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Rob Longley

Rob Longley is a freelance writer based in Staunton, Va. He has covered politics in Connecticut, New York, Florida and Virginia for more than 20 years. He can be reached via email at
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FCC Under Scrutiny as GOP Senators Try to Head Off More Internet Regs

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 - by Rob Longley

Republican measure would limit the commission’s regulatory authority while many Dems want to treat Net like public utility.

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Warren: GOP’s Workweek Bill ‘Corporate Welfare’

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 - by Rob Longley

But Republicans say changing Obamacare threshold will increase pay for millions.

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Pork on Their Way Out the Door: Departing Lawmakers Got Perks Into Spending Bills

Thursday, January 1st, 2015 - by Rob Longley

Projects like a park in defense bill and home-district military equipment production the Pentagon doesn't need.

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Really Fine Print of Cromnibus Included Billions for Special Interests

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

How scrapping earmarks has ballooned into more and more pork.

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Republicans Use Constitutional Experts — and President’s Own Words — in Debate Over Immigration Decree

Friday, December 5th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

“This is not mass, blanket immunity for 5 million people,” argues National Immigration Law Center director.

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In Surprise, Poll Shows Grimes With Edge Over McConnell

Sunday, October 12th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

But will video embarrassment trip up Democrat?

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Warner on the Defensive as Virginia Senate Race Tightens

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 - by Rob Longley

But most analysts still believe Democrat will win second term.

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In W.Va. Senate Race, an ‘Insurmountable’ Lead for Capito?

Monday, September 15th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

Perhaps, but Tennant hopes mining union will boost support.

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Vitriol, Controversy Grow More Heated in Kentucky Senate Race

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

Bus-ted: Grimes fends off "special treatment" charges as "no-show" McConnell explains committee absences.

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Romney Having Fun With Political Resurrection

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 - by Rob Longley

He's enjoying his role as a top surrogate for the party this year more than he did running for president.

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Romney Defends Coal Record on Stump for W.Va. Senate Hopeful

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 - by Rob Longley

Democrat has been pointing to a 2003 speech in which Romney denounced a coal-powered facility.

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West Virginia Democrat Tries to Turn Tables on Senate Foe

Sunday, August 17th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

With Romney set to stump for Capito, charges of hypocrisy fly in Mountain State.

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And Then There Were Three: Libertarian Set to Shake Up Kentucky Senate Race

Friday, August 15th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

Will he affect the thin margin between McConnell and Grimes?

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Pomp and Politics: How a Small Town Becomes Epicenter of a Senate Showdown

Monday, August 4th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

Go inside Kentucky's Fancy Farm Picnic with PJM.

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McConnell, Grimes Race Gets Raucous Down on the Farm

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 - by Rob Longley

PJM reports from Kentucky's most famous political picnic as Paul jumps into fray with anti-Dem poetry.

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Warner, Gillespie Spar Over Records, Abortion

Thursday, July 31st, 2014 - by Rob Longley

Challenger a bit more poised, but no clear winner in first debate. (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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Politics Get Pricey — and Nasty — in Kentucky

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

Young Democrat guns for majority leader in closely watched Senate race. (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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Warner Up to $14 Million in Virginia Senate Race

Friday, July 25th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

But Gillespie, among top GOP challengers in fundraising, holding his own. (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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Warren, Ryan Trade Barbs in West Virginia War of Words

Friday, July 18th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

Trailing in polls, Democrat Tennant hopes senator's appearance fires up base. (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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Has Tennant ‘Peaked’ In W.Va. Senate Race? Big Money May Be Moving On

Monday, July 14th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

Meanwhile, top donors 'showing the love' for GOP's Capito.

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Warren Stepping into West Virginia Senate Battle

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

Bringing the Massachusetts liberal into the coal state has its risks, but Democrat Tennant has little choice. (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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Warner Touts GOP Endorsements in Bid to Burnish Moderate Cred

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

But do inter-party endorsements really help a candidate over the course of a months-long campaign?

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With ‘Oodles of … Insider Cred,’ Cantor Can Write His Ticket

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

The only question is ... where will it take him? (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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Now It’s a Race for Cantor’s Seat … Or Is It?

Monday, June 16th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

Some Dems see an opening to turn Virginia’s 7th District blue, while others see it as a lost cause.

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The Biggest Challenge for a West Virginia Democrat? Obama

Monday, June 9th, 2014 - by Rob Longley

West Virginia’s march right, disenchantment with administration leave Democratic Senate hopeful with uphill climb.

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