ELECTION 2019

Democratic and union operatives in Virginia and Maryland have teamed up to create a political action committee to help political candidates on both sides of the Potomac River. But for now, their focus is on Virginia, where all 140 seats in the General Assembly will go up for reelection in...
Autumn? Fall? Samhain?Nah. There's only one name for the time between Labor Day and Election Day: the Silly Season. Once, it referred largely to the news desert doldrums of August, but it's more or less applicable to our politics year-round these days.Flacks of all persuasions and affiliations are aggressively...
By Kelly Booth Over the past four years, voter registration has grown more in Virginia localities that tend to vote Democratic than in localities that usually go Republican. That could spell trouble for the GOP heading into November’s elections. Between August 2015 and August 2019, voter registration increased 9% in the...
In 2017, the post-Trump blue wave handed Democrats 15 seats in the House of Delegates. In the 2018 midterms, it helped the party take three GOP-held congressional seats. This year, will it flow into Virginia’s unusual off-off-year elections, in which all 140 seats in the General Assembly are up...
The National Rifle Association dropped a $200,000 donation into House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert’s political action committee this week, a departure from its usual practice in Virginia of relying on grassroots support to stop gun law changes.Before this week’s donation, the Fairfax-based NRA had donated less than a million...
All 140 seats in the Virginia House and Senate are up for reelection this year. But control of both closely divided chambers will come down to just a relative handful of elections in the state’s populous suburbs.With campaigns kicking into gear with the passing of Labor Day weekend, here’s...
After the morning bell rang on the first day of school at Fox Elementary in Richmond and the children had filed into their classrooms, four people remained outside the school.Two people at one corner of the school held signs that read "Save Our Neighborhood Schools," while the other two...
The spelling rhyme goes something like: I before E except after C — and R if your name is Nick Freitas.Freitas, R-Culpeper, is running a write-in campaign to win re-election to the House of the Delegates. The conservative up-and-comer failed to make it on the ballot as the Republican...
Del. Nicholas Freitas asserts state elections officials are picking on him. The bullies. They won’t give him a pass for his inattention to detail.The Culpeper Republican even took to his Facebook page last week, casting aspersions on two of Gov. Ralph Northam’s appointees on the state Board of Elections. Freitas was...
John O’Bannon, the lone Republican on the Board of Elections, made two failed motions Tuesday to give the Republican Party of Virginia another chance to get a nominee on the ballot in a House of Delegates race.O’Bannon first made a motion to allow Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, on the...