Desperate Democrats Resort to Racial Politics in Virginia

As I’ve written several times before, Virginia’s 2017 statewide elections are critical for both national parties. Polling in Virginia races is notoriously wild, and this year has been no exception. While most polls have shown Democrat Ralph Northam leading Republican Ed Gillespie, they have almost all been within the margin of error. That is, until recently, when Gillespie took a 1-point lead in a poll released last week, the first time he has led a poll during the general election campaign. And just yesterday, a new poll came out showing Gillespie with an 8-point lead. The Democrats are panicking and

NEW POLL: Transgender Issues Are Toxic for Democrats

American Principles Project released a new poll this week showing that issues surrounding the transgender phenomenon are “toxic” for Democrats, especially when they involve children. The poll, conducted last week by Revily, Inc., surveyed 341 likely voters in the Virginia 13th District House of Delegates race between incumbent Republican Del. Bob Marshall and Democrat Danica Roem, a transgender activist. The poll, which was not a “push poll” as Roem falsely claimed to the media, specifically did not mention Roem’s “gender identity” and asked voters for their preferred candidate prior to asking about specific issues. The results were very revealing: Q5.) “On

Is the Democrats’ Anti-Trump Campaign Backfiring in Virginia?

The closely-watched race for governor in Virginia is heating up — with good signs for Republicans. Virginia is one of two states that has elections every year, and its gubernatorial elections are always the year after presidential elections, so they are viewed as important bellwethers for how the president is doing. This year, all indications are that it’s a dead heat — which is actually a good sign for Republican nominee Ed Gillespie. Let me explain. Virginia has turned from a red state to a purple or light blue state in the last 10 years, driven by growth of the liberal Washington,

$262,000 for a Steeple? When Government Micromanaging Goes Too Far

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. If you’ve ever debated common sense issues like protecting the right to life or religious freedom, you’ve probably heard a liberal use the tired, old “Separation of Church and State” argument. All too often, however, the separation of church and state seems to go only one way — allowing for the state to interfere with church. To take one example, as Helen Krieble details in the Liberty Minute “Wooden Steeples,” this was recently the case for a church in Virginia: An

LGBT Activists Spending Big to Elect Transgender Candidate in Virginia

It’s becoming a go-to strategy for the LGBT lobby: Step 1: Identify a candidate (likely a Republican) who stands “against LGBT people.” Step 2: Pour a ton of money into the race in favor of the LGBT-friendly (likely Democrat) candidate. Step 2a: Watch as the Republican Party establishment stays out of the election in order to avoid being called “anti-gay.” Step 3: Crush the conservative candidate with the power of a massive campaign fund and pretend it’s because of their “bigoted” views. This was exactly the playbook used, for example, in North Carolina, where Democrats and their moneyed allies dumped

Planned Parenthood Spending $3 Million to Elect Pro-Abortion Va. Governor

With the movement to cut off their state funding picking up speed in Virginia, Planned Parenthood is spending big with the hopes of getting a governor elected who will return the favor by keeping them funded. In addition to dumping $3 million into Democratic candidate Ralph Northam’s campaign, the PAC of Planned Parenthood’s Virginia affiliate plans to knock on 300,000 doors, send mailers to 400,000 homes, and run digital and radio ads endorsing Northam and opposing his Republican rival, Ed Gillespie. When it comes to the issue of abortion, the differences between Northam and Gillespie are clearly displayed. Northam has

The Stage Is Set for Battleground Virginia 2017

After a primary on Tuesday that defied expectations, Virginia has its candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General in 2017. Virginia is one of two states that holds elections every year (the other is New Jersey), and this year will have important consequences. As we detailed in March, political analysts will be watching Virginia very closely this year as a barometer for how voters are feeling about the Trump administration and as a bellwether for the 2018 midterm elections. Virginia was reliably red for decades but began shifting to a purple state in the 2000s. Barack Obama won the state in

Near-Upset in Virginia as GOP Primary Ends in Photo Finish

Politics is never boring in Virginia — a battleground state which is one of just two states that has elections every year — and last night’s primaries were no exception. (For some background on the races, read our preview from March.) Ed Gillespie narrowly defeated Corey Stewart to secure the Republican nomination for governor. Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and Counselor to the President under George W. Bush, defeated Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and hardcore Donald Trump loyalist, by a razor-thin margin of 1.2 percent. It was a surprisingly close