codify 'right-to-work' status - The News Virginian

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Right to work amendment will be on ballot in Virginia this November

In addition to races for president and Congress, Virginians will vote in November on a proposed amendment that would put the provisions of Virginia’s right-to-work law into the state constitution.

The right-to-work law says that participation in a union may not be a condition for employment in Virginia.

Read More - Right to Work Amendment will be on ballot in Virginia this November - Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Virginia's Budget Shortfall, What Your Elected Officials Think

Lower-than-expected income and sales tax revenue left Virginia mulling a roughly $1.5 billion budget shortfall less than two weeks ago — how will the state address the discrepancy? Increasing government efficiency could be a start, local lawmakers say.

“We need to be very careful about how we’re spending money,” said Del. Richard P. "Dickie" Bell, R-Staunton.

There are some government agencies that are "top-heavy" and his choice would be to examine those workforces and make cuts where necessary, he said.

Read More - Virginia's Budget Shortfall, What Your Elected Officials Think - The News Leader

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