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Robert Hurt touts House GOP energy bill

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act of 2014, which expands onshore energy production, streamlines permitting processes and reduces unnecessary red tape.


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.


Democrats decry Virginia House GOP dirty tricks

Virginia Democrats are raising issue with the dirty tricks that they say House Republicans are using to make sure that 400,000 Virginians are denied their healthcare.


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Dave Brat announces communications director, schedule

Dave Brat, Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 7th District, announced Monday his public calendar for this week as well as his communications director.


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John Warner heads list of former GOP leaders backing Mark Warner

The re-election campaign of Senator Mark Warner today announced 16 former Virginia Republican elected officials who have endorsed Warner (D-VA) for his 2014 re-election bid.


Chris Graham: Eric Cantor lost to a sixteen

Think of Eric Cantor as a #1 seed, Dave Brat as a #16 seed, the primary as the opening game of an NCAA Tournament, and what that means in March.


Poll: Cantor loss reflection of unpopular GOP leadership

A new Public Policy Polling survey conducted in the Seventh District Tuesday night finds that both House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the GOP House leadership are deeply unpopular in the district, even with Republican voters, and that likely led to his stunning loss in a Republican primary.


Chris Graham: What if McAuliffe were to veto the budget?

With Phil Puckett’s resignation throwing control of the State Senate back to Republicans, it’s looking like the budget stalemate that has tied up local and state government since the winter will lift as soon as Thursday.


Did House GOP resort to bribery to keep 400K Virginians uninsured?

Calling it a ‘new low in GOP health care obstructionism’, Americans United for Change issued the following statement reacting to the Washington Post’s reporting that Virginia House Republicans appear to have persuaded a Democratic senator to resign his seat.


Chris Graham: Declaring war on Bowe Bergdahl

The nonsense over Bowe Bergdahl, who Republicans for years wanted President Obama to do something to free from his Taliban captors, then cried foul over when Obama actually did, says a lot about where our national discourse is right now.


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Dave Brat campaign claims momentum after Laura Ingraham rally

Last night, at a standing room only rally headlined by conservative radio and TV host Laura Ingraham, Dave Brat received a raucous welcome from more than 660 constituents from all counties of the Seventh Congressional District.


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Radio host Laura Ingraham to host rally for Dave Brat

The Dave Brat Seventh District Republican nomination campaign is looking for a boost from a guest appearance by nationally syndicated conservative radio and TV host Laura Ingraham.


Sen. Warner named Fiscal Hero by nonpartisan Campaign to Fix the Debt

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) has been named a ‘Fiscal Hero’ by the nonpartisan Campaign to Fix the Debt for his leading role in assembling a bipartisan coalition to responsibly address our nation’s deficits and debt.


House GOP praises passage of USA Freedom Act

The House of Representatives today approved by a vote of 302-121 the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 3361), a bipartisan bill authored by Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.).


Obama: No isn’t the answer

There are legitimate debates to be had on issues like how to deal with long-term debt and healthcare. But those issues aren’t the focus right now, President Barack Obama noted in remarks at a private Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser in Potomac, Md., Monday night.


Analysis: The Virginia state budget impasse endgame

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates holding off the inevitable deal on Medicaid expansion need to declare whatever victory they can and get moving toward setting a state budget for 2014-2016.


Let’s play some Karl Rove on Karl Rove

You can’t negotiate a truce with a guy like Karl Rove, and you can’t make peace with him, either, by endlessly parsing his words. So how do you neutralize him? By playing his game.


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Former WRVA host to moderate Seventh District GOP event

Former WRVA host Doc Thompson will moderate a debate of sorts in the Seventh District Republican primary race between challenger Dave Brat and possibly including Congressman Eric Cantor.


Democrats tar Ed Gillespie as Obenshain clone, but is that good idea?

Virginia Democrats highlighted a comment from Mark Obenshain in which the 2013 Republican attorney general nominee said he and Ed Gillespie, a candidate for the GOP Senate nomination, share the same values.


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Tim Kaine comments on GOP move to block minimum wage vote

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance legislation that would raise the minimum wage.


Separate the two? Can’t have a budget without Medicaid vote, and vice versa

We’re hearing some talk that the perfect solution to the ongoing budget stalemate in Richmond would be to separate the two – voting now on a state budget, and then holding a special General Assembly session in the fall to consider Medicaid expansion.


Mark Warner response to GOP leaders on budget impasse

I continue to believe last October’s federal government shutdown was an affront to the taxpayers and our federal workforce, and it represented a self-inflicted wound that caused additional damage to our fragile economic recovery.


Chris Graham: Quick advice for Virginia House Republicans

They don’t want to hear this from me; they don’t want to hear it from anybody, really. But it needs to be said: Virginia House Republicans would be wise to pick another battle, because the Medicaid expansion fight is lost.


Report: Young conservatives support gay marriage?

Recent polls show record-levels of support for the freedom to marry. This surge in support is only possible due to a major shift in Republican attitudes on gay marriage.


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Gov. Terry McAuliffe statement on House GOP rejection of budget proposal

Gov. Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today following a vote by the House Appropriations Committee to “pass by indefinitely” his introduced budget, which closes the health care coverage gap and invests in Virginia state employees, teachers, sheriffs, first responders and a host of other core priorities:


Irish lobby to GOP: Let us back in

The Irish-American community knows all too well about the devastating impact of restrictive immigration laws, and they’re ready to make their voices heard loud and clear.


Video: Dems say ‘nothing’s changed’ with Ed Gillespie

On Thursday, Ed Gillespie appeared on the CPAC panel title “Reaching Out: The Rest of the Story.” The panelists were supposed to focus on how the GOP can better appeal to minority voters. However, the largely empty room heard the same divisive, tone-deaf rhetoric that Virginians heard during the 2013 election.


Video: Democrats on the attack against Ed Gillespie

The Democratic Party of Virginia released a new web video today, “What Virginia Women Want,” highlighting Ed Gillespie and the Virginia GOP’s inability to have a conversation with Virginia women without offending them.


Women’s Reproductive Health Caucus outlines challenges, successes

The Women’s Reproductive Health Caucus held a press conference Tuesday outlining their efforts to roll back extreme legislation backed by Republicans to obstruct women’s access to health care.


House GOP pushes passage of bill to enable members to defend state laws

On a mostly party-line vote on Monday, the House of Delegates passed HB 706, a bill that would give legal standing for any member of the General Assembly to defend a law that the Attorney General has deemed unconstitutional.


Ed Gillespie: Senate race is ‘winnable’ for GOP

Former Republican National Committee chair Ed Gillespie has concluded that the 2014 Senate race is “winnable” for Republicans, but he’s noncommittal on whether he will challenge Democratic incumbent Mark Warner.


Republican Party of Virginia survey does not ask about Medicaid

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe has made it clear that he will push for the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly have made it clear that they are opposed to Medicaid expansion.


Chris Graham: Where do Republicans go from here?

You’re in the moderate wing of the Republican Party. (You’re tired of being called a RINO.) You point to Ken Cuccinelli’s loss in the 2013 Virginia governor race and say, See, told ya so. Cuccinelli was too conservative to get elected in a state like Virginia.


Karen Kwiatkowski: Thoughts on the McAuliffe win in Virginia

For many conservative and libertarian Virginians, there is a dull sense of horror at the somewhat close election of uber-slimy Terry McAuliffe. We were subjected to nonstop negative ads, in particular focusing on women’s body parts. Anyone with a uterus was encouraged to “see something, say something,”


Winners/Losers: The 2013 Virginia elections

Winner: Terry McAuliffe This one is obvious. The Macker didn’t win by anywhere near the margin the final polls had indicated, but a win is a win is a win. Loser: Terry McAuliffe Also obvious. He wins by 10 points, he has a mandate. He wins by two, and he’s greeted by House Speaker Bill Howell trash-talking him.