Moulton: Desperate Dodging by Big Tax and Spenders

It’s not unusual for those with tax-and-spend records to run from them at re-nomination time – particularly when they are facing formidable challengers. But in the case of Bill Howell in the 28th House District and Mark Dudenhefer in the 2nd House District, the subterfuge intended to fool Republicans is simply breathtaking. As you can… More Moulton: Desperate Dodging by Big Tax and Spenders

Russ Moulton weighs in on Stimpson-Howell race

We know Bill: our “higher-tax” Bill! Republicans have enjoyed a large majority in the Virginia House of Delegates the entire time Bill Howell has served as Speaker. Today, 68 out of 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates have an (R) next to their name—a bona fide super-majority. Speaker Bill Howell rules the House,… More Russ Moulton weighs in on Stimpson-Howell race

Lowering the boom on the WaPo- and their 5th column

Boy, when the Washington Post Editorial Board comes after you, they don’t mince words. Today they launched yet another in a series of vicious and unprovoked attacks on the Virginia GOP, this time over a proposal to hold a convention instead of a primary for Virginia’s part in the 2016 presidential nomination. As expected, the… More Lowering the boom on the WaPo- and their 5th column

“Unity!”

“…as long as it’s under MY faction!” So, the WaPo decided to take another stab at a hit piece attacking conservatives today. Some of it is the usual tripe about being out of touch, blah blah blah. The twist? This time, they interviewed NOT A SINGLE CONSERVATIVE, instead opting for half a dozen moderates. Seriously?… More “Unity!”

Attack of the Moderates, Part 4

Lynn Mitchell is at it again. This time standing up for disgraced 5th District GOP Chairman Jon Berkley. Let’s run through her arguments methodically, to be fair. Her arguments: Berkley was a good Chairman. Berkley did nothing to deserve his removal. Berkley had “overwhelming support” within his committee. All three arguments are intellectually dishonest on their… More Attack of the Moderates, Part 4

Busted!

The race to replace Senator Watkins is starting to take shape, with former Richmond City Council member Bruce Tyler positioning himself as a moderate to challenge liberty-minded State Central Committee member Steve Thomas from Richmond City. For those not familiar, Bruce Tyler was a Republican member of Richmond City Council (1st District) until he was beaten… More Busted!

Attack of the Moderates, Part 2

Apparently Friday the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin stepped in to slam liberty-minded Senator (and perhaps Presidential candidate) Rand Paul. Her main contention? That Rand was not conforming to decades of failed Republican inside-the-Beltway thinking about foreign policy and the role of government, and thus is not really a Republican. So let’s examine this. First, she… More Attack of the Moderates, Part 2

Attack of the Moderates, Part 1

Boy, for people who supposedly pride themselves on temperamental moderation, the establishment moderates sure are coming out swinging lately, eh? First, noted liberal Republican Lynn Mitchell takes issue with conservatives and populists. Apparently content to continue losing national election after national election, Mitchell recently pondered the quandary of being able to nominate two-time loser and… More Attack of the Moderates, Part 1

Better Know a (State Senate) District: the 7th

7th State Senate District 2014: Gillespie 50%/Warner 47%/Sarvis 3% 2013: Cuccinelli 47% / McAuliffe 46% / Sarvis 6% 2012: Romney 49% / Obama 49% / Johnson 1% 2012: Allen 48% / Kaine 52% VV calculation: R+1; Tossup district with R lean in non-presidential years The 2011 redistricting changed this district dramatically, from a 63% McDonnell… More Better Know a (State Senate) District: the 7th

Better Know a (State Senate) District: the 17th

17th State Senate District Lean 2014: Gillespie 53%/Warner 44%/Sarvis 3% 2013: Cuccinelli 49% / McAuliffe 44% / Sarvis 7% 2012: Romney 50% / Obama 49% 2012: Kaine 50%/Allen 49% VV calculation: R+2; Tossup district with R lean in non-presidential years The 2011 redistricting changed this district dramatically, from a 61% McDonnell district to one Obama had actually won in 2008.… More Better Know a (State Senate) District: the 17th

Better Know a (State Senate) District: 29th

29th State Senate District 2013: Cuccinelli 39% / McAuliffe 57% / Sarvis 4% 2012: Romney 35% / Obama 63% (source: VPAP) VV calculation: D+9; Safe Dem The 2011 redistricting really did a number on this district; where McDonnell carried the old district with 55% (it was basically a tossup district, a bellweather for the state), Mitt Romney managed only 35%… More Better Know a (State Senate) District: 29th

It’s time to re-examine our laws to increase police accountability

I do not wish to re-litigate Ferguson here; there is a tremendous amount of political and racial tribalism that colors who people view that situation, and it really is open to interpretation. The situation in New York, where a New York cop brutally choked Eric Garner for selling loose cigarettes, is another matter altogether. For… More It’s time to re-examine our laws to increase police accountability

Announcing the VV 2015 State Senate Race Preview Series

Next year, the close State Senate races will be the ones to watch, as the GOP tries to defend their slim one-vote majority against the marauding money of Gov. McAuliffe and the Democrats. Which races will be close? Which will be noncompetitive? Where will we see hot nominating contests? Will any incumbents fall? If you… More Announcing the VV 2015 State Senate Race Preview Series

A Conservitarian postmortem of the Virginia race that is not yet ended

The ink is not yet dry on this year’s elections, with a possible recount in VA and a runoff in Louisiana and several races undeclared across the country. But that does not stop the postmortems from coming out. The curious case of Virginia is the topic of many already this year. Ed Gillespie, left for… More A Conservitarian postmortem of the Virginia race that is not yet ended