RICHMOND, VA — Yesterday, Public Policy Polling released the results a new survey showing Virginians have a very low opinion of Eric Cantor (VA-07).
“This poll shows that Virginians are tired of Eric Cantor’s partisan political gamesmanship. Virginians are looking to Congress for solutions — instead, Cantor spends his time on power politics and focused on his own personal political ambitions.” said Wayne Powell, Democratic candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 7th congressional district.
“Virginians all across the state reject Cantor's ideological obstructionism. Virginians remember that, after last summer’s earthquake, Cantor held disaster relief for Louisa County hostage. He delayed help for his own constituents to score political points with his Tea Party cronies in his own party. Even Republicans are growing leery of Cantor’s extreme partisan power grabs,” added Powell.
Just 27% of Virginians have a favorable opinion of Cantor. Across demographic groups, Eric Cantor has alienated Virginia voters.
Wayne Powell is running for Congress in Virginia’s 7th congressional district. Wayne is a retired Army Colonel, a small business owner, and a community lawyer.
These are amazing numbers and they show that Cantor's reckless grandstanding has badly damaged his reputation. Cantor used to be a nameless, faceless lackey of Tom DeLay, but now he's stepped into the spotlight and Virginians don't like what they've seen.
Link to article from The Richmonder
RICHMOND — The state Board of Elections on Monday certified Democrat Mark R. Herring as the winner of the Nov. 5 election for Virginia attorney general, even as the board chairman raised questions about the “integrity” of the vote tallies.
A recount seems likely in the closest-ever statewide election in Virginia history, although the losing candidate did not immediately call for one.
Herring, a state senator from Loudoun County, beat state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), by 165 votes out of more than 2 million cast.
Herring had 1,103,777 votes to Obenshain’s 1,103,612,...
Laura Vozzella | The Washington Post 25 Nov 2013 Hits:434 Virginia
Already shaping up to be one of the closest races in state history, a last-minute rule change is stirring up the recount to decide who will become Virginia's next attorney general.
The Daily Press of Newport News, Va. reported Friday that Republican candidate Mark Obenshain had an unofficial lead of just under 1,300 votes over Democratic challenger Mark Herring. That tally did not include full provisional ballot totals, and as of Saturday, a fresh rule change was complicating matters.
(photo: The two major party candidates for Virginia Attorney General - Democrat Mark Herring,...
Chris Gentilviso | Huffington Post 10 Nov 2013 Hits:422 Virginia
Fairfax County election officials said Friday that they believe nearly 2,000 votes went uncounted after Tuesday’s elections, a technical error that could affect the outcome of the still unresolved race for Virginia attorney general.
The error stemmed from problems with a broken machine at the county’s Mason district voting center, officials said.
The machine, known as an optical scanner, recorded 723 votes on election night before it broke down, election officials said. Its memory card was then placed in a working machine, which recorded 2,688 votes.
But that tally was not included in...
Antonio Olivo and Ben Pershing | The Washington Post 08 Nov 2013 Hits:217 Virginia
Less than 24 hours after winning Virginia’s governorship in a bitterly contested campaign, Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday announced his transition team and reiterated his pledge to govern in a bipartisan manner over the next four years.
Del. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, will lead the transition team, along with Republican John Chichester, a former state senator from Stafford County.
McAuliffe said the first executive order that he signs will prohibit discrimination in the state workforce based on race, gender or sexual orientation. He said his second executive order will bar the governor or...
Jim Nolan | Richmond Times Dispatch 07 Nov 2013 Hits:266 Virginia
Capping a day of electoral twists and turns, Republican Mark Obenshain last night clung to a narrow lead over Democrat Mark Herring in a contest for attorney general that appears headed for a recount.
Counts by the Virginia State Board of Elections are pending final certification on Nov. 25.
Both candidates expressed optimism that they would win the contest but asked supporters for donations to help fund possible legal challenges.
As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, Obenshain led by 681 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast, according to the Board of Elections....
Markus Schmidt | The Richmond Times Dispatch 07 Nov 2013 Hits:236 Virginia
Terry McAuliffe, a businessman and former head of the Democratic National Committee, captured the Virginia governor’s seat Tuesday, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli II, the state attorney general whose conservative crusades made him an icon of the tea party movement.
With 95 percent of the precincts reporting, McAuliffe edged ahead of Cuccinelli by about 25,000 votes, or about 1 percent. By 10 p.m., Edison Media Research, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News had projected McAuliffe as the winner.
The Democrat was far ahead in Northern Virginia, according to early returns, while Cuccinelli had...
Paul Schwartzman and Jeremy Borden | The Washington Post 05 Nov 2013 Hits:281 Virginia
The students greeted the boyish-faced man in the charcoal suit as the stranger he is to Virginia politics.
“Hi — Rob Sarvis, running for governor,” the Libertarian said, wading into an auditorium of seniors at a Northern Virginia high school’s “Meet the Candidates” day. Polite smiles. Handshakes. Giggles. Silence.
Sarvis sat alongside stand-ins for his opponents, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who apparently had more important places to be than a gathering of teenagers, many of them not old enough to vote.
Libertarian candidates have never made much of a dent...
Paul Schwartzman | The Washington Post 04 Oct 2013 Hits:431 Virginia
A Republican congressman from defense-rich Hampton Roads has emerged as the point man in a push for congressional approval of an Obama administration military strike on Syria.
“Though consulting with Congress is helpful, it is in no way an adequate substitute for President Obama obtaining statutory authority from Congress prior to the use of military force, as required by the Constitution,” said Rep. Scott Rigell, R-2nd, who also condemned the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.
Rigell, an auto dealer and Marine veteran first elected in 2010, represents a heavily military and...
Andrew Cain | Richmond Times Dispatch 02 Sep 2013 Hits:444 Virginia
More than 300 chanting, sign-carrying marchers streamed through downtown Richmond on Saturday in a local commemoration of the historic civil rights protest in Washington 50 years ago this past week.
“Somebody said Jim Crow is dead,” the Rev. Thurman Echols Jr., pastor of Moral Hill Baptist Church in Axton and a veteran activist, told a rally at the state Capitol. “But his children and grandchildren are still alive.”
The March on Richmond for Jobs and Freedom was organized by the local chapters of the Urban League, the NAACP, Living the Dream Inc....
Jeff Schapiro | The Richmond Times Dispatch 02 Sep 2013 Hits:426 Virginia
Attorneys for Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will spend Monday locked in separate hours-long meetings trying to convince federal prosecutors that the first couple should not be charged in the gifts scandal that has dominated state politics.
The meetings open a new, critical phase of the investigation, timed to help prosecutors decide over the next few weeks whether to file charges, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation.
Federal authorities have been investigating whether McDonnell (R) agreed to take official actions to aid nutritional supplement company...
Rosalind S. Helderman and Carol D. Leonnig, | The Washington Post 19 Aug 2013 Hits:463 Virginia
Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli on Tuesday unveiled an education policy that would expand tax credits that fund private school scholarships, legalize public funding of religious schools and give parents in an underperforming district the power to close, reform or convert a struggling school into a charter school. “There are undeniable and significant disparities that need to be addressed,” Cuccinelli said in the library of the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond. “Every child deserves a high-quality education regardless of where they live,” he added, referencing schools in Petersburg...
Richard Nolan | Richmond Times Dispatch 15 Aug 2013 Hits:488 Virginia
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is proposing a package of sweeping changes to the state’s ethics laws, including a ban on gifts over a certain amount, additional disclosure and expanded reporting requirements.
Also today, House Republican leaders say they want to take up disclosure reform during the regularly scheduled January legislative session and not in a special session, as Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli prefers.
Bolling floated his proposals through his political operation, the Virginia Mainstream Project.
He wants a ban of gifts in excess of $250 in aggregate each calendar year, expanded gift reporting,...
Olympia Meola | Richmond Times Dispatch 06 Aug 2013 Hits:424 Virginia
Former Obama adviser Robert Gibbs suggested on Monday that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell should step aside in favor of a “caretaker” governor until the election.
“I think at some point, you begin to really and truly ask the question, that is it time for Gov. McDonnell to step aside, honestly? We’ve had this drip, drip, drip of embarrassing allegations. And I say embarrassing, I don’t know if $120,000 in unreported loans, that should be probably worth larger than embarrassment on this,” Gibbs said Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“We have an election...
Tal Kopan | Politico 29 Jul 2013 Hits:424 Virginia
DOES VIRGINIA Gov. Robert F. McDonnell get it or not?
On Tuesday, Mr. McDonnell (R) apologized “for the embarrassment certain members of my family and I brought upon my beloved Virginia and her citizens.” And, in an action that spoke much louder than those somewhat parsimonious words, he said he had repaid more than $124,000 to the businessman who plied him and his family with gifts, loans and cash.
The repayment-with-interest to the businessman, Jonnie R. Williams Sr., was an implicit admission that governors should not be in the business of accepting...
Editorial Board | The Washington Post 26 Jul 2013 Hits:381 Virginia
In an unusual move, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R), his party’s nominee for governor, launched a new campaign website Wednesday highlighting his efforts to reinstate Virginia’s unconstitutional Crimes Against Nature law. The rule, which makes felons out of even consenting married couples who engage in oral or anal sex in the privacy of their own homes, was struck down by federal courts after Cuccinelli blocked efforts to bring it in line with the Supreme Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling.
The new site, vachildpredators.com, highlights 90 people identified “sexual predators” in Virginia who...
Josh Israel | ThinkProgress 21 Jul 2013 Hits:390 Virginia
In streamlining the state’s restoration of rights process, it’s increasingly clear that automatic won’t mean overnight.
The McDonnell administration today rolled out details of how the state’s new restoration of rights process will work after a committee of civil rights groups and others met over the course of 45 days to hash out the finer points of implementation.
Some felons convicted of burglary and breaking and entering, who had previously been considered nonviolent felons for purposes of rights restoration, will be moved to the violent felons category.
McDonnell originally moved burglary and breaking...
Olympia Meola | Richmond Times Dispatch 16 Jul 2013 Hits:324 Virginia
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine today signed onto the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act – legislation that would end the ban on prescription drug price negotiations for the government’s largest health care program.
“Every corner pharmacy negotiates for prescription drug prices so it makes no sense that the federal government isn’t allowed to do the same,” said Kaine. “At a time when we continue to look at every line item of the budget for savings, this common sense measure should be adopted to make Medicare more efficient and low-cost without compromising...
Valerie Garner | Roanoke Free Press 17 Jun 2013 Hits:1458 Virginia
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli today released a report presenting legal alternatives to the current system of restoring the civil rights of nonviolent felons.
The report, compiled by a bipartisan commission of lawyers convened by the attorney general in March, suggests the General Assembly could establish and fund a "permanent function" under the governor's office, dedicated to rights applications.
It also says the governor could "exercise his discretionary clemency power in a more expansive manner" to streamline the process and make it easier for felons who have paid their debt to society to enjoy its rights...
Jim Nolan | Richmond Times Dispatch 28 May 2013 Hits:1654 Virginia
If a woman in Virginia has a miscarriage without a doctor present, they must report it within 24 hours to the police or risk going to jail for a full year. At least, that’s what would have happened if a bill introduced by Virginia state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) had become law.
And yet, the Virginia Republican Party wants to make Obenshain into the state’s top prosecutor. This weekend, Virginia Republicans selected Obenshain as their nominee to replace tea party stalwart Ken Cuccinelli (R) as the state’s attorney general.
Obenshain’s bill, which was introduced...
Ian Millhiser | ThinkProgress 20 May 2013 Hits:659 Virginia
Last week, Virginia’s Board of Health voted to finalize unnecessary regulations that will force many of the state’s abortion clinics to shut down. Those new restrictions — which are known as the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers, or TRAP laws — are already having their intended effect. Hillcrest Clinic, which opened to the public just nine months after the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion services, will be closing its doors this weekend.
The state officials pushing for the new abortion regulations claim they will help ensure women’s safety. But...
Tara Culp-Ressler | ThinkProgress 22 Apr 2013 Hits:2141 Virginia
The vice chairwoman of the State Board of Elections says she has “some glaring issues” with the practicality and cost of Virginia’s new photo ID legislation for voting that Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law last month.
Kimberly T. Bowers, a Democrat, was appointed to a four-year term as one of the state’s leading elections officials in 2011 by Gov. Bob McDonnell. She said in an interview that the process for obtaining a free government-issued photo ID “leaves a lot to be desired” and that the decision to implement a new...
Markus Schmidt | Richmond Times Dispatch 14 Apr 2013 Hits:1482 Virginia
Today, the Virginia Board of Health will take a final vote on regulations that would restrict women's access to reproductive health care by imposing standards that would force women's health centers in Virginia to undertake massive renovations or close altogether.
The proposed regulations are the result of legislation passed by the General Assembly-with the overwhelming support of the House Republicans-and revised by Ken Cuccinelli, who strong armed the Board to vote on his version of the amendments.
"This is yet another instance of Ken Cuccinelli and his Republican allies in the...
DPVA 12 Apr 2013 Hits:832 Virginia
Backers of Virginia’s candidates for governor exchanged hard-edged humor Monday, issuing false April Fools' Day statements at their rival’s expense.
Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccineli’s campaign struck first, issuing a release under the headline: “McAuliffe To Open Job-Rich Plant in Virginia.”
The Republican spoof claimed that Terry McAuliffe had announced “a major commitment to bringing manufacturing jobs to Virginia” and that GreenTech, his electric car company, would soon open a factory outside Fredericksburg.
Then, under a headline of APRIL FOOL’S! the statement noted that McAuliffe “chose to base his electric car company in...
Andrew Cain | Richmond Times Dispatch 01 Apr 2013 Hits:577 Virginia
A political action committee spearheaded by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean will spend $750,000 to target five Republican-held districts in the Virginia House of Delegates for takeover by Democrats in the 2013 elections.
Dubbing their effort the “Purple to Blue Project,” the group, Democracy for America, said it is embarking on a multi-year effort to reverse the trend of GOP-controlled legislatures in swing states like Virginia.
The group plans to deploy data-driven, micro-targeting, mail and media strategies similar to those that helped President Barack Obama win Virginia and other in the 2012...
Jim Nolan | Richmond Times Dispatch 29 Mar 2013 Hits:585 Virginia
Governor Bob McDonnell last night proposed limited amendments to legislation that called for a two-year moratorium on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, by law enforcement and regulatory agencies in the Commonwealth thereby assuring that Virginia will become the first state in the nation to enact a statewide restriction on the use of drones.
“This is an important first step in assuring all Virginians that we have reasonable rules in place that will govern the deployment of drones over the Commonwealth,” said Delegate Ben Cline, author of the...
ACLU Virginia 28 Mar 2013 Hits:560 Virginia
Virginia workers like Anthony Van Buren will now have state investigators to take up their wage theft claims. (Photo by Raul Coto-Batres)
After a months-long lobbying effort by labor advocates, Virginia’s General Assembly voted on Saturday to restore funding to the state's investigative division responsible for enforcing wage law. One year ago, the assembly cut its funding and reassigned the six investigators tasked with assisting Virginians whose wages are illegally withheld by their employers.
Barring an unlikely veto by Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, the budget...
Spencer Woodman | In These Times 08 Mar 2013 Hits:650 Virginia
ARLINGTON, Va. — To listen to the human side of sequestration, wait in line here for the 595 bus to Reston, Va., a journey across a suburbia grown fat and happy on a federal spending boom in the past decade, primarily military.
While the rest of the country experienced a corrosive recession, unemployment in Arlington County, home of the Pentagon, never rose above 5 percent. Nearby Fairfax County, with a cyberintelligence industry that took off after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, gorged on government contracts to private companies.
“It was easy, and...
TRIP GABRIEL | The New York Times 07 Mar 2013 Hits:923 Virginia
By a 65-34 vote, the Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday passed a measure that would mandate voters show photo ID at the polls.
Senate Bill 1256, sponsored by Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, would also require the state to provide free photo ID to voters who do not have such identification.
The bill now moves to the desk of Gov. Bob McDonnell, who has not commented on the legislation during the session. If McDonnell signs it, the U.S. Department of Justice would also have to...
Markus Schmidt | Richmond Times Dispatch 24 Feb 2013 Hits:748 Virginia
Virginia will embark on a series of major reforms to its Medicaid program as a required prelude to extending coverage to as many as 400,000 uninsured Virginians by the middle of next year.
The House of Delegates and Senate voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to adopt amendments to the state budget that include the ability to reform and expand the joint federal-state health care program for the poor, subject to certification by a special legislative committee that benchmarks for reforms have been met.
“It’s pretty clear...
Michael Martz | Richmond Times Dispatch 24 Feb 2013 Hits:662 Virginia
Virginia Senate and House negotiators agreed on a deal today to resolve their differences over transportation funding.
When fully phased in, the agreement in its current form would raise roughly $880 million by doing the following:
-- Replace the current 17.5 cents per gallon tax on gasoline with a 3.5 percent wholesale tax paid by distributors and a 6 percent wholesale tax on diesel fuel;
-- Increase the 5 percent retail sales and use tax paid on most purchases to 5.3 percent;
-- Apply a $100 annual fee on alternative fuel...
Jim Nolan | Richmond Times Dispatch 21 Feb 2013 Hits:570 Virginia
I recently wrote about issues I have regarding the hours the polls are open for the November 16th special election Democratic primary. While I still believe those limited hours on a Saturday morning/afternoon will prevent a significant number...
When Ralph Northam was elected to be Virginia’s next Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday, he vacated the sixth district Senate seat he was first elected to in 2007. Following Lieutenant Governor-Elect Northam’s victory, a legislative committee,...
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Jennifer Boysko, VA-86 More Information: Website Facebook Opponent: Tom Rust Jennifer Boysko’s career has been defined by public service. After first serving in the office of then-Democratic U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, Boysko...
Michael Futrell, VA-02 More Information: Website Facebook Opponent: Mark Dudenhefer Michael Futrell says he’s running for the House of Delegates to ensure a brighter, better future for Virginia’s families. Though one...
Mary Costello Daniel, VA-33 More Information: Website Facebook Opponent: David LaRock Mary Costello Daniel only entered the race for the House of Delegates after the stunning primary defeat of long-term incumbent Joe May by Tea...
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