Recent polls show that the 16-day government shutdown impacted Virginians more than voters nationally, which is perhaps not surprising in light of how many federal workers live in the state and the D.C. metropolitan region.
Thirty-five percent of Virginia registered voters in a Post/Abt-SRBI poll out this week said they were personally inconvenienced by the shutdown, compared to 22 percent of voters nationally in a Post-ABC poll last week said the same. Continue reading “Post poll: Shutdown hit Virginians more than voters nationally”
By Associated Press, Published: October 2
WASHINGTON — Federal workers who are furloughed because of the government shutdown began filing for unemployment benefits almost immediately this week, uncertain about when they would be able to return to work.
Employment agencies in the District of Columbia and Maryland said Wednesday that they have already seen an increase in online applications for benefits. Virginia is requiring federal workers to fill out a special paper application to mail to Richmond.
Government workforce a key vote in 2012 election
By: Matt Laslo // August 1, 2012
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
stands with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
as he campaigns at Electronic Instrumentation and Technology in Sterling, Va., Wednesday, June 27.
Virginia is one of the most hotly-contested states in this year’s presidential election, which makes political outreach to federal workers in the region all the more important. Some Democratic campaigns think they have the votes of most federal employees in the bag, but it’s more complicated than one might think.
There’s been no shortage of Republican rhetoric about shrinking the government — even eliminating entire agencies — during this year’s presidential race. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney epitomized the argument during a speech on the campaign trail after he won the Michigan GOP primary in February. Continue reading “Part 3: In Presidential Race, Both Sides Woo Federal Workers”