Saturday, May 18, 2013
Did false endorsements passed around convention floor tip the scales for Jackson in the final hour?
Chesapeake minister and attorney E.W. Jackson won the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor late in the night Saturday after a long afternoon of voting to narrow the field from seven candidates. Jackson joins gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli and attorney general contender Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, as the top Republicans in the upcoming election. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, businessman Pete Snyder withdrew from the race for lieutenant governor late Saturday. At least one blog, bearingdrift.com, notes E.W.Jackson won the final vote with 58 percent. Endorsement Errors Jackson had led the voting throughout the day. He just narrowly fell short in the third vote of the 50 percent he needed to clinch the …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Republicans say a requirement for picture ID protects "sanctity" of the vote; Democrats argue the GOP is keeping certain voters away from the polls on purpose.
Virginia voters will need a photo ID when they're heading to the polls beginning in 2014 under new requirements signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnell this week. Supporters argue that a voter registration card with no picture creates an opening for fraudulent voting. McDonnell spokesman Jeff Caldwell said in a statement to The Washington Post that the new law is about protecting "the sanctity of our democratic process.” Democratic leaders have challenged voter ID laws as a type of voter suppression. They note those without a photo ID are likely found among Democratic voters, particularly seniors and college students. The new law will need approval by the U.S. Justice Department, a requirement for any voting changes in most Southern states …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
State Board of Elections identified more than 10,000 deceased on state's voter rolls.
When the State Board of Elections recently identified more than 10,000 deceased voters on state rolls, more than 10 percent of those were from Fairfax County, according to Cameron Quinn, the county's chief elections officer. In all, the state identified 1,038 dead voters on Fairfax County voting rolls, Quinn told Patch Thursday. The county is continually working to remove deceased voters from the rolls, she said. Since Jan. 1, the county removed 2,812 deceased voters from the rolls, Quinn said. On a monthly or so basis, the State Board of Elections sends the county what appear to be deceased voters based on a state level match of the Virginia Department of Health’s Division of Vital Statistics’ list and the voter registration list, …
Friday, January 20, 2012
No loyalty oath presumed; no write-ins allowed.
The Richmond Times Dispatch reported this morning that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as absentee voting begins (today) in the state’s Republican presidential primary. McDonnell made the endorsement a day ahead of the South Carolina primary, The Times Dispatch reported. McDonnell recently campaigned for Romney in South Carolina. "My message will be if you want to win the race in November, vote for Mitt Romney," McDonnell said on CNBC's "Squawkbox," the Times Dispatch reported. Earlier this week, election officers around Virginia weren’t 100 percent sure which names would appear on the GOP primary ballot. But by Tuesday afternoon, they could finally order printed ballots, after a …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Good Morning Neighbors, $2 Million To Reduce Class Size. Proposed Fairfax schools budget includes reserve to shrink elementary class sizes in McLean GOP Absentee Voting. Absentee voting in the Virginia GOP presidential primary starts today. Neighbor Alert. McLean incorrectly linked to arrests in international piracy indictments.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Virginia Tracks Large Donations Given in the Final Days Before An Election
Democratic candidates running in a House and Senate district that includes McLean led their Republican opponents in contributions exceeding $500 in reports filed two weeks before Tuesday's election. The Virginia Public Access Project reported that in the 31st Senate District race Democrat Barbara Favola was leading her Republican opponent Caren Merrick. In the 34th House District race Democrat Pamela Danner was leading Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock. Comstock had been the leading fundraiser in all of Virginia based on campaign finance reports filed the end of September and reported by VPAP. State law requires candidates to file donors and contributions exceeding $500 in the final days of the election. VPAP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Barbara Comstock Leads the State in Political Contributions
Incumbent Republican Del. Barbara Comstock, whose district includes McLean, led all Virginia state candidates in recent fundraising with 75 percent of her cash coming from Republican PACs controlled by the governor, the speaker of the House of Delegates and U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor. Comstock, who is running for re-election to a second term in the Virginia House of Delegates from the 34th District, raised nearly $230,000 in cash in September including $100,000 from a PAC controlled by House Speaker Bill Howell, plus another $25,000 directly from Howell and $25,000 from Gov. Bob McDonnell's PAC. The governor has headlined at least two fundraisers for Comstock in McLean. Her total even surpassed that of Howell, whose fundraising totalled nearly…
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Forrest makes first run for office
At a Glance Patrick Forrest may be running as a Republican in his campaign to unseat state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd District), but he wants to make clear he will represent Northern Virginians if he is elected. Not party leadership. "I consider myself someone who is fiscally conservative, but socially compassionate," the 34-year-old said. "Am I going to break from the party on certain positions? I imagine so if it's not a pro-Northern Virginia position they're taking. And that's kind of my big beef right now. It's become so hyper partisan, and my opponent is a leader in that hyper partisan environment. I want people in the General Assembly who are willing to break party lines and are willing to stand up for things even if their leadership …