Virginia

How Bob McDonnell's transformation from religious-right crusader into pro-business conservative makes his fall more damaging to Republicans.

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Washington, D.C.’s infamous height limit for buildings has returned to the news of late, with the D.C. Office of Planning recommending that current restrictions—which essentially make a 13-story building about as high as you can go—be loosened around D.C.’s core and eliminated altogether elsewhere, with further zoning left to the discretion of the District’s government.

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With Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial victory over Ken Cuccinelli, Democrats have now won seven of Virginia’s eight high-profile, statewide races since 2005 (three Senate races, two Presidential contests, and two of three gubernatorial elections). The lone exception, Bob McDonnell’s gubernatorial victory in 2009, provides an instructive contrast with the current contest.

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What political pundits ignore: McAuliffe wants to expand Medicaid, which means 400,000 more people will get health insurance there under Obamacare. 

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Terry McAuliffe got what he wanted. No matter how unexpectedly narrow the margin of victory, the greatest fundraiser the Democratic party has ever seen has now followed in the footsteps of his fellow former party operative, Mark Warner, and he will be the next governor of Virginia.

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The NRA Lost a Big One in Virginia

Terry McAuliffe got an 'F' from the gun lobby—and never hid from it

When a con-control pol goes down, it's interpreted as an NRA triumph. But when a guy with an NRA F rating wins, why doesn't it register? 

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I’m pessimistic on the odds of a Democratic takeover of the House in November 2014. This November, "optimistic" understates my opinion of Terry McAuliffe's chances. At this point, the race is over. McAuliffe has built a 10 point lead in the polls and he’s outspending his opponent by a massive margin with one week to go. But it’s not because of the shutdown, and, even if it was, it wouldn't prove that the shutdown will carry Democrats back to power.

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Terry McAuliffe's Shamelessness Makes Him Loveable

His extremist opponent doesn't hurt, either

At a University of Richmond forum in October, the Macker, as his many, many friends have nicknamed Terry McAuliffe, told of all the good he’d do for the great state of Virginia. His opponent for governor, Republican state attorney general and all-around crackpot Ken Cuccinelli, had gone first, and now it was McAuliffe’s turn on stage.

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There are plenty of reasons the noxious Ken Cuccinelli is trailing lackluster Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race. A new poll released by Bloomberg last night reiterated the conventional wisdom: Cuccinelli has championed Republicans’ losing social ideology, and now he’s going to pay.

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Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, isn’t popular.

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