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Suffolk University/USA Today poll shows voters favoring Democrats heading into midterms

Voters nationwide overwhelmingly disapprove of the job Congress is doing, and while neither party is well loved at present, the Democrats are seen more favorably than the GOP heading into midterm elections that have the potential to tip the power balance in Washington, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today national poll of registered voters. 


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Local Democrats announce fall benefit to Paint the Valley Blue Again!

The Democratic Committees of Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro will hold a first-ever Joint Social and Silent Auction Fall Benefit on Oct. 1.


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House Republicans advance anti-worker wage bill

A GOP-controlled committee advanced a bill prohibiting agencies from requiring state contractors to pay their workers a prevailing wage.


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What do Democrats want in 2020? They dunno

Democrats want somebody new, somebody young, to carry the torch for them for president in 2020. They also want Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.


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State Senate Democrats elect Mamie Locke caucus chair

The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus elected Senator Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) to serve as the next Caucus Chair in a vote on Thursday.


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Democrats comment on committee meeting on election readiness

Democrats made the following statements in response to today’s meeting of the House and Senate Committees on Privileges and Elections.


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I wish ‘We’re the greatest!’ weren’t such good politics

Let me first try to make sure I’m not misunderstood. I am not saying that I wish the Democrats had done anything different at the convention.


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How many #NeverTrump folks will stay the course to November?

The Democratic Party of Virginia sent a note to media over the weekend highlighting statements from Virginia Republicans who don’t like Donald Trump.


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Virginia Young Democrats oppose Republican voting rights suit

Virginia Young Democrats commented on the Republican suit against Gov. McAuliffe for restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 Virginians.


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Democrats critical of Supreme Court appointment process

Democrats are saying the election of Stephen R. McCullough to the Virginia Supreme Court brings to an end a drawn-out, botched judicial process.


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Bernie Sanders nudges Hillary Clinton on Social Security

Bernie Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton to back a plan to strengthen Social Security and to reject any cuts to Social Security.


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Democrats critical of House Republican Right to Work push

The House of Delegates passed a constitutional amendment providing for a November referendum on placing right to work language in the Virginia Constitution.


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House Democrats throw shade at GOP jobs plan

Virginia House Republicans introduced their plan to create jobs in Virginia in 2016. House Democrats see some flaws in their plan.


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Democrats, AFL-CIO critical of Right to Work push

Senate Republicans pushed through a proposed amendment that seeks to insert Virginia’s existing Right to Work law into the state constitution.


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Tight race: Clinton up three on Sanders in New Hampshire in new poll

Hillary Clinton has a solid lead nationally, but a new New Hampshire poll has her up just three points on Bernie Sanders.


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Virginia Democrats respond to Obama executive actions on guns

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and other Virginia Democratic Party leaders responded positively to the executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence announced today by President Obama.


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Clinton lays out agenda to promote LGBT equality

Hillary Clinton announced today new proposals that would promote equality and protect the LGBT community from discrimination.


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Senate Democratic leaders respond to McAuliffe budget

In response to Governor McAuliffe’s unveiling today of his proposed biennial budget, Senate Democrats made the following statements.


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Poll: Latest views on guns, mass shootings

Republicans are less likely than Democrats – and, in some cases, even gun owners – to see gun violence as a greater threat than terrorism, and are more likely to advocate for more guns as a way to reduce shootings, according to results from the latest Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll.


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House, Senate Democrats comment on McAuliffe gun safety action

Virginia House and Senate Democrats offered praise for the announcement from Gov. Terry McAuliffe regarding an executive order issued Thursday aimed at preventing gun violence in the Commonwealth.


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Poll: Republicans have enthusiasm advantage heading into fall General Assembly elections

A generic ballot test of Virginia voters has Democrats and Republicans running close to neck-and-neck among all voters. But among likely voters, the advantage swings noticeably to Republicans heading into the final five weeks of the 2015 election season.


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Virginia Democrats launch TV ads in three State Senate races

Today, three Democratic Senate candidates launched TV ads in the Richmond, Washington and Hampton Roads media markets.


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Who’s happier in marriage: Democrats or Republicans?

Republican men and women are more likely than Democrats to say they are “very happy” in their marriages, according to a new report co-authored by University of Virginia sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox.


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Senate adjourns without taking action on redistricting

The Virginia State Senate adjourned a special session on Monday without addressing a call from Gov. Terry McAuliffe to address court-ordered changes to Virginia’s congressional districts.


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The Chris Graham Show: Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech, Democrats have issues in presidential race

The Chris Graham Show tackles two hot topics: the future of Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, and issues that Democrats could be facing soon in the 2016 presidential race. Those topics, plus a quick review of HBO drama “True Detective,” on The Chris Graham Show.


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Donald Trump divides the GOP: But Democrats have their own issues

The focus of those following the 2016 presidential race of late has been on how the Republican Party is coming apart at the seams trying to deal with Donald Trump.


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Mark Obenshain: Political motivations behind Democrats voter ID suit

Yesterday, Virginia Democrats filed suit to overturn the Commonwealth’s voter ID law. It’s a law backed by 70% of Americans, supported by every demographic group, and it even enjoys 60% approval among Democrats.


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Virginia Citizen Cabinet survey: Republicans, Democrats agree on key measures to resolve Social Security shortfall

Voice Of the People’s first survey of its newly established Virginia Citizen Cabinet finds overwhelming majorities of Republicans and Democrats agree on recommendations that would cover most of the looming Social Security shortfall.


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House Democrats comment on 2015 state budget

The Virginia House Democratic Caucus released the following statements on the 2015 budget that passed the House of Delegates today.


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Democrats critical of GOP right to work constitutional amendment

This afternoon, Senate Republicans echoed their House counterparts and voted to enshrine “right to work” in the Virginia Constitution. Delegate Dickie Bell’s (R – Staunton) constitutional amendment, HJ 490, passed on a straight party-line vote.


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Senate Republicans block local government living wage

Thursday afternoon, Senate Republicans once again blocked Democratic efforts to help ensure that Virginia’s working families earn a living wage.


Senate Democrats win pro-environment compromise on utilities bill

This afternoon, at Democrats’ behest, the Senate adopted a series of strongly pro-environment amendments that resolved substantial issues with SB 1349.


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Dems: Senate Republicans not taking ethics reform seriously

It’s been a rough week for ethics reform in the Virginia Senate. Earlier, Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment demonstrated his grave concern for the Commonwealth’s ethics issues by declaring them nothing more than a manufactured media crisis.


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Dems: Senate Republicans defeat, divide on same-sex marriage

In an afternoon meeting Tuesday, Republicans on the Senate Committee on Privileges & Elections defeated a resolution to formally repeal the Marshall-Newman ban on same-sex marriage (SJ 214), which was ruled unconstitutional last year in federal court.


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Democrats win battles: But Virginia Republicans win the war

Watching the State of the Commonwealth address with the sound down, one thing was obvious during the cutaway shots on applause lines during Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s speech.


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Unleash the hounds: Bob McDonnell, oppo research and Richmond

Bob McDonnell is about to pull two years of hard time in a federal prison for accepting loans and gifts from a political benefactor.


Ken Plum: Legislative redistricting remains an issue

Just last month a panel appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to look at ethics issues in state government recommended that Virginia establish an independent redistricting commission to draw legislative district lines.


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Democrats: Too fat, too happy, doomed?

Republicans have been imploding for 15 years as their moderate and Tea Party wings have engaged in open warfare against each other. Looks like Democrats are about to do the same, with the centrist and liberal-progressive wings ready to claw each other to death.


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Statement from Virginia Democrats on Governor McAuliffe’s budget plan

Statement from Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia on the budget proposal from Governor Terry McAuliffe.


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Senate Democrats call for Joe Morrissey to resign

The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus this afternoon joined House Democrats and Gov. McAuliffe in calling Del. Joe Morrissey’s immediate resignation.


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Virginia House Democrats statement on the conviction of Joe Morrissey

In light of his conviction for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the House Democratic Caucus calls for the immediate resignation of Delegate Joe Morrissey.


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Primary, or convention? How the battle in the 24th will play out

If Emmett Hanger wants a primary, Emmett Hanger gets a primary. That’s how Virginia state law is written. Backers of one of his potential Republican nomination opponents in the 24th Senate District want to change the rules to give district GOP committees the power to choose how a nominee is decided.


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Voters call for clarity: The IRS should listen

In November 2013, the IRS proposed a new definition of political activity that would have applied to 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.


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Does Jim Webb have a shot at presidential nomination?

Jim Webb became the first contender to formally throw his hat into the ring for 2016 this week, announcing the formation of an exploratory committee that jumpstarts his run for the Democratic presidential nomination.


Ken Plum: From polarization to compromise

The Senate is polarized between opposing points of view with a willingness to compromise being seen as a sign of weakness.


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Mark Obenshain: Ed Gillespie ran a strong campaign

Shortly after noon today Ed Gillespie told supporters that while close, the margin in his race for the United States Senate is not quite close enough.


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Riding the wave: Pressure is on Republicans, not Obama

The pundits have declared President Obama a lame duck in light of the wave that swept Republicans into power in the U.S. Senate this week.


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Crunching the numbers: Should Ed Gillespie have been favorite all along?

Give credit to the Ed Gillespie team for one thing: getting its voters energized and then to the polls. The comparisons to 2008 and 2012 show that victory was more possible than it even seems today knowing what we know now.


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A Republican wave? A big Dem poll skew? What the hell happened?

Conventional wisdom had Republicans big favorites to win a Senate majority, build on its strong House majority and pick up several governorships.


Compromise: A dirty word with the modern Republican Party

Never has “compromise” been treated as such a dirty word as by today’s Republican Party. Never has a party been less interested in working together to do the people’s business.