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September 27, 2021
The “Resistance” Is Back In Virginia. But This Year, It’s GOP Resistance.
After taking control of the governor’s office and the General Assembly in the last four years, this election Democrats have the money, but they don’t have the people power—at least not yet.
September 22, 2021
A Tough Candidate Forum in Virginia Previews the GOP Playbook for 2022
Democratic delegate Nancy Guy is facing an über-Trumper using culture war garbage against her. And it could work.
June 9, 2021
Progressive Dreams Are on Pause in Virginia
Terry McAuliffe wins the gubernatorial primary while moderates beat candidates to their left around the state.
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?
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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.
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.