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  • Is Virginia Becoming a Liberal State? Some Democrats Are Betting on It.

    04/23/2015 6:54:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 22, 2015 | Karyn Bruggeman
    As two of Virginia's top Democrats weigh running for governor in 2017, potentially against each other, they are embracing traditionally liberal issues in a way that would have been politically toxic just years ago in the Upper South state. The bet that both Attorney General Mark Herring and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam are making is not only that the strongest possible progressive record would help win a Democratic primary, but that it will also help in the general election. Nationally, Democrats have grown emboldened on cultural issues over the past few years, and Virginia—where demographic shifts have widened their path...
  • Va. House speaker tries to fend off primary challenge with rosy message

    03/12/2015 8:56:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 3/11/15 | Jenna Portnoy
    RICHMOND — Less than a year after Eric Cantor’s shocking defeat to a tea party challenger, House Speaker William J. Howell is taking nothing for granted in his first serious primary challenge in nearly three decades. The latest sign that Howell (R-Stafford) learned from the mistakes of the former majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives came Wednesday, when the state lawmaker launched a Web site titled “We Know Bill.” It includes dozens of vignettes, complete with photos and fawning quotes, from retirees, busi­ness­peo­ple and activists talking about why they support Howell over his challenger, Susan Stimpson. The approach...
  • Republican Retirements (Virginia legislature)

    02/26/2015 5:29:29 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    1140wrva.com ^ | 2/25/15
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Two Republican state lawmakers won't be seeking re-election. Sen. Jeff McWaters of Virginia Beach and Del. Tom Rust of Herndon said Wednesday that they won't be seeking re-election.
  • Virginia Dems Run Away From Vote to Support Israel

    02/17/2015 9:56:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/17/15 | Brent Scher
    Rather than voting on a resolution that encouraged support for Israel from the Commonwealth of Virginia, a group of Democrats in the state’s House of Delegates instead chose to leave the chamber for the vote. The resolution presented by Republican Del. Brenda Pogge stated that a “cordial and mutually beneficial relationship” between Virginia and Israel should be encouraged, and also laid out the case for “Israel’s legal, historical, moral, and God-given right of 55 self-governance and self-defense throughout the entirety of its land.” The resolution passed by a wide margin of 70-2, with a large number of Democrat members choosing...
  • Virginia still deciding if women are equal

    02/17/2015 10:05:41 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Henrico Citizen ^ | 2-17-2015 | Ali Mislowsky
    Virginia is still deciding whether to ratify the ERA. The ERA would put in the U.S. Constitution a guarantee that “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The proposed amendment was never added because it was not ratified by the requisite 38 states. Virginia is one of the states that haven’t ratified the amendment. It may be too late to make a constitutional difference, but women’s rights activists continue to push for ratification in the Old Dominion. That is the goal of Senate...
  • Virginia Democrats Flee Chamber Twice Rather Than Vote on Resolution in Support of Israel

    02/17/2015 12:03:37 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    Youtube, via VAGOPTV ^ | February 6, 2015 | VAGOPTV
    Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates flee the chamber TWICE rather than cast a vote on a resolution expressing support for the State of Israel. There are 100 members of the House, with 32 Democrats.
  • A Rebirth of Democracy in Virginia

    02/05/2015 10:52:58 AM PST · by Publius · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5 February 2015 | Ken Cuccinelli & Michael Farris
    It takes a fair amount of audacity for a pair of political bloggers to call a group of lawyers that includes professors from Princeton and Georgetown Law School, two former Supreme Court law clerks, a White House Counsel, a law school dean, an attorney with actual Article V litigation experience and a former attorney general of Virginia “a posse of supposed conservative constitutional scholars.” What could merit this kind of sneering vilification from the local political bloggers? We merely contend that the states should use the explicit text of Article V of the Constitution to stop the abuse of power...
  • Cuccinelli Endorses Convention Of The States

    02/02/2015 7:19:05 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    One of the most unique and important discussions among constitutional conservatives is taking place right now in Virginia’s General Assembly. It is the debate about whether the states (including Virginia) should exercise their rights to call an Article V Convention of States. Principled limited government constitutional conservative former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has come out in favor of two bills currently before the Virginia legislature calling for a constitutional convention of the states. Speaking through his e-newsletter “The Cuccinelli Compass” Cuccinelli argued in favor of a position shared – and opposed – by many principled limited government constitutional conservatives....
  • (Virginia General Assembly) Article V Con Con Legislation Up TOMORROW! (Today, January 27th)

    01/27/2015 8:27:31 AM PST · by Perseverando · 40 replies
    The Marshall Message | January 26, 2015 | Delegate Bob Marshall
    Dear Friends: On Tuesday Jan. 27thSpeaker Howell’s Rules Committee will hear HJ 497 and HJ 499, applications asking Congress to call a Convention to amend (change) our U.S. Constitution. Please contact the following delegates to OPPOSE these measures. The Hearing will be in House Room 1, around 1:00 pm if you can attend. delwhowell@house.virginia.gov, delslandes@house.virginia.gov, delslandes@house.virginia.gov, delkcox@house.virginia.gov, deltkilgore@house.virginia.gov, dellware@house.virginia.gov, delcjones@house.virginia.gov, delborrock@house.virginia.gov, delbknight@house.virginia.gov, delringram@house.virginia.gov, deljmassie@house.virginia.gov, delghabeeb@house.virginia.gov, deljjoannou@house.virginia.gov, delkplum@house.virginia.gov, deldtoscano@house.virginia.gov, After all of the sacrifices made by our Founders to birth our nation and form our government, I am troubled that the Constitution is blamed for the ills facing America, when really...
  • VA Senate Committee Kills Gun Control Initiatives…Again

    01/27/2015 6:19:26 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/26/2015 | Matt Vespa
    Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D-VA) gun control package has righteously gone down in flames (again) when a Virginia State Senate committee decided to vote them down. One of them sought to institute the one-a-month handgun law, which former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) repealed in 2012. Up until that point, it was state law since 1993 (via WaPo):
  • Del. Joe Morrissey indicted on four felonies

    01/21/2015 9:56:11 AM PST · by csvset · 1 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 21 january 2015 | BILL McKELWAY AND MARKUS SCHMIDT
    Felony indictments were unsealed in Henrico County on Wednesday morning charging Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, I-74th, and the mother of an ex-law office worker in connection with the filing of allegedly fraudulent court documents. Morrissey was accused of four felony counts dealing with documents that were allegedly submitted in connection with his recent sentencing on a misdemeanor conviction. The charges against Morrissey include: felony uttering a forged public record; felony conspiracy to utter a forged record; felony inducing perjury; and perjury. In his General Assembly office, a visibly annoyed Morrissey denied the charges. Also indicted is Deidre Warren, the mother...
  • Virginia Democrat Wins Reelection From Jail

    01/15/2015 10:54:12 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 31 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 14, 2015 | Brent Scher
    Virginia’s 74th state district reelected Joe Morrissey to the House of Delegates in a special election held on Tuesday. He celebrated his victory from a jail cell. Morrissey resigned from the seat last December after he was convicted for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old employee at his law office.
  • Morrissey wins special election from jail (Democrat child molester re-elected)

    01/13/2015 6:02:49 PM PST · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 25 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 1/13/2015 | Markus Schmidt
    Del. Joseph D. Morrissey tonight won a special election to keep his seat in the 74th House of Delegates district, making him the first jailed lawmaker in modern Virginia history to win reelection. On the eve of the start of the 2015 General Assembly session, the Democrat-turned-independent defeated Democrat Kevin Sullivan and Republican Matt Walton in spite of Morrissey's ongoing legal woes and controversy over his conviction for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
  • Boo Hoo: Virginia Dems Who Refused to Compromise on Abortion Clinic Regulations Now Crying Foul

    12/17/2014 7:33:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Red State ^ | December 16th, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien (Diary) |
    No matter how many common sense pro-life bills Ken Cuccinelli introduced in the Virginia State Senate, he found absolutely no compromise from his Democratic colleagues. Year after year, liberal legislators routinely rejected bills that would have ensured necessary regulations in the state’s abortion clinics. Now, they are left with what they call an ‘extreme’ law named TRAP, the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. I spoke to former Attorney General and 2013 Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli (R-VA) about his experience in the Virginia State Senate, where he says Democrats have no right to cry foul over the current law, when...
  • Virginia's Results Pose Puzzle for Parties [Is it a Red or Blue state?]

    11/18/2014 1:11:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    RCP ^ | 11/18/2014 | Salena Zito
    <p>Election results are like the tiny pieces of a vast, intricate jigsaw puzzle depicting America's landscape, complete with rolling farms, a railroad crossing, blocks of industry, homes and people — lots and lots of different people.</p> <p>Only the incredibly patient, astute and determined can recognize how thousands of unique puzzle pieces match up to re-create the scene.</p>
  • Mark Warner Struggles to Answer Allegations of Quid Pro Quo for Judgeship

    10/13/2014 5:37:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/13/14 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.) floundered during a debate Monday night when asked about allegations that he offered a judgeship position to the daughter of Virginia State Senator Phillip Puckett to convince Puckett to remain in the Senate. “I’ve been friends with Phillip Puckett and his family for 20 years,” Warner said. “And when I reached out to his son before I talked to Phillip to explore possible options going forward, I didn’t offer anyone any job, nor would I offer any job. And that is the fact.”
  • Warner discussed job for Puckett’s daughter

    10/10/2014 7:18:08 PM PDT · by CountryClassSF · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/10/2014 | Laura Vozzella
    RICHMOND — The son of a former Virginia state senator has told federal investigators that U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner discussed the possibility of several jobs, including a federal judgeship, for the senator’s daughter in an effort to dissuade him from quitting the evenly divided state Senate.
  • McAuliffe aide suggested job for senator’s daughter if he remained in his seat

    10/03/2014 3:36:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/2/2014 | Laura Vozzella
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s chief of staff left a voice-mail message for a Democrat who was on the verge of quitting the General Assembly in June, saying that the senator’s daughter might get a top state job if he stayed to support the governor’s push to expand Medicaid, according to descriptions from three people who heard the recording. Then-Sen. Phillip P. Puckett wound up resigning, flipping control of the chamber to Republicans and thwarting McAuliffe’s signature goal of expanding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Puckett’s abrupt exit came amid accusations that Republicans had enticed him to leave with...
  • Response to Cardinal on Gay Rights Group in St. Patrick’s Parade [To Apostolic Nuncio Washington]

    09/09/2014 9:05:15 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Deligate Bob .com ^ | September 6, 2014 | Delegate Robert G. “Bob” Marshall (R-13) Virginia
    On Saturday I sent the letter below to Archbishop Vigano with regard to the statment Cardinal Dolan of New York gave in support of a Gay Rights Group being included in the 2015 New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This parade is a Catholic event and I am disheartened to hear that Cardinal Dolan would support a position contrary to that of the church in this situation. September 6, 2014 H. E. Most Rev. Archbishop Carlo Vigano Apostolic Nuncio 3339 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008 Your Excellency Archbishop Vigano: New York's Cardinal Dolan, appointed as Grand Marshal of the...
  • Republicans Apparent Victors in Va. State Senate Race

    08/19/2014 6:12:27 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | August 19, 2014
    Republicans appear likely to retain control of the state Senate with the apparent victory of GOP candidate Ben Chafin in a special election for the 38th district.
  • [Virginia] Gov. McAuliffe’s Healthcare Plan May Push Budget to $2.4B Shortfall

    08/17/2014 3:32:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 03:00 AM | Kathryn Watson
    Virginia’s bleak financial outlook just got gloomier. Gov. Terry McAuliffe told members of the joint state House and Senate money committees on Friday that Virginia is projected to rake in $2.4 billion less than it’s budgeted to spend during a three-year period. […] Even as he emphasized that cuts need to be made, however, he also made another thing clear—he’s going to find a way to expand healthcare options for Virginia’s poor, and he’s ready to use the power of his executive office to do so. …
  • How Puckett resignation could break the budget impasse (VA Senate)

    06/09/2014 8:57:38 AM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies
    Daily Press ^ | June 9, 2014 | Dave Ress
    How could Democratic state Sen. Phil Puckett's resignation move the budget and Medicaid impasse? Counting noses, it means what was a 23-17 Senate majority (20 Democrats, three Republicans) for a budget that includes a provision for tapping Affordable Care Act dollars to extend health insurance for low income Virginians now stands at 22-17. But it also means what was a 20-20 split, with Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam a tie-breaker on everything except the budget, is now a 20-19 GOP majority. So, look for movement this week to bring the state Senate back into session (it takes nine to call...
  • Virginia State Senator Resigns After Cutting Shocking Deal With Republicans

    06/09/2014 7:43:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | 6/8/14 | Phillip Puckett
    A Virginia state senator is set to resign on Monday after cutting a deal with Republicans, a stunning move that gives the state GOP the upper hand in an ongoing fight over the state's budget and an expansion of the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. Democratic state Sen. Phillip Puckett will step down on Monday, news first reported by The Washington Post. According to the report, Puckett's resignation leads the way for him to get a job as deputy director of the state tobacco commission and for his daughter to be confirmed for a state judgeship. It also...
  • Democratic senator Puckett resigns, adding to state budget turmoil

    06/08/2014 4:42:32 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 52 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 6-8-14 | Bob Brown
    State Sen. Phillip P. Puckett- D-Russell has resigned his seat, leaving Democrats one vote shy of the majority they need to control the chamber. Puckett's stunning resignation throws Democratic budget strategy into chaos and opening the way for Republicans to seize control of the chamber and reorganize its committees with GOP majorities. “I am deeply disappointed by this news and the uncertainty it creates at a time when 400,000 Virginians are waiting for access to quality health care, especially those in Southwest Virginia,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement.
  • Virginia Republicans aren’t blinking in showdown over [McAuliffe] Medicaid expansion

    04/14/2014 2:19:30 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 12 replies
    WP ^ | 4-13-14 | AP
    RICHMOND — Virginia Republicans were supposed to be squirming by now. For months, their opposition to expanding Medi­caid under the Affordable Care Act has put them at odds with some traditional allies in the business world. Hospitals, the state chamber of commerce and corporate leaders have been calling, writing, visiting and buttonholing, pushing what they call “the business case” for expanding coverage to thousands of uninsured under the health-care law, with the federal government promising to pay most of the cost. Gov. Terry McAuliffe and other Democrats who favor expansion have been betting on that pressure to sway Republicans, particularly...
  • Gov. Terry McAuliffe's First Veto Is Against Gun Owners

    03/19/2014 7:55:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/19/14 | AWR Hawkins
    On March 19th Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) used his first veto to strike down a bill "meant to clarify state law" regarding how gun owners without a concealed carry permit may store firearms in a vehicle. The bill, HB 962, was sponsored by Delegate Benjamin L. Cline (R-Rockbridge). According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the bill said "the weapon would be considered secured if it was in a container or compartment – such as console or glove compartment – that was closed but not necessarily locked."
  • What is going on in the Virginia state legislature?

    03/18/2014 7:56:51 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 9 replies
    ACT! for America ^ | 18 March 14 | Brigitte Gabriel
    Something is terribly wrong with the Virginia state legislature. On Wednesday, March 5th, in House Joint Resolution 484, the elected representatives of the people of Virginia commended the notorious, terror-tied Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church. Dar al Hijrah has a history of ties to multiple known and convicted terrorists, led by its former Imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, who became head of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, before he was killed in a US air strike in 2011. It was this institution that the Virginia House and Senate agreed to commend by voice vote. This amounts to an...
  • Special Election last night: Dem gets crushed in district Obama won by 10 points (Virginia)

    02/26/2014 7:11:38 AM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 19 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 2/26/14 | David Freddoso
    ...This result nullifies the Democrats’ one-seat gain in the House of Delegates in Virginia’s 2013 general election...
  • Virginia: Republican Delegate Rob Bloxom wins special election for HOD seat

    02/25/2014 8:33:02 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 10 replies
    From an email
    Statement from RPV Chairman Pat Mullins: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Garren Shipley (540) 686-1138 Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins on Delegate-elect Rob Bloxom's Win RPV Chairman Pat Mullins gave the following statement: "Let me be among the first to congratulate Delegate-elect Rob Bloxom on his overwhelming win tonight in House District 100. Rob is going to make a great addition to Speaker Howell's growing caucus, and I look forward to working with him to advance our shared conservative values in the General Assembly." "But tonight's win is about so much more than just who holds this House of Delegates...
  • Recount turns control of Va. Senate to Democrats

    01/28/2014 10:08:07 AM PST · by LonelyCon · 57 replies
    WTOP ^ | 1/27/2014 | Max Smith
    Democrats will take control of the Virginia Senate now that a recount in Hampton Roads has found Lynwood Lewis the winner of a special election. Lewis, who until now has served in the House of Delegates, beat Republican Wayne Coleman by 11 votes out of 23,000 votes cast. The State Board of Elections says the final totals are 10,203 votes for Lewis to 10,192 votes for Coleman in the district that covers Accomack, Mathews and Northampton counties and the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Coleman has called Lewis to concede the race. Lewis had been initially declared the winner...
  • VA:Lobby Day sees Pro and Anti second Amendment Groups at the Capitol

    01/24/2014 4:33:03 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I have read through a number of accounts of Lobby Day at the Virginia Capitol at Richmond on 20 January.  I was drawn to study the event because of an account on wvtf public radio.   The account on wvtf said that competing crowds of people were lobbying in favor of second amendment rights and those who wish to restrict those rights, occurred on Tuesday.  I think the reporter simply got the day wrong, because all of the other coverage that I could find indicated the events occurred on Monday, 20 January, 2014. The orientation of the reporter for...
  • Bipartisanship Didn't Help Bob McDonnell

    01/22/2014 11:40:57 AM PST · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 1-22-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Quick. How many of you have heard the name Bob McDonnell? Quick. If you haven't heard of him, he was the governor of Virginia for a few years. I have to tell you, I had no idea he was a threat to Hillary Clinton. I didn't even know that McDonnell was planning on running for president. But he must be doing something because the Democrats, after he's left office, have indicted him out there. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'm gonna tell you what's really going on with this. And I don't mean to make light of charges. I mean, here's...
  • Jennifer Wexton wins Virginia Senate special election to succeed Mark Herring

    01/21/2014 8:57:28 PM PST · by Coronal · 64 replies
    LoudounTimes ^ | Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 | Trevor Baratko
    Democrat Jennifer Wexton bested two veteran Loudoun County politicians Tuesday night to earn a seat in the Senate of Virginia and almost assuredly give Virginia Democrats majority power in Richmond for the first time since 2009. Ms. Wexton's victory over Republican John Whitbeck and former Republican state Del. Joe May, running his Senate race as an independent, caps a momentous two months for Democrats in Virginia, whom last November swept the top three offices in the commonwealth – the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general posts – for the first time in two decades.
  • Va. Senate balance at stake in 33rd District special election[Today election DAY! for some]

    .... as Mr. Whitbeck was quick to point out, he is the only aspirant who resided in the district as recently as four months ago. (First reported by the Times-Mirror, both Mr. May and Ms. Wexton took up residences in the 33rd District boundaries in the second half of 2013.)
  • Bevy of gun-control bills shot down in Virginia House

    01/18/2014 1:17:17 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 34 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 1-17-14 | Bill Sizemore
    The House of Delegates panel widely known as the graveyard of gun-control bills consigned a slew of them to oblivion Thursday. The Republican-controlled subcommittee of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee tabled a series of gun-control measures, meaning they are unlikely to be revived. The hours-long session delighted pro-gun forces, arrayed on one side of the room wearing "Guns Save Lives" stickers, and infuriated gun-control advocates on the opposite side wearing "Background Checks Save Lives" stickers. Rejected by the panel were these measures, all proposed by Democrats: -- HB812, to required universal criminal background checks for firearm purchases. --...
  • Call Now to Thwart Attack on Faith-Based Homeschooling (in VA)

    01/14/2014 8:13:57 AM PST · by MiddleEarth · 35 replies
    E-mail from HSLDA ^ | 1/13/2014 | Scott Woodruff
    For nearly 40 years, faith-based families have been able to homeschool under Virginia’s religious exemption statute with the quiet peace and security of knowing that their right to teach their children that God is the beginning of wisdom in every subject was unquestioned. Last week, however, Delegate Thomas Rust (R-Fairfax, 86th District) filed a legislative measure (HJ 92) that throws your rights into question and confusion by urging the Virginia General Assembly to ask the Department of Education to “study” the religious exemption statute. Asking to conduct a study is a back-door way of saying that something should be questioned....
  • Republican Del. Villanueva sponsors gay-rights bill

    01/14/2014 7:38:21 AM PST · by csvset · 14 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | January 14, 2014 | Bill Sizemore
    RICHMOND For years, gay rights has been one of the hot-button social issues that serve as fodder for partisan warfare in the General Assembly, with Democrats favoring gay-friendly measures and Republicans opposing them. But the partisan lines are starting to blur a bit. This year, several lawmakers have introduced legislation to prohibit discrimination in state employment based on sexual orientation, and one of them is a Republican: Del. Ron Villanueva of Virginia Beach. The 43-year-old delegate, who is beginning his third two-year term in the House, said Monday his decision to try to help protect Virginia's gay minority was rooted...
  • Virginia Is Now One Step Closer to Being an Official Blue State

    11/07/2013 12:06:02 PM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    The New Republic ^ | November 7, 2013 | Ruy Teixeira
    With Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial victory over Ken Cuccinelli, Democrats have now won seven of Virginia’s eight high-profile, statewide races since 2005 (three Senate races, two Presidential contests, and two of three gubernatorial elections). The lone exception, Bob McDonnell’s gubernatorial victory in 2009, provides an instructive contrast with the current contest. In 2009, Virginia voters were 78 percent white and 22 percent minority. In 2013, they were just 72 percent white and 28 percent minority—not far off the 70/30 split in the 2012 presidential election. There you have the key to McAuliffe’s victory: Despite performing much better among white voters than...
  • Terry McAuliffe Faces Uphill Climb With GOP-Controlled House of Delegates

    11/06/2013 5:33:47 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 23 replies
    NBC 4, Washington DC ^ | 6 November 2013 | Carissa DiMargo
    A long and contentious campaign ended late Tuesday with a narrow victory by Terry McAuliffe. But as Wednesday dawned, many Virginians may still not know what to expect from the next governor, since negative ads during the campaign seemed to crowd out both candidates' platforms. McAuliffe likely has some challenges ahead. He's never held public office, and many Virginia lawmakers perceive him as an outsider. What's more, Republicans maintained their strong majority in Virginia's House of Delegates, which means McAuliffe will have to figure out how to cooperate with the GOP if he has any hope of success. We talked...
  • GOP Retains Solid Va. House Majority

    11/06/2013 3:44:43 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 91 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 | Larry O'Dell
    Republicans turned back several challenges by Democrats as the GOP retained a solid majority in the Virginia House of Delegates. Democrat Jeremy McPike narrowly defeated Republican incumbent Scott Lingamfelter in unofficial returns Tuesday, but several other Republicans survived and the GOP kept 10 seats vacated by Republicans.
  • Could Virginia Start Forcing MD's to Accept Medicare & Medicaid Patients?

    11/03/2013 1:54:28 PM PST · by markomalley · 95 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/3/2013 | Kerry Picket
    Kathleen Murphy, a Democrat who is running for the House of Delegates against Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock, told a forum in Great Falls on Saturday that doctors should be forced to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients: FYI last night at the Great Falls Grange debate, Democrat delegate candidate Kathleen Murphy said that since many doctors are not accepting medicaid and medicare patients, she advocates making it a legal requirement for those people to be accepted.  She did not recognize that the payments are inadequate to cover the doctors' costs.  She also did not recognize there is a shortage of over 45,000 physicians...
  • Virginia Gun Crime Drops as Firearm Sales Soar

    08/04/2013 7:51:36 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    Officer.com ^ | 08/04/2013 | Mark Bowes
    Gun-related violent crime continues to drop in Virginia as the sales of firearms continue to soar, a pattern that one local criminologist finds interesting "given the current rhetoric about strengthening gun laws." Major gun crime collectively dropped for a fourth consecutive year statewide, while firearms sales climbed to a new record in 2012 with 490,119 guns purchased in 444,844 transactions -- a 16 percent rise over 2011, according to federally licensed gun dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  • In Va., bid to restore rights to nonviolent felons

    07/15/2013 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 15, 2013 6:00 PM EDT | Steve Szkotak
    The door opened Monday for tens of thousands of nonviolent felons in Virginia to regain the right to vote, with state officials outlining steps each will have to take to recapture their basic civil rights. Gov. Bob McDonnell has said up to 100,000 disenfranchised felons ultimately could be added to the voter rolls, serve on a jury or hold political office.“For past offenders, our goal is to grant civil rights back to as many as possible,” McDonnell said in a statement. “This is the right thing to do for all Virginians to help make the commonwealth a safer and better...
  • ‘Busiest’ Abortion Clinic in Virginia Closes Up Shop

    07/15/2013 6:49:55 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 32 replies
    Town Hall ^ | July 15, 2013 | Cortney O'Brien
    NOVA Women’s Healthcare of Fairfax County was one of the largest and most frequented abortion clinics in the state of Virginia. It performed more abortions than any other provider in the Old Dominion in the last few years, including 3,066 in 2012 alone. But, thanks to new abortion regulations in the state and a denied permit, it has seen its last patient. It’s speculated that new Virginia regulations which require clinics to meet new hospital-grade standards had forced NOVA to find a new location. The clinic never got the chance though, for the city denied its permit for being one...
  • Leftist Virginia Organizing in VA pushes for more felons voting (BARF ALERT)

    07/10/2013 10:58:32 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 7 replies
    From an email
    Dear Supporter, We have a unique opportunity in Virginia. Governor Bob McDonnell is currently considering which felonies should be categorized as “non-violent” for the purpose of the new, more streamlined restoration of civil rights process that will go into effect as early as next week. Right now, there are several felonies arbitrarily classified as “violent,” like breaking and entering or drug possession with intent to distribute. Those particular felonies disproportionately affect people of color and communities in poverty. We need your help. Will you take the time to email Governor Bob McDonnell and ask that he take the broadest approach...
  • New Virginia laws that take effect July 1

    07/01/2013 7:05:49 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    WVEC ^ | Posted on June 29, 2013 at 8:06 PM
    Some of the new laws that take effect in Virginia on Monday, July 1. Each new law is listed by its legislative bill numbers, a short summary and the chapter where it will be found in Virginia's laws for 2013.
  • 2 GOP incumbents (tax hikers)lose primaries (Sherwood, May)

    06/12/2013 8:01:23 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 5 replies
    Sherwood, May lose; Gilbert remains By Alex Bridges Political newcomers defeated two of the region's veteran Republican Party delegates in primaries Tuesday, according to unofficial results. Mark J. Berg defeated Del. Beverly J. Sherwood for the 29th District. Dave LaRock defeated Senior Republican Joe May for the 33rd District, according to unofficial results from the Virginia State Board of Elections. Both May and Sherwood lost their bids to run for their 11th terms. The outcomes mean Berg and LaRock will represent the party on the ballot along with Del. C. Todd Gilbert in the regular election Nov. 5. Gilbert fended...
  • Virginia Abortion Clinic Owner: 'I Can Stick Needles in Babies' Lungs. I Can Put Tubes Up P...'

    04/28/2013 3:14:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 4/28/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In an editorial lamenting a new Virginia state regulation requiring abortion clinics to comply with higher licensing standards, the Washington Post quoted one abortion-clinic owner who noted that he can do such things as "stick needles in babies' lungs" and "put tubes up penises," but now he is going to have to deal with the "nonsensical" demands of Virginia's regulation. "Some of the clinics, including those operated by Planned Parenthood, which has a national fundraising network, will survive," said the Post. "Many others, which are run as small businesses, probably will not."The Post pointed to a quote from Dr. David...
  • Voter ID Laws: Why Democrats Are Scared

    04/22/2013 3:25:51 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 33 replies
    http://www.policymic.com ^ | 2013-04-02 | Darcy Kempa
    States are implementing laws requiring voters to produce photo identification (ID). Democrats are fighting these initiatives claiming voter disenfranchisement. Are Democrats supporting voter fraud? Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, a Republican, signed into law a requirement for voters to provide a photo ID in order to vote. The law provides free photo ID cards to registered voters and requires notifying voters of the requirement prior to the next election. The law takes into account the need to prevent voter fraud and provides state voters with free photo IDs if they do not already possess one. While the law seems to be...
  • No Abortion Funding in 'Obamacare' Health Exchanges, Virginia Decides

    04/04/2013 10:45:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/04/2013 | By Napp Nazworth
    The Virginia House and Senate voted Wednesday to ban abortion coverage in insurance plans sold through the health care exchange that will be set up in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." The amendment was proposed by the state's governor, Bob McDonnell. Senate Democrats were hoping to block the measure, but failed when two Democrats joined Republicans to move the amendment forward, according to NBC Washington. The state had already passed a similar amendment in 2011 but a new amendment was necessary because Virginia opted to let the federal government set up the exchange rather than set up...