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Seth McLaughlin, a reporter on the Politics Desk, can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SethMcLaughlin1

Articles by Seth McLaughlin

While both candidates for governor denounced white nationalists, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, (top center) went a step further and criticized President Trump. "This denouncement is too little, too late," he said of the president. Mr. Gillespie (center bottom) was optimistic about Virginia's ability to tackle hate groups. "We have stared down racism, and Nazism and white supremacy before, and we will stare it down again," Mr. Gillespie said.

Northam up 7 points on Gillespie in latest poll of Virginia governor's race

Democrat Ralph Northam has a seven percentage point lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia gubernatorial race, according to a new survey that also shows that close to six in ten voters disapprove of President Trump and are unhappy with the federal government. Published August 22, 2017

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to supporters gathered at The Champions of Liberty Rally in Hebron, Ky., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Paul was joined at the fundraising event by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, and U.S. Reps Thomas Massie, R-Ky., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Sen. Rand Paul calls Trump's revised Afghanistan plan a 'terrible idea'

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says that President Trump's decision to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan is a "terrible idea" that will leave more families with lost or injured love ones and add to the trillions of dollars that American taxpayers have already funneled into the 16-year-old war. Published August 22, 2017

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was joined by Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of metro Phoenix, during a news Trump was just a few weeks into his candidacy in 2015 when came to Phoenix for a speech that ended up being a bigger moment in his campaign than most people realized at the time. And now Trump is coming back to Arizona at another crucial moment in his presidency. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Democrats: A Trump pardon for Arpaio would be win for 'white supremacy'

Democrats on Monday slammed the prospect of President Trump granting a pardon to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying it would mark a win for "white supremacy" and set the stage for the commander-in-chief to use his constitutional power to keep his family out of legal trouble. Published August 21, 2017

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly takes questions from the media after speaking Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the UAW in Anderson. Ind. as part of his "Hoosier Highways" RV tour to launch his re-election campaign.  (Don Knight/The Herald-Bulletin via AP)

Sen. Joe Donnelly launches re-election bid

Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana on Monday made it official that he is seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate, casting himself as a bipartisan lawmaker who is willing to work across the aisle to make life better for his constituents. Published August 21, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Nancy Pelosi backs effort to censure Trump

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi threw her support Friday behind an effort to censure President Trump over his response to the violent clashes in Charlottesville. Published August 18, 2017