Posts Tagged Election 2017

Virginia Governor’s Race: The Candidates’ Plans for Rural High-Speed Internet

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Policy wonks call it the “last mile” – the infrastructure needed to get high-speed internet down those long and sparsely populated country roads. It’s expensive, and private companies are unlikely to recoup that investment from just a couple of households. And while Virginia’s candidates for governor agree something needs to be done, they don’t quite agree over how to fund it. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Latest Poll Has Democrat Ralph Northam Edging Out Republican Ed Gillespie in Governor’s Race

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Virginia Democratic candidate for governor, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, celebrates his victory in the Democratic primary during an election party. (Credit: AP Photo / Cliff Owen)

Political season here in Virginia never seems to die, the commonwealth is now gearing up for a fall of campaigning for Governor and the state legislature. The latest poll numbers favor Democrats. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Gillespie Rolls Out Plan for Veterans

 

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Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie, right, talks with former Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Glenn Davis, left, at a polling place on primary Election Day.
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Republican candidate for Governor Ed Gillespie was in Norfolk today, unveiling a suite of proposals to help Virginia’s veterans. Mallory Noe- Payne has details.

 

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November House of Delegates Election May Be Most Contested Ever

Virginia_State_Capitol3.jpgVoters will have more choices in this year’s election for the House of Delegates than they have ever had before. Michael Pope reports.

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Fourth of July Weekend, Gillespie Proposes Legalizing Fireworks

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Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie wants to make it easier for Virginians to access and use fireworks. (Credit: Gillespie Campaign)

As Virginians head into their holiday weekends, politics may be the last thing thing they want to talk about. But Virginia’s Republican candidate for Governor Ed Gillespie is taking advantage of the Fourth of July to announce a policy proposal: legalizing fireworks. Mallory Noe-Payne has the story.

 

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Virginia Democrats Show United Front

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Democratic candidate for governor, former Representative Tom Perriello, speaks to supporters at an election night party at the State Theatre Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 in Falls Church. Perriello lost to Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam in the primary for the Democratic nomination for Virginia governor. (Credit: Molly Riley / AP)

Democratic leaders gathered in Richmond this weekend to celebrate record-setting turnout in their party’s primary last week. Although former congressman Tom Perriello lost that race, he’s still working to keep Democratic energy high. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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‘The People Want a Fighter’ Says Stewart of Republican Primary

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Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie, delivers a victory speech at his victory party in Richmond. Gillespie beat state Senator Frank Wagner and Corey Stewart in Tuesday’s primary. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Predictions led many to believe Republican Ed Gillespie would have an easy victory in yesterday’s election for the GOP nomination for Governor. And while he did win, it was by no means easy. His opponent Corey Stewart lost by just a few thousand votes. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Virginians Head to the Polls Today in Party Primaries

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Democratic candidate, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, sports an “I Voted” sticker during a canvas kickoff. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

For the first time in the same year the major parties in Virginia are using a primary to pick their nominees for governor. The Democratic primary between Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello has  been hotly contested, while Republicans Corey Stewart and Frank Wagner are hoping to upset front-runner Ed Gillespie. Despite the race being touted as an early indicator of President Donald Trump’s success, election watchers are still expecting a low turnout.

Democrats are closely divided between Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and former Congressman Tom Perriello. Supporters for both campaigns are stationed at voting precincts across the state hoping to influence undecided voters.

As Michael Pope reports, some Democratic voters were still undecided at the polls.

While two Democrats have been locked in a heated battle, the Republican race has been a bit sleepier. Mallory Noe-Payne reports that state Republicans aren’t worried about a low turnout in the primary.

The low turnout numbers were expected across Virginia’s 2,500 precincts. Joe Staniunas talked to some voters in western Virginia.

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What Will Primary Turnout Mean for the Democratic Candidates for Governor?

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The hotly contested Democratic primary for governor will be decided by turnout, who shows up to the polls and who stays home. Michael Pope has this preview.

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No Presidential Endorsements for Gubernatorial Candidates

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Then-President Barack Obama stands with former Congressman Tom Perriello during a rally in 2010. Perriello, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has used audio from that event in a recent campaign ad. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

In case you didn’t already know from the glut of direct mail and all those door knockers canvassing your neighborhood, it’s election time. Tuesday is a hotly contested primary, and the airwaves are flooded with ads. Michael Pope has this look at one of the more controversial TV ads.

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Could Last-Minute Attack Ad Sway Voters Ahead of Next Week’s Primary?

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The final few days of a political campaign are always the most intense. And that’s certainly been the case in the hotly contested Republican primary for lieutenant governor. Michael Pope has the story.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Republican Frank Wagner

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State Senator Frank Wagner is one of three Republicans running for governor in Virginia.  He doesn’t have the money or national party connections of Ed Gillespie, and he’s not as controversial as Corey Stewart, but he told reporter Sandy Hausman that he hopes voters will recognize more than 20 years in the state legislature as a plus – and agree that it might be time to raise the gas tax in Virginia.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Republican Corey Stewart

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Corey Stewart is the Chairman of the Board in Prince William County, the second largest county in Virginia. A Tea Party Republican, he’s a strong proponent of gun rights, a passionate opponent of abortion, and – in an election some view as a referendum on Donald Trump – Stewart told Sandy Hausman he’s definitely in the President’s corner.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Republican Ed Gillespie

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Today we hear from Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Gillespie is one of three Republicans vying to replace Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Before a campaign event in Richmond, Gillespie sat down with reporter Mallory Noe-Payne. He laid out his plan to strengthen Virginia’s economy, beginning with a tax cut to individuals and small businesses.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Democrat Tom Perriello

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Tom Perriello is one of two Democrats running for governor in Virginia. He’s running against current lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam. Perriello, a former Congressman from Charlottesville, is a relative outsider to state politics. But he’s been barnstorming the state, taking his pitch for progressive ideas like free community college and universal pre-K, straight to Virginians. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Democrat Ralph Northam

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Ralph Northam is one of two Democrats running for governor in Virginia. He’s running against former Congressman Tom Perriello. Northam, who’s currently the lieutenant governor, is a pediatrician, veteran, and former state lawmaker. He’s hoping Virginian Democrats will recognize his experience in state politics as a valuable tool for governing.

Mallory Noe-Payne recently spoke with Northam about what he hopes to bring to Richmond.

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Confederate Monuments and Memorials: What Role Will They Play in this Year’s Elections?

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The Jefferson Davis monument on Monument Avenue in Richmond. (Credit: Wikipedia)

It may be 2017. But listen to candidates for statewide office, and you might think it’s the 1860s. Michael Pope has this look at how the Election of 2017 is playing out against a backdrop of Virginia’s Civil War history.

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In-Person Absentee Voting on the Rise in Virginia. What Does that Mean?

I-voted-stickerVirginia does not have early voting. But more and more people are voting before election day using in-person absentee ballots. So what does that mean for politics in Virginia? Michael Pope reports.

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Candidates for Virginia Lieutenant Governor: The Democrats

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Three Democrats are vying to become the party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Michael Pope talked to the candidates to get a sense of why they are running, and what they hope to bring to the job.

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Candidates for Virginia Lieutenant Governor: The Republicans

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State Senator Jill Vogel, State Senator Bryce Reeves, and Delegate Glenn Davis. (Credit: Associated Press, Glenn Davis for LG Facebook)

Three Republicans are vying to become the party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Michael Pope talked to each to get a sense of why they are running, and what they hope to bring to the job.

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A Look Into Virginia’s Candidate Selection Process

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Democrats and Republicans will head to the polls in June for a primary for statewide offices. But voters in 26 House of Delegates districts will also be selecting candidates. It’s part of a patchwork of different nominating methods, including conventions and caucuses. Michael Pope has this look into how this all came about.

 

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Republicans Welcome Large Number of Democrat Challengers in House of Delegates Races

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Democrats are having a banner year fielding candidates in House of Delegates races, including many challenges to incumbent Republicans in deeply red parts parts of Virginia. Leaders in the GOP say bring it on. Michael Pope reports.

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Republican Candidate For Lieutenant Governor ​Launches TV Ad Featuring Terrorists

ReevesThe Republican primary for lieutenant governor is heating up, and one candidate is hitting the airwaves with a commercial aimed at frightening voters. Michael Pope reports.

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Republicans Have Lowest Number of House Candidates in Years

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Voters are only weeks away from selecting General Assembly candidates in the June primaries. And Republicans are fielding the smallest number of candidates for House of Delegates races in more than a decade. Michael Pope has the story.

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House of Delegates Races Look to Draw More Attention This Year

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This year all of Virginia’s state lawmakers are up for re-election. And those House of Delegates races don’t always get the kind of publicity as higher profile elections. But, as Michael Pope reports, this year might be different.

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Will Democratic Energy Translate into Local Elections?

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A constituent of congressman Dave Brat, R-Va., gestures as she responded to the congressman during a town hall meeting with the congressman in Blackstone, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (Credit: Steve Helber / AP)

Across Virginia, an unprecedented wave of candidates is emerging to take on Republicans this fall in elections for the state legislature. Those elections could be an early test on whether Democrats can harness the energy building against the Trump administration and focus it locally. Michael Pope has more.

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