Libertarian Party buoyant; Greens hopeful

Libertarian Party buoyant; Greens hopeful

Cravings for less Washington gave the Libertarian presidential entrant a record vote count while a tight Obama-Romney race hurt the Green Party, officials said.
GERRY HARRINGTON, United Press International
2nd third-party debate planned

2nd third-party debate planned

CHICAGO, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A second debt for third-party presidential candidates is in the works for Oct. 30 in Washington, organizers say.

3rd-party presidential nominees to debate

CHICAGO, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson should have been in the Obama-Romney debates, Larry King said before moderating a third-party debate Tuesday.

Americans split on major third party

PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. voters are divided over whether a major third political party is needed, results of a Gallup poll released Wednesday indicated.
Third-party candidates not getting national hype this year

Third-party candidates not getting national hype this year

The likelihood of a third-party U.S. presidential candidate becoming a dominant figure who can influence the 2012 presidential election is fading.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Obama has 8-point lead over Romney in Va.

RICHMOND, Va., May 1 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama is likely to win Virginia's electoral votes in November against probable Republican nominee Mitt Romney, a poll indicates.

Democrat Perriello claims win in Va. 5th

MARTINSVILLE, Va., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Democrat Tom Perriello Friday claimed victory over six-term incumbent Republican Rep. Virgil Goode in Virginia's 5th district.

House GOP could lose 20 seats; Dems 4

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. House Democrats padded their majority by at least 18 more seats, but several races remained too close to call Wednesday.
D.C.gun case won't affect Capitol Hill

D.C.gun case won't affect Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- A Supreme Court decision on the legality of Washington's gun ban won't affect the firearm rights of members of Congress, says a House staffer.

FEC: Government contractor fined $1M

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A government contractor has agreed to pay $1 million in civil penalties for an illegal contribution reimbursement scheme, the U.S. elections watchdog said.

Uproar over congressman's Koran protest

ROCKY MOUNT, Va., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va., said he will not apologize for criticizing the use of the Koran for swearing in government officials.

Pentagon drops scandal-tainted contract

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Pentagon is not renewing a contract with a Virginia intelligence company with links to a bribery and campaign finance scandal.

Conservatives condemn waving Mexican flag

WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- Waving the Mexican flag at pro-immigration demonstrations in the United States has riled conservative commentators and lawmakers, a report said.

Bush plan to pay Mexicans benefits fought

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Two Republican congressman are trying to block President George Bush's plan to pay Social Security benefits to Mexicans who have worked in the United States.

The Peter Principles: Pulling the switch

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Vermont Sen. Jim Jeffords became an important person in the spring of 2001 when he cast his lot with the Democrats. People who had ignored him during his 12 years in the Senate now referred to him glowingly as "a statesman." Jeffords handed control of the
PETER ROFF, United Press International

Virgil Hamlin Goode, Jr. (surname rhymes with mood, not would), (born October 17, 1946) is an American politician, last serving as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives. He represented the 5th congressional district of Virginia (map) from 1997 to 2009. He lost his seat in the 2008 election to Democrat Tom Perriello.

Goode was born in Richmond, Virginia; but has spent most of his life in Rocky Mount. Goode graduated with a B.A. from the University of Richmond (Phi Beta Kappa) and with a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He also is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and served in the Army National Guard from 1969 to 1975.

Goode grew up as a Democrat. He entered politics soon after graduating from law school. At the age of 27 he won a special election to the state Senate from a Southside district as an independent after the death of the Democratic incumbent. One of his major campaign focuses at the time was advocacy for the Equal Rights Amendment. Soon after being elected, he joined the Democrats.

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