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  • Looking at GOP effect in Virginia's off- off-year legislative elections

    One of the truisms of Virginia politics is that our odd-year state elections, particularly those like this year’s when only the state Senate and House of Delegates are on the ballot, tap an electorate that’s more Republican than other years. The idea is that voters in off- off-year elections tend to be older and more conservative than the larger numbers that turn out when presidential or gubernatorial candidates top the ballot.
  • McAuliffe on bills, campaign season, Cuba, uranium and Clinton

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe spoke to an area group of bankers and business people today on the 23rd floor of the Richmond Federal Reserve building. And I'm going to warn you, there's not a ton of news here, so if you've heard the governor say "New Virginia...

    Virginia state Senate races poised to be big-dollar affairs

    Minutes after the 2015 legislative session was complete, Gov. Terry McAuliffe told reporters he was going to make sure the partisan makeup of next year's session would be different. The Democratic governor predicted his party was going to retake...

    An encouraging slogan, not so upbeat family name for Libertarian's 10 district candidate

    He’s got an encouraging campaign slogan, given our ever more bitter partisan bickering: “Live and Let Live.” His family name, alas, is less upbeat. Carl R. Loser is the Libertarian Party candidate for the state Senate’s 10th...

    General Assembly approves tighter ethic rules as session comes to an end

    General Assembly approves tighter ethic rules as session comes to an end
    RICHMOND — After hours of back and forth at the end of a 45-day legislative session, House and Senate negotiators struck a deal on new ethics reforms and brought the 2015 General Assembly session to a close. The new ethics rules would cap gifts...