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US: Virginia (News/Activism)

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  • National Democrats are jittery about Va. governor’s race

    10/22/2017 5:35:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Washington ComPost ^ | 10/22/17 | David Weigel and Ed O'Keefe
    The Democratic National Committee gathered here over the past week with one worry on every activist’s mind: We’d better not lose the Virginia governor’s race. It’s a surprising case of the jitters over a place that hasn’t elected a Republican to statewide office in eight years — and that voted resoundingly against Donald Trump last year. But nationally, Democrats haven’t won a marquee race since losing the presidency. They lag Republicans in fundraising. A loss for Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam against Republican Ed Gillespie on Nov. 7 could stir doubts about message and strategy just as the party is gearing...
  • Dulles Toll Road Fee Projected to Increase to $4.75 in 2019, $6 in 2023

    10/22/2017 11:15:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Reston Now ^ | October 18, 2017 | Dave Emke
    Users of the Dulles Toll Road can expect to pay more in 2019, according to a 2018 draft budget presented to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board today.No increase from the $3.50 toll ($2.50 at the plaza and $1 at the ramp) is planned in 2018; however, it is expected to jump to $4.75 the following year. Numbers presented by the Board’s Finance Committee show that is only the beginning of the hikes.In 2023, the toll is projected to go up to $6. Additional jumps of $1.25 or more are projected every five years for the following two decades, resulting...
  • Calm Down About Those Virginia Polls, Folks

    10/21/2017 7:52:39 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 19 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 10/20/2017 | Harry Enten
    A Monmouth University poll released Tuesday generated a ton of headlines. It found Republican Ed Gillespie leading the Virginia gubernatorial race by 1 percentage point, 48 percent to 47 percent. Democrat Ralph Northam has led in most surveys of the race, and if Republicans win Virginia with President Trump so unpopular, you can expect a full-blown freakout among Democrats. Adding to the confusion: Quinnipiac University released a poll on Wednesday showing Northam up 14 percentage points, 53 percent to 39 percent. So what the heck is going on in the Virginia governor’s race? Nothing. The split between the Monmouth and...
  • Obama tears into Ed Gillespie’s MS-13 ads, calling them ‘as cynical as politics gets’

    10/21/2017 7:40:52 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/20/2017 | Fenit Nirappil
    RICHMOND — Former president Barack Obama took the unusual step of criticizing and mocking Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate for a controversial ad blitz highlighting Latino gang violence. As he rallied for the Democratic candidate Ralph Northam on Thursday night, Obama mentioned that he and his wife, Michelle Obama, have seen Republican Ed Gillespie’s commercials airing on television in their D.C. home. The spots say Northam is “weak on MS-13” as images of tattooed Latino men and the gang motto “Kill, Rape, Control” pop up on the screen.
  • Why Ed Gillespie is surging in Virginia

    10/20/2017 8:10:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies ^ | 10/20/17 | Mark A. Thiessen
    In the run-up to Virginia’s 2014 Senate election, Republican Ed Gillespie trailed Sen. Mark Warner (D) by double digits in almost every single public poll. Gillespie knew the polls were wrong, but to the GOP establishment, Warner seemed invincible, and as Election Day approached, the party focused its resources on more “winnable” races (such as Scott Brown’s failed Senate campaign in New Hampshire). Two weeks before Election Day, Gillespie tried to get the GOP to kick in just $350,000 for ads and get-out-the-vote efforts, but his pleas fell on deaf ears. In the end, he lost not by double digits,...
  • Police investigating detonated explosive device in Williamsburg (WTF? ANTIFA?)

    10/20/2017 6:38:34 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 8 replies
    The Daily Press ^ | 20 October 2017 | By Jimmy LaRoue•
    An improvised explosive device was detonated around 5 p.m. Thursday in a parking lot located at the intersection of South Boundary Street and Francis Street near Merchants Square, according to Williamsburg Police. No one was injured, according to Williamsburg Police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley. The parking lot is across Francis Street from Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill. Across from South Boundary Street from the parking lot is the College of William and Mary campus. The Williamsburg police and fire departments responded to what was initially reported as a car fire, Riley said.
  • Dems need more than 'meh' in Virginia race

    10/19/2017 1:34:47 PM PDT · by leaymane · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/19/17 | Chris Stirewalt
    If Democrats can’t deliver a win in Virginia’s gubernatorial election 19 days hence, they should shut down and reopen as a haunted house. “See the spine-tinglingly campaign finance reports!!! Hear the bloodcurdling voicemails from Debbie Wasserman Schultz!!! Smell the horror of a goat cheese and red-pepper hummus sandwich one of the interns left downstairs!!!” Republicans have done well in recent cycles in gubernatorial races in Democrat-leaning states. Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey and Wisconsin are all presently governed by Republicans. So it wouldn’t be all together shocking for a state that had a strong Republican lead until...
  • Criticizing Murderous MS-13 is Apparently Racist Now

    10/19/2017 12:21:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies ^ | October 19, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    Republican Ed Gillespie, who is running for governor of Virginia against Democrat Ralph Northam, is being criticized for portraying MS-13 members as "heavily tattooed Latino men" who want to "KILL, RAPE, CONTROL." From Yahoo News : Ed Gillespie often insists that the gubernatorial election in Virginia should mainly be a dialogue about the deeply researched policy papers he’s put out on seemingly every topic under the sun. And while that may be true, the Republican’s campaign might be best known at this point for a series of TV ads in which photos of heavily tattooed Latino men are displayed...
  • Obama returns to campaign trail for Dems in governor's races

    10/18/2017 11:27:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 19, 2017 12:33 AM EDT | Jesse J. Holland
    Former President Barack Obama is returning to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they gear up for next month’s elections. Thursday’s events mark the first time the former president is stepping back into the political spotlight since leaving the White House. Unlike more low-key appearances earlier this year, Obama’s foray into two states won’t be a one-and-done. He is planning more public appearances as the year closes, and preparation for the 2018 midterm elections begins. […] Obama is hoping to sway voters in New Jersey and Virginia, the only two gubernatorial...
  • Will Echoes Of Hillary Clinton's Awful Coal Remarks Sink Democrats In Virginia’s Governor’s Race?

    10/18/2017 5:48:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | October 18, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    We’re three weeks out from Virginia’s gubernatorial race and it’s been mostly relegated to the backburner thanks to the endless news that emanates from the Trump White House. It’s an off-year election, but it’s in D.C.'s backyard. The state has increasingly become more bluish since the Bush years, albeit the state legislature is Republican. The House of Delegates, the lower chamber, is reliably Republican where they hold a supermajority. The state Senate is more competitive. Anti-gun groups under the Bloomberg umbrella tried and failed to flip the Senate in 2015. Those groups are mounting a second invasion of the state...
  • Trump Operative Quits Gillespie campaign for Va. governor, sources say

    10/18/2017 5:46:20 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/18/2017 | Laura Vozzella
    RICHMOND — The man who rallied Southwest Virginia to vote for Donald Trump last year quit Republican Ed Gillespie’s gubernatorial campaign this week, offended by a personal snub and exasperated by the campaign’s highly cautious stance toward the president, according to three Republicans familiar with his decision.
  • Oh My: Why Did Virginia Dems Eliminate Their Black Lt. Governor Nominee From Campaign Mailers?

    10/18/2017 3:19:07 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 18, 2017 | Guy Benson
    Oh My: Why Did Virginia Dems Eliminate Their Black Lt. Governor Nominee From Campaign Mailers? We wrote about the Virginia gubernatorial race yesterday, and that contest has since generated additional attention for two reasons.  We'll get to the second one below, but first, please review this 'before and after' shot of Democratic campaign mailers and see you if you can spot the difference.  It's, uh, not subtle:
  • Virginians, Don’t Turn into California: Elect Ed Gillespie for Governor

    10/18/2017 1:54:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies ^ | October 18, 2017 | Arthur Schaper
    Virginia, the Mother of presidents, the Tidewater Miracle which helped birth a nation conceived in liberty, could be turning into another third-world hell-hole. The state went blue in 2008 because of disgust with George W. Bush. Then this red state went Democratic for two more election cycles, especially when other blue states, which had flipped for Obama, then flipped back to Trump—that’s bad news for Virginia and the country.I have written about my experience in the Old Dominion last month. Recognizing that an intense race for governor is taking place right now, I feel compelled to speak out on the...
  • Guess who just erased his black running mate from campaign material in Virginia

    10/18/2017 10:27:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 18, 2017 | Greg P.
    Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam is accused of erasing his black running mate, Justin Fairfax, off of campaign material distributed in Virginia:
  • Deported man arrested in Stuarts Draft

    10/18/2017 10:01:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    The Daily Progress ^ | October 17, 2017 | Staff
    A man was arrested in Stuarts Draft by members of the Skyline Drug Task Force two weeks ago. Gustavo Guillen Cruz was deported three years ago after a Waynesboro conviction. Cruz, 28, was charged on Oct. 6 in Stuarts Draft with possession of methamphetamine. Cruz was deported in November of 2014 after being convicted of possession of meth in Waynesboro. He’s a self-admitted member of the Hispanic street gang Sureno 13, a press release said.
  • UVA Initiative Pairs Politically Diverse Students For Lunch Dates

    10/17/2017 6:49:51 PM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | October 15, 2017 | Rob Shimshock
    Students will pair students of different political persuasions for lunch or coffee dates for a University of Virginia student initiative announced Friday. . . . While students split on whether the school should facilitate compulsory white supremacy training, UVA’s student council unanimously endorsed a list of demands including a call for the school to institute a black student quota and install a plaque on a statue of Thomas Jefferson detailing the monument’s history as “an emblem of white supremacy.”
  • Gillespie +1 in Virginia Governor's race

    Monmouth University(which is very lib) Gillespie 48% Northam 47%
  • Virginia governor race: Candidates pull out political heavy hitters as showdown gets nasty

    10/16/2017 7:15:03 PM PDT · by leaymane · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/16/17 | Doug McKelway
    In a year where coverage of President Trump has generated TV ratings, limitless controversy, and the world’s scrutiny, the November 7th Virginia governor’s race between former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie and Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has been gasping for attention. That may change this week as both campaigns pull out some heavy hitters. President George W. Bush is attending two Gillespie fundraisers on Monday. President Obama is campaigning for Northam on Thursday. That, following weekend appearances by Vice President Mike Pence at a Gillespie rally and former Vice President Joe Biden at an Northam event. Unknown yet...
  • Now, they're after Civil War reenactors

    10/16/2017 7:43:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies ^ | 10/16/2017 | Rick Moran
    Civil War reenactors replaying the Battle of Cedar Creek in Virginia on Saturday went ahead with their demonstration despite the group organizing the event receiving a letter threatening "bodily harm" to anyone who participated. The battlefield was temporarily cleared on Saturday when a "suspicious device" - possibly a pipe bomb - was discovered. The FBI is investigating. Washington Post: “We wanted to send a message,” said Keith MacGregor, 56, from Lebanon, Pa., who was playing the role of a Union infantry captain for the reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek, held not far from here. “We wanted to show...
  • Pence, Biden going to bat for candidates in Virginia gubernatorial race

    10/14/2017 2:20:45 PM PDT · by leaymane · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/13/17 | Seth McLaughlin
    Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ralph Northam and his Republican rival Ed Gillespie are pulling out a couple of the big guns Saturday, as they look to energize their respective coalitions less than a month out from Election Day. Mr. Northam plans to spend the morning campaigning with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden in Northern Virginia, and Mr. Gillespie is set to appear at an evening rally with Vice President Mike Pence in Southwest Virginia. The race is tight, according to polls, which has shown Mr. Northam, the state’s lieutenant governor, with a fairly consistent lead, riding strong support from voters...