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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

Buttigieg is first Democratic presidential candidate to file for Virginia's March primary ballot

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

Supporters of Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg arrived in Richmond on Monday to submit his signatures to get on Virginia’s March 3 primary ballot, making him the first Democrat to do so.

VaNews November 19, 2019

Buttigieg leading in donations from Virginia

By ADAM HAMZA, VCU Capital News Service

With support from former Vice President Al Gore and other prominent Virginia residents, Pete Buttigieg has raised more money in individual donations from the commonwealth than any other candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has received nearly $950,000 from Virginians, according to data from the Federal Election Commission. That puts him ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden (about $750,000) and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont (less than $400,000).

VaNews November 19, 2019

Donald Trump Jr. talks to Liberty University about book, politics

By RICHARD CHUMNEY, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

Donald Trump Jr. denounced the effort to impeach his father, U.S. President Donald Trump, as “nonsense” at Liberty University on Wednesday and suggested the whistleblower who helped spark the impeachment inquiry was politically motivated, just as the House of Representatives began the first in a series of high-profile impeachment hearings.

VaNews November 14, 2019

Sanders campaigns for Democrats in Manassas visit


A packed crowd at Jirani Coffeehouse in Manassas heard from Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of the leading candidates in the Democratic presidential primary, as he encouraged support for Democrats on the ballot in Virginia's state and local elections Tuesday. Sanders said if elected as president, he would advocate for Medicare for all and to raise the minimum wage to $15.

VaNews November 5, 2019

Andrew Yang warns Virginia Democrats that removing Trump won’t solve far-reaching problems

By DAVID SHERFINSKI, Washington Times

Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang on Monday brought his high-tech sensibility to a college campus in Northern Virginia, warning a crowd of supporters about the dangers posed by automation and urging them to get to the polls in legislative elections in the commonwealth Tuesday.

VaNews November 5, 2019

Biden rallies Virginia Democrats ahead of Tuesday’s pivotal state election

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Joe Biden couldn’t give up the rope line. The Democratic presidential hopeful and former vice president rallied party activists in Virginia on Sunday, two days before a pivotal state election. But he spoke for fewer than eight minutes and then plunged into the crowd in Sterling to spend the next 40 minutes hugging, selfie-shooting and grinning. The partisan crowd of about 200 loved it.

VaNews November 4, 2019

Virginia’s Legislature Is Up for Grabs. It’s a Referendum on Trump.

By TRIP GABRIEL, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 1 to 2 articles a month)

Renae Erskine hates how disrespectful late-night comedians, the media and congressional Democrats are toward President Trump. As a Trump supporter, she feels elites are disrespecting her, too. “We tolerated their choice, why can’t they tolerate ours?” she demanded. Ms. Erskine, a medical assistant in this Richmond suburb, feels doubly motivated to vote in Virginia’s off-year elections on Tuesday. “I want to keep Republicans in office and I want to keep Trump in office,” she said.

VaNews November 5, 2019

Split-screen moment as Trump rallies in Mississippi


In an arena in Iowa on Friday night, 13 Democratic presidential candidates were making their best cases to win the nomination to face President Donald Trump. At the same time, in front of a crowd in northeast Mississippi, Trump was mocking the Democratic Party as "completely insane" -- and mocking several of its candidates. ...He made a number of false claims, including attacking Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, falsely saying he "executed a baby after birth."

VaNews November 3, 2019

Democratic stars tap anti-Trump sentiment in bid to win total control of Virginia government

By STEPHEN DINAN, Washington Times

High-profile Democrats have been streaming into Virginia for weeks ahead of Tuesday’s elections, rallying anti-Trump voters for what they hope will be the coup de grace in their three-decade push to reclaim total control of the state’s government. Most of the top presidential candidates have checked in, and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden has even sent his wife, Jill, to campaign. Hollywood sent Alec Baldwin.

VaNews November 1, 2019