Good for Bob McDonnell, But…
The Department of Justice is dismissing all charges against former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell.
In June, the Supreme Court overturned McDonnell’s corruption convictions, contending that the prosecutors – and jury – had stretched the legal definition of bribery and corruption beyond …
Court Blocks Terry McAuliffe on Felon Voting, but He Won’t Give Up
Virginia Governor and former Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe is a very good friend of the Clintons: he was basically their bagman for years, and reportedly was one of the key allies pushing for Virginia Senator Tim Kaine to …
A Virginia Abortion Clinic’s Misconduct Is Part of National Scandal
The Virginia State health commissioner received a letter recently decrying “a clear pattern of repeated and serious misconduct” at a Fairfax abortion clinic “that poses a significant threat to patient safety” that “cannot be allowed to go unchecked.” This latest …
In Virginia, Terry McAuliffe Breaks the Constitution to Plump the Democratic Vote
In what is likely an unconstitutional state action seemingly calculated to ensure that the purple state of Virginia goes blue in the November election, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D.) signed an order on Friday restoring the voting rights of 206,000 ex-felons in …
Virginia’s Attorney General Unilaterally Nukes Concealed Carry Reciprocity
The Washington Post reports:
Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) plans to announce Tuesday that Virginia will no longer recognize concealed carry handgun permits from 25 states that have reciprocity agreements with the commonwealth.
The move also means Virginians with a …
A Teensy Victory in Virginia
Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly have discovered their institutional self-respect, and their colleagues in Washington should follow their example.
In Virginia, state supreme court justices are elected by the General Assembly, which is controlled by Republicans—by an overwhelming …
Former Warner Strategist Attributes Virginia’s Close Vote to . . . Racism
A statement from Ed Gillespie:
It’s a testament to our volunteers and their incredible efforts that we were outspent two-to-one and yet the most recent unofficial tally has us separated by less than a percentage point out of more …
The Shocker: GOP Primary Voters Outpaced Democrat Primary Voters in Virginia’s Early Vote
The polls in Virginia are now closed. For those wondering what this tweet referred to, I am told that Virginia Republicans examined the early vote — absentee ballot by mail and in-person absentee. This is a small portion of the …
Ed Gillespie Will Run Plenty of Ads in the Next Two and a Half Weeks
We’re at the time of year where every little decision is interpreted as a significant indicator of what will happen on Election Night. But Politico should have known better than to run a story with the screaming headline, GILLESPIE OFF …
Not Much Is Coming Easy to the GOP This Cycle
The Thursday morning poll roundup…
Arizona Governor: “Forty-one percent of likely voters said they were likely to vote for Doug Ducey, the Republican nominee, while 39 percent said they would vote for Fred DuVal, the Democratic nominee — within the poll’s …
Hillary’s Felonious Friends in Virginia
Terry McAuliffe is a Hillary Clinton pal. He fronted $1.3 million for her house in Chappaqua. We should all have such friends. Thanks to the Republicans who shut down the government in 2013, McAuliffe is now the governor of Virginia, a swing …
Yes, Virginia, Our Governor Is a Crook and a Liar
From the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Yes, Virginia, Our Governor Is a Crook and a Liar
The editors of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review concur with my assessment that Virginia governor Terry McAullife has, prima facie, taken money from a …
The Criminal Constituency
Terry McAuliffe was a Clinton henchman before he was governor of Virginia. He would be a Clinton henchman afterward, too, which means that he must be one during his governorship, to which end he has ordered — without legal authority …
Terry McAuliffe to Virginia Homeschoolers: ‘You Can’t Have That Privilege’
Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe is a defender of privilege. Earlier this week, the first-term Democrat vetoed a bill that would have let the commonwealth’s homeschooled students play sports and otherwise participate in extracurricular activities at their local public schools.
Don’t Watch the Virginia Shooting Video
A hideous story, as related by the BBC:
Two US journalists have been shot dead during a live TV report in the state of Virginia, their employer has confirmed.
WDBJ7 TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were killed …
Ed Gillespie Concedes Senate Race; Margin at 16,700 Votes
So close, and no shame in this defeat.
#BREAKING – Ed Gillespie to concede #VASen race. Watch LIVE: http://t.co/kfCVWmHBmR
— Mike Valerio (@MikeNBC12) November 7, 2014
Gillespie is holding a press conference, and he just declared, “The margin is now …
Where Things Stand in Virginia This Morning
Some quick points on where things stand in Virginia:
With 2,548 of 2,557 precincts reporting — 99.65 percent — Democrat incumbent Sen. Mark Warner has 1,067,342 votes; GOP challenger Ed Gillespie has 1,050,534 votes.
In Virginia, there are no automatic recounts.
Only an apparent losing …
Virginia’s Turnout Appears to Be Around 2010 Levels
Ed Gillespie’s campaign is sending around this video of Andrea Mitchell saying Democrats are “nervous” about the race in Virginia.
And today we got the first piece of information that should probably unnerve Mark Warner:
Virginia voters returned 118,218 absentee ballots …
Hilarious Outrage From Before Media Knew Virginia Horse-Trade Was a Democratic Scandal [Wayback Edition]
Charlie Cooke has already mourned the bones of Sir Walter Raleigh and Patrick Henry in his great Terry McAuliffe philippic, so I’ll just point out something about the specific scandal that has the gladhanding governor of Virginia in hot water.
How You Checking Your Phone at a Red Light Assists the Nanny State
The first Morning Jolt of the week features a Senate-race poll roundup, the potential breakup of the United Kingdom, and then this observation about how selfish behavior fuels the nanny state:
How You Checking Your Phone at a Red Light …