With the opportunity to take the majority of both the state House and Senate next month, Democrats are out-raising Republicans, according to recent campaign finance reports.
General Assembly candidates have raised $52.6 million since January, according to Virginia Public Access Project, and most funds have come from the Democratic Party — $31.7 million to be exact.
The trend has carried into the Shenandoah Valley, with Democrats Annette Hyde and Brent Finnegan raising more than their Republican opponents
Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, and Democratic challenger Annette Hyde shared similar ideas during a debate for the Daily News-Record’s Valley Polity podcast, with few things creating disagreement between the two candidates.
One topic that stirred the pot was whether college athletes should be able to hire agents and earn money from endorsement deals like professional athletes.
On Tuesday night, candidates on the ballot to serve in the next Virginia General Assembly talked legislation for helping those with medical disabilities. They gathered at Arc of the Piedmont for a “Coffee & Chat” to share their views with the public.
All seven candidates showed up at Tuesday night's event and weighed in on several topics about medical disabilities. All of them agreed these conversations need to be held more often.
Candidates seeking the 24th District Senate seat took the stage last week, introducing themselves and answering questions at a forum sponsored by Rural Madison.
Incumbent candidate Emmett Hanger and candidate Annette Hyde answered questions from moderator Ed Scott about everything from education to immigration.
There may have been plenty of political theater in Richmond on Tuesday, but little productive discussion on the divisive issue of gun control.
But that’s a discussion that needs to happen, said Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon.
Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw hung on Tuesday against a fierce primary challenge from Yasmine Taeb, who pummeled the legislative veteran over his ties to corporate power. A second woman on the ballot may have been a factor.
Del. Bob Thomas, R-Stafford, fell to a conservative primary challenger who was upset about Thomas joining Democrats to support Medicaid expansion. In the Shenandoah Valley, Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Augusta, fended off a primary challenge from conservative Tina Freitas.
Three state lawmakers representing parts of the Shenandoah Valley discussed a wide range of issues they hope to tackle in the upcoming General Assembly session with local business leaders on Wednesday.
Dels. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, and Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, and Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, spoke to about 50 people at a presession legislative breakfast at the James Madison University Festival Conference and Student Center.
A Madison County yoga teacher wants to unseat one of the most powerful Republicans in the Virginia Senate.
On Tuesday, Annette Hyde announced her campaign to unseat Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, in the November 2019 election.