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  • With Virginia Becoming A Liberal Hellhole, A Familiar Anti-Gun Face Says

    12/09/2018 12:27:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 67 replies ^ | December 9, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    <p>For Republicans in Virginia, it’s time to face facts. We’re slowly becoming Maryland. Yes, we may have a Republican state legislature, but majorities in both houses hang by a thread. The Northern Virginia suburbs, where I live, are chock full of insufferable liberals who drive the direction of the whole state. The days of this state going to the GOP are over. The Obamaites infested the Old Dominion and never left. The next gubernatorial election is not until 2021, but we already have one anti-gun voice that says he’s in: state Attorney General Mark Herring.</p>
  • A Virginia politician’s novel approach to personal scandal: Tell all before opponents do

    10/19/2018 4:22:09 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/19/2018 | Paul Schwartzman
    The history of American politics abounds with examples of leaders sunk by scandal, the dark details excavated by their enemies. Lee J. Carter, a Virginia state lawmaker with enough proverbial skeletons to crowd a graveyard, has taken it upon himself to beat any potential rival to the punch. In a whiplash-inducing confessional on Twitter, Carter, a Democratic delegate from Prince William County, recently told his 18,000 followers he needed to share details of his past before unidentified foes “try personal smears.”
  • Virginia Governor Set to Bypass Legislature to Join State-Based Climate Agreement

    09/21/2018 7:17:21 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 20, 2018 | Kevin Mooney
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is poised to implement a new regulation without legislative approval to join 10 other states in a climate change agreement based on restricting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.But lawmakers, policy analysts, and tea party activists in Virginia who oppose what they consider costly regulations of industry are raising questions about the economic and scientific arguments underpinning the proposed rule.They say the Virginia General Assembly should have a straight up-or-down vote on Northam’s plan, in part to ensure that any revenue the governor raises from “carbon trading” is collected and dispersed in a manner consistent...
  • Virginia Democrat accuses his party of gerrymandering in proposed redistricting map

    08/30/2018 6:46:59 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 30, 2018
    A Virginia state Democrat on Thursday accused his party of “gerrymandering in response to gerrymandering” during a special special session of the Virginia state legislature. “It’s a self-serving political power grab,” state Del. Steve Heretick said, according to The Washington Post. “It’s gerrymandering in response to gerrymandering. It’s tit for tat.” Virginia Democrats proposed a redistricting map on Wednesday that Republicans, as well as Heretick, have criticized. Thursday marked the start of the special session that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) called last week to redraw districts at the request of a federal court. The Post reported that lawmakers on...
  • BREAKING: Virginia Senate Votes To Expand Medicaid, Setting Up Final Passage

    05/30/2018 11:50:25 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 31 replies ^ | 05/30/2018 | Alice Ollstein
    After years of political battles and weeks of procedural delays, the Virginia State Senate voted 23 to 17 Wednesday afternoon to expand Medicaid to cover between 300,000 and 400,000 more low-income residents. Four Republicans joined every Senate Democrat in voting for the expansion. When the bill is signed into law, as expected later this week, Virginia will join 33 states and the District of Columbia in expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act — though Maine is currently fighting the expansion’s implementation. Virginia State Sen. Emmett Hanger Jr. (R), the sponsor of the Medicaid expansion amendment whose support got the...
  • GOP state Senator says he will support Va. Medicaid expansion

    04/06/2018 12:25:21 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/06/2018 | Nathaniel Weixel
    Virginia may be one step closer to expanding Medicaid, after a Republican state senator on Friday said he would be willing to buck his party and vote with Democrats. In an interview with The Washington Post, state Sen. Frank Wagner said he would support expansion, but only with certain conditions. He said he wants to ensure Medicaid recipients do not suddenly lose coverage if they earn too much money to qualify. Wagner also said he wants a tax break for middle-income people with insurance who are struggling with rising co-pays and deductibles. Medicaid expansion has put Virginia’s legislature in a...
  • Nick Freitas Delgate Culpepper VA on 2nd Amendment.

    03/04/2018 8:31:38 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 16 replies
    You Tube ^ | 3/3/18
    On FIRE: Watch this GOP Senate candidate stun Second Amendment snowflakes into recess Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas responded to Republicans being called “Nazis” by noting that the Democrats were the party of slavery. Video @ link
  • After wave of Democratic victories, a loss of political clout for Northern Va.

    02/04/2018 9:20:37 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb 4, 2018 | Antonio Alivo
    RICHMOND — The blue wave that leveled the balance of power in the General Assembly last fall was driven largely by voters in rapidly growing Northern Virginia, who swapped veteran Republicans for Democrats in counties such as Fairfax and Prince William. But it also wiped out much of the region’s seniority in the legislature, a key reason that many of the bills sponsored by Northern Virginia lawmakers — including several that aim to address specific problems in the D.C. suburbs — have failed to survive even a committee hearing. Down went a bill prohibiting cars from using bike lanes to...
  • 'Es cuando muere': Virginia Senate panel again kills bill to give immigrants driving cards

    01/25/2018 9:41:22 AM PST · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | January 25, 2018 | Robert Zullo
    Scores of supporters — many Spanish-speaking — of a bill that would provide a “driver-privilege card” to undocumented drivers got a tough lesson in the language of the General Assembly on Wednesday, when Republicans on the Senate Transportation Committee killed the legislation on a party-line vote. Despite initial cheers and applause at hearing the word “passed,” it quickly became clear that the bill by Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, would not advance out of committee for the third year in a row. “Passed by indefinitely es cuando muere (is when it dies),” one disenchanted supporter told another as dozens of people...
  • After election wipeout, Va. House Republicans avoid hot-button bills on abortion, LGBT rights

    01/16/2018 1:06:47 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 11 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 14, 2018 | Graham Moomaw
    In addition to more than a dozen departed Republicans, something else seems to have gone missing this year from the Virginia House of Delegates: conservative bills on contentious social issues like abortion and LGBT rights. More than 1,300 pieces of legislation have been filed in the House so far, but there are no bathroom bills, no bills to protect opposition to gay marriage and no bills to restrict access to abortion. The filing deadline isn’t until Friday, but many of the Republican lawmakers who attached their names to headline-grabbing bills in past sessions say they won’t push the legislation again...
  • Incoming Virginia Gov: Banning Private Gun Sales a Priority for 2018

    01/10/2018 10:36:07 AM PST · by rktman · 70 replies ^ | 1/10/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Incoming Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) indicates that banning private gun sales in the state will be a priority for 2018. In other words, he will continue to pursue the gun controls that outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) pursued but failed to secure. NBC Washington reports that Northam will be pushing “universal background checks for gun buyers.” This means private gun sales will be treated like retail sales, with a point-of-sale background checks required at time of purchase. Such a framework will require a law-abiding gun owner to seek out a government representative, a federal firearms license holder, and have...
  • Democrat Simonds concedes tied Newport News [VA] race

    01/10/2018 8:42:01 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 29 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | January 10, 2018 11:31 am | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    RICHMOND — Democrat Shelly Simonds has conceded the tied 94th District race out of Newport News that was decided by a random drawing last week. Simonds, who had suggested she might seek a second recount or contest the election, said she did not see any paths forward to challenge Republican Del. David Yancey’s re-election. She tweeted about 45 minutes before the General Assembly convened that she was conceding with “great disappointment.” I have conceded because I do not see any legal pathways forward and I want representation for the 94th district today. — Shelly Simonds (@shelly_simonds) January 10, 2018
  • Court denies Dem voters’ appeal in Fredericksburg [VA] area

    01/10/2018 7:34:38 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 20 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | January 10, 2018 10:11 am | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court denied Fredericksburg-area voters’ request to block Republican Bob Thomas from being seated in the House of Delegates, just hours before the General Assembly session began. A Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Richmond denied the motion seeking to keep Thomas from being seated due to dozens of people who voted in the wrong races in the Fredericksburg area. Thomas beat Democrat Joshua Cole by 73 votes. The decision cleared the way for Republicans to elect Del. Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights as House Speaker. In a separate race, Democrat Shelly Simonds has...
  • Republican wins Virginia seat that ended in a tie

    01/04/2018 8:20:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 4, 2017 | Reid Wilson
    Republican David Yancey will keep his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates after a state official pulled his name out of a bowl Thursday, deciding a contest that ended in a tie in November. Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds each received 11,608 votes in their Newport News-based district. Initial results showed Yancey leading by just ten votes. A recount gave Simonds a one-vote edge. But Republicans challenged a single ballot, resulting in a tie. Democrats sued to overturn the challenge, but on Wednesday a three-judge panel rejected their complaint. That led to Thursday’s drawing, in Richmond, out of a...
  • Drawing names Yancey [Republican] winner in disputed 94th [ VA] House District

    01/04/2018 8:27:25 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 18 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | January 4, 2018 11:12 am | Amanda Iacone
    WASHINGTON — Republican David Yancey won a drawing to break a tie in the disputed 94th District race in Newport News Thursday however his opponent is expected to challenge the decision, possibly seeking yet another recount. Control of the House of Delegates is at stake. A win by Yancey in the race would give Republicans enough votes to lead the chamber, selecting a Republican speaker – likely Kirk Cox – and choosing Republican committee chairs. Simonds replied that she may also still seek a second recount, a contest in the House of Delegates or “other legal options.”
  • Democrat will not file contest for Va. House election redo

    12/26/2017 3:11:43 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 9 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | December 26, 2017 4:47 pm | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    WASHINGTON — Democrat Joshua Cole will not contest his narrow election loss to Republican Bob Thomas, despite earlier indications that he was considering asking the House of Delegates for an election do-over. Thomas won the 28th District race by 73 votes. Cole had repeatedly raised concerns about the 147 total voters in the Stafford and Fredericksburg area who cast votes in the wrong races across the 28th, 88th and 2nd House districts because they were assigned to the wrong districts in a state voter registration database. Cole, who had signaled he was strongly considering filing a contest, will instead continue...
  • Officials delay breaking tie in Virginia race (Democrats trying to steal election.)

    12/26/2017 4:29:34 PM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 15 replies
    News Advance ^ | 12/26/2017 | Associated Press
    Election officials say they've postponed their plan to break a tie in a Virginia House race that could decide party control of the chamber. Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes confirmed the postponement Tuesday in an email to The Associated Press. Election officials had planned to draw names from a bowl Wednesday.
  • Virginia Democrat asks court to reconsider decision to declare House race a tie

    12/26/2017 4:35:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, December 26, 2017 | Elizabeth Elizalde
    A Virginia Democrat running for a seat in the state’s House of Delegates against her Republican opponent filed a motion Tuesday asking a court to reconsider its decision to tie the race. A recount appeared to declare candidate Shelly Simonds victorious over Republican delegate David Yancey by one vote last week. But a day later, a three-judge panel certified the tie with 11,608 to 11,608 in the 94th District in Newport News. Now, she’s arguing that the court failed to follow state election rules after a controversial vote was counted to tie the race. The Virginia State Board of Elections...
  • Tied Virginia House race to be decided by drawing name out of a bowl

    12/21/2017 12:05:31 PM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 21, 2017 | Dartunorro Clark
    Grab your popcorn. The Virginia Board of Elections announced on Thursday it would pick the winner of a closely-watched state House of Delegates race, in which the Democrat and the Republican each has 11,608 votes, using slips of paper placed in film canisters.
  • Virginia court tosses out one-vote victory that briefly ended GOP majority in House

    12/20/2017 12:03:10 PM PST · by Drew68 · 102 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 20 Dec 17 | Jim Morrison and Fenit Nirappil
    A three- judge panel declined to certify the recount of a key House race today, saying that a questionable ballot should be counted in favor of the Republican and tying a race that Democrats had thought they had won by a single vote. “The court declares there is no winner in this election,” said Circuit Court Judge Bryant L. Sugg, after the judges deliberated for more than two hours. The court’s decision leaves the race for the 94th District tied at 11,608 votes for each Del. David Yancey, the Republican incumbent, and Shelly Simonds, his Democratic challenger. And it leaves...