Virginia

VA Gov Vows Veto of GOP Redistricting Plan | 10-05-2018

Hours after Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox (R) announced his intention to hold a special legislative session to consider a GOP plan with some Democratic support to address a federal court ruling that 11 House districts drawn by the Republican majority...

Bipartisan Redistricting Plan Proposed in VA | 09-28-2018

Republican leaders in the Virginia House proposed a new plan - supported by at least four Democratic lawmakers - to address a federal court ruling that 11 House districts drawn by the state’s GOP-controlled General Assembly in 2011 were racially...

Politics in Brief - September 3 2018 | 08-31-2018

PUSH IN VA TO RATIFY ERA Advocates for the Equal Rights Amendment launched a campaign in VIRGINIA this month to make that state the 38th and final one to ratify the amendment guaranteeing equal rights for all Americans regardless of sex more than 40...

VA Committee Approves Impeachment Articles for Whole Supreme Court | 08-10-2018

West Virginia’s House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment for all four sitting justices on the state’s Supreme Court of Appeals: Chief Justice Margaret Workman, Justice Allen Loughry, Justice Robin Davis and Justice Elizabeth...

Politics in Brief - July 2 2018 | 06-29-2018

SCOTUS LARGELY UPHOLDS CONTESTED TX POLITICAL DISTRICTS In a 5-4 decision last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all but one of the handful of TEXAS legislative districts and both of the congressional districts that a three-judge panel said...

Trump and Women Continue to Figure Prominently in State Primaries | 06-15-2018

Last Tuesday, primary elections were held in four states - Maine, Nevada South Carolina and Virginia - and a special election was held in Wisconsin. Support for President Trump continued to be a key factor in GOP primaries. Corey Stewart eked out...

Unusually Competitive Year for State Legislative Races | 05-18-2018

In recent years it hasn’t been uncommon for over 40 percent of the state legislative seats up for election across the nation to go uncontested. But this year is shaping up to be very different. In states where candidate filing deadlines have...

Politics in Brief -January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

GOP BLOCKING EFFORT TO GIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CONTROL OVER CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS: Republicans who control the VIRGINIA Senate have vowed not to allow local governments in the state to decide whether to move or remove Confederate monuments. Democrats...

Republicans Hold VA House | 01-12-2018

After a couple of court rulings and a rare, random drawing, control of the Virginia House - firmly in Republican hands before the Nov. 7 election but up in the air afterward - appears to have finally been decided in Republicans’ favor. A recount...

Politics in Brief - December 11 2017 | 12-08-2017

DATES SET FOR VA HOUSE RECOUNTS: Recounts of three close VIRGINIA House races on Nov. 7, in the 40th, 94th and 68th districts, have been set for Dec. 13 and 14, 19, and 20, respectively. A preliminary hearing for a potential fourth recount in the 28th...

Politics In Brief - December 04 2017 | 12-01-2017

RECOUNTS LIKELY IN AT LEAST TWO VA HOUSE RACES With control of the VIRGINIA House of Delegates hanging in the balance, Democrats in the state have filed for recounts in two close November House races: in the 40th District, where Del. Tim Hugo (R) defeated...

Control of VA House Could Hinge on 55 Absentee Ballots | 11-17-2017

After apparently claiming 15 GOP-held seats in the Virginia House of Delegates in this month’s legislative elections, Democrats only need one more seat to take control of the chamber. The outcome in three districts, however, awaits recounts. And...

Dems Score Big Gains in State Legislative Races | 11-10-2017

Just two states - New Jersey and Virginia - held general elections on Nov. 7 in which state legislative seats were contested. Democrats made modest gains in New Jersey, where all 80 seats in the Assembly and all 40 seats in the Senate were up for grabs...

General Legislative Elections in Two States on Nov 7 | 11-03-2017

Just two states - New Jersey and Virginia - will hold general elections on Nov. 7 in which state legislative seats will be contested. Louisiana and Mississippi also hold legislative elections in odd-numbered years but all legislators in those two states...

Russian Hacking Speeds Shift Away From Electronic-Only Voting Machines | 10-06-2017

After the recount in Florida in the 2000 presidential election with its infamous “hanging chads,” many states and counties, with the aid of federal funding from the Help America Vote Act, replaced their paper-based voting systems with, in...

Politics In Brief - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

DHS CONTACTS STATES ABOUT 2016 ELECTION HACKING The Department of Homeland Security directly notified election officials in 21 states last month that they had been targeted by hackers connected to the Russian government during the 2016 election campaign...

VA Ditching Touchscreen Voting Machines Ahead of Nov Election | 09-15-2017

On Nov. 7 Virginia will hold a governor’s race that the Washington Post described as “a harbinger of the 2018 midterms and a test of politics in the era of President Trump.” The state’s voters will also decide contests for lieutenant...

City, State Officials Seek To Avoid Becoming Next Charlottesville | 08-18-2017

In the wake of the violent clashes between white-nationalist demonstrators and counter-protesters that left a 32-year-old woman dead in Charlottesville, Virginia this month, city and state officials across the country are taking steps to try to avoid...

Trump Voter Fraud Commission Sparks State Backlash | 07-07-2017

There were some early fireworks last month after the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity - assembled to investigate President Donald Trump’s claims that voter fraud is rampant in America and cost him the popular vote in last year’s...

Politics In Brief - June 12 2017 | 06-09-2017

Russian Election Cyberattacks Broader Than Indicated U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of VIRGINIA , the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Russian cyberattacks on U.S. election systems were broader and impacted more states than indicated...

Politics in Brief - March 13 2017 | 03-10-2017

High Court Rejects VA Districts Over Race: On a 7-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a lower court to re-review 11 legislative districts drawn by VIRGINIA Republicans after the 2010 Census. The districts are among a dozen that Democrats argued...

MN, VA Republicans Propose GOP-Friendly Electoral College Reforms | 02-03-2017

After Donald Trump clinched last year’s presidential race while losing the national popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 2.9 million votes , there was a clamor, mainly from Democrats, to do away with the Electoral College . But Republican lawmakers...

Politics in Brief -January 16 2017 | 01-13-2017

VA Senate Remains in GOP Control: Republicans maintained control of the VIRGINIA Senate after special elections last week to replace two members elected to Congress in November. Democrat Jennifer L. McClellan defeated Libertarian Corey Maurice Fauconier...

VA Voter ID Law Upheld by Federal Appeals Court | 12-16-2016

Last week a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a voter ID law passed by Virginia’s Republican-controlled General Assembly in 2013, rejecting a challenge from Democrats that the law suppressed minority voting...

Only The Usual Disruptions On Election Day | 11-11-2016

Election Day didn’t come off entirely without a hitch last week. Among the more consequential occurrences was the breakdown of a computerized voter registration system in some precincts of Durham County, North Carolina, causing long lines in some...

Politics In Brief - October 24 2016 | 10-21-2016

VA Voter Registration System Slowed to Crawl by ‘Unprecedented Activity’ VIRGINIA’s online voter registration system slowed down last Monday - the last day to register to vote in time for the Nov. 8 election - to the point of being...

VA Supreme Court Strikes Down Felon Voting Order | 07-29-2016

Last month, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) had overstepped his authority when he issued an executive order in April restoring voting and other rights to more than 200,000 former felons, who encompass nearly a quarter...

Politics In Brief - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

CA Voters to Consider Legalization of Recreational Pot California voters will have an opportunity in November to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the nation’s most populous state, with a random sample of the over 600,000 signatures...

Politics In Brief - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

CA Voters Approve Lawmaker Discipline Proposition By a margin of 75.2 percent to 24.8 percent, California voters approved the sole statewide initiative on the state’s June 7 ballot, Proposition 50, allowing the Legislature to suspend members...

VA GOP Leaders Sue to Block Gov’s Felon Voting Order | 06-03-2016

Virginia’s Republican legislative leaders have filed suit to block Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order in April restoring voting rights and the ability to seek public office to more than 200,000 felons who have completed their...

VA Gov Grants Felons Right to Vote | 04-29-2016

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) issued an executive order last month that will allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to run for public office and to vote in the swing state in the November presidential election. The governor said restoring felons’...

Court Issues VA Congressional Remap | 01-15-2016

A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia issued a new congressional map for the state that gives Democrats a chance to pick up another seat in this year’s election. The judges ruled last year that...

Legislative Races Preserve Partisan Status Quo | 11-06-2015

On Nov. 3, legislative seats were contested in three states, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In Mississippi, Republicans increased their majority in the House from 67 to 73, just...

VA Remap Faces Third Legal Challenge | 09-18-2015

A nonprofit group pushing for nonpartisan redistricting in Virginia has filed a lawsuit in Richmond Circuit Court alleging that in the last round of redistricting, in 2011, the state’s GOP-controlled General Assembly drew 11 districts to protect...

VA Remap Goes to Court | 09-10-2015

Virginia’s congressional district map is now in the hands of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District. Last year, the court declared the map drawn by the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly unconstitutional, saying it reduced...

2010 Redistricting Still Not Done in Some States | 09-04-2015

States usually complete the process of legislative redistricting shortly after the U.S. Census Bureau updates its population numbers every 10 years. But the remapping based on the last census in 2010 is still dragging on in a few states. In Florida...

Plan To Unseat Judicial Appointee Disrupted | 08-21-2015

Virginia lawmakers’ plan to oust Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) interim appointee to the state Supreme Court (see VA LAWMAKERS REJECT GOV’S JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT in Aug. 8 issue of SNCJ ) hit a snag last week. The Republicans who control...

VA Lawmakers Reject Gov's Judicial Appointment | 08-07-2015

Last month Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) appointed former Fairfax Circuit Court judge Jane Marum Roush to the state Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr. Although judicial appointments in the state are usually made by the...

VA GOP Infighting Threatening Presidential Bid | 03-06-2015

Feuding between centrist Republicans and Tea Party and Libertarian activists in Virginia could cost the GOP the crucial swing state and possibly the White House in 2016, some prominent members of the party fear. A principal source of the conflict is the...