The U.S. Department of Justice has signed off on Virginia's congressional redistricting plan passed earlier this year by the General Assembly after a months-long standoff in 2011 and multiple legal challenges.
In 2004, Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat, pushed a historic $1.4 billion tax-increase package through the General Assembly with help from such moderate Republicans as Sens. John H. Chichester and Kenneth W. Stolle.
Likely Republican candidates have a slight early edge over potential Democratic opponents in the 2013 Virginia governor's race, new poll figures released Wednesday show.
Democrats aren't wasting any time in trying to define first and negatively a crop of House Republicans they want to knock off in 2012, launching new radio and Web ad campaigns in 19 swing districts just under three months after the midterm elections.
Republican challengers unseated three Democratic House members, including a 14-term incumbent and a protege of President Obama, in a conservative whiplash election.
Robert Hurt, trying to oust Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello in a central Virginia contest, calls his opponent the "poster child for Nancy Pelosi's policies." In Alabama, GOP challenger Martha Roby says Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright "might be a fine person, but he supported Mrs. Pelosi."