ELECTION 2021

COMMENTARY

Whither the GOP? Virginia will be center stage in determining party’s direction post-Trump.

BY: - January 11, 2021

There’s a reckoning ahead within the Republican Party and, when it’s over, we will know whether it can return as a serious political force or remain mired for the foreseeable future in the tick-infested mud gulch where Donald Trump wrecked and abandoned it like a stolen car. Virginia is the first battleground in that nationwide […]

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Trump’s ‘smoking gun’ tape is worse than Nixon’s, but Republicans have less incentive to do anything about it

BY: - January 6, 2021

By Ken Hughes  At least Donald Trump’s “smoking gun” tape is simpler than Richard Nixon’s. Schoolchildren can easily grasp Trump’s high crime, in contrast to the complex, Machiavellian plot immortalized on the tape that led to Nixon’s downfall. It will be harder to explain to them why congressional Republicans decided to hold Nixon accountable, but […]

Del. Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, sets up his computer during the veto session at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, VA Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Only one GOP candidate for governor acknowledges reality of Biden’s win

BY: - December 15, 2020

Everyone expects the presidential outcome to loom large over Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election. But the Republican nominating battle is beginning with a bizarre split between GOP candidates over who the rightful president will be come 2021. In a Facebook post this week, Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, said she would “never accept” President-elect Joe Biden as […]

Filler-Corn, first woman speaker in Va. history, endorses McAuliffe for governor

BY: - December 14, 2020

The first woman to become speaker of Virginia’s House of Delegates won’t be backing a woman in the 2021 Democratic primary for governor. Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, is endorsing former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, according to a news release from the McAuliffe campaign. “I have known Terry McAuliffe for decades and have seen up close his […]

Amanda Chase says she won’t run as an independent and will seek GOP nomination for governor

BY: - December 11, 2020

Backtracking on her threat to run for governor as an independent, Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, said Friday that she’ll reluctantly participate in a GOP nominating convention even though she preferred a primary. “I am going to fully seek the Republican nomination,” Chase said in a video streamed on Facebook. “I’m not going to run as […]

Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, arrives in the temporary Senate chambers at the Science Museum of Virginia prior to the start of the Senate session at the facility Tuesday Aug. 18, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Chase who has a doctors note excusing her from wearing a mask has been asked to hold a shield up to her face when entering and exiting the chamber.

Q&A: Amanda Chase pitches herself as Virginia’s Donald Trump

BY: - December 11, 2020

Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, is running a hard-right campaign for governor, but before she takes on any Democrats, she’s battling leaders of her own party. The state GOP voted last weekend to select its candidate for governor in a convention rather than an open primary, prompting Chase to threaten to enter the race as an […]

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State GOP leaders fear Chase might be face of the party

BY: - December 10, 2020

It’s obvious the state Republican Party has little faith the bulk of its followers will — as the saying goes — “do the right thing.” Why else would the leadership get twisted up in knots during debate about its gubernatorial nominating process for 2021, all so it could hamper state Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Trumpville? Actually, […]

Del. Lee Carter, the General Assembly’s lone elected Democratic Socialist, preps potential gubernatorial campaign

BY: - December 9, 2020

Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, filed paperwork this week establishing a fundraising committee for a gubernatorial campaign, but says he’s not yet decided whether he’ll enter the race. “I’ve still not 100 percent made a decision as to whether or not I’m running, but I did go ahead and file that paperwork — just because we […]

With close ties to multiple candidates, Kaine says he’s not endorsing yet in Democratic primary for governor

BY: - December 4, 2020

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and Terry McAuliffe are both part of the small club of Virginia’s living Democratic ex-governors and two of the most influential figures in state politics. While governor, McAuliffe appointed Anne Holton, Kaine’s wife, as his secretary of education. Kaine has also encouraged state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, whose wedding he officiated, […]

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The 2021 governor’s race presents an opportunity for Virginia to join the Good Ol’ Girls Club

BY: - November 30, 2020

We’re about to see how serious Virginia is when it comes to advancing women in the highest elective offices in the commonwealth, and that’s particularly true for Democrats. After the briefest respite, Virginia politics revs back up and enters the national spotlight when we elect our 74th governor next year. Not one of the first […]

House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, took notice of the hot dog costume worn by Asiaonna Pope, 10, of Hopewell, at a festival he hosted in a Chesterfield County park.

Q&A: Why Kirk Cox thinks he can win the governor’s mansion in an ever-bluer Virginia

BY: - November 17, 2020

In 2019, a blue wave swept away the GOP majority Kirk Cox presided over as speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. But he prevailed in his own race despite steep odds in a newly redrawn district. Two years later, Cox is pointing to the victory as evidence he is uniquely qualified to win back […]