Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A look at the day around Northern Virginia and in Richmond.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voters across Northern Virginia headed to the polls Tuesday and Patch was there to capture every moment. After the polls closed, supporters gathered across the area to await results. Supporters of Tim Kaine and George Allen gathered Tuesday night in Richmond, along with many volunteers from the state's Barack Obama and Mitt Romney offices. Did you take photos today? Upload them here! Otherwise click through the gallery in the media player above to see what we captured.
Patch will bring you updates throughout Election Day as two former Virginia governors face off for an open Senate seat.
The U.S. Senate race in Virginia lived up to its reputation going into Tuesday's election, as being a tight race between two former governors. Final unofficial results around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday showed Tim Kaine with 51.89 percent of the state vote to Republican challenger George Allen's 47.92 percent of the vote across Virginia. Kaine won by comfortable margins in Northern Virginia jurisdictions, defeating Allen 71.40 percent to 28.42 percent in Falls Church; 60.53 percent to 39.01 percent in Fairfax County; and 65.83 to 33.86 percent in Arlington County, according to the State Board of Elections. As of 1:33 a.m. Wednesday, all precincts in the state had reported their results. Update 11:21 p.m.: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell congratulated …
Incumbent representing state's 8th Congressional District defeats Republican Patrick Murray, Independent Jason Howell and Independent Green Party's Janet Murphy in Tuesday's race.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran secured another term in office, soundly defeating Patrick Murray, Jason Howell and Janet Murphy in the 8th Congressional District. "Tonight was a vindication of the President's efforts to get our country back on track after the worst recession in our nation's history," Moran said in a statement released late Tuesday night. "Tim Kaine will be our next Senator, a good, decent man who will serve the commonwealth with great distinction. Our nation faces major challenges that demand solutions. We owe it to the American people to come together and work toward reaching the kind of compromise necessary to get the country again moving forward." This is the second consecutive time Moran has defeated Murray. Moran will…
Changes to eminent domain and veto session scheduling pass by wide margins.
Virginia residents voted to pass two amendments to the Virginia Constitution when they went out to the polls Tuesday. About 75 percent of voters, more than 2.3 million people, voted "yes" to amending the state's eminent domain policies. The measure will prohibit local governments from using eminent domain for economic development and job creation. The measure was a bit less popular in localities such as Fairfax County, where 62 percent of voters decided to pass the amendment. Question 2, which will allow the General Assembly to postpone its veto session in the event of scheduling conflicts of religious holidays, was much more popular. About 82 percent of voters, or 2.6 million people, said yes to the amendment. Update (12:05 a.m. Nov. 7, …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Here are details on Monday night's third and final debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.
The third presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney is set for 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. The debate is at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. It will focus primarily on foreign policy and international relations. In the first debate, the candidates focused on domestic issues, including the economy and taxes, health care reform and the role of government. The second debate between the candidates was a town hall-style debate, including questions from the audience on the economy, healthcare and more. Broadcasting and Streaming Live AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. It will also air on YouTube's Election Hub. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more. All of the …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The latest debate was sponsored by ACTion Alexandria, the Alexandria Chapter of the NAACP and the three Alexandria Patch sites.
The 12 candidates for Alexandria City Council squared off in another debate Monday, touching on minority concerns, city finances and affordable housing. The forum at the George Washington Middle School auditorium was sponsored by ACTion Alexandria, the Alexandria Chapter of the NAACP and the three Alexandria Patch sites. One of the more spirited portions of the debate came as each candidate posed a question to a randomly assigned opponent. Democrat John Chapman asked Libertarian Robert Kraus if he would cut school funding and on what basis. Kraus responded that he would encourage school choice and competition in education. He also said he would like to move ninth-graders back from the Minnie Howard Campus to T.C. Williams High School. “I …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Virginia State Board of Elections says scammers call voters, solicit votes over the phone.
The Virginia State Board of Elections said Friday voters — particularly older Virginians — are receiving phone calls from unidentified individuals informing them they can vote over the phone. "This information is false," the SBE said in a release. "Virginia law does not permit voting through the telephone. Apart from voting at the polls on Election Day, eligible Virginians may vote an absentee ballot by mail or in-person at the registrar’s office or other authorized satellite location." SBE said it was not clear how widespread the scam calls had been. Voting cannot be done via the phone, email, or any other means than absentee voting by mail and in-person during the absentee voting period or on Election Day, the board said. "These calls …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
As city copes with growth and density, how to preserve and expand parks and play space becomes a debate focus.
As Alexandria sees more development and growth, the city’s focus on green space has become a central topic of this election season. During debates Tuesday night between the city’s mayoral candidates and then those vying for city council seats, the issue rose repeatedly. In Tuesday night’s mayoral debate, independent candidate Andrew Macdonald said in his closing remarks that preserving and growing the city’s green space is one of the most important issues to him. Mayor Bill Euille oversaw the adoption of the city's Eco-City Charter in 2008 — the first such charter adopted in Virginia — and the Environmental Action Plan in 2009, which includes land use and open space among other things as guiding principles for the city. Council candidates …
Friday, September 21, 2012
There are various reasons you may be eligible for absentee voting, which begins Sept. 21. You can cast your absentee ballot via mail or in person.
Absentee voting for the presidential election begins Friday. There are several qualifying circumstances. For example: To learn more about these, and other circumstances in which absentee voting is an appropriate option, visit alexandriava.gov/Elections and click on “Absentee Voting,” or call 703-746-4050. Absentee Voting In Person You can cast your absentee ballot in person at the Alexandria Voter Registration Office, 132 North Royal St., Suite 100, or by mail. In-person absentee voting hours are as follows: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Oct. 8) Saturdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Nov. 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Extended evening hours for in-person absentee voting: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 8 a.m. - 8…
Friday, September 14, 2012
Wife of U.S. Senate candidate George Allen says her husband has the right recipe to create a better, more robust climate for small firms.
Susan Allen brought the Virginia Voices tour to Old Town on Thursday, meeting with women small business owners and outlining how her husband, Senate candidate George Allen, would create a better small business environment. “We’re in a climate that’s not favorable to small businesses,” she told the crowd at King Street Blues, adding that during her tour throughout the state she repeatedly hears from small business owner who are frustrated that banks aren’t lending, federal policies are restrictive and that they can’t afford health insurance. King Street Blues owner Lisa Capobianco said recent harmful federal regulations made it harder for her to hire new employees “in order to help us give customers the service and hospitality they have …