Government & Politics

An in-depth look at the issues and policies of our government from the local, state and national levels.

With incumbent Congressman Robert Hurt stepping down, one of the largest districts in the state is now up for grabs.  Candidates Jane Ditmar and Tom Garett met this week for the first in a series of debates.

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Virginia may have three open congressional seats this year, but the races aren’t all that contested. Only one of the seats is highly competitive. So what do the campaign finance numbers have to say about the congressional races this year? 

Some of the largest campaign war chests are being assembled in some of the safest seats in Virginia. Take Congressman Gerry Connolly, the Democrat from Northern Virginia. He’s raised about $1.6 million. And he has no challenger. 

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The United States Supreme Court may have thrown out the public corruption convictions for former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell. But that’s not the end of legal jeopardy for the couple.

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Republican leaders across Virginia are grappling with how to handle the latest round of controversy from Donald Trump. And they’re taking a variety of approaches.

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This week’s Democratic National Convention clearly addressed a variety of people, but when it comes to political strategy, some are more important than others. For the election of Hillary Clinton, the party is moving aggressively to reach them.