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Video: Far-Right “Freedom Caucus” Wannabe Denver Riggleman Debates Superbly Qualified Leslie...

A very lively VA-05 debate this evening in Washington, VA between Democrat Leslie Cockburn and far-right/"Freedom Caucus" wannabe Republican Denver Riggleman just wrapped up....

Virginia’s GOP: Party of Crime and Slime

Looking across the Commonwealth's politics over the past week sparked a thought: it seems as though Virginia's GOP has morphed into... The Party of Crime...

Updates From VA-05 GOP Freak Show, aka 19 Hard-Right Party Insiders...

John Fredericks is broadcasting from the VA-05 nomination meeting today; click here for the live stream, assuming it happens. Also, see below for updates as...

BREAKING: Rep. Tom Garrett Quits After All; Who Might Replace Him...

UPDATED Tuesday 12:18 pm: With Rob Bell announcing he's not running, I've got the following as candidates - Del. Michael Webert, Martha Boneta, Jim...

A Three-Minute Overview of the Democratic Candidates in VA-05

We've got less than a week before Democratic caucuses occur in Virginia's 5th Congressional District. Starting as early as next Saturday, April 14th, Democrats...

Video: Virginia 5th Congressional District Democratic Candidate Forum

Another day, another Democratic candidate forum, this one for the 5th CD, where currently Rep. Tom Garrett (R) MISrepresents the district. Badly. So clearly,...

New Virginia Poll: Big “Blue Wave” Forming for November Elections; Dem...

See below for highlights and a press release from the Wason Center for Public Policy at CNU. Virginia voters disapprove of Congressional Republicans by...

Virginia House Dems Leader David Toscano Urges Rep. Tom Garrett to...

Virginia House Democratic Leader Del. David Toscano today sent the following letter to Rep. Tom Garrett (R-VA05), Toscano's "former colleague in the General Assembly,...

Redistricting: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going

Lowell already brought to our attention the good news that the courts handed the Republicans a defeat in the first round of what may prove to be a long legal fight over redistricting in Virginia. I am no legal scholar, but I was excited by the news that the judge dismissed the Republican argument that "shall" doesn't really mean "shall" and found that the group of Virginia citizens had standing for the lawsuit to move forward. But Governor McDonnell is moving forward with the same incumbent protection plan that the House Republicans (with a few unfortunate Democratic allies) pushed through last year in 2011. With redistricting still a big question mark moving forward, just months away from the November election, I wanted to take some time to sort through the entire mess. Where we've been, where we are, and where we're going.

Where We've Been
Going back over a decade ago, Virginia Republicans in 2001 had the "privilege" of controlling redistricting for the first time in the modern era. They leveraged this advantage into pressuring Virgil Goode, already a Democrat-In-Name-Only who had voted to impeach President Clinton, to officially leave the party and begin to caucus with the GOP. They also worked to shore up newly elected Congressman Randy Forbes in the 4th, who had won a special election by a very close margin.

Below, I've calculated the partisan lean of the post-2000 census drawn district based on the 2000 Presidential numbers relative to the national average. So a R +6 district is one in which George W. Bush ran 6 points ahead of his national showing (47.87%, or rounded to 48%), which as we all know was less than Al Gore's popular vote national...