It’s a six decades-old Virginia rite of passage for aspiring statewide officeholders to attend the annual Shad Planking political event in Wakefield. While all contenders were not invited to speak at this year's gathering, those who are vying for U.S. Senator Mark Warner's seat were not intimidated by his keynote address—especially his presumptive Republican rival, Ed Gillespie.
Where can you get the best meal in the state? With so many culinary options from Abingdon to Norfolk, it might be hard for Virginia to agree on one.
The Virginia Tourism Corporation devised one way to pick Virginia’s best dish– and as National Relations Media Manager Richard Lewis explains they’re collecting votes, bracket-style. The contest has been narrowed down from 80 statewide contenders to the ‘Enticing Eight.’
While he didn't win the Virginia gubernatorial race last year, Libertarian Robert Sarvis pulled more than 6% of the vote—which is impressive for a third-party candidate--and enough for some to argue that he siphoned votes away from former Virginia GOP Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Now, fresh off that campaign, Sarvis is really trying to pull an upset and win the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Warner.
Sarvis says he's not delusional and knows the odds are against him, but he’s counting on voters who are tired of the two-party system.
There are now more than 240 farmers' markets statewide, an increase of about 180% since 2006.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says if every household in the state spends ten-bucks a week on locally-grown food, it would mean a $1.6 billion dollar investment back into the economy.
You can find a list of farmers' markets across Virginia here.