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Are Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam Actually Tied?

Since the June primaries, three polls have been released on the Virginia governor’s race. Quinnipiac on June 22nd had Northam up by 8 – 47-39. Harper on June 15th had Gillespie and Northam even at 46. Just this week another polling outfit, Monmouth, had Gillespie and Northam tied at 44. An average of those three […]

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Cold Fusion – Sheriff Buford T. Justice Edition

Pop Culture – Political Reality all rolled into one. But first a little cinematic history for context. The movie Smokey and the Bandit opens with Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) of Texas surprising several young men who are “cleaning” a car which had been abandoned by Justice’s would be daughter-in-law (Sally Field) who left […]

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Cold Fusion – Ferris Bueller Edition

If one assumes that Ferris Bueller was a second semester senior in the 1986 classic comedy hit “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, today he would be 44 or 45. While Ferris would have never voted for Ronald Reagan, he was a child of the times as we all are children of our times. But who was […]

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Cold Fusion – Eleven Campaign Rules Edition

The final two weeks of a campaign are just that – the last days. By this point – EVERY OCTOBER – in Virginia, the electorate decides. Whether the electorate shows up or not determines the outcome. But the decisions have been made. We’re on final approach. Please make sure your seat backs and tray tables […]

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Cold Fusion – Gubernatorial Debate Edition

Hey Goober. Hey Andy. The obvious question being posed by everyone to everyone after last night’s Gubernatorial Debate between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli was – “Who do you think won?” The unobvious answer was and is – it depends on who actually watched, to which parts they paid attention, and will it […]

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Cold Fusion – Robert Sarvis Edition

Robert Sarvis is the Libertarian candidate for Virginia Governor who has qualified for the ballot. Kudos to the Virginia Libertarians for pulling that off! Before I go into how the Sarvis campaign will effect the outcome of the Governor’s race, let me explain how I truly feel about the Libertarian Party. I really like them. […]

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Cold Fusion – Governor’s Race Edition

While there are six weeks until Virginia’s annual election day, the race for Governor will be over in four. The Virginia electorate usually makes up its collective mind around the third week in October and rarely changes its mind. It’s part of the ebb and flow of the calendar in Virginia. Labor Day kicks off […]

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The Song Remains The Same

Having looked at the recent Republican primary elections, we turn our attention to the party of which I am not a member. I do so with great trepidation as I am constantly educated on its inner workings. My education includes a very interesting conversation with Delegate Mark Sickles over beers and dinner several years ago […]

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All Politics Is….

Local. And Personal. Nothing is more local than personal. While Virginia’s political class – new and used – tries to make sense of what happened in yesterday’s primary elections for both Republicans and Democrats, let’s just get somethings out of the way early. This was NOT a repudiation of House Bill 2313 that raised revenue […]

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The Most Powerful Word in Politics

Whenever a lobbyist (and don’t cringe at that word or profession because YOU have a lobbyist at this very minute working on your behalf) would ask me how I had planned on voting on a particular piece of legislation, he or she was looking for only three answers. 1. Yes 2. No 3. Maybe Vote […]

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