GOVERNMENT + POLITICS

A few thoughts about Election 2020 and its aftermath:• Why did two men from Chesapeake – supporters of Republican candidates, and one an adherent to bizarre QAnon conspiracies – tote an AR-15 style rifle and handguns to Philadelphia while trying to monitor vote-counting in the closely contested Keystone State?That’s...
Faced with the approaching holiday season and surging Virginia COVID-19 case numbers — the highest at any point during the pandemic so far — Gov. Ralph Northam reminded Virginians Tuesday about basic public health steps: hand-washing, masks and taking precautions with gatherings. “I’m not saying don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but if...
How Virginia spends its remaining federal CARES Act funding was a point of contention between Gov. Ralph Northam and General Assembly lawmakers throughout an extensive special session focused on criminal justice reform and amending the state’s two-year budget.It’s one that wasn’t resolved by Monday afternoon, when the Democrat-controlled House...
With Virginia’s redistricting debate now settled by voters, state lawmakers approved a package of rules Monday for how the new, bipartisan map-drawing commission will work next year.Democrats’ dispute over the redistricting commission, which almost 66 percent of Virginia voters approved last week, delayed the formal conclusion of the special...
That sense of whiplash you may have felt as you watched election returns in Virginia after its largest turnout election ever —more than 4.1 million votes — is not your imagination.Some Republicans were excited for most of Tuesday evening as ballots cast on Election Day at Virginia’s nearly 2,500...
State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, advanced unfounded allegations of widespread election fraud as she rallied support for her gubernatorial campaign Saturday outside the Virginia Department of Elections.Her claims went further than even those of President Donald Trump’s campaign, which have been widely debunked, as she asserted without evidence that...
WASHINGTON — Democrat Joe Biden’s native state of Pennsylvania on Saturday secured his victory to become the next president of the United States when The Associated Press reported he had gained enough votes there to win the electoral college.The AP called Pennsylvania for Biden at 11:25 a.m., which gave...
By W. Joseph CampbellElection polling is facing yet another reckoning following its uneven-at-best performance in this year’s voting.Although the outcome in the 2020 presidential race remained uncertain the next day, it was evident that polls collectively faltered, overall, in providing Americans with clear indications as to how the election...
WASHINGTON — Control of the U.S. Senate may depend on two runoff races in Georgia, where the outcome won’t be known until early January—opening the door to a fresh round of massive campaign spending in the Peach State.One runoff between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock...
WASHINGTON — Two days after Election Day, the nation waited for vote-counting to finish in several critical states, where the tallying of mail ballots has left Democrat Joe Biden just short of the votes needed to become the next president.Thursday’s updated totals could push Biden beyond the 270 electoral...