(CNN) - Newly-minted Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, who was sworn in on Saturday, said Monday that his predecessor left him a few presents at the Executive Mansion.
"(Former Gov. Bob) McDonnell left a few items for me," McAuliffe, a Democrat, said at his first Cabinet meeting. "One was pretty cute; he had an alarm clock hidden in a drawer."
(CNN) - Hours after his inauguration as Virginia’s 72nd governor – and in the wake of a scandal that engulfed his predecessor – Terry McAuliffe has made ethics reform his first order of business, instituting tighter limits between public officials and lobbyists like he once was.
The executive order signed by McAuliffe Saturday establishes a gift limit of $100 for all administration officials and their families, including the governor himself. It also creates a three-person ethics commission to enforce the limit and determine whether particular gifts are acceptable.
(CNN) – Outgoing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia proposed $38.3 million in new funds Tuesday for mental health services over the next two years.
While officials say the budget plans and other initiatives have been in the works for a while, the announcement comes less than a month after Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed more than 10 times by his son, who then shot and killed himself.
(CNN) - National Democrats touted their 2013 election victories in New York and Virginia as 2014 bellwethers while writing off Gov. Chris Christie's New Jersey landslide.
Representatives of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Governors Association, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee held a conference call Wednesday with reporters to lay out their vision for the coming midterm election.
(CNN) - Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe always knew the race would be close.
"I always said it would be a couple points from the day I got in," McAuliffe told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.
(CNN) - Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, will beat Republican state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli Tuesday to become Virginia's next governor, CNN projects, ending a race that largely focused on national issues and saw heated attacks between the two candidates.
In his victory speech, McAuliffe painted his win as a point for bipartisanship.
"This election was never a choice between Democrats and Republicans, it was a choice about whether Virginia would continue the mainstream, bipartisan tradition that has served us so well over the last decade," he said, offering praise to both the incumbent Republican governor and his Republican rival.
Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Hours before the polls open in Virginia, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli enlisted Libertarian hero and former Texas Congressman Ron Paul to speak at a campaign rally in Richmond in a final effort to unite the base.
Supporters who turned out for the late evening event at the Richmond Convention Center embraced a message that focused on Libertarian themes.
(CNN) – Campaigning for Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee in Virginia's gubernatorial race, Vice President Joe Biden depicted Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli as a puppet of the tea party and framed the race as a referendum on the conservative grassroots movement, one day before voters head to the polls on Election Day.
"I'm not just here for Terry. I'm not just here because I'm a Democrat. I'm here because this race matters well beyond the state of Virginia," Biden said Monday at a campaign event in Annandale, Virginia.
(CNN) - A new poll indicates Democrat Terry McAuliffe maintains his advantage over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, one day before the two candidates square off on Election Day in Virginia's gubernatorial race.
According to the Quinnipiac University survey, McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli among likely voters, 46%-40%. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis has support among 8% of likely voters.
Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - The Virginia governor's race, billed as the marquee battle of an otherwise anticlimactic 2013 election cycle, is shaping up to be a foregone conclusion.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe, the longtime political fixer and moneyman, hasn't trailed in a poll since May. Barring a political miracle, Republican Ken Cuccinelli will be delivering a concession speech on Tuesday evening in Richmond.