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Virginia News Headlines: Friday Morning


Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, October 31. Happy Halloween!

*Why a GOP Senate could be short-lived (Yep, even IF they win the Senate on Tuesday, it’s likely not going to last very long. Of course, they’ll do as much damage as possible in those two years, but fortunately President Obama has his veto pen.)

*Do Republicans have a plan for the country? The answer is ‘no’.

*The GOP’s Other Takeover (“Republicans are about to take control of state legislatures across the land.” This is a huge problem.)

*Apple’s Cook: ‘I’m proud to be gay’ (Cue the insanity from the Pat Robertsons and EW Jacksons of the world…)

*Rush Limbaugh Defends Street Harassment: ‘It Was Men Being Polite’ (I can never figure out if Limbaugh actually believes all the crazy, disgusting things he says. But what about his listeners?  Now that’s a frightening thought for Halloween!)

*Capture of Accused Cop Killer Eric Frein Saves Halloween

*Hard-Nosed Advice From Veteran Lobbyist: ‘Win Ugly or Lose Pretty’ (This guy is by any measure one of the most evil people in America, for instance fighting to make it easier to abuse, mistreat, torture animals. Why does he do it? Simple: $$$$$$$.)*

*Virginia Senate race narrows to seven-point gap

*McDonnell defense moved for mistrial over juror’s ouster

*Suzanne Patrick pledges efforts to protect against storm damage during Hampton visit

*Cuts in public safety prompt legislators to eye ABC for more revenue

*Western Marcellus Pipeline is 3rd seeking passage through Va. (Bad, bad idea.)

*McAuliffe sees ‘no contamination issues’ at Wallops Island

*New regulations likely for small day cares in Virginia

*China-based company buys Petersburg chemical plant, plans 376 jobs

*Rep. Robert Hurt takes no stance on Atlantic Coast Pipeline (Profile in courage, eh?)

*For Arlington County Board and school board (Just keep in mind, the guy who writes these endorsements, Lee Hockstader, never comes to debates or other events, doesn’t interview the candidates, basically has no clue what he’s talking aobut, and frequently does boneheaded things like falsely calling the hard-right Frank Wolf a “moderate” and endorsing him repeatedly.)

*Feds subpoena records from deals made by jailed developer

*Halloween weather not too spooky, but the weekend won’t be a treat

  • Sounds about right to me: Warner by high single digits over Gillespie.

    Warner leading Gillespie, 51-44, as election nears; Gillespie gains, but Warner maintains broad support    

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – With the election less than a week away, Republican Ed Gillespie has narrowed the gap, but Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s broad-based support still gives him a solid lead in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race, according to a statewide survey released today by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

    Likely voters favor Warner by 51%, compared with 44% for Gillespie, according to the survey. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis holds a 2% share of the overall vote, with only 3% undecided.

    Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, increased his share from 39% in the Wason Center’s Oct. 7 poll. He has picked up undecided voters and Sarvis supporters over the course of several Wason Center polls since summer, but has never brought Warner below 50%.

    “As we close in on Election Day, the Warner advantages that we first noted in our January 2014 poll – that he was in a strong position with his own party, had a solid toe-hold with Republicans, and had a good position amongst ideological moderates – seem to have held from start to finish,” said Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center for Public Policy.

    Warner is in a stronger position with Democrats (97%) than Gillespie is with Republicans (89%), and has the support of 54% of Independents, compared with 41% for Gillespie. Warner more than doubles Gillespie among ideological moderates, 65% to 30%. Although a very large majority of ideological conservatives back Gillespie (84%), a significant segment still favors Warner (12%). Warner also continues to hold a sizeable lead among women (53% to 43%), and carries the male vote (50% to 45%). Warner leads Gillespie in the “Golden Crescent” from Northern Virginia to Richmond to Hampton Roads, and trails him only in Southside/Southwest Virginia.

    Both candidates have run negative ads in the last weeks of the election, each accusing the other of questionable ethical behavior. Voters said they noticed the ads but were unswayed by them.

    Dropping from 3% to 2%, Sarvis appears to be a minor factor in this race, unlike his impact in last year’s gubernatorial election, when the Libertarian collected nearly 7% of the vote on Election Day.

    The Wason Center interviewed 819 registered Virginia voters, including 634 considered to be likely voters, Oct. 23-29, 2014.  The margin of error for the likely voter sample is +/- 3.9% at the 95% level of confidence. The survey and Kidd’s analysis are attached. He is available for interviews.

  • Mallsus2

     We should be able to win a lot of them back in time for redistricting. In the meantime we’ve got to figure out how to get Democrats to vote in midterm and off year elections. For some dumbfounding reason Democratic voters who are usually the “grassroots types” seem to feel that everything can be fixed from the top when it comes to elections and ignore what is arguably much more important in presidency.