State Government

Heavy Hitters on the Campaign Trail
2:52 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Get Out the Vote

In an off-year election, when there are no presidential candidates, voter turnout is usually low. 

Polls may give the race to one candidate, but victory could go to another if he or she can get supporters to actually show up and cast a ballot. 

That’s why both Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe are campaigning this week with their party’s biggest stars. 

“It is my pleasure to introduce to you a great governor, a great leader, a man in the tradition of Ronald Reagan – Governor Bobby Jindal.”

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2013 Gubernatorial Election
4:08 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Dueling Gun Control Ads

A new round of attack ads are being lobbed in Virginia’s heated off year election.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is dropping more than one million dollars in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. The first ad shows images of the Virginia Tech and Navy Yard shooters as the announcer lambasts the Republican candidate’s positions on guns.

The National Rifle Association is up with its own ad supporting Republican state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain in Virginia’s race for attorney general. It attacks Democratic state senator Mark R. Herring.

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2013 Gubernatorial Election
4:26 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

October Quinnipiac Political Poll

Based on the latest Quinnipiac Poll, if the election for Virginia Governor were held today, Democrat Terry McAuliffe would beat Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by a significant margin.

The spread itself isn't different from the last Quinnipiac poll.  But  the survey contained the revelation that if most supporters of Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis changed their minds, the shift would not fall in Cuccinelli's favor.

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Virginia Public Access Project
10:42 am
Mon October 21, 2013

VaNews for 10.21.13

There are ongoing concerns about the financial health of  the Virginia Retirement System and plenty of speculation about who’ll be in control of the state senate a few months from now. Those stories have been among the most clicked this past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at VPAP.org .

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Debt Deal
7:54 am
Thu October 17, 2013

VA Lawmakers On Both Sides of the Debt Deal

Virginia lawmakers split their votes last evening on the deal to open the government and avoid a potential default.

Even in the face of a potential default, Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith says he just couldn’t support the compromise.

“I campaigned on not voting to raise the debt ceiling unless there were some significant changes in the law that would help the United States of America, and particularly the 9th District of Virginia.”

But Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says the gridlock on display the last couple weeks will have a lasting impact.

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