Wednesday, November 19, 2014

VCU vs. Toledo Photos

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Some photos from last night's basketball game between Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Toledo. These photos were taken with an in camera "tilt frame" effect.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

In new poll of younger voters, Gillespie comes in a distant third

U.S. Senator Mark Warner at the Democratic Party of Virginia's 2014 Jefferson Jackson Dinner
In a new poll of younger Virginia voters by the Wason Center at Christopher Newport, Republican Ed Gillespie finished a distant third behind Democrat Mark Warner and Libertarian Robert Sarvis.
With less than two weeks until the election, incumbent Democrat Mark Warner is the choice of 47% of Virginia voters in the 18-35 age group, according to a statewide survey released today by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. Among those Millennial voters, Libertarian Robert Sarvis polled 24%, with Republican Ed Gillespie the choice of only 11%. Another 18% are undecided.
Read the complete report at the Wason Center.

This poll has both short and long term consequences. In the short term it points to the reality that Ed Gillespie has almost no chance of overtaking the Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Warner. In the long term, it points to a failure on the part of the Republican Party of Virginia to attract new and younger voters. Increasingly, young conservatives are identifying themselves as libertarians and are rejecting the social conservative wing of the Republican Party.

This poll could point to real problems for the Republican Party of Virginia in future statewide races, as the RPV could have trouble assembling a winning coalition between the social conservative and libertarian wings of the party. This should little effect, however, on the highly gerrymandered Virginia General Assembly and Virginia's U.S. Representative seats. The RPV's gerrymandering efforts have ensured that Virginia's social conservative minority can impose their will on the majority of Virginians, who are much more moderate or even liberal.

Monday, October 06, 2014

State Senator Donald McEachin releases statement on Supreme Court's Bostic Decision

Via the office of Senator A. Donald McEachin:
HENRICO – Senator A. Donald McEachin (D – Henrico) today released this statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision today to decline review of Bostic, fully opening the door to marriage equality in Virginia:

"I am very pleased and excited that gay Virginians will now be able to marry. This is a significant step forward in achieving justice and fairness for all. I eagerly await the day when it won’t matter what state a person lives in — when every American can marry the person he or she loves. We need to remove every vestige of prejudice and discrimination so that all Americans — no matter their skin color, their religion, or their sexual or gender orientation — can experience equality, fairness and justice in their communities," Senator McEachin said.