Supporters of comprehensive immigration reform stormed an election night reception for U.S. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, shortly after he lost his seat to Tea Party favorite Dave Brat. While Brat attacked Cantor for being too liberal on immigration, supporters of reform say the Majority Leader has been the main roadblock in congress.
Tea Party favorite Dave Brat, a virtually unknown economist, calls his surprise primary victory over U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor a "miracle from God." Brat, who was outraised in fundraising by Cantor more than ten to one, says he claimed victory because "dollars do not vote, people do."
A stunning upset last night as U.S. Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his bid for re-election to primary challenger and Tea Party favorite Dave Brat. Brat, an economist from Ashland was outraised by Cantor by more than 10 to 1, but picked up momentum by calling Cantor the most liberal Republican in Congress on immigration reform.
Today 7th District Republican Congressman Eric Cantor faces the first serious primary challenger since his election to Congress in 2000, from economist and Tea Party favorite David Brat. Though he’s been outraised by more than 10 to 1, Brat has picked up momentum calling Cantor the most liberal Republican in Congress on immigration reform.
Following the resignation of Democratic State Senator Phillip Puckett, all 20 Republicans, with the help of Democratic Senator Chuck Colgan have recalled the Senate to the State Capitol this Thursday to pass a budget and put it into conference with the House of Delegates. The GOP is expected to retake control of the Senate Thursday evening and advance a budget free of Medicaid expansion.
Democratic State Senator Phillip Puckett will resign June 9, effective immediately, giving control of the evenly divided Senate chamber, at least temporarily, to the GOP and threatening Democrats' hopes to expand the state’s Medicaid program. Republicans reportedly have offered Puckett a spot on the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission staff and given assurances that his daughter will be confirmed as a juvenile circuit court judge.
Analyst Jeff Schapiro says Ed Gillespie is expected to win the Republican nomination to oppose Democratic Senator Mark Warner this weekend, and Republicans in the 7th District and Democrats in the 8th have lively primary contests June 10.
Ahead of Saturday’s Republican nominating convention GOP Senate candidate Ed Gillespie unveiled a five-point plan yesterday that he says will unleash private sector investment and create jobs. Number one for Gillespie is to replace Obamacare with private market alternatives with more portability that he will flesh out in the near future.
Senator Mark Warner along with a bipartisan group of nine other Senators are calling on President Obama to take advantage of private sector help to fix the Veterans Administration scheduling system. Warner says private sector partners could deliver an action plan in 30-45 days. Warner took similar action five years ago when he partnered with the Northern Virginia technology community, which helped on a pro bono basis to tackle problems at Arlington National Cemetery.
Two abortion clinics are seeking waivers to strict new building regulations, which require such clinics meet the same structural standards as full service hospitals. The State Board of Health is currently reviewing the regulations to determine whether a repeal or amendment are appropriate. The review was ordered by Governor McAuliffe, who has said he will be a brick wall against efforts to restrict women’s access to health care. Victoria Cobb, President of the Virginia Family Foundation supports the regulations.