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Virginia State Senator Is Member of Racist, Pro-Trump Facebook Group

By Chad Smith on January 28, 2019.

A Virginia state senator who voted against removing Confederate monuments is a member of a hate-filled conservative Facebook group, an affiliation that has dogged other Republicans in recent months. State Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, who represents a district around Richmond, has been a member of the simply named Facebook group Tea Party since June, even as other politicians faced criticism for their links to the group, where users cheerlead President Donald Trump alongside anti-semitic and racist posts.

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House Candidate Runs on Local Business Record, Even As He Looks to Relocate Out of State

By Chad Smith on November 3, 2018.

A Virginia Republican running for Congress on his business record claimed his plans to expand in Pennsylvania would benefit his district with jobs and allow him to spend more locally. It turns out, neither is the case.

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Dave Brat Connected Mass Shootings to Obamacare

By Chad Smith on November 1, 2018.

During an interview with a conservative radio host earlier this year, Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., connected a spate of mass shootings to “elites up in D.C.,” suggesting that national leaders could do nothing to stop the violence and were, in fact, exacerbating it through the Affordable Care Act.

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Week Before Election, Scott Taylor Won’t Say If He’s Supporting Corey Stewart

By Chad Smith on October 31, 2018.

With a week until Election Day, Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., refused to answer whether he planned to vote for Corey Stewart, his party’s divisive nominee for Senate in Virginia. “I’m not going to be voting for Tim Kaine, that’s for sure," Taylor said at a debate Tuesday.

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Scott Taylor Hit with $45K Federal Tax Lien Last Year

By Chad Smith on October 31, 2018.

Last year, Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., faced a previously unreported federal tax lien of more than $45,000, another example of the congressman’s recent financial trouble, including late penalties for not paying thousands of dollars in state property taxes this summer.

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Candidate Who Shared ‘Bigfoot Erotica’ Booed at Debate for Sex Joke

By Chad Smith on September 21, 2018.

A Republican congressional candidate who earlier in the campaign defended sharing explicit depictions of Bigfoot on social media startled a debate crowd with a sexual comment during his closing remarks Thursday night.

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On 9/11 Anniversary, Rep. Scott Taylor Invited Another Terrorist Attack in Social Media Post

By Mike Stark on September 11, 2018.

Three years ago, on the 14th anniversary of 9/11, Rep. Scott Taylor was on a flight from Boston to Washington when he when he posted a selfie on Instagram suggesting he would be able to stop a terrorist attempting to hijack the plane.

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