Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has ordered U.S. and Virginia flags be flown at half-staff at all local, state and federal buildings in the state in honor of the victim's in Saturday's deadly shooting in Arizona. Flags will remain lowered until sunset Friday pursuant to President Obama's proclamation. "The Governor is deeply saddened by the news coming from Arizona,'' McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said. "His thoughts and prayers are with the Congresswoman, her staff, the other victims, and all their friends and families." Meanwhile, statements from Virginia officials keep pouring. See below for a sampling:...
| January 10, 2011; 10:41 AM ET |
Categories: Anita Kumar, Barack Obama, Brian J. Moran, Eric Cantor, Frank R. Wolf, Mark Warner, Morgan Griffith, Rob Wittman, Robert F. McDonnell, Robert Hurt
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Candidates in Jan. 11 special elections for the House of Delegates and state Senate will keep busy over an otherwise quiet holiday break.
Two of Virginia's new members of Congress have snagged seats on key committees for the 112th Congress.
Rick Boucher, who lost to state House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R), 51 percent to 46 percent, on Nov. 2, had a significant amount of money left in the bank at the time of his defeat. As of Nov. 22, Boucher had $699,000 left in the bank, a remarkably large amount for a candidate who had been locked in a tough race.
| December 6, 2010; 9:58 AM ET |
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Glenn Nye, Morgan Griffith, Rick Boucher, Tom Perriello
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Republicans elected Del. Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) the House of Delegates' new majority leader Sunday afternoon in a closed door caucus meeting. The outcome was expected. No one challenged Cox who was persuaded by Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) to run for the post to replace Congressman-elect Morgan Griffith. "We have many challenging years ahead with tight budgets and a need to grow private sector jobs,'' Cox said in a statement. "I look forward to working hard with House Republicans and all of my legislative colleagues to address these challenges and the aspirations of the people of Virginia as the next House majority leader." Del. Bill Janis (R-Goochland) defeated Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) in the race to replace Cox as majority whip. "After Republicans solidified our House majority when voters and gave us a net gain of six additional seats and now that these caucus elections are behind us, it's time...
| December 5, 2010; 5:03 PM ET |
Categories: Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Morgan Griffith, Robert F. McDonnell, William Howell
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State Sen. Robert Hurt (R-Pittsylvania) and House Majority Leader Del. H. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) have both submitted their formal letters of resignation from the General Assembly, a spokeswoman for the governor said. Hurt and Griffith were both elected to Congress in this month's election. Their letters to Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) arrived Monday, timed to coincide with the formal certification of their victories by the State Board of Elections, said McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson. Johnson said the letters both indicate that the men's resignations will become effective on Jan. 5, the day they are sworn in to Congress. McDonnell also Monday formally issued the paperwork to call special elections to fill their seats on Jan. 11. The deadline for candidates is noon on Nov. 24....