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January 25, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Two-term Democratic Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. of Virginia announced that he would seek reelection as an independent, a move that could complicate his old party's hopes of retaking control of the House. Goode's habit of voting consistently against President Clinton and with other House Republicans had already created friction with some Democratic leaders in his district.
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January 25, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Two-term Democratic Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. of Virginia announced that he would seek reelection as an independent, a move that could complicate his old party's hopes of retaking control of the House. Goode's habit of voting consistently against President Clinton and with other House Republicans had already created friction with some Democratic leaders in his district.
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February 3, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (I-Va.) announced that he would accept the Republican nomination to run for reelection this year. Goode made the announcement during a meeting of the 5th District Republican Committee in Richmond. Tucker Watkins, chairman of the committee, said that the party would begin circulating petitions to get Goode the signatures required for a primary. Goode is unopposed in the June 11 primary and the November election.
NEWS
May 25, 2001
Members of Congress who have changed political parties since the 1950s. Democrats to the GOP Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Colorado, 1995 Sen. Richard C. Shelby, Alabama, 1994 Sen. Phil Gramm, Texas, 1983 Sen. Strom Thurmond, South Carolina, 1964 Rep. Nathan Deal, Georgia, 1995 Rep. Greg Laughlin, Texas, 1995 Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin, Louisiana, 1995 Rep. Mike Parker, Mississippi, 1995 Rep. Jimmy Hayes, Louisiana, 1995 Rep. Tommy Robinson, Arkansas, 1989 Rep. Bill Grant, Florida, 1989 Rep.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A Republican congressman has told constituents that unless immigration is tightened, "many more Muslims" will be elected and follow the lead of a recently elected lawmaker who plans to use the Koran at his swearing-in. Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.) made the comments in a letter sent to hundreds of constituents who had written to him about Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat and the first Muslim elected to Congress. Ellison was born in Detroit.
NEWS
April 16, 1994 | From Associated Press
Former Democratic Gov. L. Douglas Wilder is ready to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent if Democratic incumbent Charles S. Robb and Republican Oliver L. North win their party nominations. Wilder, who announced in January that he would not challenge Robb, said Friday that he had changed his mind at the urging of supporters. "People are disheartened over what they see as an issue-less campaign," Wilder said.
NATIONAL
December 22, 2006 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.) on Thursday stood by his demand for strict immigration controls that he said would prevent Muslims from being elected to Congress and using the Koran during swearing-in ceremonies. Islamic groups in the United States called on Republicans to repudiate Goode's remarks, which he first made in a letter attacking the use of the holy book in a ceremonial oath-taking next month by the first Muslim elected to the House.
OPINION
December 26, 2006
Re "Congressman warns against 'Muslims elected to office,' " Dec. 21 As a Marine and a patriot, I am saddened that members of our highest democratic institutions continue to cling to beliefs that contribute to what is already a tenuous social and political situation in our great nation today. Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.) is certainly not alone in his state of moral corruption, but he is an excellent example of precisely what is wrong with so many of our elected leaders and what constitutes perhaps the single greatest threat to our democracy from within.
NATIONAL
February 25, 2006 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Defense contractor Mitchell J. Wade pleaded guilty Friday to giving former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) more than $1 million in bribes in exchange for help landing government contracts. Wade, 46, also pleaded guilty to providing favors to Defense Department officials and funneling illegal campaign contributions to two members of Congress. A former Navy officer and Defense Department official, Wade faces a maximum sentence of more than 11 years in prison.
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February 16, 2007 | Richard Simon and Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writers
As rhetoric heated up in the House on Thursday over a measure to protest President Bush's buildup of U.S. troops in Iraq, Senate leaders moved toward a new showdown over conducting a similar debate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) -- whose bid to bring up a nonbinding resolution opposing the troop increase has foundered for nearly two weeks -- decided to have senators work in a rare Saturday session to revisit the issue.
NEWS
June 6, 2000 | RICHARD SIMON
Rep. Matthew G. Martinez, Democrat or Republican? Throughout his career, the veteran San Gabriel Valley congressman has been a reliable Democratic vote. But since losing his party's renomination earlier this year--so far, the only incumbent member of Congress anywhere in the nation to suffer such a fate--Martinez has been siding more often with the likes of House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) than Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.). Martinez's turnaround has been dramatic.
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