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Governor McAuliffe announces third year of Virginia’s Going Global Defense Initiative

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that Virginia has received $1.8 million in grant funding for a third year of its Going Global Defense Initiative (GGDI), administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP).


New campaign encourages farmers to vote this fall

The best way for the concerns of rural communities to be recognized on the local, state and national levels is for farmers and other rural residents to get out and vote.


Jim Webb talks foreign policy: Iran, North Korea

Former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb joined the chorus of political leaders criticizing the Obama administration agreement with Iran.


Jim Webb: Met with Joe Biden, keeps substance private

Former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he met last month with Vice President Joe Biden, but stopped short of discussing the substance of the conversation, including whether Biden indicated whether or not he might be running for president in 2016.


Ken Plum: Public trust above party in redistricting fight

Shifting from a relaxing vacation back to work is always challenging, but my return this past week from the mountains, streams and lakes of Glacier National Park to a special session of the General Assembly has been a particularly stark contrast.


Letter: Where is Mark Warner on the pipeline?

Sen. Mark Warner recently visited Charlottesville to participate in an employment discussion. He agreed to meet the prior evening with representatives from nearby counties regarding the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.


VFBF AgPAC endorses 115 candidates for General Assembly seats

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC, the political action committee of Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, announced Aug. 21 its endorsement of 28 candidates for the Virginia Senate and 87 candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates.

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Podcast: AFP editor Chris Graham talks Virginia politics on WREL-1450

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham joins host Jim Bresnahan on WREL-1450 in Lexington, Va., to talk Virginia politics. The segment includes an update on the appeals of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, in their federal corruption case, and the division in the Virginia General Assembly over redistricting and the appointment of a new Virginia Supreme Court justice.


Appeals court: Bob McDonnell to prison while awaiting final appeal?

A federal appeals court has set into motion the possibility that former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell could be headed to prison as soon as next week while awaiting a final appeal of his conviction on federal corruption charges.


Former First Lady files appeal of corruption convictions

Former First Lady Maureen McDonnell is hopeful that recent appeals court decisions in the corruption case of her husband, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, won’t impact her own efforts to get her charges overturned.


Jim Gilmore not worried by low poll numbers

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore – yes, he was once Virginia’s governor – is apparently not concerned that he is barely registering as a presidential candidate.


Creigh Deeds: Virginia General Assembly session over before it began

The 2015 Special Session of the General Assembly was over before it began.

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Randy Forbes: Five things to know about caring for an aging parent

Many of us will come to a time when we find ourselves, in some capacity, providing care to an aging parent. The United States Census estimates that the number of Americans 65 years and older will double by 2050.


Virginia Organizing to mark 20 year anniversary with Charlottesville open house

On Wednesday, Virginia Organizing will welcome supporters to an Open House to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding date of the organization.

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Senate adjourns without taking action on redistricting

The Virginia State Senate adjourned a special session on Monday without addressing a call from Gov. Terry McAuliffe to address court-ordered changes to Virginia’s congressional districts.


Virginia Senate blocks Republican effort to oust Supreme Court justice

Democrats in the Virginia Senate – and a lone Republican – successfully blocked attempts by their Republican colleagues to oust Governor McAuliffe’s Supreme Court appointee, Justice Jane Marum Roush.


Mark Obenshain: Photo ID is under attack

On Friday, a motion to intervene was filed on my behalf asking a United States District Court to add me as a defendant in litigation filed by Democrats challenging the constitutionality of Virginia’s voter identification law.


Bob Goodlatte: House advances Secret Service reforms

Restoring the trust that the American people must have in the vital tasks the Secret Service carries out every day is critical.


Terry McAuliffe traveling to support Hillary: And the big deal is?

The Washington Post has a story about Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his travel schedule related to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.


Governor McAuliffe statement on redistricting proposals

Governor Terry McAuliffe issued the following statement after the release of new redistricting maps by Democratic legislators and leaders of the NAACP to address racial gerrymandering.


Virginia Democratic leaders propose redistricting fix

Virginia Democratic leaders today unveiled a draft bill that will fix the unconstitutional gerrymandering of congressional districts that was struck down by the federal courts in 2014 in Page v. Virginia State Board of Elections, et. al.


House of Delegates to begin redistricting process

The Virginia House of Delegates will begin the redistricting process by holding a meeting of the Reapportionment Joint Committee and a public hearing on Monday, August 17.


Hurt, Kaine, Warner, Griffith introduce bill to promote economic development, reform permitting process

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia), along with Senators Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-Virginia), recently introduced the Commonsense Permitting for Job Creation Act (H.R. 3434 and S. 1914) in both houses of Congress.


All but one: Jim Gilmore left out of next Republican debate

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore was left off the invite list for the next Republican presidential debate, scheduled for Sept. 16 and to be broadcast on CNN.


Bob McDonnell down to his last strike

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals turned down the request of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to have the entire court reconsider the appeal of his conviction on public corruption charges, leaving him one avenue – the U.S. Supreme Court.