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David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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CALM BEFORE THE STORM: Tim Kaine (right) and George Allen greet each other in the hallway before beginning the first debate of the 2012 Senate campaign at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday. Both of the Senate candidates are former Virginia governors. Issues at the 90-minute debate included "personhood" and budgets. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Kaine hits Allen over 'bullying' in first Virginia debate

Tim Kaine accused George Allen on Wednesday of employing divisive and "bullying" rhetoric against his opponents in the sharpest jab of a caustic first debate between the candidates for U.S. Senate from Virginia. Published December 7, 2011


It's Kaine vs. Allen ahead of Virginia primaries

Former Virginia governors and current U.S. Senate candidates Tim Kaine and George Allen will square off Wednesday in the first debate of the 2012 campaign season, providing an early glimpse into what will be one of the most closely watched and expensive races in the country. Published December 6, 2011

Virginia assembly ambivalent on health exchange

Virginia legislators appear at odds over how — or even whether — to move forward with a state-run health insurance exchange mandated by President Obama's health care overhaul during the 2012 General Assembly session. Published December 5, 2011

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (Drew Angerer / The Washington Times)

Va. Democrats file lawsuit over Bolling's authority

Virginia Democratic Caucus Chairman A. Donald McEachin filed a lawsuit on Monday in an attempt to stop Republicans from using Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's tie-breaking vote to organize the General Assembly's upper chamber. Published December 5, 2011

** FILE ** Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Cuccinelli's bid for Va. governor upsets Bolling and his backers

This year's annual gathering of Virginia Republicans at the posh Homestead resort was turned on its ear by Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II's bombshell announcement last week that he would seek the governorship in 2013. Published December 4, 2011

"The government doesn't create jobs - you do," said George Allen, a former Virginia Republican governor and U.S. senator seeking to return to Capitol Hill in 2012. (The Washington Times)

Kaine, Allen give glimpse into campaigns

George Allen and Tim Kaine on Thursday delivered sharp critiques on the ills plaguing an intransigent Washington and predicted better days ahead — albeit in markedly different ways — in a likely preview of pitches they'll make to Virginia voters in their bids for a U.S. Senate seat. Published December 1, 2011

The Mark Center along Interstate 395 in Alexandria is the new home of the Department of Defense's Washington Headquarters Service and a number of other agencies. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

DoD IG report faults Army's Mark Center plan

Rep. James P. Moran Jr. and Sen. Mark R. Warner harshly criticized the Army on Thursday for a report showing its transportation-management plan to accommodate 6,400 federal workers relocating to a Defense Department office complex in Alexandria was ill-conceived and logically flawed. Published December 1, 2011

**FILE** Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Cuccinelli announces Va. gubernatorial bid

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II announced Thursday that he will run for governor in 2013, putting to rest a frenzy of speculation and setting up a high-profile intraparty battle for the Republican nomination. Published December 1, 2011

Report cites benefits of Va. uranium mining

Lifting a decades-long ban on uranium mining could generate more than 1,000 jobs and have an annual economic impact of $135 million, should the hot button-issue of tapping a site in Southside Virginia move forward, according to a study from a Richmond-based economic forecasting firm. Published November 30, 2011

Virginia Delegate Scott A. Surovell, Fairfax Democrat, said the governor's plan for streamlining state agencies is "a pretty list, but substantively, it's pretty insignificant."

Va.'s McDonnell proposes cuts to state agencies

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing to eliminate two state agencies and combine seven others as part of his 2012 government-reform agenda - an impressive-looking plan but one that will save the state about $4 million from an $80 billion biennial budget. Published November 29, 2011

Democrats dominate Virginia map lawsuit

Five of the six plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to throw control of Virginia's congressional redistricting process to the courts have either contributed to or worked for Democrats in the past decade, despite claims that the legal action is not linked to the party. Published November 28, 2011

Ten Commandments dispute in Va. headed to federal court

A long-simmering battle in Virginia over the separation of church and state heads to federal court on Monday, with a southwestern county school board fighting for the right to display the Ten Commandments in a public high school. Published November 27, 2011

Del. Rob Bell, Albemarle Republican, carries papers and boxes out of the House of Delegates chambers after the House adjourned for the 2009 session in Richmond, Va.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Local resistance building on Virginia's eminent domain change

A state constitutional amendment to expand Virginia's eminent domain laws is meeting local resistance, with the city of Alexandria agreeing to contribute as much as $5,000 for a lobbying firm to help fight the legislation. Published November 24, 2011

**FILE** Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (Associated Press)

McDonnell appoints 2 to airports panel board

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wasted little time in exercising his new right to add members to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's board of directors, announcing appointments less than a week after federal legislation creating the positions was signed. Published November 23, 2011

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, referencing the new biennial budget, predicts some pain ahead, which could include layoffs, to balance the needs of programs like Medicaid and the Virginia Retirement System. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Virginia mulls cuts, even layoffs, in budget

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday laid the groundwork for state budget cuts — and perhaps even layoffs — after huddling with a brain trust of legislators and business leaders forecasting the national and state economic picture in coming years. Published November 22, 2011

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling

Virginia Democrats suing to share power

Democrats in Virginia's Senate said Monday that they will file a lawsuit to determine whether the state's Republican lieutenant governor has the privilege of casting tiebreaking votes on organizational matters — an authority crucial to GOP plans to exercise a majority in the evenly split chamber next year. Published November 21, 2011

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

McDonnell completes two-week overseas trade mission

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is wrapping up a two-week trade mission to Israel and India with promises of luring Asian investments back to Virginia and the United States. Published November 21, 2011