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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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Live Coverage: 2015 Election Results

Augusta Free Press reports live with updated numbers and final results from the 2015 Virginia local and General Assembly elections.


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P. Diddy as the rational voter

Back in 2004, rapper P. Diddy started an organization called Citizen Change and launched a campaign called Vote or Die. Diddy and the campaign were subsequently mocked in some circles, notably the popular TV show South Park.


An election worth voting in

An election that won’t happen for a year and a half and is likely to pit two disastrously bad presidential candidates against each other dominates the news, but here in Charlottesville there’s a local election on June 9th worth bothering with.


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Del. Mark Sickles comments on Governor McAuliffe’ signing election bills

Today, Governor McAuliffe signed HB 2056 and HB 2062, bipartisan bills amending existing law that will improve administration of elections while saving scarce taxpayer dollars.


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Change in polling place for Stuarts Draft voters

The Augusta County Electoral Board has begun mailing notices and new voter cards to voters in the Stuarts Draft Rescue precinct announcing the change of polling place from the Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad to the gym at Ridgeview Christian School.


Ken Plum: Virginia General Assembly session under way

The General Assembly convened for its annual session on January 14. Although the session scheduled to adjourn at the end of February is termed “the short session,” it will have a full agenda of opportunities and challenges.


Voters return convicted politician to House of Delegates

Rare bipartisan unity is breaking out in Richmond on the eve of the beginning of the 2015 Virginia General Assembly session in the wake of Tuesday’s surprise win for Joe Morrissey.


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Robert Hurt: Advancing solutions for a stronger America

It is my hope that our colleagues in the Senate will take up the good bills coming out of the House and join us in advancing policies to build a stronger America for our children and grandchildren.


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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.


Del. Sam Rasoul calls for amending U.S., Virginia constitutions to limit corruption

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has announced that he will call for changes to the constitutions of both the United States and Virginia during the upcoming 2015 General Assembly session. Rasoul aims to restore fairness to elections and end gerrymandering via the legislation.


The Top News Stories of 2014

This edition of Inside the Newsroom dives into the Top News Stories of 2014. Host Crystal Graham and Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham have it narrowed down to five, topping the list with the trial, conviction and pending sentencing of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on corruption charges.


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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.


House Speaker Bill Howell announces re-election campaign

Virginia House of Delegate Speaker and 28th District Delegate William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced his campaign for re-election to the House of Delegates in an online web video Thursday.


Richmond Democratic Del. Joe Morrissey resigns, will run in special election

Embattled Richmond Democratic Del. Joe Morrissey finally heeded calls from fellow lawmakers to resign after entering an Alford plea on charges that he engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with an underage staffer, formally stepping down on Thursday.


Ken Plum: On the agenda for the Virginia General Assembly

One of the most frequently asked questions of me this time of year is, “What will the General Assembly be doing when it meets?”


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McAuliffe announces $28 million for new voting machines across Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that he is including $28 million in his budget to provide new voting machines to precincts across Virginia.


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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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The country has spoken: Time to change direction on tax extenders

As the post-election lame duck session gets underway, Congress has an excellent opportunity to show that they’ve heard the American people loud and clear by acting on tax extenders.


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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.


Will Hammer: Thank you, and an announcement

Libertarian Party congressional nominee Will Hammer thanks his supporters and offers a post-election announcement.


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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Speaker Howell sets special election date in 34th House of Delegates district

House Speaker Bill Howell issued a writ of election for the 34th House District, setting Jan. 6, 2015 as the date of the special election to fill the seat that will be vacated by Del. Barbara Comstock.


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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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Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham talks politics on WREL

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham joins host Jim Bresnahan on WREL-1450AM in Lexington, Va., to talk news and politics.


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Mark Warner: Political damaged goods?

As of Tuesday, about 7 p.m. or so, Mark Warner was still the Democrat with the magic touch in “real Virginia,” the Harvard-educated lawyer who embraced NASCAR, beloved out this way for getting Virginia Tech Hokies football into the ACC.


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Planned Parenthood congratulates Mark Warner on Senate victory

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia publicly congratulated Senator Mark Warner on his victory over Ed Gillespie in Tuesday’s election.


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U.S. Sen. Mark Warner on Senate election outcome, Ed Gillespie

Statement from U.S. Sen. Mark Warner on the final outcome in the 2014 Senate election and the concession in the race from his opponent, Republican Ed Gillespie.


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Ed Gillespie concedes U.S. Senate race

Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie has formally conceded the Virginia U.S. Senate race to Democrat Mark Warner, saying in a Friday news conference that a recount, permissible under state law due to the race’s tight margin, would not make a difference.


VCU to host symposium, gala on the 25th anniversary of Doug Wilder’s election

VCU will host a symposium and a gala to commemorate the 25th anniversary of L. Douglas Wilder becoming the nation’s first popularly elected African-American governor.


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Randy Forbes calls for renewed push to avert defense sequestration

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) announced today a renewed push to pass H.R. 733 and remove the Department of Defense from sequestration cuts.


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Update on post-election count, process for certifying Senate winner

Yesterday, each of Virginia’s 133 local electoral boards began the routine process of canvassing their precinct results from the November 4 general election.


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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.


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Toocloseforcomfort: Mark Warner wins Senate re-election by razor-thin margin

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner didn’t run like an incumbent upon 25 points in the polls in the early summer. He must have seen something that the rest of us couldn’t see.


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How Election Night will go in Virginia: Can Ed Gillespie shock the world?

If you watch the election returns tonight like you watch a football game, the first quarter of the Mark Warner-Ed Gillespie game might surprise you, when you see Gillespie get on the board with an early touchdown.


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Virginia Beach and Newport News report voting machine calibration issues

The Virginia Department of Elections was notified this morning that both Virginia Beach and Newport News are experiencing technical difficulties with their AccuVote TSX Touch Screen voting machines.


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New photo ID requirement will be in effect for all Virginia voters

Virginia voters will have an opportunity to cast a ballot at their polling place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. today. All voters are now required to show an acceptable form of photo ID.


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Pundits split on midterms: Winds blowing toward Republicans?

University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato is forecasting a Republican wave in the 2014 midterm elections on Tuesday.