Election Night Recap: GOP, Dems Split Victories as Ky. Gov. Race Too Close to Call

The 2019 elections are just about in the books. Below are some of the biggest story lines after last night. Kentucky Governor’s Race Still Too Close to Call as GOP Sweeps Other Statewide Races The Kentucky governor’s race is too close to call after a wild finish that may get wilder. Shortly after midnight on election night with all precincts reporting, Democrat challenger Andy Beshear held a 5,100 vote lead over incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, a margin of 0.4 percent. Beshear was quick to declare victory, and Democrat Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes — who herself lost a

Four States Are Voting Tomorrow — Here’s What to Watch For

Four states have elections this Tuesday. Some of them could be early bellwethers for the 2020 elections. Here’s what you need to know about these elections and why you should care even if you don’t live in one of the four states. Virginia Virginia has some of the most important races of the year. The entire state legislature is up for re-election, and the future of the state hangs in the balance as Republicans cling to a 21-19 majority in the state Senate and a 51-49 majority in the state House after a blue wave took out many Republicans in 2017.

Va. Democrats Threaten to Boycott Historic State Event over Trump Invite

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has invited President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to a commemoration of the 400thanniversary of the first meeting of representative government in the United States. Northam’s fellow Democrats are now threatening to boycott the event. On July 30, 1619, the Virginia General Assembly convened for the first time in Jamestown. The Virginia Company, a private company with a royal charter, had appointed Sir George Yeardley as governor of the 12-year-old colony with instructions to bring together a legislative body to create “just Laws for the happy guiding” of the people. The first

Va. Judge Reverses Himself, Temporarily Reinstates Pro-Life Law

Last week, a Virginia judge unilaterally declared that the state’s law requiring that only a licensed physician can perform first-trimester abortions was unconstitutional. Now, in a shocking move, that same judge has rescinded his own ruling. Henry Hudson, a federal district judge, ruled last week that a 1975 law requiring a licensed physician be on site to perform a first-trimester abortion imposed an “undue burden” on the Supreme Court-invented right to obtain an abortion. The ruling would have allowed physician’s assistants, nurses, and potentially others to perform abortions on their own. (Hudson decided to preserve the requirement for a physician

Will Virginia’s Democrat Leaders Survive Flood of Scandals?

The crisis engulfing Virginia’s Democratic leaders continues to rage two weeks after the first scandal. The controversies come at a critical time, as the entire state legislature — where Republicans have a tiny 51-49 majority in the House and another tiny 21-19 majority in the Senate — is up for re-election in November. Here’s an update on where things stand for each of the state’s embattled Democrats: Governor Ralph Northam Northam’s bizarre press conference in which he decided it wasn’t actually him in the yearbook photo he had owned up to the night before — and in which he was

Va. Gov. Northam Under Fire After Defending Bill Allowing Newborn Babies to Die

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) appeared on WTOP’s “Ask the Governor” program on Wednesday morning, where the interviewer asked him about the “Repeal Act” filed by Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (D-West Springfield). The bill sparked a nationwide controversy when Tran admitted that the legislation allowed abortions up to the point of birth, even while the mother is in labor. “This is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved. When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of

Va. Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Legalize Abortion Up Until Birth

Virginia state Delegate Kathy Tran, a Democrat, introduced a bill this week that she freely admitted would legalize abortion at any point of pregnancy, up until birth. During questions about her bill in a House subcommittee from Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert, Tran was asked about the bill’s allowance of third trimester abortions if an abortionist certifies that continuing the pregnancy would “impair the mental or physical health of the woman.” What qualifies as impairing mental or physical health is never defined in the bill and could be interpreted to mean almost anything. Tran frankly admitted that her bill would allow abortion all

Battle over Pronouns Presents Growing Threat to First Amendment

Earlier this month, a Virginia high school teacher was fired over his declining to use a transgender student’s preferred gender pronouns. Peter Vlaming had been a French teacher at West Point High School for the last seven years. However, when a female student of his returned to school after summer break as a transgender male, Vlaming told the student that, because of his Christian faith, he could not refer to the student using male pronouns. This stance put Vlaming at odds with the school’s administration. Superintendent Laura Abel’s claims that Vlaming was causing a “hostile learning environment” seem absurd considering

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