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Virginia news and analysis from The Nation
May 11, 2021
Virginia’s Shrunken GOP Electorate Finally Picks a Nominee for Governor
After two days, a 37-site drive-up “convention” yields a self-funding political neophyte who made Taylor Swift sad. Welcome to election integrity!
May 5, 2021
Virginia Republicans Are Disenfranchising Their Own Voters
Even with 37 (count ’em) nominating conventions for the gubernatorial primary, the party shut out about 98 percent of potential GOP voters. Is this their vision for the future of voting?
April 20, 2021
As Democrats Rise In Virginia, So Does Intra-Party Distrust
The tensions resonate nationally: How much is the party committed to diversity and inclusion, versus protecting incumbents and the establishment?
April 8, 2021
Are Virginia Democrats Running Progressive Challengers Out of the 2021 Primary?
Three Black candidates primarying centrist incumbents just got blocked from the ballot for paperwork problems that candidates usually get to fix. What’s going on?
April 7, 2021
Yes, Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Justin Fairfax Just Compared Himself to Emmett Till
He blamed front-runner Terry McAuliffe for treating him like Till and George Floyd when he faced women’s claims of sexual assault in 2019.
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December 11, 2020
Is It Really Terry McAuliffe’s Turn in Virginia—Again?
Two Black women were already in the governor’s race, but McAuliffe wagers that his experience, fundraising prowess, and ties to the state’s older Black leaders can propel him past them. Does that sound familiar?
July 13, 2020
Tear Down the Monuments, Bring Our Cities to Life
In Richmond, the sites of former monuments to the Confederacy have become lively spaces for activism and memorializing those lost to police violence.
April 14, 2020
Newly Blue Virginia Leaves Workers Behind
The Democratic governor used Covid-19 as an excuse to delay pro-labor bills. But unions say the virus shows why workers need protection ASAP.
December 5, 2019
How the Dems Can Win in 2020: Lessons of the Virginia Victories
Joan Walsh on politics, Jeet Heer on Trump and war crimes, and Bryce Covert on strikes.
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December 3, 2019
Republican Attacks on Abortion Don’t Send Democrats Running Scared Anymore
In Virginia, Democrats won back the statehouse despite Republicans’ blatant lies.