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C-ville, VA, Cautiously Festive About Election

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 3:48 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA--Virginia has not gone Democratic since it gave 12 electoral votes to LBJ in 1964. Now Obama has a chance of winning today's 13 electoral votes from over 5 million registered voters, and the mood in Charlottesville, beneath gray skies and brilliantly colored leaves, seems almost festive.

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Virginia Voters Will Send 30 Tons of Paraphernalia into the Trash

(6) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 9:28 AM

If campaign signs in my neighborhood tell any story, it's that Obama supporters also support the environment 2008-11-04-small4.jpg and labor unions , while McCain-Palin's remain mum on both subjects. But what's that clean-air-loving Democrat to do come Wednesday, when the only certainty is that we'll...

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Dems Canvass Unlikely Voters in Rural VA, Find Plenty of Misinformation

(41) Comments | Posted October 23, 2008 | 5:18 PM

Jennifer Johnson and Sarah Johnson, friends since college rather than relatives, meet me at one of three Obama offices in Charlottesville. A reliably liberal university town in central Virginia, Charlottesville peers on all sides into rural, Republican counties. Those hinterlands have been traversed by this duo since Friday evening,...

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Virginia's Legal Residents Step Up: If You Can't Vote for Them, Campaign for Them

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2008 | 4:26 PM

Virginia gains about 30,000 new legal permanent residents annually, around 2 percent of the United States' total. (In comparison, the top two states, California and New York, combine for 37 percent. See here.)
Those green-card holders and their foreign compatriots living here cannot vote in a U.S. presidential...

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Environment Slips As Key Factor In Virginia Presidential Vote

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2008 | 12:46 PM

The presidential race in Virginia is heating up--so is the environment. In the same week that an autumn heat wave brought 80º days to the Commonwealth, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report that Arctic temperatures climbed 9º Fahrenheit above normal this fall, Greenland's ice melted at a...

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