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Ralph Northam Won 24 out of 40 Virginia State Senate Districts;...

Check out the following visual by VPAP, which shows the Virginia State Senate districts won by Ralph Northam and Ed Gillespie last Tuesday. The...

Democratic Early Voting in Virginia Surpasses 2016 Bernie vs. Hillary Primary;...

It the level of absentee ballot requests is predictive of turnout here in Virginia this coming Tuesday, then we are potentially talking numbers -...

VPAP “Sunshine Caucus” Unintentionally Ironic, Shark-Jumpingly Absurd

Look, I understand that the folks at VPAP - the Virginia Public Access Project - do some excellent work (e.g., their visualizations and their...

According to VPAP Video, Pretty Much the Only “Funny” People in...

Notice something about this "2016 General Assembly Outtakes" video (see below) from the self-described "nonpartisan" Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) annual luncheon held yesterday in...

How Bad Was the 2016 VA General Assembly Session? THIS Bad!

Courtesy of VPAP, this is what happens when Virginia Democrats only vote in presidential and/or "federal-only" election years. In short, when Democratic voters stay...

After “After Virginia Votes”: A Response to a “Radical Centrist”‘s Election...

Today I attended VPAP's "After Virginia Votes" panel discussion on the 2014 election featuring senior strategists for both the Warner and Gillespie campaigns. Aside from helping to lower the average age in the mostly octogenarian filled room at George Mason University's Fairfax campus, I attended to hear how Warner advisor David Hallock would try to spin the near defeat for his boss.

Sadly, the sometimes candid conversation between David Hallock and Paul Logan paled in comparison to the sparks between Chris LaCivita and Ellen Qualls during VPAP's 2013 analysis. Now that was an analysis worth attending! LaCivita is an unapologetic political hack, in the most delightful way possible, who never shies away from defending his dirty approach to politics. No wonder many of my friends simply call him "the devil." Compare that to Logan and Hallock shifting uncomfortably in their seats trying to defend the practice of spamming inboxes in order to raise low donor funds.

Hallock at several times made the point that the lack of engagement during the midyear election depressed both volunteer enthusiasm and eventual voter participation, particularly among the Democratic base. While bemoaning the difficulties of getting Democratic constituencies to the poles, he clung to defending Warner's "statewide" campaign that stressed bipartisanship and reaching out to Southwest and Southside Virginia.

Perhaps Democratic disengagement is not a fact of life for midterm elections, but a byproduct of the type of campaign Warner ran?

In his concluding remarks, Hallock made the case that the Democratic Party needs to do a better job of engaging our voters and turning them out in off-year elections.

Let's talk about that.

VPAP Virginia News Headlines: Wednesday Morning

Thanks to VPAP and to Paul Brockwell, Jr. for today's Virginia news clips!

1. MCDONNELL SAYS SAFE URANIUM MINING WOULD BENEFIT STATE
2. DANVILLE DELEGATE'S BILL FUELS VIRGINIA ENERGY EFFICIENCY
3. BIG DONORS GIVE BULK OF VA GOV'S $1.5M IN 2ND Q
8. U.S. SENATE CANDIDATES WEIGH IN ON DEBT-CEILING DEBATE
9. ALLEN RAISES $1.1 MILLION IN 2ND QUARTER ("Democrat Timothy M. Kaine, Allen's most prominent opponent and a fellow former governor, announced last week that he had raised $2.25 million in the second quarter, double Allen's figure.")
10. RADTKE WANTS DEBATE WITH ALLEN
14. WEBB FOR CLOSING LOOPHOLES, BUT NOT INCOME TAX HIKES
15. VIRGINIA'S CANTOR ASCENDS AS GOP VOICE IN DEBT-LIMIT TALKS
16. TENUOUS TALKS ON DULLES RAIL IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
18. RESEARCH INDICATES VA. SCHOOLS 'HOSTILE' TO GAY STUDENTS
23. EDITORIAL: NO FRACKING IN THE NATIONAL FOREST
28. SCHAPIRO: VIRGINIA'S OPTIONS IN DEFAULT UNCLEAR

P.S. And check out Ruth Marcus' op-ed, in which she says about Eric Can'tor, "To understand Cantor, think Macbeth with all the vaulting ambition and none of the accompanying guilt." That about sums it up. That's right, he's Mr. "I want what I want when I want it." Simply repulsive.