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PAC Donations to Jim Gilmore's 2008 Senatorial Campaign,

Federal Election Commission

This Federal Election Commission report of PAC donations to 2008 Senate candidate Jim Gilmore reveal some of the sources for campaign funding. Why did Bank of America PAC contribute to Gilmore's campaign? What is the purpose of the Bluegrass…

Mark Warner Senate Campaign Ad, 2008,

Mark Warner for Senate

In 2008, two former Virginia governors ran for Virginia's open U.S. Senate seat. Mark Warner, the democratic candidate, won the race. In this television ad, Warner compares his fiscal record as governor with that of former governor Jim Gilmore to…

C-SPAN: The History of the Electoral College,

C-SPAN, Don Ritchie

In this short video, Senate Historian Don Ritchie discusses the history of the electoral college. Today, many people question the usefulness and design of the electoral college system, particularly after the controversy during the 2000 elections.…

C-SPAN: Voter Focus Groups,

C-SPAN, Peter Hart

In this video, Democratic pollster Peter Hart discusses the importance of voter focus groups in understanding an election. As he puts it, to make sense of an election, "You have to understand as…

Rock the Vote: What's your excuse?,

UC Berkeley's Asian Political Association

Voting is every citizen's right, responsibility, and civic duty. Yet many people don't vote, for any number of reasons. In this "Rock the Vote" video, UC Berkeley's Asian Political Association addresses why many people say they don't vote.

About the Republican Party of Virginia,

Jeff Frederick, Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia

A brief excerpt from the Republican Party of Virginia's website offers a glimpse of how the modern two-party political system works. Written in the context of the…

Voters' Rights and Responsibilities,

Virginia State Board of Elections

Every Virginia voter has specific rights and responsibilities guaranteed by the state. These rights and responsibilities are posted on the walls surrounding all polling places during every election.

Why do citizens have "rights and…

Electronic Ballot Demonstration,

Arlington County Office of Voter Registration

One voting method is through an electronic system, which is demonstrated in this item. Other methods include filing in a paper ballot or using a punch card machine. Each method has different advantages and potential problems. State and local voting…

Students Celebrate Arbor Day by Planting Trees on Mined Land,

Mike Abbott

Reforestation is an important part of cutting down on carbon emissions. Trees help absorb carbon from the atmosphere. This document describes a cooperative effort between students, Virginia government, and mining companies to reforest land that had…

Distribution of Coal Areas in Virginia,

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy

Coal mining has become a controversial issue, due to both environmental and economic concerns. While some point to the harmful effects of both coal mining and the carbon emissions from burning coal, others point out that coal may be cheaper than many…