Election 2022

In first debate, Luria and Kiggans battle over elections, abortion and inflation

BY: - October 12, 2022

VIRGINIA BEACH — The first debate in one of Virginia’s most closely watched congressional contests took a heated turn Wednesday when Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria and Republican state Sen. Jen Kiggans were asked about the country’s toxic political climate and distrust of elections by both parties. Near the end of an hour-and-a-half faceoff in the […]

Federal judge throws out second redistricting suit seeking new Va. House elections

BY: - August 1, 2022

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a last-ditch effort to force new Virginia House of Delegates elections in November, concluding the pandemic-related delay in the state’s redistricting process can’t justify the “extreme” step of ordering an election do-over. In a 49-page opinion, U.S. District Judge David. J. Novak ruled the plaintiffs in the case don’t […]


Anti-abortion zeal among rural GOP lawmakers may be toxic to Republicans running in suburbs

BY: - July 18, 2022

You can bite off more than is good for you. That’s true whether you’re ordering a full slab of pork ribs at a Danville barbecue joint or pandering to your base in politics. Stridently anti-abortion Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly would do well to keep that in mind as they trip over one another […]


Stage is set for dramatic House races in Virginia this fall

BY: - June 24, 2022

By Kyle Kondik  Matchups are set for a pair of high-profile House races in our home state. State Sen. Jen Kiggans (R) will face Rep. Elaine Luria (D, VA-2) in a Hampton Roads-based seat, while Prince William County Supervisor Yesli Vega (R) won a competitive primary for the right to challenge Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D, […]

Vega, Kiggans win GOP primaries in Virginia’s battleground districts

BY: - June 21, 2022

Near the end of a lengthy diatribe against Democrats delivered this week in the sanctuary of a Fredericksburg church, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said Hispanics are one of several demographics “galloping” toward Republicans. He talked up the recent victory in a Texas special election by Republican Mayra Flores, who will be the first […]

With Trump on sidelines, Virginia GOP set to pick midterm nominees in swing districts

BY: - June 20, 2022

Virginia electing a Republican governor in 2021 for the first time in more than a decade was one of the first major signs of how bad the political vibes were getting for Democrats.  This year, the Virginia GOP is trying to build on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s upset victory by flipping a handful of Democratic-controlled congressional […]

What to know about Thursday’s public hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol

BY: - June 8, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol will launch the first in a series of public hearings Thursday night in the hopes of drawing a major prime-time national television audience. The Democratic-led committee, which includes two Republicans who defied their party leadership to join, has been tight-lipped about […]

Federal judges dismiss lawsuit seeking new Va. House elections this fall

BY: - June 6, 2022

A panel of federal judges has granted Virginia’s request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking new House of Delegates elections this year after ruling the plaintiff in the case, Democratic lawyer Paul Goldman, lacked standing to bring the case. In a 31-page opinion released Monday, three judges agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice and said […]

After 11-month wait, Paul Goldman says he isn’t dropping his redistricting suit just yet

BY: - May 23, 2022

On Friday evening, Democratic attorney and activist Paul Goldman pushed out a text message with what he called “breaking news.” After an 11-month legal battle with the state of Virginia over whether the House of Delegates should have new elections this year, Goldman said he was planning to voluntarily drop the case. But in an […]

Judge: Goldman effort to link abortion to Va. election case is ‘patently inappropriate’

BY: - May 5, 2022

A federal judge strongly rejected Virginia attorney Paul Goldman’s effort to introduce a draft abortion ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court into his ongoing lawsuit over Virginia’s election calendar, calling Goldman’s motion “patently inappropriate and completely irrelevant.” This week, Goldman sought to introduce the leaked U.S. Supreme Court opinion potentially overturning Roe v. Wade to […]


The one-person, one-vote principle can be a pain, but it’s essential to uphold

BY: - May 2, 2022

Lord in heaven, I know I swore many years ago that I’d do all in my power to avoid getting pulled into a rabbit hole by Paul Goldman, so please don’t strike me dead for this. But here goes: Paul is right in suing to force House of Delegates elections this fall. In a long […]

Setting new timetable in Virginia election lawsuit, judge rips state for legal ‘mess’

BY: - March 21, 2022

A federal judge on Monday accused former Attorney General Mark Herring’s office of mishandling a closely watched lawsuit seeking to force new House of Delegates elections this year, saying the state didn’t take Democratic activist Paul Goldman’s claims seriously enough last year and has forced arcane legal wrangling to go on for “way too long.” […]