How Much is Too Much for Virginia’s New Democratic Majority? (WVTF)

Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says one pitfall they’ll face is criticism of tax-and-spend liberals, and he says they can avoid that by emphasizing reforms that won’t cost taxpayers a dime. 

“If you were to ratify the ERA, for example, that wouldn’t cost much. If you were to tighten restrictions on guns, that wouldn’t cost much," explains Farnsworth. "If you were to tighten environmental regulations, once again, it wouldn't break the budget.”

How Much is Too Much for Virginia’s New Democratic Majority? (WVTF)

Northam: How do you like me now? (Virginia Mercury)

“While the governor had an extremely difficult year two, it is important to remember he had an extraordinary year one — the passage of Medicaid expansion is a very, very big deal to many families struggling with health care costs around the state,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington.

Northam: How do you like me now? (Virginia Mercury)

Tuesday’s election paints picture of changing demographics (Free Lance-Star)

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington, said Tuesday’s results follow trends in recent years.

There has been a “steady progression” in which elected officials are “starting to look like the people who elect them more than ever before,” he said. “Virginia is moving rapidly to greater diversity among elected officials.”

Tuesday’s election paints picture of changing demographics (The Free Lance-Star)

Cole’s win helps flip House of Delegates for Democrats (Free Lance-Star)

Democrats’ takeover of both the House and the Senate for the first time in years shows that Republicans will need to retool if they want to be more competitive with suburban voters, said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington. “The messaging that Republicans used 10 years ago doesn’t work nearly as effectively in the more diverse Virginia of today,” he said. “Think about gun control. Republicans were out of step and they paid a price for it.”

Cole’s win helps flip House of Delegates for Democrats (Free Lance-Star)