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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,...

    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...

    Next Miller ‘work day’ takes him back to Lake County

    By Christine Show, Staff Writer TAVARES — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Craig Miller will spend a day working at a Lake County tire shop next week. Craig, who is vying for the seat currently held by two-term Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill...