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Suffolk University-USA Today survey: Majority wants more than two parties

- Nearly two-thirds of adult U.S. citizens will stay away from the polls during the coming midterm elections, and they say they have given up on the political parties and a system that they say is beyond reform and repair, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today nationwide survey of unregistered and unlikely voters. 
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We are all Grandma Red

- Theresa Terry, “Grandma Red,” is joining her daughter, also named Theresa, in a protest on their property, trying to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which obtained an easement to run its natural gas pipeline through the Terry family’s property.
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Celebrity politics era: Here to stay

- A former reality-show star is president of the United States. No putting the toothpaste back in the tube there: the celebrity era of U.S. politics is here to stay.
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Northam announces 2018 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance

- Governor Ralph Northam has announced the winners of the 2018 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. More than 2,300 high school students from across the Commonwealth took part in this challenge.
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Northam announces nomination of 212 Opportunity Zones

- Governor Northam has announced the nomination of 212 Opportunity Zones to the U.S. Department of Treasury. This represents the maximum number of zones the Governor may nominate under the new federal tax tool that targets low-income census tracts.
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Sen. Tim Kaine’s brief run-in with the law

- Senator Tim Kaine told an audience at the University of Virginia on April 20 that missiles into Syria were illegal because not authorized by Congress, leaving everyone to imagine Congress could have made such a thing legal.
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Commonwealth Transportation Board awards contract, recognizes agency partnership

- At its monthly meeting this week, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved $20.2 million in contracts for projects by both the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
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Creigh Deeds: Latest on General Assembly inaction on Medicaid expansion

- The General Assembly convened a special session on April 11 to resolve the budget impasse. In the meantime, on April 18, we held the annual reconvened, or veto, session to consider the Governor's amendments to and vetoes of bills. More on that later.
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Del. Steve Landes announces legislative appointments

- Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, Chairman of the House Education Committee and Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, was appointed to the Commission on Civic Education, the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences, and the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee.
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HHS provides states second installment of grant awards to combat opioid crisis

- The Department of Health and Human Services is releasing the second year of funding to 50 states, four U.S. territories, and the free associated states of Palau and Micronesia, totaling $485 million to continue the nation’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
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Alon Ben-Meir: Sisi’s socioeconomic agenda and human rights

- The re-election of Egypt’s President Sisi came as no surprise. Despite irregularities at some polling stations, President Sisi won handedly because he remains the most popular president, and perhaps for good reason.
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Chris Graham breaks down Sixth District Democratic, GOP congressional races: Podcast

- Chris Graham discusses the wide-open battle to replace retiring incumbent Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, with stacked Republican and Democratic fields vying for their respective party nominations.
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Warner, Kaine call on EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to resign immediately

- U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of 37 senators in introducing a resolution calling for the immediate resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.
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Virginia Council on Women announces STEM Essay Contest winners

- Governor and First Lady Northam and the Virginia Council on Women announced the winners of the seventh annual STEM Essay Contest for high school junior and senior young women.
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Ralph Northam: The other branch of government

- Legislators who were in Richmond on April 13 for the Special Session to complete work on the biennial budget interrupted their work on April 18 for the Constitutionally required Reconvened Session commonly referred to as the "veto session."
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Warner, Kaine: Escalating Trump trade war would hurt Virginia soybean production, jobs

- U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) expressed increased concern over how President Trump’s trade war would hurt Virginia’s soybean production, which is the Commonwealth’s number one cash crop. 
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Northam announces third annual Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week

- Governor Northam issued a proclamation Tuesday to officially recognize April 22-28, 2018, as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week. During this week, high school students, teachers and administrators across the Commonwealth will be encouraged to conduct voter registration drives at their schools.
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Ben Cullop drops out of Fifth District Democratic congressional race

- Ben Cullop announced Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race for the Fifth District Democratic congressional nomination.
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Mark Warner on Fox News: We must protect Rosenstein, Mueller

- U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sat down for a live interview in Washington with Neil Cavuto on Fox News on Tuesday, where he had one key message for President Trump: back off the attacks on our nation’s law enforcement.
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Senators propose legislation to update authorities used to fight terror abroad

- U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today led a bipartisan group of senators in proposing legislation to replace the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs) with an updated AUMF against al-Qaida, the Taliban, and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
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Commonwealth Transportation Board invites public comment on roads projects

- The Commonwealth Transportation Board will be hosting meetings across the commonwealth and is inviting the public to share feedback on transportation projects that have been recommended for funding.
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Ben Cline raises more than $112,000 for Sixth District Republican congressional campaign in first quarter

- Ben Cline announced today that his Sixth District Republican congressional nomination campaign had raised over $112,000 during the first quarter of 2018.
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State’s largest farm group looking forward to working with new ag commissioner

- Dr. Jewel Bronaugh was named Virginia’s 16th commissioner of agriculture by Gov. Ralph S. Northam on April 9.
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Republican group urges Trump not to compromise integrity of American justice system

- This Sunday, ABC News will air a highly anticipated interview with former FBI Director James Comey discussing his new book. Republicans for the Rule of Law is airing a commercial during the interview urging President Trump not to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.