Bogus Ballots and Election Mockery

Mr. William A. Anderson — mastermind behind the 1901 Virginia Constitution — would certainly understand what is happening daily outside the early-voting location in Spotsylvania County. Blatantly deceiving voters. Neither Nick Ignacio — a candidate for clerk of court — nor Steve Maxwell who is running for Spotsylvania Sheriff have Anderson’s acumen. Yet they certainly […]

ANALYSIS: SD 27 Race a Ross Perot-type Moment

Independents in American politics have a long history of being on the fringes, often teetering on the edge of reality. That’s why they’ve proven so entertaining. Saturday Night Live’s spoofs of these individuals have become legendary. Ross Perot in 1992, Herman Cain in 2012, among many others.   Saturday Night Live has long spoofed “crazy” […]

Campaign Fundraising Reports

Candidates’ September financial filings are now available on VPAP, and there are some surprising numbers in local races. We provide a quick look at local races and the fundraising candidates have managed to this point. Because Virginia was redistricted this year, the boundaries have been changed. Click here for an interactive map of Districts. To […]

Women’s Health Care and HD 65 Race

It only took a half-hour from the conclusion of Wednesday’s night debate at the University of Mary Washington for Democrat Joshua Cole to put abortion and women’s health at the center of the House District 65 race. In a press release received by FXBG Advance at 8:25, Cole’s team wrote: For the first time, Republican […]

New Polling Suggests Public Concerns Changing

Last November Democrats stemmed a “Red Tide” by riding one major issue – the right of women to control their own personal and reproductive health. Polls and commentators generally agreed that the backlash against the fall of Roe v. Wade kept Democrats close in the U.S. House, and kept them in power in the U.S. […]

ANALYSIS: SD 27 Ads Turn Ugly Early; Blame the Candidates?

Welcome to the new Senate District 27, where the run to November’s election is shaping up like a first-rate horror movie, thanks to the ads. Consider the one that ran in the online edition of the Washington Post this week. It showed Joel Griffin standing against a background lit with an ominous blue hue, straight […]

ANALYSIS: Spotsylvania Elections: Debate Over ‘Recommendation’ Shines Light on Party Troubles

Spotsylvania County hasn’t voted Democratic in a presidential election since 1976. That’s when Georgian Jimmy Carter, riding a wave of public frustration following the impeachment of Richard Nixon and runaway inflation under Gerald Ford, surprised the nation by walking his way up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. Since that time, things have been solidly […]

ANALYSIS: ‘I’m done with politics.’ … Not

Rabih Abuismal is new chair of Spotsylvania County Republican Party This past December, I sat across from Rabih Abuismal at Tito’s Diner in Central Park as he informed me that he’s “done with politics,” and was leaving “for good.” Based on how that interview went, it looked to be a good decision. Clearly hurting from […]

ANALYSIS: The Fools, Fabulists and Toxic Behavior in Spotsylvania

I have spilt no small amount of ink on the destruction the Spotsylvania County School Board — charged with nurturing and growing education — has accomplished. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Nextdoor are thick with  posts entangled in the weeds of that battle. Citizens need to hold those responsible for the collapse of […]

ANALYSIS: The Pressure Is Building in Spotsylvania

In mid-July the FXBG Advance (then called F2S) published a piece exposing potential problems with the Petitions of Qualified Voters submitted by two candidates for local office – Nic Ignacio (running for clerk of court) and Steve Maxwell (running for sheriff). As we explained then: In our review of Ignacio’s and Maxwell’s Petition of Qualified Voters submissions, […]