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Stafford's Del. Thomas and the road to the House

By LIA TABACKMAN, VCU Capital News Service

At 9 a.m. Jan. 10, Republican Bob Thomas sat in his Richmond office overlooking the Virginia Capitol. With three hours to go until the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, the results of his seeming victory in the 28th District had yet to be confirmed. Thirty minutes later he was told that he had won, and at noon the House of Delegates was gaveled into session.

VaNews January 29, 2018

Democrats face uphill battle in 28th District election appeal

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A Democratic-aligned law firm faces an uphill battle in its latest effort to block Stafford County Republican Del.-elect Bob Thomas from being sworn in Wednesday, legal and political experts said Monday.

VaNews January 9, 2018

Voters who say they were disenfranchised in 28th House District will appeal judge's ruling

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

Voters who say they were disenfranchised in the error-marred 28th District House of Delegates contest announced Sunday that they will appeal a federal judge’s decision not to order a do-over election in the Fredericksburg-area contest.

VaNews January 8, 2018

Fight for Virginia House Continues Today With Court Hearing

By ALAN SUDERMAN,, Associated Press

The long-running fight for control of the Virginia House of Delegates isn't over. A legal fight over a closely contested House seat is set for a hearing in federal court Friday. It comes a day after a GOP candidate won a different seat when his name was drawn from a bowl. A federal judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging the results in a Fredericksburg-area race where at least 147 voters were given the wrong ballots.

VaNews January 5, 2018

Lawmakers Look To Move Past Tied Race

By ELLIE POTTER, Daily News Record (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Although two delegate races are still contested, central Valley lawmakers are ready to begin the 2018 session with the members who can join them in the General Assembly. The fate of those two races will affect control of the House of Delegates, including leadership roles and the makeup of committees.

VaNews January 3, 2018

Va. knew of issues with voting in wrong House districts before 2017 election


Leaders of Virginia’s Department of Elections, House Speaker Bill Howell and Fredericksburg’s Electoral Board knew there were problems with voters assigned to the wrong House districts in the Fredericksburg area since at least early 2015, documents and interviews show.

VaNews January 2, 2018

Uncertainty remains, but local legislators ready to work

By BOB STUART, News Virginian

With less than two weeks before the start of this year's General Assembly session, the only certain thing is the uncertainty surrounding control of the Virginia House of Delegates. The session starts Jan. 10. A final determination of the winner of Virginia House District 94 race, which is expected this week, will either keep Republicans in the majority or split the House 50-50. House District 25 Del. Steve Landes said a 50-50 split would raise myriad issues.

VaNews January 1, 2018

Republican holds on to lead in controversial 28th District race

By ALEX KOMA, Prince William Times

After a second tally of the votes in the House of Delegates’ 28th District, Republican Bob Thomas has held onto a narrow win over Democrat Josh Cole — yet the legal maneuvering in the tremendously consequential race is far from over.

VaNews December 22, 2017

Virginia elections commissioner supports "appropriate" federal remedy for disputed 28th District House election

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The head of the Virginia Department of Elections wrote recently that he supports an “appropriate remedy” by a federal court for the disputed 28th District House of Delegates election in Fredericksburg and Stafford County. Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortés could get his wish. U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis this week set a date of Jan. 5—just five days before the General Assembly convenes—for a hearing on the House Democratic Caucus’ lawsuit requesting a new election for the seat,

VaNews December 13, 2017

Virginia Democrats seek special election for Fredericksburg-area House race

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia Democrats formally requested a court-ordered special election for the 28th District House of Delegates seat after revelations that more than 100 voters in the Fredericksburg region cast ballots in the wrong House race. Attorneys for the House Democratic Caucus filed court papers late Wednesday afternoon asking a federal judge to require a special election between Democrat Joshua Cole and Republican Del.-elect Bob Thomas,

VaNews December 7, 2017