Ultra-conservative Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program is just one example of voter-suppression tactics used in Virginia.  Courtesy photo

Voting wars: The fight for the franchise heats up

There’s a basic truism in modern American politics: The more people vote, the more Democrats win. This trend began in 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. This, in turn, prompted Richard Nixon’s electoral “southern strategy,” which explicitly courted the racist Dixiecrat wing of the Democratic party, and eventually turned the party […]

And here in the 5th District, which many thought to be a lock for the elephants,
there are increasingly strong signs that Jane Dittmar has a real shot at reclaiming the seat for the donkeys.
Photo by Eze Amos

Trump is toast: Will the House and Senate follow?

If there’s one thing we love about penning this column, it’s making ridiculously premature predictions. And though we’ve whiffed a few (like that time we opined that Bernie Sanders would “be out of the [primary] race by May at the very latest”), all in all our batting average is enviably high. And so, as we […]

The 2016 election is not Tim Kaine's first rodeo. He campaigns for the U.S. Senate with Mark Warner and wife Ann Holton in 2012. Photo John Robinson

Counterpunch: The Democrats convene, and Trump plays mean

We simply must begin this edition by saluting Charlottesville’s latest (and most lovable) political luminaries: Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Gold Star parents whose son, Army Captain Humayun Khan (a UVA graduate), lost his life in Iraq after striding out to confront a suicide bomber in order to save his fellow soldiers. Khizr’s speech at […]