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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Sandhya Somashekhar

Smoking ban goes into effect in hours

The big Virginia news today is the institution of the restaurant smoking ban Tuesday. Read more here....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | November 30, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Some early exit poll data

Washington Post polling director Jon Cohen got an early snapshot of the electorate in New Jersey and Virginia this evening from exit polls, and here's what he passed on that we can report: Economy and jobs top the issue lists in both Virginia and New Jersey (but not as overwhelmingly as it did in 2008), with property taxes a close No. 2 in New Jersey and health care in a distant second place in Virginia. In the early numbers, younger (under 30) voters make up a smaller share of the electorate this year than they did last November. The percentage of African Americans among all Virginia voters is down a bit at this stage compared with a year ago, but in New Jersey it's currently up from the last go-round. (However, the proportions in Virginia are similar to the 2006 Senate race and the 1997 race for governor). Majorities in...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | November 3, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Election 2009, Polls, Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Shannon highlights endorsements in new ad

Steve Shannon, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, unveiled a new ad today designed to highlight endorsements he has received from newspapers, law enforcement groups and other nonpartisan organizations. Take a look:...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | October 29, 2009; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race, Election 2009, Sandhya Somashekhar, Steve Shannon  
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Anne Holton gets out the vote in Alexandria

Perhaps it was the intermittent rain today, but only about a dozen Democratic activists showed up this afternoon at Ben Brenman park in Fairfax County for a plea by First Lady of Virginia Anne Holton for volunteers to get out the vote for gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds and the entire Democratic ticket. Delegates Charniele Herring and Dave Englin and Alexandria Vice Mayor Kerry Donley joined Holton by the big gazebo at the park, which sits on a former Army base south of Alexandria, for what was billed as a rally but ended up a more subdued affair. The group enjoyed a brief respite from the windy, wet weather on a day when volunteers for virtually every candidate on the ballot in Virginia would be out knocking on doors. Holton told the gathered volunteers that it was imperative that they motivate the masses who turned out last fall to elect...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | October 24, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Sandhya Somashekhar, Timothy M. Kaine  
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McDonnell grilled on health care

Republican Robert F. McDonnell today held a brief town hall meeting at the Manassas offices of Micron Technology Inc., which employs about 1,600 people in Virginia. The Idaho-based semiconductor microchip manufacturer's political action committee has contributed at least $10,000 to McDonnell over the years and its CEO, Steve Appleton, delivered a warm introduction before McDonnell's remarks. That's not to say McDonnell was handed softball questions. More than 100 employees gathered in a large conference room to hear McDonnell speak, among them Charles McClure, an electrician who delivered the hardball of the day: How, he asked, will you ensure that Virginians receive the same quality of health insurance you do as a public employee? McDonnell was typically on message, though clearly less comfortable on this issue than the topics he has been talking about regularly on the trail, such as job creation and energy independence. "Anywhere from 5 to 15 percent...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | October 23, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Creigh Deeds, Robert F. McDonnell, Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Obama in Norfolk for Deeds next week

We told you we'd let you know when we had more details about President Obama's Oct. 27 foray into Virginia to campaign with Democratic gubernatorial hopeful R. Creigh Deeds. Here you go: A "Rally for Virginia" featuring Obama and Deeds will take place at the Ted Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. The Deeds folks say further information will be available in the coming days....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | October 21, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Barack Obama, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell, Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Older Entries in This Category »

GOP supporter defects from Deeds camp, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 21, 2009
Deeds releases ad featuring Obama, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 21, 2009
The Kitchen Table: Disenchanted Obama voter, revisited, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 20, 2009
Shannon links Cuccinelli to Hamilton in new ad, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 19, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 16, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 15, 2009
VaTech Families Target Albo, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 14, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 14, 2009
Pr. William Delegate Lashes Out Over Opponent's Mailer, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 13, 2009
Wagner Rips Bolling's Attendance in Second TV Ad, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 13, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 13, 2009
First Click - Virginia - UPDATED, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 12, 2009
The Kitchen Table: Americans for Prosperity, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 10, 2009
Biden: Virginia Governor's Race "Winnable" for Deeds, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 8, 2009
Volunteer Effort Revs Up, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 8, 2009
'Fairfax's Own' Pays Homage, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 4, 2009
Excerpts: Post Reporters Take Questions on Governor's Race, Christopher Dean Hopkins , September 30, 2009
Kaine Says He Was Unaware of Paterson Discussions, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 29, 2009
Ad Watch: 'Transportation Contrast', Sandhya Somashekhar , September 25, 2009
Democrats' Press Call Goes Awry with Mudcat's Candor, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 21, 2009
The Week in Review, the Week Ahead, Christopher Dean Hopkins , September 20, 2009
Humane Society Endorses McDonnell, Shannon, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 18, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 18, 2009
The Kitchen Table: The Reston Farmer's Market, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 18, 2009
Fact Check: Jobs, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 17, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 17, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 16, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 15, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 14, 2009
House Call: Landes 'Nazi' Comment Causes Stir, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 11, 2009
Dems Ask Opponents to Repudiate McDonnell Thesis; One Does, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 9, 2009
The Kitchen Table: Augusta GOP Afraid for Country, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 4, 2009
National HuckPAC Volunteers are Helping McDonnell, Sandhya Somashekhar , August 24, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , August 21, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , August 20, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , August 19, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , August 18, 2009
First Click - Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , August 17, 2009
The Kitchen Table: Interview With Pew's Scott Keeter, Sandhya Somashekhar , August 14, 2009
Issues That Matter to You , Sandhya Somashekhar , August 13, 2009
The Kitchen Table, Sandhya Somashekhar , August 7, 2009
Potty Politics, Sandhya Somashekhar , July 20, 2009
Deeds Raises $3.4 Million, Sandhya Somashekhar , July 13, 2009
Surovell Officially Nominated, Sandhya Somashekhar , July 3, 2009
Under the Wire, Sandhya Somashekhar , June 25, 2009
Rumors Untrue, Say Hudgins, Hyland, Sandhya Somashekhar , June 25, 2009
Amundsen to Retire, Surovell to Run, Sandhya Somashekhar , June 24, 2009
Fairfax Republicans Express Optimism, Sandhya Somashekhar , June 11, 2009
The Party of No, Sandhya Somashekhar , June 1, 2009
Springsteen Wins Close Vienna Race, Sandhya Somashekhar , May 6, 2009
GOP Gains Seats in Alexandria, Sandhya Somashekhar , May 5, 2009
Vienna Election Cliffhanger, Sandhya Somashekhar , May 5, 2009
Anthony Bedell for RPV Chairman?, Sandhya Somashekhar , April 7, 2009
Webb Introduces Criminal Justice Bill, Sandhya Somashekhar , March 26, 2009
Dems Blast Cook Speech, Sandhya Somashekhar , March 25, 2009
GOP Wins Fairfax Supervisor Seat , Tim Craig , March 11, 2009
Weather No Excuse, Sandhya Somashekhar , January 31, 2009
Warner victory party, Kristen Mack , November 4, 2008
Wolf Campaign Apologizes for Staffer who Struck Feder Worker, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 27, 2008
Feder on TV, Sandhya Somashekhar , August 27, 2008
John McCain's Brother in Loudoun Tonight, Sandhya Somashekhar , July 30, 2008
Obama, McCain Woo NoVa, Washington Post editors , July 10, 2008
Obama, McCain Targeting Virginia, Washington Post editors , July 10, 2008
Speaker Wants To "Win Back" Loudoun, Sandhya Somashekhar , April 30, 2008
Feder's Fat Wallet, Sandhya Somashekhar , February 16, 2008
Edwards Proposes "Gun Show Loophole" Compromise, Sandhya Somashekhar , January 28, 2008
Howell First Woman Conferee From Senate, Sandhya Somashekhar , January 17, 2008
A Rough Road Ahead, Sandhya Somashekhar , January 16, 2008
McDonnell Unveils Legislative Agenda, Sandhya Somashekhar , January 8, 2008
Loudoun Chairman Likely To Get Powers Back, Sandhya Somashekhar , January 2, 2008
Wolf Opponent Quitting Her Job, Sandhya Somashekhar , December 18, 2007
Ex-Reporter Still On The Scene, Sandhya Somashekhar , December 10, 2007
Whose Fair Share?, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 18, 2007
Feder's Fund-Raising Prowess, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 3, 2007
Schultz to Vogel: Return the Money, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 27, 2007
New Loudoun PAC, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 21, 2007
Fireball vs. Monopoly Man, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 18, 2007
Another Civil War?, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 13, 2007
About the Bloggers -- Sandhya Somashekhar, Steve Fehr , September 6, 2007
 
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