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Poll: Kaine early choice of Dems in 2012 Senate race

Tim Kaine has the solid support of Democratic primary voters in the early, early runup to the 2012 U.S. Senate race. The former governor and current chairman of the Democratic National Committee was the choice of 53 percent of those polled by Public Policy Polling late last month. Congressman Bobby Scott and former congressmen Tom […]


The AFP on WREL: Nov. 5, 2010

AFP editor Chris Graham joins WREL’s “Online with Jim Bresnahan” for their weekly wrap on Virginia news. The focus this week is on the midterm elections. The segment kicks off with a breakdown of the upset in the Fifth District, where Republican Robert Hurt knocked off Democratic incumbent Tom Perriello. Chris also analyzes the upset […]


Down in defeat: Virginia Dems licking wounds after Election Day bloodletting

Tom Perriello was the underdog yet again, and yet again got caught up in a political wave. The only difference – this one forced him to swim against the current. “I think what really torpedoed his chances here was the D next to his name,” said Isaac Wood, the House race editor at the University […]


The AFP on WREL: Oct. 22, 2010

AFP editor Chris Graham joins WREL’s “Online with Jim Bresnahan” to talk Virginia news and politics. The segment begins with Chris providing an update on the latest news in congressional races in the Fifth, Sixth and Ninth. Republicans appear poised to hold onto the Sixth District seat and take back the seat in the Fifth […]


Boucher holds steady lead over Griffith in Ninth

Democratic incumbent Rick Boucher has a double-digit lead over Republican Morgan Griffith in their race for the Ninth District seat, according to two recent polls. A SurveyUSA poll released on Friday has Boucher with a 50 percent-40 percent lead over Griffith, the majority leader in the Virginia House of Delegates. internal polling conducted for Boucher […]


WhenVirginiaWasBlue.com: Virginia Dems mum on NYC mosque

Democrats are falling over themselves to comment on the proposed Muslim community center in New York City two blocks from the former World Trade Center. Just not, to their credit, Virginia Democrats. Chris Graham reports on the WhenVirginiaWasBlue.com blog.


What Virginia’s delegation had to say on health-care vote

The House of Representatives voted 220-215 late Saturday night to approve legislation that includes mandates to insurance providers and consumers and creates a public option for the provision of insurance coverage. One Republican, Joseph Cao of Louisiana, joined 219 Democrats in voting for the bill; 176 Republicans and 39 Democrats voted against the legislation, which […]


Rita Sutherland | Putting local radio back on the congressional radar

Nine years ago, when my family lost our radio business, our community lost the voice it had known for 46 years. On May 15, 2000, WABN’s broadcast was silenced. When Congress and the Federal Communications Commission deregulated ownership of stations nationally and locally, Bristol Broadcasting Inc., a group that already owned 15 radio stations across […]


A clear direction on energy

We may not yet have a firm grasp on exactly what we need to do to merge the words clean and energy in perfect harmony, even with the 219-212 vote of the House of Representatives on cap-and-trade legislation last week. But we do at least have direction, and considering how much muck was thrown into […]


Bowerbank gets more nods

Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher and a group of local Democratic committee chairs have jumped on board the Jon Bowerbank for lieutenant governor bandwagon. “Jon Bowerbank is a long-time friend of mine, and I am pleased to endorse his candidacy for lieutenant governor of Virginia,” said Boucher, a Democrat. “As an entrepreneur in Russell County, […]


White House ’08: Obama makes case in Roanoke

The Top Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Barack Obama had two words Friday for supporters who want to think that he has the ’08 presidential election sewn up. “New Hampshire.” “We were up 10 in the polls the day before the election, and we ended up losing. We were up in Texas and Ohio, we […]