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Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) Outraises Virginia GOP by 4-1 In...

Good news from the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA), as the Virginia GOP was a disaster under former Chair John Whitbeck. We'll see if...

VA GOP Should Donate to Charity Every Penny Given to It...

Given what a scumbag Steve Wynn is, and given that Virginia Republicans called on Democrats to return money from Harvey Weinstein ("the Republican Party...

Leading VA Conservative Blog Calls Out “Disgusting,” Reprehensible” “Bigotry on [VA...

Sadly, the only thing surprising about this is the fact that the Virginia GOP's "disgusting," "reprehensible" "bigotry" is actually being called out, for a...

With 93 Days Until the Election, Who’s Winning the Social Media...

With just 93 days until the 2017 general election here in Virginia, how are the statewide candidates and parties doing on social media --...

Bigoted Virginia GOP Posts Petition Against AG Mark Herring Visiting a...

This is bigoted and demented, even by the Republican Party of Virginia's low, low "standards." Of course, the chair of their party is best...

Virginia GOP Chair Says White House SHOULD Ban “Media Who Hate...

Yes, anti-Semitic "joke" dude John Whitbeck, chair of the Republican Party of Virginia, strikes again -- this time in support of an out-of-control, anti-democracy,...

Virginia GOP, Perriello, Northam, Gillespie Get Into It Over Comparison of...

Looks like the Virginia governor's race is heating up, both on the Republican and Democratic sides. Check out the following flurry of tweets following...

Dwight Jones Coronated As DPVA Chair

Dwight Jones photo DwightJones_zps12020cd2.jpgSensing a rising tide of sentiment against the prospect of Mayor Jones' candidacy for DPVA chair, it seems the "powers that be" have chosen to short-circuit the process. This further solidifies the argument that Jones is no more than a strawman for whomever feeds his self-perceived competence.

While this certainly will save the Central Committee substantial time and effort at the meeting on March 15, if true, the announcement will come as a pre-emptive strike that is not so surprising, yet will serve to allay any illusion that the DPVA functions for the benefit of its members. And it will be good news for the Republican Party of Virginia, despite themselves, because it would guarantee that the DPVA will lack the focus required to maintain control of the State Senate beyond 2015.

The best part of this ham-handed move is that it alienates the party members who reside in districts that are currently held by Republicans; as in the grassroots members who the DPVA needs the most to accomplish any gains anywhere. While a competent, experienced, incumbent Executive Director would be able to manipulate a marionette Chair with one hand, it will probably require both hands just to keep the ship steady in the heavy rolls that can be anticipated with the staff changes that have already taken place.

Advice to the powers that be: don't ask for unanimous consent or acclamation at the Central Committee. It doesn't exist.

Update: The revised version from the RTD.

The world’s smallest violin is playing for Ken Cuccinelli and his...

Cross-posted from that paragon of journalism and reporting Richmond Progressive Examiner.

An immediate Cuccinelli political comeback was dispelled on Saturday during a dinner speech at The Homestead Resort. According to one source, Ken Cuccinelli stated "I don't mind not having an elected role in about a month or so. I've been in office 11 years... I look forward to a little bit of a break. ... but I'll be back with you. I'm not talking as a candidate, but just fighting for these principles because I believe in them."

Before anyone except staunch Cuccinelli supporters get too excited, the attorney general's words seem more like those of a man still licking his wounds from a recent election defeat rather than those of someone who's given himself enough time to make a resolute long term decision. And if there is one thing that Virginians should know by now, it's not to trust a good deal of what Ken Cuccinelli says.

Winners, Losers, and Others from Yesterday’s Primary

Briefly, a few winners and losers from yesterday. In general, the day belonged to the Republican Party of Virginia since most of the focus was on its contests. Generally not that much unusual to note, but if you have anything to contribute or simply disagree, please jump in.

Winners

1. Democrats in Alexandria. Imagine, left to their own devices and without a slate, they managed to choose six diverse and capable candidates for city council.

2. Republican conventions. Formalize incumbent protection over there, will you? The RPV really should get out of these embarrassing and unnecessary primaries when they already know who they want to run. Let's see what they decide come Friday. (Though a 3:1 beat down by Ken Cuccinelli in a primary might be something to behold.)

3. Jim Moran.  A solid and well-deserved victory only surprising by his opponent's meager showing. "Not the incumbent" usually can gather 30% on that distinction alone. (See Bob Goodlatte)

4. Incumbency.  Always a good bet and better now than ever.

5. George Allen.  This man of solidly adequate accomplishment and famous lineage stands a fumble away from the goal line. Virginia may become the first state ever one of just a handful of states to elect a Senator who was unable to win re-election to the United State Senate as an incumbent.