ELECTION 2021

COMMENTARY

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, […]

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe gives a "thumbs up" as he headed to a press conference to announce he's running for governor again. McAuliffe was joined by several backers, including Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, center, and House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, right. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Terry McAuliffe is running for governor again. Can anyone beat him?

BY: - December 9, 2020

He’s baaaaack. On Wednesday, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially announced he’s running for a second term, launching a rare comeback bid pundits and political strategists say will be difficult, but not impossible, for other gubernatorial hopefuls to stop. “Certainly he comes into the race in a very formidable position,” said veteran political commentator Bob […]

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 […]

Carroll Foy resigning from House of Delegates to focus on run for governor

BY: - December 8, 2020

Virginia Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy will step down from her seat in the House of Delegates to run for governor next year, a move she says will allow her to focus on “building a people-powered movement” for what’s expected to be a hard-fought Democratic primary. Carroll Foy, D-Prince William, is planning to submit a House […]

Amanda Chase says she’ll run as independent for governor, rejecting GOP convention

BY: - December 5, 2020

Virginia Republicans decided Saturday to choose their nominees for statewide office via a convention instead of an open primary, setting up the possibility that Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, will run in the general election as an independent challenger. Chase, one of two announced GOP candidates for governor, has made her opposition to the Republican establishment […]

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, […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]