WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Candidates A Study In Contrasts In The Race For Virginia Lieutenant Governor

Candidates for Virginia Lt. Governor, Republican E.W. Jackson, left, and Democrat Ralph S. Northam shake hands after a debate at George Mason University, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 in Arlington, Va.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Candidates for Virginia Lt. Governor, Republican E.W. Jackson, left, and Democrat Ralph S. Northam shake hands after a debate at George Mason University, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 in Arlington, Va.

The candidates for lieutenant governor in Tuesday's general election are offering Virginia voters a dramatic choice.

E.W. Jackson is a socially conservative Republican opposed to abortion, while his opponent, Democratic state Sen. Ralph S. Northam is a physician best known for his defense of women's reproductive rights.

The two also part ways on a number of other issues, including same-sex marriage and an expansion of Medicaid in Virginia.

Jackson is against both, while Northam backs each. The starkly contrasting pair are seeking to replace Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.

In Virginia, the lieutenant governor is elected independent of the governor, so it's possible Jackson or Northam could serve with their political opposite. Both said in interviews that they would seek common ground with whoever is governor.

NPR

'Theeb' Looks At Middle East History Through The Eyes Of A Bedouin Boy

The Oscar-nominated film is set in 1916 Saudi Arabia, a pivotal time in the region. Director Naji Abu Nowar says he wanted to explore "how strange and surreal it must have been" for the Bedouins.
NPR

Beer And Snack Pairings: A Super Bowl Game Everyone Can Win

Which beer goes with guacamole? How can a brew complement spicy wings? Two craft beer experts share their favorite pairings and help us take our Super Bowl snack game to the next level.
NPR

#MemeOfTheWeek: Bernie Or Hillary. Sexist or Nah?

A series of fake campaign posters locking Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton was just supposed to be funny, said the meme's creator. Except a lot of people thought it was sexist.
NPR

Twitter Says It Has Shut Down 125,000 Terrorism-Related Accounts

The announcement comes just weeks after a woman sued Twitter, saying the platform knowingly let ISIS use the network "to spread propaganda, raise money and attract recruits."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.