Last night, Virginia Democrats chose their nominees for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General, setting up the general election matchups for this fall. In addition, all 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates are on the ballot in November. The stakes are high for immigration politics and policy. For the past two years, Democrats… Continue »

Maybe it’s because nativism as a wedge backfires Washington, DC – Republican leaders have been crowing about their plans to deploy immigration as a wedge issue in 2022. So, of course, they would use a special election in a suburban district in a border state to test drive their claims, right? Wrong.  In the special… Continue »

It is election year in Virginia. This weekend the Republican Party holds their convention to select statewide candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. For the gubernatorial nomination, it’s already clear that the key issues are 1) fealty to Donald Trump, and 2) who is more anti-immigrant.  In early March, Pete Snyder, whose campaign… Continue »

2021 is an election year in Virginia with Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and all 100 seats in the House of Delegates on the ballot. Republicans will pick the nominees for their party’s top offices this weekend at a convention while Democrats will choose theirs through a primary on June 8. As voters start to… Continue »

Yesterday, voters in states across the country went to the polls for local and statewide elections, where they again widely rejected xenophobia and elected diverse new leadership. Here are some of the state-by-state highlights from yesterday’s election:   Kentucky  Even as xenophobic fearmongering backfired in the last two cycles, Republican Governor and incumbent candidate Matt Bevin,… Continue »

Virginians will head to the polls this November 5, to decide the fate of the closely contested state legislature. Polling suggests a race leaning in Democrats’ favor and the Republican response has been to turn to the same strategy that failed them in the last two election cycles.         Virginia Republican candidates have once again resorted… Continue »

“Is there any empirical data that Trump’s nativist, race baiting close to the campaign is actually a strategically smart move?” President Trump and the GOP’s closing electoral argument — that the strongest nation on earth should cower in fear of immigrants — is both desperate and racist. The press can’t get enough of it, and… Continue »

In Virginia, Republicans have taken off the mask. Republicans are throwing Dreamers to the wind to lock down their base. Just watch the most recent ad from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) – the political arm of the House Republican Caucus – in Virginia’s Second Congressional District, a contentious battle between Scott Taylor and… Continue »

Perhaps race-baiting and xenophobia isn’t such a great GOP strategy after all. New polling from the Washington Post-Schar School finds incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) losing by 12 points to challenger Jennifer Wexton in the closely-watched race in Virginia 10th congressional district. Rep. Comstock has made MS-13 a centerpiece of her campaign, running a host… Continue »

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), in her previous two elections to Congress, didn’t make immigration and race-baiting a key component of her campaigns. But that has changed this year with her all-out embrace of the GOP’s divide and distract strategy in her race against Democratic state senator Jennifer Wexton for Virginia’s 10th district. Comstock has been… Continue »