ELECTION 2021

Virginia State Capitol

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, […]

Will the progressive prosecutor movement come to Richmond?

BY: - May 27, 2021

When a group of prosecutors representing some of Virginia’s biggest localities banded together to pursue criminal justice reform initiatives last year, one large, heavily Democratic city was conspicuously absent. Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin says she didn’t join the group, called the Virginia Progressive Prosecutors for Justice, because she “doesn’t need to join a club” […]

A legally required disclosure says the anti-Montgomery mailer was paid for and authorized by the House Democratic Caucus, as well as being authorized by King's campaign.

Va. House Democratic Caucus OKs mailers portraying top Democratic donors as ‘dark money billionaires’

BY: - May 26, 2021

The Virginia House Democratic Caucus authorized and funded attack mailers that falsely imply two of the state’s top donors to Democrats are right-wing “dark money billionaires,” according to an image of the mailer obtained by The Virginia Mercury. The caucus-backed messages were sent in support of new Del. Candi King, D-Prince William, who has accepted […]

‘Inexcusable’: Question in Democratic LG debate about Rasoul’s Muslim donors sparks backlash

BY: - May 25, 2021

The topic of campaign finance reform was raised in an unusual way Tuesday night at the first and only televised debate of Virginia’ Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, with a moderator tailoring a question specifically to Del. Sam Rasoul, the first Muslim ever elected to the General Assembly. Dave Lucas, an anchor at WJLA, noted […]