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VaNews for 2020 US President - Regular Primary

Democrats move up annual fundraiser; Michael Bloomberg signed on as speaker

By MEL LEONOR, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is slated to speak at an annual fundraising gala for the Democratic Party of Virginia on Feb. 15 in Richmond. The “Blue Commonwealth Gala,” which was held in June last year, will be held in February to coincide with primary season and increased activity by candidates vying for support in Super Tuesday states like Virginia.

VaNews January 16, 2020

Eight Virginia legislators endorse Biden

By MEL LEONOR, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Eight Virginia lawmakers are endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential bid, Biden’s campaign announced Thursday. The list includes prominent members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus like Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, president pro tempore of the Senate; Sen. Lionell Spruill, D-Chesapeake; Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond; Del. Roslyn Tyler, D-Sussex; and Del. Cliff Hayes, D-Chesapeake.

VaNews January 16, 2020

In Richmond, Mike Bloomberg calls on new Virginia legislature to pass 'sensible gun regulations'

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Touting his history of advocating for gun control, Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg visited Richmond the day before the legislature goes into session and urged Virginia lawmakers to take action on the issue.

VaNews January 8, 2020

Virginia Beach Rep. Elaine Luria endorses Joe Biden

By PETER COUTU, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria is endorsing Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 Democratic primary, calling him “battle-tested on the world stage” and pitching him as the candidate most prepared to take on President Donald Trump. Luria announced her endorsement Sunday night along with two other U.S. Reps., both from battleground districts in Pennsylvania: Chrissy Houlahan, of Chester County, and Conor Lamb, of Pittsburgh suburbs. All three share a military background and represent districts that have traditionally been held by Republicans but flipped in 2018.

VaNews January 6, 2020

Biden is only Democrat currently outpolling Trump in Virginia

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Former Vice President Joe Biden is the only Democratic presidential hopeful currently outpacing President Donald Trump in Virginia, according to a new year-end survey. Trump edges three other top-tier Democrats — Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, according to a poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy.

VaNews December 31, 2019

Biden presidential campaign appoints Virginia director, marking early push for newly blue state

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Former vice president Joe Biden has appointed a campaign director for Virginia, underscoring the state’s status as a prize for Democrats in next year’s Super Tuesday presidential primaries. Biden has tapped Fernando Mercado to coordinate his efforts in Virginia

VaNews December 31, 2019

14 candidates - all but Delaney - qualify for Virginia's March 3 Democratic primary

By MEL LEONOR, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

All but one of the 15 Democratic candidates for president will officially appear on Virginia’s primary ballot, starting with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. Booker’s name was the first drawn at random Wednesday from the 14 candidates who filed the necessary signatures and paperwork to qualify, according to the State Board of Elections.

VaNews December 19, 2019

All Democrats except two file for Va. primary ballot

By MEL LEONOR, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

All but two candidates in the crowded Democratic field for president filed petition signatures and other paperwork in an effort to appear on Virginia’s primary ballot on March 3. Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and Obama administration housing secretary, and former U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland did not file by the deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday.

VaNews December 13, 2019

Elizabeth Warren Calls On Virginia Governor To Overturn Law Hampering Unions

By DANIEL MARANS, Huffington Post

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on Virginia’s Democratic governor to repeal the state’s anti-union “right-to-work” law on Wednesday, adding to pressure from progressives frustrated with the governor’s doubts about passing such a repeal bill. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) had said at an economic and revenue forecasting meeting on Monday that, despite Democrats winning unified control of the state government earlier this month, he did not “foresee” the party moving to undo the state’s decadeslong status as a hotbed of union hostility.

VaNews November 28, 2019

Bernie Sanders supporter launched impromptu write-in campaign for soil and water board - and won

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Chuck Koch did not have long to plan his first run for elective office. He was working the polls in Fredericksburg on Election Day to gather signatures to get Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Democratic presidential primary ballot in March. A voter mentioned that only one person was running for two spots as a director on the Tri-County City Soil Water Conservation District.

VaNews November 25, 2019