Virginia

Marine Corps veteran’s proposed gun shop riles Arlington, Virginia

Residents of Arlington, Virginia — which in 2012 overwhelmingly voted for President Obama and sits directly across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital — are trying to bully Marine Corps veteran James Gates, 28, from opening a gun shop in their neighborhood. Last week, a petition was formed by local resident Susan Newton protesting the shop’s opening and demanding… READ MORE

Virginia weighs joining constitutional convention effort to rein in federal powers

Virginia is one of the latest states involved in a new push for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution in a bid to rein in the federal government — part of a nascent campaign on an issue states have been grappling with since at least the 18th century. National and state GOP leaders are supportive of the idea, saying… READ MORE

Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell sentenced to 2 years in prison for corruption

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison for taking bribes to promote a dietary supplement. The punishment was far below the 10 years prosecutors initially wanted, but still more than the community service the former Republican governor, his defense team and hundreds of supporters argued for.
In a strong but somber voice,… READ MORE

Virginia Senate Race Gets Interesting

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October 11, 2014
Mark Warner (D), Ed Gillespie (R) There are signs that the U.S. Senate race in Virginia, previously considered a long-shot for Republicans and a safe seat for Democrats, could get interesting in the final weeks of the campaign. The incumbent, Democrat Mark Warner, has had a large lead in the polls over his Republican opponent Ed Gilespie since the beginning… READ MORE

Final arguments unfold at ex-governor’s trial

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August 29, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife has boiled down to this: Did they knowingly trade special…… READ MORE

US court: Va. gay marriage ban unconstitutional

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July 28, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of…… READ MORE

Even in Liberal Northern Virginia, Dems Flee Obama

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July 16, 2014
President Barack Obama delivers remarks in McLean, Virginia on July 15, 2014. Pat Benic/UPI/Newscom
With Barack Obama’s job approval well below water these days, perhaps it’s no surprise that Democratic candidates for Congress this year aren’t jumping at the chance to have the president come campaign for them.… READ MORE

Over 40,000 voters are registered in both Virginia and Maryland, group finds

A crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both states, a vote-integrity group reported Wednesday. And that’s just the beginning.
“The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia but live in the states that surround us,” Alliance President Reagan George told the State… READ MORE

Five former Virginia AGs want case against ex-governor Bob McDonnell dismissed

Five former Virginia attorneys general — three Democrats and two Republicans — said in a proposed court filing that corruption counts against former Gov. Bob McDonnell should be dismissed and that Justice Department attorneys overreached in bringing criminal charges for his indiscretions. “Frankly, we are taken aback by the efforts of federal prosecutors to stretch the law to cover them,”… READ MORE

Oprah to Headline Fundraiser for Virginia House Candidate

by Emily Cahn, Roll Call
March 20, 2014
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will headline a D.C.-area fundraiser next month for Lavern Chatman, former CEO of the Northern Virginia Urban League and one of nearly a dozen Democrats running for Virginia’s open 8th District seat. According to a Chatman campaign release, the fundraiser will be held April 5 in Arlington, Va. Further details were not provided.
“Oprah is… READ MORE

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