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Sunday, April 22, 2018

It Has Always Been About Slavery

As if he had not already dumped enough fuel on a raging inferno, President Donald Trump has now taken up common cause with the Lost Cause: the historically inaccurate, myth-driven campaign to sanctify the Confederacy. The president was apparently not satisfied with merely showing his sympathy for white supremacists, insisting that their ranks include some “very fine people.”

August 18, 2017

This Week In Crazy: David Crosby Faces Fire, Fury From Ted Nugent

Statue fetishists, blubbering neo-Nazis, and Cat Fight Fever. Welcome to This Week In Crazy.

August 18, 2017

Trump: ‘Racism Is Evil … Including The KKK, Neo-Nazis And White Supremacists’

President Donald Trump made his most explicit comments denouncing the hate groups responsible for “this weekend’s racist violence” after two days of bipartisan criticism for his failure to single out white supremacists.

August 14, 2017

Supreme Court On Gerrymandering: ‘Is It Politics Or Race?’

A divided Supreme Court questioned whether race or politics was the main factor used in drawing the controversial legislative districts in Virginia and North Carolina.

December 6, 2016

U.S. Judge Orders Virginia To Extend Voter Registration

A federal judge ordered Virginia to reopen its voter registration window and allow residents to continue to sign up through Friday after its online registration portal was unavailable to many users earlier this week.

October 20, 2016
Terry McAuliffe stands onstage during a campaign rally in Dale City, Virginia, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Virginia Governor’s Bid To Restore Felon Voting Rights Advances

The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Republican bid to have Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe held in contempt for his continued effort to restore voting rights to about 206,000 felons.

September 15, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) attend a campaign rally at Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale, Virginia, U.S., July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Don’t Let The ‘Aw, Shucks’ Fool You: Tim Kaine Is A Force For Clinton On Campaign Trail

“Oh my gosh,” Kaine said. “It was a dark and twisted journey through the mind of Donald Trump, a very scary place to be.” His voice took on a ghoulish tone, as if he were reading a ghost story to a child.

August 1, 2016
Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell is surrounded by members of the media after his sentencing hearing in Richmond, Virginia January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jay Westcott

Supreme Court Throws Out Virginia Ex-Governor McDonnell’s Corruption Conviction

The court ruled 8-0 in overturning McDonnell’s conviction for accepting $177,000 in luxury gifts and sweetheart loans for him and his wife from a wealthy Richmond businessman seeking to promote a dietary supplement, finding that it did not constitute a criminal act under federal bribery law.

June 27, 2016

Restoring Voting Rights To Felons Is The Right Thing To Do

Even after men and women have served their time — after they have paid their debt to society, as the cliche goes — most states restrict their franchise. It’s an odd idea: Those men and women are harmless enough to release onto the streets, but they can’t be trusted to vote.

April 29, 2016
Former U.S. Senator Senator Jim Webb speaks during a news conference

Why Might Former Democratic Candidate Jim Webb Support Donald Trump?

Supporting Donald Trump as a Democrat is just about as crazy as supporting him… as a Republican. What gives?

March 7, 2016
Virginia voters line up early to cast their ballots in Super Tuesday elections at the Wilson School in Arlington, Virginia March 1, 2016.

Why Candidates Are Fighting So Hard for Virginia

Out of all the states voting on Super Tuesday, Virginia may be the bellwether for the general election.

March 1, 2016

Virginia Governor Signs Gun Law Compromise Measures

From now on, Virginia can confiscate firearms from anyone who is under a permanent protective order for domestic violence offenses.

February 26, 2016

One Arabic Sentence Closes Schools, And Ignorance Wins

An entire school system in Virginia was shut down Friday — 10,000 students, all kept at home — after a teacher gave an Arabic calligraphy assignment. Unfortunately, the kids were asked to try writing a Muslim statement of faith. They went home and told their parents. Look out.

December 22, 2015

Virginia Mayor Says No To Syrian Refugees, Invokes Japanese-American Internment: ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’

Democrats often look back fondly on President Franklin Roosevelt — but here’s one local official who is hearkening back to exactly the wrong thing about him.

November 18, 2015
lighthouse Rhode Island New England

Some States Battle Obama On Climate Change; Others Try To Address It

Some states are doing way more than the Obama administration to combat climate change.

November 11, 2015
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What To Watch For On Election Day

While no federal offices are on the table, results from these states this Election Day will have implications for House and Senate contests in 2016.

November 2, 2015

States Rush To Regulate Drones Ahead Of Federal Guidelines

In the absence of federal regulations, states are eager to pass their own policies on drones.

September 15, 2015

‘If I Have To Be The John Walsh Of Gun Control’: Victim’s Father To Become Advocate

The father of a victim in Wednesday’s murder of the local TV crew in Virginia is quickly emerging as a new spokesman for gun control — determined that these mass shootings not just keep on happening.

August 27, 2015

Virginia TV Journalists Killed By Suspect With ‘Powder Keg’ Of Anger

How could something like this possibly happen? “I’ve been a human powder keg for a while…” the killer wrote, “just waiting to go BOOM!”

August 26, 2015

Virginia TV Journalists Killed In On-Air Shooting; Suspect Fatally Shoots Self

The suspect, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, shot and wounded himself as police pursued him on a Virginia highway. He died later at the hospital, police said.

August 26, 2015

Virginia TV Journalists Killed In On-Air Shooting; Suspect Shoots Self

The shooting, apparently by a disgruntled current or former employee of the television station, occurred at about 6:45 a.m. EDT during a live broadcast.

August 26, 2015

This Week In Polls: Hillary, Donald, And More

The polls show Hillary Clinton trailing in crucial swing states — but at the same time, the Democrats have advantages nationally in some key fundamentals.

July 24, 2015

Virginia Gov. McAuliffe: I’m Getting Rid Of Confederate Flag License Plates

“Even its display on state issued license tags is, in my view, unnecessarily divisive and hurtful to too many of our people.”

June 23, 2015

If Supreme Court Rules Against Obamacare, States Have Few Options

Even some red state governments are starting to panic over King v. Burwell.

March 2, 2015

Swing State Polls Find Christie Weak Against Clinton

The latest round of 2016 polls has good news for Hillary Clinton.

February 18, 2015