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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.
  • Senate ethics stalwart Ralph Smith is retiring

    You don't see this all that often in politics -- but every once in a while a well-established legislator with a lock on a seat decides it's time to step aside for the next generation. That's what state Sen. Ralph Smith, R-Roanoke County, is doing,...

    Va. Republican state Sen. Ralph Smith announces retirement

    Roanoke County Republican Sen. Ralph Smith will not be seeking re-election. Smith announced Monday that he's not going to seek a third term representing the 19th Senate District. The conservative Smith defeated incumbent Brandon Bell, a moderate...

    Virginia legislators don't always report their lobbyist freebies

    Virginia legislators don't always report their lobbyist freebies
    Business interests spent nearly $9,000 hosting 32 elected officials at two plush Richmond events early in the 2014 General Assembly — and 30 of the politicians never mentioned it in their financial disclosure forms. The gap between what...

    Hints about the war for control of Virginia's state Senate

    Looking at the money state Senators have raised since their last elections hints at some interesting politics going on -- though much of it, confoundingly, is out around Roanoke. And that could be a sign the Democrats are going to pushing flat out to...