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Washington Post article with bad polling numbers still left unchanged

By   /  August 24, 2013  /  News, Politics & Elections, Uncategorized, Virginia  /  1 Comment

By Carten Cordell │, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA — A Washington Post article that misquoted numbers in Wednesday’s Quinnipiac University poll numbers was still without correction Saturday, despite the paper acknowledging its mistake to   In a story that ran Wednesday following the release of the poll, which questioned likely voters about the Virginia governor’s […]

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Washington Post’s numbers wrong on McAuliffe momentum

By   /  August 23, 2013  /  News, Politics & Elections, Virginia  /  1 Comment

By Carten Cordell │, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA — There’s one problem with a Washington Post story that shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe clobbering Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the race for Virginia governor. It’s wrong. When contacted by, The Washington Post acknowledged its error and said it would correct the story. The source of the problem is […]

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McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli in latest Quinnipiac Poll

By   /  August 21, 2013  /  Virginia, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

By Carten Cordell │, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA — The see-saw campaign to be Virginia’s next governor saw another shift Wednesday, as the latest Quinnipiac University Poll showed Democrat Terry McAuliffe holding a 48 to 42 percent lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli. The poll surveyed 1,129 likely voters for the November election, with a 2.9 […]

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Location, location: Most rural hospitals miss the mark, report finds

By   /  August 19, 2013  /  Virginia, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

Nearly two-thirds of the certain hospitals would fail to meet location requirements if enrolled in Medicare, an inspector general’s report from the Department of Health and Human Services has found.

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Virginia aims to help defense contractors make money overseas

By   /  August 14, 2013  /  News, Virginia  /  1 Comment

By Carten Cordell │, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA — Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration never seems afraid to use incentives and tax breaks to drive business in Virginia. Now it’s using the same tactic outside the commonwealth’s borders. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the state’s business and trade development arm, announced its “Going Global” Defense Initiative […]

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VA’s new disclosure system slams into FOIA access

By   /  August 12, 2013  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

By Carten Cordell │, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA — Virginia’s Conflict of Interest office may be the poster child for Newton’s Third Law of Motion: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The office, which maintains the economic statements and gift disclosures of  nearly 25,000 state officers and employees, has been inundated with requests from the […]

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