Wednesday, April 24, 2013
There will be a Democratic primary for lieutenant governor and attorney general June 11. Absentee voting for Alexandria residents begins April 26.
It's getting to be that time again—time to cast your ballot. On June 11, there will be a Democratic primary for lieutenant governor and attorney general. Absentee voting for the primary begins Friday. There are several qualifying circumstances to vote absentee. This information has been provided by the city of Alexandria. Examples of cases qualifying for absentee voting: To learn more about these, and other circumstances in which absentee voting is an appropriate option, visit alexandriava.gov/Elections and click on “Absentee Voting” or call 703-746-4050. Absentee Voting in Person Voters can cast an absentee ballot in person at the Alexandria Voter Registration Office, 132 North Royal St., Suite 100, or by mail. In-person absentee voting …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Del. Rob Krupicka kicked off his re-election campaign in March.
Del. Rob Krupicka (D-45th) is hosting three legislative wrap-up sessions in his district this month, giving residents an opportunity to ask questions and have a dialogue concerning the 2013 session of the General Assembly. Krupicka is hosting one session in each of the jursidictions included in the 45th District—Alexandria, Fairfax County and Arlington County. Each session is expected to last an hour. His legislative wrap-up schedule is as follows: Krupicka, a former Alexandria City Councilman and former member of the Virginia Board of Education, was elected delegate during a special election in September 2012. He kicked off his re-election campaign last month at Capitol City Brewing in Shirlington with endorsements from State Sen. Sharon …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Republicans say a requirement for picture ID protects "sanctity" of the vote; Democrats argue the GOP is keeping certain voters away from the polls on purpose.
Virginia voters will need a photo ID when they're heading to the polls beginning in 2014 under new requirements signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnell this week. Supporters argue that a voter registration card with no picture creates an opening for fraudulent voting. McDonnell spokesman Jeff Caldwell said in a statement to The Washington Post that the new law is about protecting "the sanctity of our democratic process.” Democratic leaders have challenged voter ID laws as a type of voter suppression. They note those without a photo ID are likely found among Democratic voters, particularly seniors and college students. The new law will need approval by the U.S. Justice Department, a requirement for any voting changes in most Southern states …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows residents are divided and still learning about Terry McAuliffe, Ken Cuccinelli.
Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe hand-delivered 35,746 signatures Wednesday to the Virginia State Board of Elections in Richmond to help secure his place on the ballot in the governor's race. McAuliffe may face Republican Virginia State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on the ballot come November. A new Quinnipiac University poll out Wednesday showed Cuccinelli is viewed as "having better experience, while voters see Terry McAuliffe as slightly less ideological, but neither is well-known to voters who are divided on who should be the next governor, with 40 percent for Republican Cuccinelli and 38 percent for Democrat McAuliffe," according to a news release about the new Quinnipiac University poll. The most …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Does the commonwealth need another name on the ballot?
Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling took himself out of Virginia's race for governor last week, leaving, at least for now, what's shaping up to be a two-person race. The choice for the Old Dominion's next governor, seven months before Election Day, seems to have boiled down to presumptive Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli, the state's socially conservative attorney general, against likely Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a McLean businessman. The Republican Party of Virginia will hold its convention on May 17 and 18 in Richmond to formally select its nominee. Democrats go to the polls on June 11 to cast their ballots in several races, including governor and lieutenant governor. …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Bryan Porter is currently the lone candidate seeking to replace Randy Sengel, who announced last year he would not seek re-election.
Bryan Porter kicked off his campaign for Commonwealth’s Attorney on Saturday at Pork Barrel BBQ in Del Ray, receiving the endorsement of the current jobholder Randy Sengel and the support of seemingly every Democrat in Alexandria. “Bryan is an excellent trial attorney,” Sengel said. “I’m confident in his ability to lead the office. … He understands first-hand how law enforcement is never a black-and-white issue.” Sengel, first elected as Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1997, announced in December he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term. An Alexandria native and former officer with the Metro Transit Police and Alexandria Police Department, Porter is currently an assistant attorney in Sengel’s office. “When you vote on Nov. 5…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Activist who released Patrick Moran video would not cooperate with investigation, according to police.
Patrick Moran, the congressman's son who was caught on tape seemingly giving advice on how to skirt voter identification laws, will not face any criminal charges, the Arlington County Police Department announced Thursday. Authorities have concluded their three-month investigation into election offense allegations against Moran, son of U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, a Democrat who represents parts of Northern Virginia. The allegations stemmed from a video released in late October by conservative activist James O'Keefe, whose methods and productions have been called into question in the past. The younger Moran resigned from his father's reelection campaign within hours of the video's release. Moran, 23, lives in South Arlington. Patrick Moran and his …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
... and who would he support in 2016?
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., talks to Patch about why President Barack Obama doesn't get a honeymoon this time, obstruction in the House of Representatives, sequestration and many other topics at the Virginia Inaugural Ball. For more news about the presidential inauguration, see the Old Town Alexandria Patch Presidential Inauguration page.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Herring represents central and west Alexandria in the state House of Delegates.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Charniele Herring, the state delegate whose district includes West End Alexandria, has been selected to lead the Democratic Party of Virginia. Herring was voted into the top spot during the party’s Central Committee meeting Saturday morning in Williamsburg. She released the following statement Saturday: "I am humbled by the strength and diversity of Virginia Democrats," she said. "I look forward to fighting every day to ensure we continue to elect Democrats here in this great Commonwealth." Outgoing party Chairman Brian Moran announced his resignation last month. Herring has served in the House of Delegates since 2009 and is currently minority whip. She has told Patch she plans to keep her delegate seat while serving as party chairwoman …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Virginia's lieutenant governor made the announcement Wednesday morning.
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced Wednesday that he is dropping out of the race for governor, likely to clear the way for Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s attorney general, to win the Republican nomination. “For the past seven years I have had the honor of serving as Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor and it had been my intention to seek the Republican Party’s nomination for Governor in 2013,” he said in a statement. “However, not everything we want in life is meant to be.” Bolling cited a change in the nomination process as his reason for dropping out. In the past, nominees were chosen in a statewide primary, but the 2013 candidates will be chosen at a party convention. “I reluctantly concluded that the decision to change the method of nomination …