Jeff E. Schapiro is a political reporter and columnist for The Times-Dispatch. He has covered Virginia elections and the state Capitol for 30 years. His column appears Sunday in the newspaper's print edition. Schapiro's video column appears Thursdays on TimesDispatch.com. Listen to Schapiro Friday mornings at 8:33 on Richmond public radio station WCVE, 88.9 FM. You can reach him at (804) 649-6814 or e-mail jschapiro@TimesDispatch.com. Follow his tweets at @RTDSchapiro.
For the first time in a decade, Republicans run Virginia's legislature, executive branch and courts. Now what?
Bob McDonnell can soon get down to the really serious business of his governorship: explaining why — when more state workers could lose their jobs — he gave one to Bill Janis, the delegate-turned-defeated-prosecutor-candidate, that pays $100,000 a year.
RICHMOND, VA -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he's willing to cooperate with President Obama, but draws the line on taxes.
A proposal to scrap a pair of business taxes and add a tax on services from doctors, lawyers and funeral directors may be too radioactive for Virginia politicians.
RICHMOND, VA -- Despite a tight budget, the state continues to offer more than $12 billion in exemptions and deductions.
RICHMOND, Va. -- A Republican takeover of the Virginia Senate might be the equivalent of a second term for Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Nothing like a little guilt by association to get the voters' attention in an off-off-year legislative election. Republicans play the Obama card; Democrats, Social Security and Medicare.
Scion of a Southside lumber, banking and political dynasty followed his father into the Senate and served from 1971 to 1992.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Bob McDonnell is heading back to New Hampshire -- and it's not to check out the fall foliage
Gov. Bob McDonnell is funneling $745,000 from his political treasury to the Virginia Republican Party. His generosity might not have raised many eyebrows were it not for the company he keeps.
After a political prayer meeting at Falwell U. in Lynchburg, Rick Perry made an unannounced visit to the home office of Virginia's shadow government.
RICHMOND, VA -- Hoping to return Virginia to the predictably Republican category, contenders Mitt Romney and Rick Perry campaign here while state GOP leaders remain coy on endorsements.
RICHMOND, VA -- Jeff Schapiro says Hurricane Irene is shaping up as a public relations disaster for Eric Cantor.
Fort Lee soldier killed himself after fatal shooting of ex-mother in law in Pa. that followed deaths of former wife, her friend and his child in Chesterfield.
Hurricane Irene left 2.5 million people in the dark, making it the second-largest blackout behind Hurricane Isabel in 2003, said Gov. Bob McDonnell. Dominion Virginia Power, whose customers accounted for most of those in the dark, planned to announce a timetable by midday Monday for restoring service.
Gov. Bob McDonnell is heading to New Hampshire, the first primary state, for a visit next month that is likely to further fuel speculation he's vying for the Republican vice presidential nomination in 2012.
McDonnell, in line to become head of the Republican Governors Association, will address the annual fundraising dinner of the New Hampshire Republican Party next month.
RICHMOND, VA -- Follow the money, especially to General Assembly incumbents.
RICHMOND, VA -- It seems there are no winners, only losers.
RICHMOND, VA -- Gov. Bob McDonnell is urging compromise, but Majority Leader Eric Cantor isn't budging on taxes.
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