Federal Government

Election 2014
6:25 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Warner Ready to Suit Up for Another Term, Gillespie not Ready to Concede

Virginia Senator Mark Warner is claiming victory in his reelection contest, while his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie isn’t conceding.

While Republican challenger Ed Gillespie painted Warner as a rubber stamp for President Obama, Warner is promising voters he’s going to continue working across the aisle, like on the Gang of Six he joined to try to reach a bipartisan budget agreement to avoid sequestration. His campaign promises may now be tested when the new Republican controlled Senate convenes in January. Warner says he’s ready for the task. 

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Election 2014
6:12 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Dave Brat Wins the 7th; Vows to Pursue Republican Policies

As expected, Republican Dave Brat – who stunned the pundits by unseating Eric Cantor in the GOP primary – was victorious in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. It’s solidly Republican, and Brat won more than 60% of the vote.

Dave Brat took in more than a million dollars in campaign contribution, while his Democratic opponent raised less than half as much, and while the Republican candidate thanked his supporters, he praised God for his success.

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Election 2014
6:40 am
Mon November 3, 2014

2014 Election Spending Down Significantly from 2012

Gillespie and Warner.
Credit CNN

Despite the influx of ads, Virginia’s Senate race hasn’t attracted the outside spending it did in 2012.

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Government & Politics
5:40 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Predicting US Energy Policy in GOP Senate

What would the nation’s energy policy look like if Republicans capture the Senate this fall? Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo caught up with Virginia lawmakers and energy analysts to find out the potential impact on the commonwealth. 

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Citizen Cabinet Sends a Message
4:27 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Voice of the People

United States Capitol Building, The National Mall, Washington, DC
Credit Jeffrey Zeldman, Creative Commons

Tired of government gridlock? A new group called Voice of the People is launching a Citizen Cabinet. It’s a standing online panel that uses technology to give people a direct link to Congress.

The Citizen Cabinet is still in the pilot states—with only three states initially participating—Virginia is listed as a purple swing state…Oklahoma is conservative red…and Maryland is liberal blue.

Organizers are trying to recruit about 500 households in Virginia, comprising a representative sample, demographically balanced to match census data.

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