Posts Tagged Virginia Politics

Amazon is Just the Latest Topic of Discussion for Virginia’s Gubernatorial Candidates

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Will Virginia become home to a second headquarters for Amazon? That’s a question that’s consuming economic development officials right now. But it’s also become an issue on the campaign trail for the Executive Mansion. Michael Pope has the story.

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Just Like Any Other Candidates, Gillespie and Northam Have Distinct Weaknesses to Overcome

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Republican Ed Gillespie (left) and Democrat Ralph Northam at a televised debate in Northern Virginia earlier this week. (Credit: Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Every candidate has a something to overcome. So what are the weaknesses the two major party candidates for governor have heading into the fall election season? Michael Pope has the story.

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Northam, Gillespie Spar Over Taxes, Healthcare, Confederate Monuments

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Ralph Northam (left) and Ed Gillespie shake hands before Tuesday night’s debate in McLean. (Credit: Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post via AP, Pool) 

The major party candidates for governor met for a televised debate Tuesday night.  They sparred over taxes, healthcare and Confederate monuments, among other topics. Michael Pope reports on the candidates’ tax plans.

Both candidates appeared to dodge some issues. Northam’s apparent support for two proposed controversial natural gas pipelines was an issue that dogged him during the primary, when Tom Perriello offered clear opposition to the plan. Gillespie also struggled with a question about the healthcare proposal now under consideration in Congress. Michael Pope reports on the candidates’ responses about pipelines, healthcare and Confederate monuments.

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Gillespie Wins Uncomfortably Close Republican Primary; Stewart Does Not Concede

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Ed Gillespie smiles as he gives his victory speech Tuesday night. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Although the Democratic contest garnered the most pre-election attention, Ed Gillespie’s narrow victory against former Trump state campaign chairman Corey Stewart provided the night’s biggest surprise.

Gillespie was expected to win easily, and the close contest shows President Trump’s enduring appeal among GOP voters in Virginia and a potentially rocky path forward for Republicans in a state where Democrats have won every statewide election since 2009. Mallory Noe-Payne reports that Gillespie quickly turned his attention to his next opponent: Democrats.

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Northam Wins Democratic Nomination; Says He’s Ready to Get Back on Offense

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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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Democrat Scores Upset in Prince William County

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Democrat Jackie Smith, center, faced difficult odds, but pulled off an upset to take the Prince William County Clerk of Court seat. (Credit: smithforclerk.com)

Although many people were focused on the special election in Georgia this week, Virginia ALSO had a special election. And it’s one that is energizing Democrats. Michael Pope has the story.

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Attempts to Reform Virginia’s Open Records Law Lead Nowhere, Critics Say

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Many communications in state government remain secret under exemptions to Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act despite attempts to reform the law. (Credit: Bill Dickenson / Flickr)

For the last three years, leaders from across Virginia have been looking at improving the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. But now that they’re done, critics say the final result won’t do much to improve transparency. Michael Pope has more on the law’s exemptions.

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Hillary Clinton Won Virginia, But is it a Blue State?

Virginia_flag_mapHillary Clinton was able to win Virginia. But it was not as decisive a victory as many Democrats were hoping for. Michael Pope has the story.

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On the Ballot: Virginia Looks to Cement “Right to Work” Culture

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This November, the presidential race is not the only thing on the ballot. There’s also little known — but very important — state constitutional amendment that could have lasting consequences for the relationship between workers and their employers. Michael Pope explains one of this year’s ballot amendments.

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$6 Million House Race in Northern Virginia Dominates Campaign Finance Numbers

Virginia_flag_mapVirginia’s congressional candidates have raised a grand total of $20 million this election cycle. As Michael Pope reports, much of that comes from one or two particularly competitive seats.

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Latest Poll: Clinton Leads Trump by 15 Points in Virginia

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Poll results and graphic from Christopher Newport University.

Hailed as a swing state during the past two presidential elections, Virginia looks to be solidly in the blue this time around. A poll out this weekend gives Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton a 15-point lead over rival Donald Trump.

Today is the final day to register to vote in Virginia.

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