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Libertarian Senate candidate Robert Sarvis on Millennials support

Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Robert Sarvis released the following statement in response to a Christopher Newport University poll finding that he has more than twice the support of Republican Ed Gillespie among Virginians between the ages of 18 and 35.


Andy Schmookler: Concerned about where our nation is heading?

Are you, like me, unhappy about where you sense our nation is heading? Do you, like me, fear that the prospects for our children and grandchildren will be darker than what we have known?


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Hunch: Republicans win Senate, with Obama impeachment as spoils?

Republicans took aim at winning a Senate majority in the 2014 midterms early last year, and as of this writing are the odds-on favorite to achieve their aim. The reward: impeachment.


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Bob Goodlatte: Protecting your healthcare plan

If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it. Right? Well, despite President Obama’s promises that under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, you could keep your healthcare plan, millions of Americans have discovered that is simply not true.


Robert Sarvis becomes first in U.S. Senate race to embrace term limits

U.S. Term Limits, the nation’s oldest and largest term limits advocacy group, praised Virginia U.S. Senate Candidate Robert Sarvis for promising to support and co-sponsor an amendment to the U.S. Constitution limiting congressional terms.


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Randy Forbes: My thoughts on government dysfunction

According to a Gallup survey released last year, Americans were more likely to name dysfunctional government as the most important problem facing the nation – more than the economy, unemployment, the deficit, and healthcare.


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Will GOP leaders embrace fair redistricting?

Tuesday’s historic decision by a federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia has paved the way for new congressional districts that better reflect Virginia’s unique demographics. The question being asked by Virginia Democrats: will Republican leaders who pushed the redistricting ultimately shot down by the federal judge support a new, fair approach to redistricting?


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Inside the latest media scare: Ebola

“I’m pretty sure I’ve got ebola.” This was my friend Eli. Who tends to be a hypochondriac. In addition to conspiracy theorist and the rest. Guy watches a lot of news.


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Supreme Court punts on gay marriage: How the GOP loses the White House, again

That the political winds are pushing Republicans is obvious not only to the Fox News-glued set. UVA politics professor Larry Sabato calls it the sixth-year itch; a second-term president, a lame-duck from the moment he is re-elected, historically struggles in his second midterm elections.


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Is Dave Brat suddenly afraid to debate?

Dave Brat was frustrated when powerful House Republican leader Eric Cantor seemed to be avoiding his requests for a debate during their congressional nomination race.


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Federal judge throws out Virginia congressional map

Virginia has until April 1, 2015, to prepare a new congressional district map after a federal judge ruled that the redistricting plan adopted by the General Assembly in 2011 is in violation of the 14th Amendment.


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Virginia Democrats comment on Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

The Supreme Court today denied a writ of certiorati in the case that overturned Virginia’s ban on gay marriages, making marriage equality finally legal for all Virginians.


Ken Plum: A Virginia Statesman

I first heard of Vincent F. (Vince) Callahan, Jr. in 1965 when he ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor of Virginia. It was his first run for political office, and while it may seem that he aimed high to start in those days it was easy to get the Republican nomination since the Republicans always lost.


Poll shows strong support for releasing Senate torture report

An overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans thinks that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence should make public its comprehensive report on the CIA’s detention and torture of terrorism suspects after 9/11.


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GOP partisans: McDonnell is not guilty, or they’re all guilty

Conservative waterboy Bart Hinkle has the Bob McDonnell appellate case all figured out: blame Obama. Or to take it to the extreme, indict Obama, because really, why not?


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Senate Democrats praise McAuliffe for creating good government commission

This afternoon, Senate Democrats praised Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s creation of a new commission to propose ethics, transparency, and various other good government reforms.


Calling out the Republicans: Obama hasn’t, so we must

If Barack Obama had become president at a time of normal politics, with a normal opposition party, there’s no telling how much he could have accomplished.


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Democrats deride wasteful, pointless Medicaid special session

When they first announced this week’s special session, Republican leaders in the General Assembly promised a “full and fair” debate on efforts to close the coverage gap — a promise both chambers have broken.


Angry white men on the right

I have been thinking about the anger of many white men, and why they’ve lent the force of that anger to the political right.


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Democrats decry do-nothing GOP after Medicaid special session

Virginia Democrats blasted House Republicans after an uneventful special session of the Virginia General Assembly came and went on Thursday without any action on Medicaid reform.


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Democrats: Republican need to keep promise on Medicaid coverage gap

In advance of Thursday’s floor session, Virginia Senate Democrats urged Republicans to close the health insurance coverage gap — they have promised a plan to do so — and expressed disappointment at the prospect of continued Republican intransigence.


Senate candidate Robert Sarvis introduces Bill of Rights scorecard

Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Robert Sarvis made the following statement in observance of Constitution Day, the day honoring the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.


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Governor McAuliffe statement on Medicaid Special Session

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today on this week’s special session of the General Assembly to consider proposals to expand access to healthcare for Virginians.


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McAuliffe signs SB362 allowing Secretary of Commerce and Trade to bring entrepreneurs into state government

Today at New Richmond Ventures, Governor McAuliffe signed SB362 which allows the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to coordinate with the private sector on issues related to entrepreneurship, and to solicit input on creative solutions to ongoing government issues.


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Hand in the cookie jar? Democrats raise issue with Terry Kilgore, tobacco commission

Yesterday marked yet another episode in the shady saga of Terry Kilgore as he continues to use his official Tobacco Commission chairmanship to benefit his family members.


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Senate Democrats respond to McAuliffe’s healthcare plan

While welcoming Gov. McAuliffe’s announcement of a ten-point plan to expand coverage and improve healthcare for more than 200,000 Virginians, Senate Democrats today urged Republicans to build on that progress by closing the coverage gap.


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Ed Gillespie spouting nonsense, GOP talking points, or both?

The world is coming to an end, and the reason why: Barack Obama. This was the message from Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie Monday in Buena Vista.


Politics Notebook: Dems blast Bill Stanley healthcare tour, new Gillespie Senate ad

Virginia Democrats are raising issue with State Sen. Bill Stanley and his healthcare tour in Southside Virginia.


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Mark Warner on the issues

Statements from U.S. Sen. Mark Warner on his visit to Buena Vista on Monday on student debt, the V-A scandal and Iraq.


Chris Graham: The erosion of America from within

So much ink and code has been devoted to the biggest problem facing America being Democrats and Republicans not being able to get along.


Robert Sarvis: Ferguson crisis highlights race disparities, militarization of law enforcement

In response to the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Mo., Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate of Virginia, Robert Sarvis, released the following statement.


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Mark Obenshain: Wait, what? Voter fraud?

Democrats are alleging massive voter fraud … wait, what? Coming from the party that routinely denies any possibility of voter fraud, Richmond Democrats’ new-found obsession with the issue is highly entertaining.


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President Obama on economy, international situations, more at Dem event

Remarks at a Democratic Senate Campaign Committee event in Tisbury, Mass., from President Barack Obama on the economy, international situations and more.


Andy Schmookler: Dispirited Liberal America

Some of my liberal friends say they have lost all hope for American democracy, and a great many others act as if they had.


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Democrats raise issue with anti-Muslim statement from Virginia Republican Party official

Virginia Democrats are calling on Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie to condemn a Facebook post from Republican Party of Virginia treasurer Bob FitzSimmonds suggesting that Muslims have contributed nothing to the American social fabric.


Virginia Democrats on the anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the passage of Medicare and Medicaid by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In response to this historic milestone, Virginia Democrats’ Executive Director Robert Dempsey released the following statement.


President Obama: Let’s go out there and work

President Obama at a private event in Los Angeles: “I’ve got two years left in this presidency. I want to get a whole bunch of stuff done. I need your help. So let’s go out there and work.”


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Poll: Warner with huge lead on Gillespie, Sarvis in Senate race

A new Roanoke College poll out Wednesday has Democrat Mark Warner comfortably ahead of Republican challenger Ed Gillespie and Libertarian Robert Sarvis.


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Remarks by President Obama on jobs, economy

Remarks by President Obama on jobs and the economy today at an event at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, McLean, Virginia.


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President Obama in Austin, Texas, speaking on economy

President Obama speaks at an event in Austin, Texas, on the economy, jobs and the political culture in Washington, D.C.


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Democrats say Ed Gillespie is out of touch on minimum wage issue

What is the face of a minimum wage worker? Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie thinks he knows.


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Bob Goodlatte and term limits: Time to forgive and move on

Every two years, Bob Goodlatte is reminded of a campaign promise he made way back in 1992, when he was making his first bid for the Sixth District congressional seat.


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How a fairer tax code can improve America’s infrastructure

As Congress heads home to celebrate the Fourth of July, it leaves with two critical issues unaddressed. The first is the increasing – and troubling – trend of big corporations essentially giving up their American citizenship and reincorporating overseas to reduce their U.S. taxes.


Andy Schmookler: We see now more clearly all that the Supreme Court stole from the American people in Bush v. Gore

The decision in Bush v. Gore was so disgraceful on the face of it that the Court itself warned against using its “reasoning” in other cases. The five conservative justices elected Bush president.


Pushing buttons? Open carry guys seem to want their guns taken away

The open carry gun groups sure are getting what they want. If what they want is more public pressure to put restrictions on gun rights.


Another Democratic legislator resigns

Richmond Democratic State Sen. Henry Marsh has joined the parade of Democrats leaving the Virginia General Assembly.


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And just like that: Emmett Hanger has already beaten the Tea Party at its own game

Just a couple of weeks ago, 24th District State Sen. Emmett Hanger was looking vulnerable, and I told him as much in what turned into a series of emails between the two of us.


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Democrats: Appearance of due process?

Virginia Democrats are pointing to emails obtained by The Times-Dispatch as clear evidence that House GOP Delegate Terry Kilgore was complicit in Senator Phillip Puckett’s resignation.


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Times-Dispatch: Emails show planning between Puckett, Kilgore

“Terry spoke to us today about announcing your role w/ the Commission in conjunction with what he said is your intention to announce your Senate plans tomorrow,” an email dated June 5 from Tim Pfohl, the interim executive director of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, to Phil Puckett, a Democratic state senator at that point two days away from announcing his resignation.


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Democrats respond to GOP on Medicaid expansion

In response to House Republicans’ release of a white paper arguing that Gov. Terry McAuliffe lacks the authority to close the coverage gap, Democratic leaders in the General Assembly issued the following statements.