Archive: About the Blog

Posted at 1:56 PM ET, 09/12/2007

Welcome to Virginia Politics

Every year is an election year in Virginia, which may or may not be a good thing. However you might feel about it, here's a place to help you keep up with the Commonwealth's overcaffeinated political culture.

This will be your one-stop place to find coverage of Virginia politics. We'll provide an insight into the fall campaign, the Feb. 12 presidential primary and next year's U.S. Senate and congressional races. And when the Virginia General Assembly reconvenes in January, Virginia Politics will take you behind the scenes in Richmond.

We'll do our best to give you something you can't get anywhere else: an insight, a chuckle, a piece of information that helps you to make up your mind about a candidate. If politics is the art of the possible, we'll try to explore all of the possibilities in Virginia Politics. Our job is to inform, but also to provide a place for you to talk about issues. We welcome your thoughts, tips and ideas.

Virginia staff, The Washington Post

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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 09/ 6/2007

About the Bloggers - Amy Gardner

Amy Gardner has covered local and state politics for 14 years. Amy touched down in Virginia in 1994, when she joined The Daily Press in Newport News, covering local government as well as the Virginia General Assembly and former Gov. Jim Gilmore. She moved on to The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., where she covered two Tar Heel governors and an endless series of state budget crises. Amy joined The Washington Post's Virginia desk in 2005. Although a Yankee by birth, she has earned her southern bona fides through the births of her two sons, one in Richmond and the other in Raleigh.

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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 09/ 6/2007

About the Bloggers - Tim Craig

Tim Craig is the Virginia government and politics reporter based in Richmond. Prior to relocating to Richmond in the summer of 2006, Tim spent three years covering state and local politics in Maryland for the Washington Post. Tim's journalism career began at the Baltimore Sun, where he covered everything from crime and police to the Maryland General Assembly and the 2002 governor's race between Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. Tim grew up in suburban Pittsburgh. He is a 1999 graduate of Gannon University in Erie, Pa.

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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 09/ 6/2007

About the Bloggers - Bill Turque

Bill Turque has covered government and politics at every level for the better part of 30 years. He worked as a city hall reporter for The Kansas City Star and the Dallas Times Herald before joining Newsweek magazine in 1986. He was part of a team of reporters that contributed to "The Quest for the Presidency 1988" (Simon and Schuster, 1989) a behind-the-scenes account of the campaign. Turque also covered the Clinton White House and Congress for the magazine. He is the author of "Inventing Al Gore" (Houghton Mifflin, 2000) a biography of the former vice president. He joined The Post in 2002 as Maryland local government editor and has covered Fairfax County since December 2005.

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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 09/ 6/2007

About the Bloggers- Sandhya Somashekhar

Sandhya Somashekhar (pronounced Sahn-di-ya So-ma-shaker) has been working in the Loudoun County bureau of the Washington Post for the past year, where she has written on a variety of subjects including a high-voltage power line planned for rural Northern Virginia. She has a master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. Last year, she was part of a team of former Berkeley students who won the George Polk award for radio reporting. Prior to graduate school, she spent three years covering education for a daily newspaper in suburban San Francisco. Despite her six-year stint in California, she is a local girl who grew up in Bel Air, Md.

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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 09/ 6/2007

About the Bloggers: Anita Kumar

Anita Kumar covers Virginia politics and government in the Richmond bureau of the Washington Post. A native Virginian, Anita grew up in Charlottesville and attended the University of Virginia (where she took at least one class taught by Larry Sabato). She spent a decade at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, covering local, state and federal government and politics, including U.S. Senate races in 2004 and 2006. Prior to that, she worked or interned briefly at three small Virginia newspapers - the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, the Star-Exponent in Culpeper and the News & Advance in Lynchburg -- and the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C.

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