ELECTION 2019

By James ParrishAs Election Day approaches, candidates across the commonwealth are knocking on doors and picking up phones to woo potential voters.One issue that demands attention from voters is each candidate’s stance on protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Virginia.Many people are surprised to learn that...
By Aliviah Jones/ Capital News Service Virginia voters have already returned more absentee ballots in 2019 than in the November 2015 election -- the last time all 140 seats in the General Assembly were up for reelection. In the last few elections there has been an uptick in absentee ballots,...
Democrats have a 14-point lead over Republicans among likely voters polled in four competitive Senate districts, according to a survey released Monday morning by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.Presented with a generic ballot, 51 percent of likely voters said they plan to vote for...
This year’s General Assembly elections have led to sharp exchanges between Democrats and Republicans on health care, which poll after poll has shown voters view as a top issue.But with candidates on both sides of the aisle campaigning on promises to ensure access to affordable care, it’s not always...
The curse (or blessing, depending on your viewpoint) of Virginia public life is that every year brings an election. Each is distinct in rhythm and intensity. Presidential elections bring the most spending, passion and highest turnouts. One year later, Virginia elects its governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Then come...
The 2018 midterms were a “health care election.” Mobilized by the Republican Congress’ attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, midterm voters turned out in the highest percentage since 1914 and sent Democrats to control the House of Representatives. The 2017 election in Virginia was a health care election, too....
In some competitive races around the state, Democratic candidates are promising to restore funding for public schools.But it’s not a small — or cheap — task.Last week, the state Board of Education recommended new standards for public schools that would require close to a billion more dollars a year...
By McKenzie Lambert/ Capital News ServiceWith less than two weeks until the election, campaign finance reports show that not only are Democrats bringing in the most money, but Democratic women are leading the pack with donations received.“Their strong fundraising is indicative of the incredible support they have, particularly from...
DUMFRIES — At a strip-mall Italian restaurant, the visiting businesspeople laid out a spread of chicken wings and potato skins, arranged their piles of bumper stickers and settled in to greet the locals.On a laptop, video testimonials from New Kent County officials played to a mostly empty room, singing...
Sarah Robinson said she almost didn’t answer the door.“I peeked through the window and was like, 'That’s Alec Baldwin. OK,'” said the 28-year-old graphic designer on the porch of her home in the Chesterfield County suburb of Bayhill Pointe.Baldwin introduced Robinson to a less familiar face: Amanda Pohl, a...