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Fauquier County Newspaper Drops 'Democrat' From Name

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A newspaper in Virginia is taking the word "Democrat" out of its name because of the nation's increasingly divisive politics.

In an editorial published Wednesday, The Fauquier Times-Democrat announced it would now be known as the Fauquier Times. The editorial said having the word "Democrat" in the newspaper's name in such partisan political times was bad for business.

"But in an age which is, perhaps, more shaped and informed by political identity than any other in our history, having a word in our banner that is so associated with a political party is no longer a very astute business decision. The same could be said if, for the last 24-plus years, we had been the Fauquier Times-Republican," it said.

The newspaper is located in Warrenton, about 45 miles outside of Washington. It's published twice a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The newspaper traces its roots back nearly 200 years to the Palladium of Liberty, which began publishing in 1817. In 1905, the newspaper became the Fauquier Democrat. In 1989, it changed its name to the Fauquier Times-Democrat to more closely identify with the Times Community News, the family-owned chain that owned the paper.

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