ELECTION 2021

At first debate, McAuliffe walks back support for ending qualified immunity for police

BY: - September 16, 2021

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe backed away from his support for ending qualified immunity for police Thursday during his first debate with Republican Glenn Youngkin, reversing a stance he took during the Democratic primary. McAuliffe’s campaign previously said he supported ending qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that can shield police officers from civil rights lawsuits unless […]

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Fed up, the vaccinated find their voice

BY: - August 30, 2021

A nurse breaks down in a TV interview after she’s held the hand of a third ICU patient to die of COVID-19 during just one grueling shift. Tick … tick … tick … Children are masked in their classrooms, yet they’re the lucky ones who are at school, not those forced for a third school […]

Libertarian vs. Liberation creates third-party conundrum on Virginia ballots

BY: - August 3, 2021

Most Virginia voters go for candidates with a “D” or “R” next to their name, but who should have dibs on the “L?” This year, election officials preparing November’s ballots were faced with the dilemma of how to differentiate the Libertarian Party from the Liberation Party, the newly formed initiative from gubernatorial candidate and social […]

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Va. House candidate blocked from ballot after election official’s mistake

BY: - July 12, 2021

As a self-described “progressive populist” who already ran for the General Assembly three times as a Green Party candidate or independent, Jeff Staples knows he probably wouldn’t win even if state officials let him on the ballot. But he remains baffled as to why the State Board of Elections refused to do so despite proof the […]

COMMENTARY

Don’t be surprised if the GOP tests its anti-crime message in Virginia. But will it work?

BY: - July 12, 2021

One thing is sure watching local TV newscasts anywhere in America: if it bleeds, it leads. The nightly roundup of shootings, fires, sensational car crashes and other calamities has always been a mainstay of local broadcast journalism. And these days, gun deaths take up considerably more airtime. Nationally and in Virginia, numbers of incidents in […]

Youngkin’s campaign says he wouldn’t seek to repeal marijuana legalization

BY: - July 2, 2021

GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin’s campaign said Friday he wouldn’t try to repeal legislation that legalized marijuana in Virginia this week. The comment came on Twitter in response to a tweet by Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, who wrote that “extreme Republicans are determined to make it illegal again. Yet another example of how Glenn Youngkin […]

Virginia elections board votes to allow 3 Republicans on ballot despite late filings by party officials

BY: - June 30, 2021

Incumbent GOP Del. Dave LaRock and two other Republicans will appear on the ballot this year after the State Board of Elections voted 2-1 Wednesday to certify their candidacies despite local party officials missing a filing deadline this month to formally nominate them for office. The decision comes a few months after several Democratic candidates […]

A storm passes over the Capitol. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury - Sept. 11, 2018)

Del. Dave LaRock’s spot on the ballot in question over paperwork issue

BY: - June 22, 2021

Conservative Del. Dave LaRock’s bid for re-election has hit a snag after a local party official failed to file paperwork declaring him the GOP nominee before a state-imposed deadline passed this month. On Tuesday, a Republican lawyer asked the State Board of Elections to certify LaRock, R-Loudoun, as a candidate anyway, despite the board’s recent […]

Hala Ayala on Dominion donation flip: ‘People change their minds all the time.’

BY: - June 10, 2021

Del. Hala Ayala, the newly minted Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, drew harsh criticism in the final days of the campaign for flipping on a promise to refuse campaign donations from state-regulated monopolies. Her campaign ducked questions about the decision last week after finance reports revealed she had accepted a $100,000 donation from Dominion Energy, […]

Democratic primary voters oust some of General Assembly’s most outspoken delegates

BY: - June 9, 2021

Primary voters in Virginia delivered a rebuke to the left wing of the Democratic party on Tuesday, sweeping three outspoken incumbents from office and rejecting progressive challengers in all but one race. By the end of the night, voters had booted Dels. Lee Carter, D-Prince William, the General Assembly’s only socialist; Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, a […]

Campaign finance reports: Ayala flips on Dominion, Youngkin self-funds and a big bundle of shadowy money drops

BY: and - June 3, 2021

With Republicans and Democrats alike reluctant to put limits on Virginia’s wide-open campaign finance system, money has been pouring into primary contests in what’s going to be a high-stakes election year. And the batch of campaign finance numbers released this week seemed to have something for everyone not to like. One week out from the […]

Mapping alliances in the Democratic primary

BY: - June 1, 2021

Endorsements don’t necessarily mean a whole lot when it comes to determining who’s going to win an election. But they can illustrate alliances, partnerships and factions that develop over time. To that end, the chart below traces 70 endorsements by sitting state and federal elected officials in Virginia in next month’s Democratic primary for governor, […]