A New York Times analysis of voting behavior of House members shows that freshman Republican aren’t the voting bloc that they’re presented as. A far better predictor of voting behavior is membership in the Republican Study Committee. →
Connie Brennan announcing her 2007 campaign. Good news for my friend Connie Brennan: a conservative independent has become the third candidate in the race in the 59th House of Delegates district, which will surely split the vote on the right. This is the race for Watkins Abbitt’s seat, the conservative Democrat-turned-independent (caucusing with Republicans) who […]
I’m getting home too late to provide much in the way of useful commentary, but I really want to point to the redistricting plans that became public this evening. Just one week before they’re due to be voted on, we’re all getting our first look at them. (To be fair, I thought odds were good […]
I’ve had considerably less time to write in the past couple of months, because we’ve finally started building our house. At right is a photo of the groundbreaking, yesterday morning. Leading up to that, though, was months of design work, driveway construction, loan negotiation, builder selection, arduous planning, etc. We finally signed the contract about […]
What to make of Del. Clarke Hogan’s decision not to run for reelection? The South Boston Republican is only in his fourth term, he’s ascended in power quickly, he’s young, and his voting record is loyally Republican. He serves on both the Rules and Appropriations committees, which are good assignments. There’s been talk—and maybe it’s […]
The awesomely, hilariously far-right serial loser Barbara Comstock intends to run against Del. Margie Vanderhye up in Fairfax, Zachary Roth writes for TPM Muckraker. Comstock’s a one-woman worst-hits list of the Republican Party in the past decade. She made it her mission to take out Hillary Clinton in the form of Whitewater. She was the […]
The Virginia House Democratic Caucus has a great-looking new site (at least, I’ve never seen it before, so I assume it’s new), complete with a new podcast series.