ELECTION 2021

Hundreds of anti-abortion demonstrators marched near the Capitol in Richmond Friday as part of the third annual March for Life. (Photo by Graham Moomaw)

As Youngkin rejects Texas-style ban, GOP ticket steers clear of anti-abortion rally in Richmond

BY: and - September 18, 2021

If it didn’t count as a banned weapon, she would have brought her sledgehammer, anti-abortion activist Victoria Cobb told the March for Life crowd Friday from the steps of the Virginia Capitol.  The hammer, she said, is a symbol of what the pro-life movement hopes to do to former Gov. Terry McAulffe’s “brick wall” for […]

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In a nationalized race, McAuliffe exploits the abortion furor while Youngkin hypes crime rates

BY: - September 13, 2021

Are Virginia elections really referendums on national concerns? Better yet, can candidates still compete on state-level issues? Both major-party gubernatorial candidates are nationalizing their campaigns to one degree or another, a phenomenon once rare in the drowsy, off-year Virginia elections that traditionally focused on parochial, almost arcane issues. Democrat Terry McAuliffe is staking his chances […]

‘We, not me’: Hala Ayala focuses on ‘collective work’ in run for lieutenant governor

BY: - August 19, 2021

No matter who wins the race for Virginia lieutenant governor, a largely ceremonial job that nevertheless can be a springboard to bigger things, the election will make history, since no woman of color has ever held statewide office and there has never been a woman lieutenant governor. Last in a two-part Q&A series with the […]

‘Who knew Nixon was a homeboy?’ A Q&A with lieutenant governor hopeful Winsome Sears

BY: - August 18, 2021

No matter who wins the race for Virginia lieutenant governor, a largely ceremonial job that nevertheless can be a springboard to bigger things, the election will make history. No woman of color has ever held statewide office and there has never been a woman lieutenant governor. This is the first in a two-part Q&A series […]

COMMENTARY

Walking a tightrope on ‘election integrity’

BY: - August 12, 2021

If Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee for governor, displayed the same analytical skills he’s trumpeted on voting for any other issue, most Virginians would laugh him off the stage.  His claims that elections need greater scrutiny in the commonwealth are ludicrous – and besides, Youngkin should know better. Yet the longtime businessman continues to highlight […]

Democratic leaders’ limits on special session debate draw GOP pushback

BY: - July 27, 2021

A decision by Democratic leaders to impose broad restrictions on the Virginia General Assembly’s upcoming special session is drawing criticism from Republicans who say the rules will sharply limit meaningful debate on how the state should spend $4.3 billion in federal pandemic relief money. In a memo earlier this month, House Appropriations Chairman Luke Torian, […]

Virginia Republicans have been warning Democratic control was bad for business. CNBC disagrees.

BY: and - July 13, 2021

After Democrats took control of the General Assembly in 2020, a common refrain emerged among Republicans who opposed legislation that raised the minimum wage and added new anti-discrimination protections for employees. “The Democrat majority has done much to diminish Virginia’s reputation for being America’s ‘best state for business,’” said Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James […]

Virginia Bar Association cancels debate after Youngkin chooses to skip it

BY: - July 12, 2021

The Virginia Bar Association has cancelled its planned gubernatorial debate after Republican Glenn Youngkin broke with recent tradition by skipping what is usually the first face-to-face matchup of the general election. In a statement Monday, the Bar Association said the debate has been removed from the itinerary for its annual summer meeting later this month […]

McAuliffe crushes competitors in Democratic primary for governor

BY: - June 8, 2021

For anyone wondering how Terry McAuliffe was feeling before Virginia’s gubernatorial primary, his election-eve shimmying spree was a solid indicator. The almost-victory dance became the real thing Tuesday as the former governor and prolific Democratic fundraiser cruised to a lopsided win in a split field, setting up a general-election matchup with deep-pocketed Republican nominee Glenn […]

With 17 Va. House incumbents being challenged, Tuesday could be a wild primary night

BY: and - June 4, 2021

Del. Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, pitches himself as one of the most progressive members of the House of Delegates, but in this year’s primary, he’s fending off a challenge from a fellow progressive who says the district could do better. “He has seemed to be an incompetent and ineffective legislator, and I think that is not […]

McAuliffe opposed right-to-work repeal before. Now he says he’s for it but doesn’t think it will happen.

BY: - June 3, 2021

As he runs for a second term, Terry McAuliffe is presenting himself as a policy-heavy candidate, talking up the 130 pages of “big bold plans” listed on his website. But the former governor, seen as a strong favorite to win his party’s nomination for governor in next week’s primary, has studiously avoided taking a clear […]

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls take final swings at McAuliffe in last primary debate

BY: - June 1, 2021

The fourth and final debate of Virginia’s Democratic primary for governor was the most contentious yet as progressive candidates tried to portray frontrunner Terry McAuliffe as out of step with the type of message the party needs to deliver to keep the state blue. One week out from the primary, it remains to be seen […]