Can the Virginia Governor’s Race Tell Us Anything About the 2022 Midterms?

The process of running for governor in Virginia seems designed to make politicos nervous. Since the mid-1800s, the state has held off-year gubernatorial elections. That means no drafting off some popular presidential nominee or superstar senator—you gotta build your own coalition. And since there aren’t many other elections to talk about, this race is guaranteed to get a lot of attention. You can’t hide from the strategists and journalists next door in Washington who are looking to divine meaning from your electorate.

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Can the Virginia Governor’s Race Tell Us Anything About the 2022 Midterms?

The process of running for governor in Virginia seems designed to make politicos nervous. Since the mid-1800s, the state has held off-year gubernatorial elections. That means no drafting off some popular presidential nominee or superstar senator—you gotta build your own coalition. And since there aren’t many other elections to talk about, this race is guaranteed to get a lot of attention. You can’t hide from the strategists and journalists next door in Washington who are looking to divine meaning from your electorate.

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Are They Coming Apart?

A rare snippet of truth surfaced on MSNBC Monday morning, and it came from a somewhat shocking source.
You’re aware of Donny Deutsch, right? He might win the prize for the most typical ruling-class Democrat in America. Deutsch comes from the advertising field — he inherited a New York ad agency from his father, which he unloaded on a larger company and pocketed $265 million. What did Deutsch like better than crafting advertising messages and placing media? Going on TV, of course. CNBC gave him a show from 2004-08, and then it was canceled.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz’s Big Fundraising PAC is Nearly Broke

Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz make an appearance at a rally Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Riverside, Calif. Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register via AP

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Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz both have a knack for ginning up outrage and stealing headlines. All this sound and fury is assumed to hoover up dollars from the riled up grassroots, but that’s not true, according to the most recent campaign finance filings.

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Jeffrey Epstein Bragged Bill Barr was in Charge, Not Trump

On a morning in early 2019, with spring in the air, traffic was stalled on both Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue by half a dozen police cars idling near the Frick Museum and, across the street, the mansion home of Jeffrey Epstein.
“Did you figure out what happened, was there a bomb? Did you get caught?” Reid Weingarten, one of Epstein’s lawyers, asked Ehud Barak, the former Israeli general and prime minister as he arrived at the house.

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Jeffrey Epstein Bragged Bill Barr was in Charge, Not Trump

On a morning in early 2019, with spring in the air, traffic was stalled on both Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue by half a dozen police cars idling near the Frick Museum and, across the street, the mansion home of Jeffrey Epstein.
“Did you figure out what happened, was there a bomb? Did you get caught?” Reid Weingarten, one of Epstein’s lawyers, asked Ehud Barak, the former Israeli general and prime minister as he arrived at the house.

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A Requiem for Donald Trump’s Grift Factory

The Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., a gaudy monument to presidential corruption and misgovernment, is about to be sold by the former president to new buyers. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that the Trump Organization is in “advanced discussions” to sell the 60-year lease on the government-owned property to a Miami-based investment firm, less than a decade after acquiring it. Donald Trump’s once-prized acquisition was five years old and is survived by the corrosive effect it had on American anti-corruption efforts.

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Republicans would ‘rather end democracy’ than turn away from Trump: Harvard professor

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy with Donald Trump in February 2020, Wikimedia Commons

It can happen here. The “it” ought to be obvious by now: an authoritarian or even fascist regime in the United States. That was a big reason why Harvard professor Steven Levitsky, along with his colleague Daniel Ziblatt, published the 2018 book “How Democracies Die.” They wanted to warn Americans of the dangerous signs they saw in Donald Trump’s presidency that followed the authoritarian playbook.

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Former Trump Aide Scavino Finally Served Jan. 6 Committee Subpoena

Dan Scavino, a former aide to Donald Trump, was finally served a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol after a long struggle to locate him. The subpoena was taken to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Friday. Scavino, a former deputy White House chief of staff for communications, was actually in New York at the time but asked a staff member to accept the subpoena on his behalf.
The serving of the subpoena ends a long saga after the Jan. 6 committee had been unable to locate Scavino for more than a week.

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Former Trump Aide Scavino Finally Served Jan. 6 Committee Subpoena

Dan Scavino, a former aide to Donald Trump, was finally served a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol after a long struggle to locate him. The subpoena was taken to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Friday. Scavino, a former deputy White House chief of staff for communications, was actually in New York at the time but asked a staff member to accept the subpoena on his behalf.
The serving of the subpoena ends a long saga after the Jan. 6 committee had been unable to locate Scavino for more than a week.

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