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Civic Groups Are Rushing To Register Newly Eligible Ex-Offenders In Virginia

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics

RICHMOND, VA. -- “I’m just overwhelmed,” John Barbee said, after he finished filling out a voter registration form in the basement of a Baptist ...

Virginia GOP To Sue Governor Over Voting Rights For Ex-Offenders

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics

Republicans in Virginia said Monday that they plan to sue Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe over an executive order he issued last month restoring votin...

Over 200,000 Virginians With Past Felony Convictions Will Regain Their Right To Vote

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed a major executive order Friday circumventing the state's Republican-controlled legislature by restoring votin...

Virtually Everyone Is Disadvantaged by the Electoral College

Richard Kasbeer | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Richard Kasbeer

The Electoral College system can be improved. The first improvement needed is to make every voter count. The second is for every voter to count equally. And the third is to elect a president who is supported by a majority of the voters. This is not a partisan issue.

GOP State Senator Dismisses Opponent As Only A 'Doctor' And 'Mother'

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

A Virginia Republican state senator wants voters to know he thinks his Democratic opponent is inexperienced -- by highlighting that she's a mother. St...

Governors Of Different Parties Realize Redistricting Is Screwed Up

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two governors have the same problem: Their states are heavily gerrymandered, giving one party a disproportionate share of seats in the ...

Jim Webb Losing His Early Allies With His Quixotic Presidential Bid

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

Back in 2005, Jim Webb -- the former Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan -- was urged to take part in a new mission: enter the Virgini...

Samantha Lachman

Virginia Makes It Easier For Ex-Felons To Vote Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) took a small but significant step on Tuesday in his ongoing push to restore voting rights for former f...

Samantha Lachman

Virginia GOP Rescinds Support For Equal Rights Amendment

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The fate of a bill calling for Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution remains in flux after the state Se...

Samantha Lachman

Virginia Board Votes To Amend Harsh Abortion Clinic Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

Virginia's Board of Health voted Thursday to begin a process of revising tough restrictions on abortion clinics, in a setback for abortion opponents. ...

Samantha Lachman

Dem Governors Struggle To Overcome Opposition As Obama Embraces Executive Powers

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The six Democratic governors who face GOP-controlled state legislatures may be slightly jealous of President Barack Obama's ability to d...

Samantha Lachman

This School Has 2 Congressional Candidates -- And Election Fever

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

ASHLAND, Va. -- It's hard to find a student at Randolph-Macon College who hasn't heard that professors David Brat and Jack Trammell are vying to succe...

One Governor Down, One Governor to Go?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

There's something rotten in the State of Wisconsin...

Analysis of the Bob McDonnell Trial and That Crazy Story About Pagans and Fortune Tellers (Video)

Dan McDermott | Posted 10.23.2014 | DC
Dan McDermott

I discussed the corruption trial of former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and the controversy over whether Front Royal, Va. should keep a ban against fortune tellers, "gypsies" and practitioners of the "magic arts."

Samantha Lachman

Terry McAuliffe Sets Up Showdown With Virginia GOP Over Medicaid Expansion

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) used his line-item veto power Friday to nix portions of the state budget, extending his battle with legislative Repu...

A Profile In Cowardice

Sandeep P. Kishore, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Sandeep P. Kishore, Ph.D.

The storyline here is clear. And tragic. Senator Puckett placed the interest of himself and his family above that of his constituents. jeopardizing the lives and health of thousands of vulnerable Virginians.

So Who's The Guy Who Just Beat Eric Cantor? Meet Dave Brat

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

David Brat, a tea party activist and professor, scored one of the biggest upsets in political history Tuesday when he defeated House Majority Leader E...

With Eric Cantor Defeat, Congressional Republicans Lose Only Non-Christian

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) shocking defeat Tuesday in the Republican primary to represent Virginia's 7th Congressional ...

Group Raises Another Massive Confederate Flag Over Highway

Reuters | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va., June 2 (Reuters) - Motorists traveling a major Virginia highway now have a second supersized Confeder...

Oprah Claims She Was Unaware Of Dem's Checkered Past

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

An Oprah Winfrey spokeswoman said Wednesday that Winfrey would still attend a fundraiser for Lavern Chatman, a friend running for the Democratic nomin...

Steve Martin Wants You To Know He's Not The Steve Martin Who Called Pregnant Women 'Hosts'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

Actor Steve Martin wants to make sure everyone knows he's not the same Steve Martin who described pregnant woman as "hosts." The comedian took to ...

Bob McDonnell Had His Charm, E-I-E-I-O...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

A Scandal Sing-Along!...

Controversial Republican State Senator Withdraws From House Race

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Republican Virginia State Sen. Richard H. Black, who incited controversy with his comments about spousal rape, military sexual assault and homosexuali...

GOP Congressional Candidate Doesn't Have A Problem With Spousal Rape

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Virginia state Sen. Richard H. "Dick" Black's past may come back to bite him as he runs for Congress. Mother Jones highlighted Wednesday some of the R...

Former RNC Chairman Reportedly Readying Senate Bid

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is gearing up to challenge Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) in his reelection bid this year, the Ne...