The Lynchburg region has a stake in the looming dispute between the 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans in the Virginia state Senate over which party holds more power.
Democratic senators grew restive last week when Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County, said the Republicans might want to “revisit” the Senate redistricting plan drawn up in April by Democrats.
Senate Republicans are sticking with their leader, a perceived moderate, despite Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s preference that conservatives get consideration for ranking caucus roles.
Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County, is expected to be Senate Majority Leader when Republicans take control of the chamber early next year.
After picking up two Senate seats in last week’s election, creating a 20-20 split in the chamber, Republicans have declared a majority based Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s tie-breaking vote and elected Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr., R-James City, majority leader.
With a 20-20 split in the chamber after last week’s elections, the State Senate Republican Caucus announced Tuesday evening its intent to function as the majority party, with two senators signaling support for Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr., R-James City, as majority leader.
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican, breaks ties in the Senate, giving Republicans an advantage after picking up two seats last week.
Incumbents dominate a list of legislative endorsements made by the political arm of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce of Commerce.
Among those recently endorsed by the Hampton Roads Business Political Action Committee are five state senators and 11 state delegates.
The list includes more Republicans than Democrats but features some from both parties, and it omits several incumbents seeking re-election this year.
The Virginia Public Access Project has compiled the top five most expensive nomination contests in the House and Senate.
One surprise: The most expensive Senate primary was one of the least competitive.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Friday released a 2008 opinion that contradicts a state senator's claim his role as attorney for the College of William and Mary was approved by Cuccinelli's predecessor.
Cuccinelli said in a news release that he informed Sen. Thomas K. Norment, R-James City, that he was publishing the opinion because of remarks Norment has made suggesting that the opinion affirmed that his arrangement with the college would be acceptable under the law.
"I'm not a politician" was his campaign mantra.
Political newcomer and local pharmacist M. Keith Hodges rode an apparent wave of anti-establishment sentiment and rural county angst to upend the GOP's institutional choice, Sherwood Bowditch, and capture the 98th District Republican nomination last night.
But GOP stalwarts fared much better in other showdowns. Senate minority leader Tommy Norment trounced self-described tea party challenger Mark Frechette by nearly three to one, while four York County Supervisors fought back primary challenges from newcomers.
Experience easily defeated "new blood" in the Republican primary for the state's 3rd Senate District as incumbent Sen. Thomas K. "Tommy" Norment turned back self-described Tea Party candidate Mark Frechette.
With all precincts reporting unofficial results show Norment winning with 72.52 percent of the vote, beating Frechette 11,225 to 4,253.
Norment, of Williamsburg, said he was pleased with the margin of victory over an opponent who ran a self-financed, extremely low-profile campaign.
Aaron Proctor lives on a remote point overlooking the James River and wouldn't normally bother voting in a primary election. In fact, he might not even vote in a general election unless the ballot includes a race for governor or president.
This year's elections, though, will be different. Proctor has state lawmakers to thank - or begrudge - for that.
The latest district lines approved by the General Assembly give Proctor the distinction of being the only registered voter in Surry County's portion of the 3rd Senate District. Local officials will therefore have to spend $2,000 or so to open a polling station for Tuesday's Republican primary between longtime incumbent Sen. Tommy Norment and challenger Mark Frechette.