Both Dems losing to Walker, Rubio, and Bush.8:36 AM, Jul 22, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Hillary Clinton is trailing some potential Republican opponents in three key swing states, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac, and doing about as well against the GOP as one of her rivals for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders.
The poll of likely voters in Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia—all states Barack Obama and George W. Bush won at least once—finds Clinton trailing Republicans Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Scott Walker. In Colorado, Clinton is losing to Rubio by 8 points, Bush by 5 points, and Walker by 9 points; in Iowa, Clinton trails Rubio by 8 points, Bush by 6 points, and Walker by 8 points; and in Virginia, Clinton is behind Rubio by 2 points, Bush by 3 points, and Walker by 3 points.
Sanders, an independent socialist senator from Vermont, is performing about the same as Clinton against those three Republicans. In Colorado, Sanders trails Rubio by 11 points, Bush by 6 points, and Walker by 8 points; in Iowa, Sanders is losing to Rubio by 7 points, Bush by 4 points, and Walker by 8 points; and in Virginia, Sanders is behind Rubio by 7 points, Bush by 10 points, and Walker by 8 points.
While Clinton has long been thought of as the clear favorite to win the Democratic nomination, her metrics are ranking poorly in these important swing states. In Colorado, for instance, 62 percent say the former secretary of state is not honest and trustworthy and 57 percent say she does not care about their needs and problems. Those numbers in Iowa are 59 percent and 55 percent, respectively, and 55 and 50 percent, respectively, in Virginia.
Clinton also has a 56 percent unfavorability rate in Colorado, 56 percent in Iowa, and 50 percent in Virginia—all the worst ratings among the Democratic candidates. Only Republicans Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, and Donald Trump rank as high in unfavorability in some or all of those three states.
2:14 PM, Jun 24, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jim Webb, the former Virginia senator who may run for the Democratic nomination for president, released a statement on Facebook regarding the Confederate battle flag and the debate over its continued use in state-funded memorials. Here's the message:
Jun 22, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 39 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Off hours, The Scrapbook has been dealing, like many everyday Americans, with the sort of problem that admits of no governmental solution: namely, a leaky basement. But just because government has nothing to offer by way of solutions (at least not yet!) doesn’t mean that it’s ignoring what we’re up to.
And is prepared to spend your money to get them.4:07 PM, May 21, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
They are a lousy team with perhaps the worst owner in all of professional sports, but the Imperial City wants the Redskins nonetheless.
Ted Cruz jumps in.1:15 PM, Mar 23, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ted Cruz announced he was running for president on an empty stomach. Well, almost empty.
Cruz was signing a small American flag in a sea of fans and admirers and news cameras and members of the media when I asked him what he’d had to eat on the morning of his biggest day of his political life—so far. He paused for just the briefest of moments.
3:01 PM, Feb 17, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Around 20 Democratic members of the Virginia house of delegates twice fled the chamber in Richmond earlier this month during a vote on a resolution supporting the state of Israel. The video below shows the house holding its vote on February 5. The resolution passed 70 to 2, despite there being 100 delegates seated. A few moments later, Republican member Jackson Miller asks for a second vote to be held on the resolution.
1:10 PM, Jan 19, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The office of Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia has released this statement:
"While on vacation with his family in Africa, Governor McAuliffe was thrown from a horse, which resulted in seven broken ribs. While the injury did not impair his ability to do his job and his doctors expected the injury to heal on its own, today the identified increased fluid around his lungs that will require a procedure to remove. He is begin [sic] admitted today and is expected to be back in action after 2-3 days of recovery."
10:29 AM, Dec 6, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
Two weeks ago, Rolling Stone published a bombshell piece that rocked the academic world. In the story, author Sabrina Erdely detailed a horrific crime — a gang rape at one of the fraternities at the University of Virginia that allegedly took place two years ago.
Dec 8, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 13 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Obama administration’s recently announced Clean Air Act power-plant rules, advertised as helping to control the greenhouse gases that cause climate change, have almost nothing to recommend them. Complex, clunky, and burdensome, they’re likely to spike energy bills while doing almost nothing to control pollution or stop global warming.
9:06 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Barbara Comstock of Virginia has won her race for the U.S. House, beating Democrat John Foust.
Comstock wins the seat currently held by her former boss, longtime Republican congressman Frank Wolf. A state delegate in the Virginia legislature, Comstock was criticized by her opponent and his allies for never having a "real job."
12:18 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Virginia Republican party says there are problems with some touchscreen voting machines in Virginia Beach and other communities. The party sent out a video of one voter attempting to vote for Republican House member Scott Rigell. As the voter's finger touches Rigell's box, the vote is registered for Suzanne Patrick. Watch the video below:
12:49 PM, Nov 1, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Ed Gillespie continues to close the gap on Mark Warner in the Virginia Senate race, causing Real Clear Politics to move the race from “Likely Dem” to “Leans Dem.” Virginia is currently the only Senate race in that category, which suggests it’s the GOP’s best chance to stage a substantial upset on election night.
1:51 PM, Oct 31, 2014 • By MARIA SANTOS
Barbara Comstock, the Republican House candidate for Virginia’s diverse Tenth congressional district in the suburbs and exurbs of Washington, lost the first thing she ever ran for: a spot on her high school cheerleading team. “After that, I was like ‘I’m never doing anything again,’” she jokes.
7:17 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Two new polls show Republican Ed Gillespie closing in on Democratic incumbent Mark Warner in the Virginia Senate race. Christopher Newport University, which had Warner up 12 points earlier in the month in its survey, now has Warner's lead down to 7.