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Ken Cuccinelli reflects on losing Virginia governor’s race, talks about what’s next

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Two weeks after losing his bid for Virginia governor, Ken Cuccinelli II said that the failings of the new health-care law will make Sen. Mark R. Warner vulnerable next year in a contest the attorney general did not rule out. In his first interview since Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated him to become the state’s 72nd governor, Cuccinelli (R) said Monday that although he has no current plans to run, he finds the idea of challenging Warner “tempting” because of the troubled rollout of the federal health-care law, which the Democratic senator supported.

VaNews November 19, 2013

Cuccinelli to ask appeals court to clear Montgomery in wrongful conviction case

By FRANK GREEN , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and lawyers for wrongfully convicted Johnathan Montgomery will ask the Virginia Court of Appeals today to clear his name. Montgomery, 27, of North Carolina was convicted of sexual assault solely on the testimony of his accuser, Elizabeth Paige Coast, a former neighbor. Coast, 23, admitted last year that she made the story up; she has since been convicted of perjury.

VaNews November 19, 2013

McAuliffe announces first appointments

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe opted for continuity in his first two appointments to his cabinet, keeping the state government's top financial official in place and naming a key campaign aide as his director of patronage. McAuliffe said Monday he will keep Secretary of Finance Richard D. 'Ric' Brown in that critical position overseeing the state budget and state funds.

VaNews November 19, 2013

McAuliffe begins appointing to staff

By LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe reappointed Ric Brown as the state’s finance chief Monday and named three veteran Democratic policy advisers to top administration posts. McAuliffe said at a news conference that Brown will stay on as secretary of finance, the same position he has held under Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell and Democratic former Gov. Tim Kaine, at least through passage of the administration’s first two-year budget.

VaNews November 19, 2013

McAuliffe makes first top-level appointments

By DAVID SHERFINSKI, Washington Times

Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, looking to follow through on a pledge to make his administration bipartisan, has selected a finance secretary who has served in state government under 11 governors and three longtime Democratic staffers for top-level positions.

VaNews November 19, 2013

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe courted Va. labor and business. Can he keep both sides happy?

By FREDRICK KUNKLE, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia’s top corporate executives, including many who have backed Republicans before, are betting that Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) will be good for business. Top union leaders think he’s their man, too. Can McAuliffe satisfy both?

VaNews November 18, 2013

Morton: Don’t take youth vote for granted

By JAMES MORTON, published in Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

In an election year when many feared voter turnout would be particularly low, especially among young people, early numbers from Virginia’s 2013 gubernatorial election indicate a significant percentage of under-30s found reason to show up and make their voice heard.

James Morton is the deputy director of Virginia21

VaNews November 18, 2013

Cuccinelli says Obamacare argument ran out of time

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

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday that he thinks he would have won the race for governor if he had had a few more days to campaign against President Barack Obama’s health care law. “Perhaps my greatest disappointment in this year’s race is simply that the truth wasn’t enough,” the Republican said in a Facebook note to his supporters. “I know that sounds simple, and there’s a lot more to campaigns than being substantively better than the other side, but I’ve always trusted that truth counts for something … a lot actually.

VaNews November 13, 2013

McAuliffe maintained Democrats' digital edge


A year after the 2012 election in which the Obama campaign dominated on data and Republicans wondered how they could catch up, both parties saw 2013 as not only a testing ground for new digital strategies but also a test of how much ground the GOP has made up. Democratic Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s campaign, building on the foundations of Obama’s 2012 data operation, was able to adapt many of Obama’s data strategies to a state-level race.

VaNews November 12, 2013

Inside a green billionaire's Virginia crusade

By POLITICO, Politico

Tom Steyer is Virginia’s $8 million man. The California billionaire spent nearly that much from his personal fortune to make an example of Republican Ken Cuccinelli for his arch-conservative views on the environment. The sum is more than three times the investment that’s been previously reported, and it nearly matched what the Republican Governors Association, the largest GOP outside spender, put into the Virginia governor’s race. It is more money, on a per-vote basis, than the famously prolific conservative donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson spent in the 2012 presidential election.

VaNews November 11, 2013