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Virginia Politics: November, 2011

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Possible future candidates host suites at GOP retreat

We look to see who is hosting hospitality suites at the annual gathering of Republican politicians and activists as a way to signal who may be running for statewide office down the road.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:15 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Prince William wants immigration policies adopted statewide

By Jeremy Borden  |  08:15 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Radtke campaign manager resigns but remains consultant

Dave Johnson will remain a general consultant for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jamie Radtke,.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:56 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 11/29/2011

McDonnell recommends eliminating agencies, boards, commissions

Va. governor also would cut two agencies — including the one overseeing BRAC in the state — and 19 boards.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:55 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Virginia’s Bolling in Fla. for lieutenant governors’ event

Bill Bolling is out of state for the National Lieutenant Governors Association event.

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:13 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Virginia certifies election results

Pivotal Senate race won by 226 votes.

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:06 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 11/29/2011

McDonnell to hold his second transportation conference

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will host his second annual transportation conference next week in Norfolk.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:21 AM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 11/28/2011

Virginia roads and bridges damaged in storms to get federal aid

State officials learn of assistance only from DOT Web site.

By Laura Vozzella  |  05:26 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 11/28/2011

McDonnell to oversee his first GOP governors meeting in Florida

Virginia’s governor will preside over his first conference as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:57 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/28/2011

Bolling tries to boost beleaguered Va.-based Mercury Paper

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, the state’s chief jobs creation officer, is sending a flurry of letters to companies across the nation, including Wal-Mart, that are threatening to cut off business with Virginia-based Mercury Paper.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:30 AM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 11/28/2011

Democrats begin airing TV ads in Virginia targeting Mitt Romney

The Democratic National Committee will begin airing TV ads in Virginia on Monday to try to paint Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper on abortion rights and health care.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:45 AM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 11/25/2011

Virginia finance chief worries about potential defense cuts

Secretary Ric Brown says cuts to military spending are likely to hurt the state’s military installations, contractors.

By Laura Vozzella  |  03:30 PM ET, 11/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Obama to nominate Kaine secretary to Medicare, Medicaid post

Marilyn B. Tavenner will be nominated to become administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, within the Department of Health and Human Services.

By Laura Vozzella  |  03:59 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 11/23/2011

New abortion regulations on McDonnell’s desk

Rules to regulate clinics like hospitals have been approved by two commonwealth departments and need Gov. McDonnell’s signature

By Laura Vozzella  |  03:00 PM ET, 11/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 PM ET, 11/22/2011

‘Supercommittee’ failure worries Virginia revenue panel

Washington inaction worries legislators, business owners on state revenue panel, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell says

By Laura Vozzella  |  08:32 PM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Virginia League of Women Voters complains about delay in congressional redistricting

The League of Women Voters of Virginia accused the GOP of playing politics by delaying the drawing of congressional districts until next year.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:39 AM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Lawmaker files “personhood” bill in the House

By Anita Kumar  |  07:26 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Warner, on supercommittee failure: Cutting debt and deficit shouldn’t be that hard

On the day the supercommittee acknowledged failure, Va. Sen. Mark Warner (D) said he was frustrated with Congress’s inability so far to reduce the debt and deficit.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:18 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 11/21/2011

McDonnell hints at auto deal as trade mission to India and Israel ends

The Virginia governor had no deals to announce at the end of visits to Israel and India but said big things are in the works, including something with an auto manufacturer.

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:57 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Liberal group names McDonnell turkey of the year. Honor comes with frozen bird.

The folks at ProgressVA presented the governor’s office with a frozen turkey to commemorate the 2011 award.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:12 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 11/21/2011

Virginia Democrats look to courts to stop GOP Senate takeover

Two weeks after elections left the chamber evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, Democrats say they will sue for joint control.

By Laura Vozzella  |  11:51 AM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 11/20/2011

Va. House GOP elects Del. Jackson Miller of Manassas as majority whip

House Republicans picked Del. Jackson H. Miller of Manassas to be their majority whip, replacing Del. William R. Janis, who did not run for reelection.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:28 PM ET, 11/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 11/19/2011

Toscano, Sickles to lead House Democratic caucus

House Democrats unanimously elected Del. David Toscano of Charlottesville as their new minority leader.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:56 PM ET, 11/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 PM ET, 11/18/2011

Democrats object to GOP ‘power grab’ in Virginia Senate

Senate Democrats say power in the Senate should be shared

By Laura Vozzella  |  08:53 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 11/18/2011

Lawsuit asks federal court to draw new congressional lines in Virginia

Six Virginia voters filed a lawsuit this week asking a federal court to draw a new congressional map for 2012.

By Ben Pershing  |  04:37 PM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 11/18/2011

Richmond bridge protest calls for repairs, jobs

Demonstrators are pushing for President Obama’s jobs plan.

By Laura Vozzella  |  10:40 AM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 11/18/2011

Virginia to get federal disaster aid for Tropical Storm Lee

The new declaration signed by President Obama will make aid available to state and local governments as well as certain nonprofits.

By Laura Vozzella  |  10:20 AM ET, 11/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Virginia’s Rep. Connolly urges Congress to crack down on leaky petroleum tank farms

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  06:05 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Virginia governor sees business — and traffic — in India

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is meeting with business leaders on an 11-day trade mission to India and Israel.

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:22 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Spielberg film pulls plug on Richmond’s capitol tree lighting

Filming of Lincoln film in Virginia interferes with annual holiday event.

By Laura Vozzella  |  12:44 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 11/17/2011

Virginia GOP decides Senate leadership

Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City) will still serve as majority leader, despite calls to replace him with someone more conservative.

By Laura Vozzella  |  10:16 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/17/2011

Kaine uses “false ad” against him to raise money, rally support

Kaine, the likely Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate next year, is running ads on the Web and sending out fundraising appeals to counter a new TV ad that accuses him of amassing massive debt while he was governor.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Interior secretary urged to reconsider offshore drilling ban in Virginia

Virginia’s Republican congressional delegation wants Interior Department to allow energy development off the coast.

By Laura Vozzella  |  06:16 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Mountaintop mining foes stage rally

Virginians opposed to surface mining at Wise County’s Ison Rock Ridge protest outside EPA headquarters.

By Laura Vozzella  |  01:58 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 11/16/2011

McEachin likely to replace Whipple as caucus chair

Senate Democrats expect to elect Sen. Don McEachin of Richmond to be the new chairman of their caucus.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:47 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Senate candidate files lawsuit seeking to join December Kaine-Allen debate

A lesser-known U.S. Senate candidate has filed suit in federal court seeking inclusion in a debate between former governors Timothy M. Kaine (D) and George Allen (R).

By Ben Pershing  |  12:25 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Virginia hires two India-based trade reps

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell announced the hiring during his 11-day trade mission to India and Israel.

By Laura Vozzella  |  12:12 PM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 11/16/2011

Virginia’s Democratic House chair bows out

As badly outnumbered Democrats sort out their House leadership, caucus Chairman Ken Plum of Fairfax no longer wants the job.

By Laura Vozzella  |  10:41 AM ET, 11/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 PM ET, 11/15/2011

ApCo TV ad attacks House Minority Leader Armstrong’s failed campaign strategy

Appalachian Power is airing a TV ad in the Roanoke area to fight back against what the company called unfair attacks during the election.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:18 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 11/15/2011

Do Bolling’s tie-breaking votes have limitations?

After last week’s elections left the state Senate evenly split, some political observers have speculated that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s tie-breaking votes are limited.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:57 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 11/15/2011

House Democrats begin to rally around Toscano for leader

Consensus appears to be building within the House Democratic caucus for Del. David Toscano of Charlottesville to become the chamber’s new minority leader.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:02 AM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 11/14/2011

McDonnell hopes to announce deals from Israel trade mission within two months

The governor said he hopes to make some announcements in the next two months about Israeli companies that will be expanding business in Virginia.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:51 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Northern Virginians eligible for low-interest loans for Tropical Storm Lee damage

The U.S. Small Business Administration is making low-interest disaster loans available to individuals, renters and businesses to help them recover from Tropical Storm Lee.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:06 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 11/14/2011

George Allen agrees to three GOP primary debates

George Allen has agreed to appear in three primary debates next year, guaranteeing that he will share the stage with his GOP rivals.

By Ben Pershing  |  01:45 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Supreme Court hears health care case, but not Virginia’s

The case before the Supreme Court is based on a lawsuit brought by Florida and 25 other states, not Virginia’s.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:30 PM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 11/14/2011

Mitt Romney hires staffers in Virginia, plans a return trip to the state

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is planning a return trip to Virginia next month, now has four full-time paid staffers in the swing state.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:57 AM ET, 11/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Armstrong mulls statewide run despite election defeat

House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong said he’s still considering a run for statewide office in 2013, even though he lost his House seat on Tuesday.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:09 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 11/11/2011

Israeli prime minister cancels meeting with Virginia governor

Death of Netanyahu’s father-in-law interferes with planned meeting during McDonnell’s trade mission.

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:31 PM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 11/11/2011

Revenue up again in Virginia

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell warns that the state’s strong financial picture could change

By Laura Vozzella  |  11:02 AM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 11/11/2011

Patrick Murray to seek rematch with Jim Moran

Retired Army Col. Patrick Murray (R) has decided to take another shot at Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D) next year despite a decisive loss in 2010.

By Ben Pershing  |  10:57 AM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 11/11/2011

As expected, McDonnell endorses Allen for U.S. Senate

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) on Friday endorsed former Republican governor and senator George Allen for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

By Anita Kumar  |  09:35 AM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 11/10/2011

FEMA grants earthquake aid to Louisa County schools

The agency has approved Virginia’s request for aid to repair Louisa County schools damaged by the Aug. 23 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:59 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Houck concedes defeat, ensuring GOP control of Virginia Senate

Sen. Edward Houck (D) has conceded defeat, ending any Democratic hopes of hanging onto power in Richmond

By Laura Vozzella  |  05:57 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 11/10/2011

McDonnell’s early record at RGA: An unsurprising draw

Gov. Bob McDonnell had a little more than just Virginia’s elections on his mind Tuesday.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:15 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Fairfax County GOP chair Andrew Bedell to step down

Andrew Bedell says he had signaled for some time that Tuesday would be his last election.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  05:07 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 11/10/2011

GOP picks up four more votes in pivotal Senate race

Bryce Reeves widens his lead over Spotsylvania Sen. R. Edward Houck as final county completes election review.

By Laura Vozzella  |  05:03 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Virginia Republicans announce plans for three 2012 Senate primary debates

The Virginia state GOP will hold three Senate primary debates next year, possibly giving other candidates the chance to share a stage with frontrunner George Allen.

By Ben Pershing  |  04:19 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Is Eric Cantor’s influence in his home county waning?

In one of the Tuesday’s most surprising election results, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s handpicked candidate for prosecutor in his home county of Henrico lost despite Cantor’s backing, money and political consultants.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:39 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin stepping down

Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin announced Thursday that he will step down in April

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  03:22 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Democrat Mike Kondratick passes on recount in Northern Virginia

Democrat Mike Kondratick trailed Republican David Ramadan by just 51 votes in the 97th district but does not plan to seek a recount

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:41 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Virginia Senate race hangs on single Louisa precinct

Louisa County is examining eight provisional ballots and a single precinct in pivotal Senate race that will determine control of the chamber.

By Laura Vozzella  |  01:36 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 11/10/2011

Write-ins could have tipped Northern Virginia House race

Republican David Ramadan beat Democrat Mike Kondratick for a House seat by 50 votes. There were 63 write-in votes in that race.

By Laura Vozzella  |  11:43 AM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 11/10/2011

Kaine called Obama’s ‘cheerleader’ in ad by conservative group

A conservative group took aim at former Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine today with a new television ad.

By Ben Pershing  |  11:40 AM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 11/10/2011

McDonnell on 11-day trade mission to India, Israel

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) headed to India and Israel Wednesday on his fourth trade mission as governor.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:32 AM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 11/09/2011

Lead widens in Virginia Senate race

Democrats hold out hope that Sen. R. Edward Houck (D-Spotsylvania) could win his race against Republican Bryce Reeves.

By Laura Vozzella  |  07:26 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 11/09/2011

Republicans will postpone congressional redistricting until January

In one of their first moves since Tuesday’s election, Republicans said Wednesday they would wait until January when they are in power in both the House and Senate to redraw the state’s 11 congressional districts.

By Anita Kumar  |  07:13 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 11/09/2011

McDonnell requests additional aid for NoVa after Tropical Storm Lee

After being denied federal money last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking for different aid to help Northern Virginians recover from Tropical Storm Lee.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:05 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Republicans declare victory in new NoVa House seat

Republican David Ramadan declared victory in a newly drawn House of Delegates seat in Northern Virginia.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:36 AM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 11/08/2011

Virginia leaders disappointed in state’s exclusion from drilling plan

The Obama administration did not include Virginia in its five-year oil and gas leasing plan.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:24 PM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 11/08/2011

Virginia Elections 2011: Top races and key issues for Democrats, GOP

In the commonwealth, all 140 General Assembly seats are up for election in a redistricting year.

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:39 AM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 11/08/2011

Lights, camera, action. Spielberg’s Lincoln movie films at Capitol

This morning, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will hold a news conference with the movie’s producer, Kathleen Kennedy, and Chris Dodd, head of the Motion Picture Association of America.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:57 AM ET, 11/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Obama campaign encourages Virginians to vote

His campaign just sent out a text to supporters in Virginia urging them to vote Tuesday.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:31 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors candidates in Braddock decry robocall

A candidate for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ Braddock District seat said residents have received a robocall meant to sow confusion among Democratic voters.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  05:27 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell to meet with Netanyahu in Israel next week

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week while in Israel on his fourth trade mission.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:42 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Bechtel to move 625 jobs from Maryland to Virginia

The giant engineering, construction and project management company plans to relocate operations from Frederick to Fairfax County, sources say.

By Anita Kumar and Fredrick Kunkle  |  02:50 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Del. Patrick Hope endures a close shave

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) got a buzz cut for a cancer charity.

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:07 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 11/07/2011

ApCo takes aim at Armstrong days before the election

Days before the election, Appalachian Power has sent out a letter to shareholders attacking House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (D-Henry), who has spent the campaign attacking the company.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:57 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 11/07/2011

McDonnell advertises reform commission work group meetings

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office has started advertising meetings of work groups that make recommendations to his government reform commission following complaints about previous meetings being held in private.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:55 AM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 11/05/2011

Last-minute campaign mailer calls Forrest ‘openly homosexual’

The mailer sent to voters in a Fairfax County senate district also says GOP candidate Patrick Forrest is endorsed by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:30 PM ET, 11/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 11/05/2011

Reversing course, FEMA grants Virginia earthquake aid

Federal officials who initially denied Virginia’s request for aid respond to appeal by Gov. McDonnell.

By Laura Vozzella  |  10:21 AM ET, 11/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Kondratick accuses Ramadan of wanting to investigate miscarriages

In a House district in Northern Virginia, Democrat Mike Kondratick is accusing Republican David Ramadan of wanting police to investigate women who have miscarriages.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:04 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 11/04/2011

FEMA denies aid to help Northern Virginia recover from Tropical Storm Lee

The federal government denied Virginia’s request for aid to help Northern Virginians recover from the heavy rains and flooding from Tropical Storm Lee.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:54 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Webb pressed on whether he’ll campaign for Obama

For a retiring senator, James Webb has gotten a lot of attention this week.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:59 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Pr. William candidate Lateef focuses on foreclosure solutions — and faces questions about his own

Pr. William supervisor candidate Babu Lateef is focusing on foreclosure and transit — and faces questions on his finances.

By Jeremy Borden  |  03:42 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Virginia tea party eyes two more Senate seats

Days before Election Day, the Virginia Tea Party Alliance has added a pair of Northern Virginia Senate seats to their list of targets.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:27 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 11/04/2011

Marshall, Black file brief to support Cuccinelli’s appeal of health care lawsuit

Del. Bob Marshall (R- Prince William) and former delegate Dick Black filed a brief, urging a review of Virginia’s appeal of the federal health law.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:56 AM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Will Barker v. Baker cause confusion at the polls in Virginia?

Everyone seems to think the Senate race between Democrat George Barker and Republican Miller Baker will be one of the closest in the state.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:27 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Cost of solar energy may go up in Virginia

Solar and renewable energy activists protest an attempt by Dominion Virginia Power to impose a new fee on those who don’t use its power.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  05:10 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Saturday is deadline to vote absentee in Virginia

Voters have until Saturday to apply and vote absentee in-person for Tuesday’s elections.

By Anita Kumar  |  02:58 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 11/03/2011

Northern Virginia Senate candidate compares ‘Obamacare’ to Iraq war

Republican Miller Baker says president’s healthcare law is ‘domestic equivalent of Iraq war’

By Laura Vozzella  |  02:27 PM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 11/03/2011

Jim Webb helps Va. Democrats in key Senate races

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, who is not exactly known for his love of campaigning, is appearing in TV ads for Democrats as they try to retain control of their fragile majority in the state Senate next week.

By Anita Kumar  |  08:46 AM ET, 11/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Fairfax County Republican supervisor criticizes chairman Bulova for remarks on behalf of her fellow Democrat

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  09:03 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Pat Boone gets involved in Va. politics. Yes, that Pat Boone.

Yes, that Pat Boone.

By Anita Kumar  |  05:32 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Loudoun County board rejects OpenBand agreement

A franchise agreement between the cable telecommunications provider and Loudoun County was denied by the Board of Supervisors Wednesday.

By Caitlin Gibson  |  02:25 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Moran bill would restrict use of circus animals

Rep. James P. Moran Jr. joined former “The Price Is Right” host Bob Barker and actress Jorja Fox at a press conference Wednesday to unveil a bill to restrict the use of some exotic animals by circuses.

By Ben Pershing  |  02:02 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Loudoun GOP official resigns over Obama zombie image

A Loudoun County Republican Committee official has resigned following controversy over an e-mail that depicted President Obama as a zombie with a bullet wound in his head.

By Caitlin Gibson  |  12:48 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Kilgore to head Perry’s presidential campaign in Virginia

Jerry Kilgore, former attorney general and gubernatorial Republican candidate, will chair Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign in Virginia.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:28 PM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 11/02/2011

Prince William chairman Corey Stewart receives controversial donation

After receiving a $10,000 donation from RK Realty, Corey Stewart voted to approve one of the developer’s projects.

By Jeremy Borden  |  10:56 AM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 11/02/2011

Progressive groups target six Republicans on education

Two progressive groups have sent out campaign mailers to teachers in six key senate districts across Virginia, targeting Republicans who, they say, will cut education funding.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:10 AM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 AM ET, 11/02/2011

Fairfax County cheers $180 million in U.S. funding for BRAC

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  04:10 AM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Fairfax supervisors wade into water wars with possible new law — just in time for election, Republican says

The county may set rates for all residents, not just those served by the county’s water utility, which could anger its neighbors.

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  07:10 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Democrats hold rallies across the state this weekend

Democratic leaders also will fly around the state this weekend, visiting campaign offices and holding rallies, as they try to get out the vote for Tuesday’s elections.

By Anita Kumar  |  06:12 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Virginia leaders praise creation of Fort Monroe national monument

President Obama officially designated Fort Monroe as a national monument Tuesday, drawing praise from politicians who had urged the honor.

By Ben Pershing  |  04:47 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 11/01/2011

McDonnell, Bolling, Cuccinelli lead Republican rallies this weekend

Republican leaders will take part in a series of rallies across Virginia this weekend as they try to get out the vote for Tuesday’s legislative elections.

By Anita Kumar  |  04:22 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 11/01/2011

New antiabortion-rights PAC hopes to topple Sen. Ed Houck

Terry Beatley, an antiabortion activist, hopes her new political action committee, No Excuses Ministry, will make enough difference in next week’s election to topple her only target: Sen. Ed Houck.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:06 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Corey Stewart, a frequent critic of George Allen, endorses him for U.S. Senate

Corey Stewart, the Prince William board chairman who once contemplated a run for Senate, said he has always maintained George Allen had a “stellar record” as governor.

By Anita Kumar  |  12:48 PM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:42 AM ET, 11/01/2011

Fairfax County candidates treated to big donations in last days of October, VPAP says

Campaign contributions flowing fast, especially to county board of supervisors chair Sharon S. Bulova (D).

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  07:42 AM ET, 11/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Va Republican party condemns Loudoun GOP e-mail with an image of Obama shot in the head

The Republican Party of Virginia is strongly condemning an e-mail that shows Obama as a zombie with part of his skull missing and a bullet through his head.

By Anita Kumar  |  03:51 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 10/31/2011

McDonnell, Warner fill airwaves, phone lines

A week before Election Day, Republicans and Democrats are seeking help from the state’s two most popular politicians to encourage voters to go to the polls.

By Anita Kumar  |  01:52 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Favola, Merrick continue battle over gun rights

The squabbling over gun issues continues in Virginia’s 31st district state Senate contest.

By Ben Pershing  |  12:20 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/31/2011

NAACP opposes uranium mining in Virginia

The Virginia NAACP unanimously passed a resolution Monday to support keeping a moratorium on uranium mining in the state.

By Anita Kumar  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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