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Sixth District Republican congressional forum set for Saturday

The final Sixth Congressional District Republican Congressional Candidates forum will be held this Saturday, February 24th, in the District’s Southern Region.

Sixth District Republican candidates forum set for Jan. 27

Invitations have been issued to all announced Republican candidates for the Sixth District congressional nomination to a Meet the Candidates Forum being held on Saturday, January 27th, beginning at 3 p.m. in Blue Ridge Community College Plecker Workplace Building.

House Republicans to introduce legislation prohibiting release of student information to third party groups

House Republicans announced legislation to protect student privacy by prohibiting state colleges and universities from releasing student directory information.

Suffolk University/USA Today poll: Growing dissatisfaction with Republicans

Voters are souring on the Republican Party, and they place more trust in the Democratic Party when it comes to healthcare.

GOP state budget will include 3% pay raise for state employees

The Republican state budget includes a 3% pay raise for state employees and funds to raise the starting salary of Virginia State Police.

Virginia Republicans swinging, missing with voters on issues

Virginia Republicans might be misreading public sentiment on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s push to restore the voting rights of ex-felons.

Andrew Griffin suspends Fifth District GOP campaign

Andrew Griffin issued the following statement announcing the suspension of his campaign for the Fifth District Republican nomination.

Bob Goodlatte: A new energy tax? No thanks, Mr. President

President Obama’s new proposal to tax oil and potentially raise the price of a gallon of gas by up to 25 cents is harmful.

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Thirty Second District elected officials endorse Randy Forbes for Congress

Congressman Randy Forbes announced today that over 30 of the region’s most well-respected public servants have endorsed his campaign.

Andrew Griffin announces candidacy for Fifth District congressional seat

Republican Andrew Griffin announced his candidacy for the Fifth District congressional seat in Virginia on Wednesday.

Virginia Republican Party drops primary loyalty oath

The Virginia Republican Party decided on Saturday to drop its plans to require March 1 primary voters to pledge their loyalty to the party.

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Podcast: AFP editor Chris Graham talks Iowa

Donald Trump skipped the Fox News Republican debate, the final chance to speak to voters before the Iowa caucuses on Monday.

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Bernie can’t win? Sanders polls better than Clinton in swing state

New polling from the University of New Hampshire has Bernie Sanders outperforming Hillary Clinton against the Republican field in the Granite State.

Poll: Trump maintains big lead in New Hampshire

More polls have Republican frontrunner Donald Trump trailing in Iowa, but a new Public Policy Polling survey in New Hampshire has the billionaire leading big there.

Republican lawmaker: Trump ‘bullying’ will not work in Virginia

Donald Trump blasted the Virginia Republican Party in a series of tweets on Sunday, expressing his upset over a required oath by March primary voters.

Poll: Plurality dismiss War on Christmas

Good news: more of you think the notion pushed by the right that there is a War on Christmas is nonsense.

Live Coverage: Fox Business Network Republican Party presidential debate

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham leads our live coverage of the Fox Business Network Republican Party presidential debate. Candidates on the stage include Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul.

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Del. Steve Landes receives national award for fighting welfare fraud

Del. Steve Landes was honored with the Foundation for Government Accountability’s 2015 Protecting the Vulnerable Award Monday for his leadership in the state to prevent fraud and protect the state’s welfare programs for the truly needy.

Earth Talk: Where do the Republican presidential hopefuls stand on environmental issues?

In recent decades, Republicans have certainly been far less sympathetic to environmental causes than the Democrats, and this year’s batch of candidates for the party’s presidential nomination is no exception.

Podcast: The solution to Republican debate problems?

Republican presidential candidates have taken their complaints about the liberal media bias tainting their TV debates to … the liberal TV media. Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham discusses the debate issue with Jim Bresnahan on WREL-1450 in Lexington, Va.

Republican Christian heritage ad: How not to do political marketing

The goal for any marketing campaign is to get attention to whatever it is you’re trying to get attention to, and to prod a specific action as a form of reaction. In that context, let’s look at the ad insert in the News Leader in Staunton from Augusta County Republicans.

House Republican leaders critical of McAuliffe executive order on guns

Virginia House of Delegates Republican leaders responded Thursday to Executive Order 50, released by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Poll: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump lead party nomination battles in Virginia

Hillary Clinton maintains a solid lead among Virginia Democrats, and Donald Trump has a small lead among Virginia Republicans, according to new polling data from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

Kevin Carson: Reason’s misplaced condescension

A common negative stereotype of the conventional “pot-smoking Republican” variety of libertarian is their condescending dismissal of anyone who disagrees with them as “not understanding economics.”

What do we want? Virginia voters leaning Republican, but support Democratic issues

Polling done this week by Christopher Newport University shows that Virginia voters are leaning Republican in the 2015 Virginia General Assembly races. But at the same time, voters are showing strong support for policy positions on key issues like minimum wage, gun control, payday lending restrictions and redistricting reform advocated by Democratic candidates.

Poll: Ben Carson closing in on Donald Trump?

Surgeon Ben Carson is surgin’ in the Republican polls, according to a new survey of voters by CBS News and the New York Times.

President Rick Perry? It’s still too early to pick a Republican nominee based on polls

Do you remember who had the lead in the Republican presidential race four years ago this week? Of course you don’t, because you know it doesn’t matter who is ahead in the odd-year September.

Jim Gilmore not included in CNN Republican presidential debates

Jim Gilmore will not be among the 16 candidates on the stage at the two CNN Republican Party presidential debates scheduled for Sept. 16.

Donald Trump is right: Seriously, Ben Carson?

Donald Trump, for once, has a valid point, when he asks, “Who is Ben Carson to question my faith?” I mean, Trump has made it clear that he thinks the Bible is a good book, awesome, the best book of all time, and that’s enough for me.

Quinnipiac: Donald Trump leads Republican presidential field

Good news for Donald Trump, bad news for Donald Trump. The good news: a new Quinnipiac University poll has him building on his lead among Republican presidential candidates.

Letter: Support Derek Almarode for Augusta County sheriff

We have some important elections coming up this November, and one is the highly-contested Augusta County sheriff’s race. We have one Republican nominee – Derek Almarode. But he doesn’t just have carry the title of “nominee,” he has the merits of someone who is worthy to earn the position of sheriff of Augusta County.

Public Policy Polling: Donald Trump with commanding lead in New Hampshire

Donald Trump continues to surge in New Hampshire, with a new Public Policy Polling poll of Granite State voters putting the billionaire mouthpiece at 35 percent, well ahead of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, in second in New Hampshire at 11 percent.

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Mark Obenshain: I’m with Scott Walker

America needs conservative leadership. Scott Walker is a reform-minded leader with the executive experience to allow him to transform the way Washington works.

Winners and Losers: Republican Presidential Debate

Who knew that the folks at FNC could be hard on Republicans? Well, OK, they were hard on Donald Trump, and they don’t seem to think he’s an actual Republican.

Live Coverage: The first Republican presidential debate

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham leads our live coverage of the first Republican Party presidential debate. Follow along in the comments section for the play-by-play from the debate, and feel free to join in with your observations, questions and more.

What’s pushing Donald Trump to the top of the Republican presidential line?

Donald Trump, somehow, some way, has the lead right now in the Republican Party presidential nomination polls. Which means about as much as being the favorite to win the football game weeks out before the big game.

Defeated Republican State Senate candidate Dan Moxley blasts gay marriage ruling

Defeated 24th District Republican State Senate nomination candidate Dan Moxley issued a response to the recent Supreme Court ruling on the topic of homosexual marriage in the United States.

Libertarian Will Hammer has qualified for the 20th House District ballt

Will Hammer has qualified for November’s Virginia House District 20 ballot. Hammer, the Libertarian candidate who ran against Representative Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) last year, is facing incumbent Delegate Dickie Bell, a Republican.

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AFP endorses Emmett Hanger in 24th Senate Republican primary

Emmett Hanger bristles when it is suggested that he isn’t a conservative, for good reason. The 20-year veteran of the State Senate of Virginia has the endorsements of the National Rifle Association, the National Federation of Independent Business and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Republican State Senate candidate Dan Moxley endorsed by VCDL-PAC

The Virginia Citizens Defense League-PAC has endorsed Republican State Senate candidate Dan Moxley in his bid to unseat 24th District State Sen. Emmett Hanger.

Even Osama bin Laden acknowledged climate change

Your average Republican will tell you climate change is bunk. Osama bin Laden, otherwise stuck in the sixth century, conceded the 21st century reality.

Poll: Ted Cruz has Republican presidential momentum

It’s a crowded Republican 2016 presidential field, and Ted Cruz is trying to fight his way to the top tier.

Dan Moxley endorsed by Greene County Supervisor Eddie Deane

Republican Dan Moxley was endorsed today by Greene County Board of Supervisors member, Rev. Eddie Deane, for the 24th State Senate District’s Republican nomination. Deane also pastors a church in Rockingham County.

Stark Choices: People’s budget vs. Republican plan

The annual federal budget debate typically doesn’t excite many folks outside the Washington beltway. And with good reason – the Republican budget process is intended to lull the public to sleep by staying short on details and long on damaging provisions that will hurt low-income and middle-class families.

Analysis: Ted Cruz uses Virginia as backdrop for presidential campaign rollout

Liberty University was an obvious choice as backdrop for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to roll out his 2016 presidential campaign. But don’t overlook the fact that Liberty University also happens to be in Virginia, and the role that Virginia will play in the 2016 campaign.

Dan Moxley gets local businessman endorsement

Republican 23th State Senate District candidate Dan Moxley was endorsed for office today by local Augusta County business owner, former Augusta County Republican Committee Secretary and North River Magisterial District Chair, and former United States Navy Congressional Appropriations Committee Liaison Officer, Al Katz.

State Senate candidate Dan Moxley endorsed by Larry Nordvig

Republican state senate candidate Dan Moxley was endorsed today by former naval aviator, Fox News guest, former Richmond Tea Party Executive Director, and now Powhatan County Supervisor, Larry Nordvig.

Moxley campaign files motion for federal intervention in nomination case

Republican State Senate candidate Dan Moxley’s campaign filed a motion for intervention in support of the Republican 24th State Senate District’s Legislative District Committee’s federal lawsuit against Virginia’s Incumbent Protection Act in the Virginia Western District Federal Court yesterday.

Republican Senate candidate Marshall Pattie prepares for primary against Hanger

Marshall Pattie, Augusta County Supervisor for the North River District, announced his renewed commitment to seek the Republican nomination for the 24th Senate district seat for the 2015 election against incumbent Senator Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon in a primary to be held on Tuesday, June 9.

Republican turnover in Virginia General Assembly

Interesting perspective from former Republican Del. Chris Saxman, now the executive direction of the Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education, on news on two recent retirements from the Virginia General Assembly.