Tuesday, February 26, 2013
President Obama spoke in Virginia today, and targeted Congress for putting "games" over the jobs of tens of thousands of Virginians, and asked for help to prevent sequestration. Here's how to contact your congressman.
President Obama dropped by Virginia on Tuesday, railed against Congress for yet another "manufactured crisis" -- this time sequestration 2013 -- and asked for help pressuring lawmakers to solve the budget impasse that could cost the state more than 200,000 jobs. "If you agree with me, I need you to make sure your voices are heard," Obama told employees and television cameras at Newport News Shipbuilding. "Let your leaders know what you expect of them. Let them know what you believe." The company receives Defense Department funding that's being threatened by drastic, mostly indiscriminate cuts that begin March 1 if no agreement is reached on debt reduction. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner has already warned that sequestration will be "worse than …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Senators touch on energy, deficits, debt and sequestration.
Virginia's Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine weighed in Tuesday night on President Obama's State of the Union address to Congress. Here's what they had to say: "I was pleased the President began his speech with a strong call for a bipartisan grand bargain to continue to address our deficits and debt," Warner said in a news release. "A balanced plan that includes additional revenue, smarter spending cuts and responsible entitlement reform — and avoids the self-inflicted wounds from sequester — is a key component of any economic growth agenda. "The President also endorsed a proposal I unveiled last week to work to double our nation's energy productivity by 2030, and I look forward to helping to lead the effort to make smart investments to …
Friday, November 2, 2012
GOP presidential nominee to campaign in toss-up state on eve of Election Day.
UPDATE (Sunday 5:55 p.m.): The location for the political rally with former Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president, has changed from the outdoor venue at George Mason University to its Patriot Center. The rally at the Patriot Center, which seats 10,000, is scheduled for the day before Election Day. Tickets are required for the free event and are available online. Romney's sons were in Fairfax County Sunday campaigning for their dad. They were accompanied by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. --- GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will hold a rally Monday on the eve of Election Day at George Mason University in Fairfax City. Romney is statistically tied with President Obama in Virginia, according to RealClearPolitics. Doors will…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Voters for President Barack Obama or Gov. Mitt Romney may split their ticket and not vote a straight Democrat or Republican ticket down the ballot; "split ticket voters" could affect election prospects for Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine.
Driving through Northern Virginia, it's quite rare to see yards with signs revealing that a homeowner plans to vote both Republican and Democrat on Nov. 6. Even if they don't openly proclaim their split-ticket status, they're out there, according to polling. These "split ticket voters" plan to step into the polling booth on Election Day to vote for a Republican and a Democrat: Voting for President Barack Obama and Republican Senate candidate George Allen, or for Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney and Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine. "It is a real possibility that Romney could win Virginia while George Allen loses," said Mark Rozell, professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. "Some polls have shown that Tim…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
New poll out Friday puts Virginia votes in 'toss-up' status with Romney ahead of Obama 50 percent to 47 percent in Virginia.
Can Bruce Springsteen help President Obama win Virginia? The popular singer will perform in a free concert Tuesday in Charlottesville on the president's behalf. He did the same for the president last week in Ohio, considered another must-win state in the election. The fight for Virginia votes is getting more intense. With Election Day two weeks from Tuesday, Virginia is becoming one of the ground-zero states in the presidential election and the candidates are pulling out all the stops in trying to win the state come Nov. 6. "I consider it one of the three crucial states," said Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report, a Washington-based newsletter, counting the others as Ohio and Colorado, the Richmond …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Look up your neighbor's contributions to the campaigns of President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney based on data from the Federal Elections Commission.
Virginia residents have donated more than $19.6 million directly presidential candidates this election cycle, with a lot of those donations coming from Northern Virginia. President Barack Obama has received more than $9.2 million from voters, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has received more than $8.1 million. The remainder—about $2.3 million—went to candidates no longer in the race, including Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, and political parties. The data in the tool above is directly from the Federal Election Commission based on campaign reports through June 30, 2012. Notes on the data: This data was updated in October 2012 to reflect donations based on campaign reports through Aug. 31, 2012. The data has not been cleaned up …
Friday, September 7, 2012
The DNC keynote speaker will campaign for Obama in Mount Vernon, Fairfax, and Woodbridge on Saturday.
San Antonio mayor and Democratic National Convention keynote speaker Julián Castro will be stopping in Mount Vernon, Fairfax, and Woodbridge during a campaign tour for President Barack Obama Saturday. Mayor Castro will be meeting with supporters during his campaign stops in Fairfax County. Mayor Castro will discuss the "choice for voters in this election between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy," according to a release sent by Obama for America - Virginia. "The mayor will also highlight the importance of registering to vote, especially for young people, and will encourage Americans to understand their voting rights and how to exercise them." Mayor Castro will kick off his campaign tour at the OFA Mount Vernon …
Now that the Democratic and Republican delegates have officially chosen their nominees, Patch wants to know: Who are you betting on?
Friday, September 7, 2012
It's official: With President Barack Obama's acceptance speech in Charlotte Thursday night, both the Republicans and Democrats have formally chosen their nominees for the 2012 presidential election. Let the real race begin. A lot can change between now and Nov. 6: Gaffes, scandals or even major international news events could shift the dynamics of the campaign. The latest Gallup Polls show registered voters preferring Obama to Mitt Romney by just one percentage point, 47 percent to 46 percent. A USA Today/Gallup poll taken just before the party conventions found American voters think Obama is more likeable, but trust Romney more to handle the economy. Pundits have been busy for months handicapping the major-party candidates on various …
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Virginia's Governor has a prime speaking slot on Tuesday evening.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will give a speech on small business and the economy Tuesday during the Republican National Convention. According to The Richmond Times Dispatch’s Virginia politics blog, McDonnell’s keynote address will air after 8 p.m. on Tuesday — a premium speaking slot. McDonnell's speech is titled “We Built It,” referring to a remark made by President Barack Obama during a July event in Roanoke that has since become controversial on the campaign trail. Obama was speaking about the role of government investment in infrastructure and businesses when he said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,” Obama said in July. “Somebody else made that happen.” The statement, which some argue has been taken out of context in…
Friday, August 17, 2012
Congressman Paul Ryan campaigned August 17 at West Springfield High School.
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