How did Kilgore lose in red-state Virginia?

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Story by Chris Graham The numbers at the top of the page on Election Night in Virginia were nothing if not surprising. Republicans Bill Bolling and Bob McDonnell swept to apparent victories in the lieutenant-governor and attorney-general races, respectively. Meanwhile, GOP candidates were holding on to a solid majority in the House of Delegates –…

Potts files suit to get into debate

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Story by Chris Graham Russ Potts has filed suit against the University of Virginia Center for Politics seeking a spot in the televised gubernatorial-candidates debate being sponsored by the center and WWBT-NBC12 in Richmond this weekend. A hearing on Potts’ suit has been scheduled for noon today in a federal court in Charlottesville. Potts, an…

Tweaking NCLB: Republican delegation to ask feds to ‘back off’

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The Top Story by Chris Graham When Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, brought up his concerns with respect to the No Child Left Behind education-accountability initiative during the news conference in 2003 in which he announced his candidacy for re-election to the Virginia General Assembly, it didn’t take long for fellow Republicans to paint a…

Don’t dump the Veep: Local Republicans advise president to stay the course

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The Top Story by Chris Graham The talk that President Bush might want to look somewhere other than Number One Observatory Circle for a running mate for this fall’s election is just that, talk. “The streets of Washington’s political district are filled with rumors and scenarios where Cheney disappears from the GOP ticket. Yet if…

Pres. Bush 49, Sen. Kerry 46: Poll numbers show Virginia really is in play

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The Top Story by Chris Graham Virginia wasn’t at all on Scott Rasmussen’s radar screen. The polling-firm head and Fox News Channel regular had been tracking several battleground states in the walkup to the 2004 presidential election. The Old Dominion, which has voted Republican in the past nine presidential-election cycles, wasn’t on that list at…

Was the governor ready for his closeup? Warner makes national debut with speech on big night at national convention

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The Top Story by Chris Graham   Gov. Mark Warner was able to deliver one particularly good line in his brief speech to the Democratic National Convention Thursday night. Noting that the Old Dominion hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964, Warner went Old Testament, invoking images of the Israelites fleeing Egypt to…

It’s the end of the no-car-tax as we know it: And not everybody feels fine

The Top Story by Chris Graham As House and Senate conferees struggle to work out the details of the state’s 2004-2006 budget, legislators outside of the spending maelstrom are focusing at least some of their attention on the revenue compromise that seemed to signal the end of the four-month-long budget impasse last week. One item…