Latest from Norman Leahy

Virginia Democrats show a surprising weakness as the general election campaign kicks off

More than four months out, polls show a close race.
  • Jun 16, 2021

Virginia Democrats choose pragmatism

Shy of goading the former president into making a statewide campaign tour this fall, Terry McAuliffe will need something else to win in November.
  • Jun 9, 2021

On the Virginia Democratic primary ballot: Dual candidacies and progressive priorities

Conventional wisdom points to former governor Terry McAuliffe winning the gubernatorial primary.
  • Jun 2, 2021

Glenn Youngkin’s message discipline could make the Virginia suburbs competitive again

The newcomer is reaching into the back of the GOP cupboard and pulling out the old ingredients of the party’s statewide success.
  • May 26, 2021

Amanda Chase gives Glenn Youngkin the gift of unity

In the long string of statewide Republican defeats since 2009, intramural spats, hurt feelings and bruised egos have played important supporting roles.
  • May 19, 2021

The Virginia GOP exorcised a few political ghosts

But not former president Donald Trump's.
  • May 12, 2021

Ralph Northam auditions for the role of Virginia’s ‘Power Broker’

Like its fictional equivalent in the Marvel universe, the Virginia power broker works qquietly but with great authority,
  • Apr 28, 2021

Virginia Democrats shouldn’t skip accountability now

Republicans suffered when they blew the special session on guns. Democrats should learn from that and allow an investigation into the Parole Board.
  • Apr 21, 2021

Virginia Democrats are suffering from inertia

Virginians are looking forward to a post-coronavirus world where they can get back to work, school and life. The ones looking back are Democratic grandees.
  • Apr 14, 2021

The Virginia Democratic gubernatorial debate showed there is no inevitable candidate

Voters got something different from the usual litany of talking points and uncomfortable body language.
  • Apr 7, 2021