Two states, two different political agendas by Republicans

Two states, two different political agendas by Republicans

This fall’s races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey offer a revealing window into the fight for the future of the Republican Party. Virginia’s illustrates the challenges facing the tea party movement and the fallout from the government shutdown while testing how well the GOP’s conservative wing can compete in a presidential swing-voting state. […]

Hillary Clinton campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia gov. race

Hillary Clinton campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia gov. race

Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail on Saturday to endorse old friend Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race, urging voters to reject the “scorched earth” politics that led to the recent government shutdown. At her first overtly political appearance since leaving her post as secretary of state in February, the former Democratic senator […]

Obama: Which Dems to help?

Obama: Which Dems to help?

President Barack Obama has no plans to campaign on behalf of the underdog Democrat in an uphill battle against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and is weighing how much help to give his party’s scandal-enmeshed candidate for governor of Virginia, where Democrats are more bullish about winning. It’s the type of delicate, race-by-race calculation the […]

Biden rips Virginia GOP as tea-party shills

Biden rips Virginia GOP as tea-party shills

Vice President Joe Biden continued a busy political pace Saturday, appearing with Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate at the swing state’s premier party fundraiser and ridiculing this fall’s conservative Republican statewide ticket as extreme captives of tea party ideology. Biden brought about 1,000 Democrats to their feet repeatedly at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner barely four months ahead […]

FBI probes questionable activity by Virginia governor

FBI probes questionable activity by Virginia governor

The FBI has begun looking at the relationship between Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and the chief executive of a nutritional supplements manufacturer that is the subject of an investigation, two people with knowledge of the review said. Federal authorities began questioning people close to McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, as an outgrowth of a securities […]

Virginia AG turns back clock on gay rights

Virginia AG turns back clock on gay rights

Virginia’s attorney general has advised the state’s public colleges that they don’t have the authority to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, saying only the General Assembly has that power. The letter sent by Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli to state college presidents and other officials Thursday drew swift criticism from Democrats and gay rights activists. […]