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Reminder: In-person early voting in Virginia ends this Saturday, Oct. 31

The last day for Virginia voters to cast early in-person ballots for the Nov. 3 general election is Saturday, Oct. 31.

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Beyer, Van Hollen introduce bill to Improve ATF, strengthen gun violence prevention

Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA-08) and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) have introduced legislation to improve and modernize the ATF in order to strengthen gun safety.

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New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert next up in W&L Mudd Lecture Series

Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for The New Yorker, will give a virtual lecture on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. as part of Washington and Lee University’s Mudd Center for Ethics series on Global Ethics in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities.

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Virginia individual income tax filing extension deadline for 2019 taxes is Nov. 1

If you haven’t yet filed your individual income taxes for 2019 in Virginia, the automatic, six-month filing extension deadline is just days away.

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Feds investigating voter threats, attempts by Iran, Russia, to interfere in 2020 elections

Iran and Russia have both obtained voter data in their efforts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed that news tidbit last night.

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AG highlights efforts to protect voters from intimidation in letter to law enforcement

Attorney General Mark R. Herring today wrote to key law enforcement and elections stakeholder organizations asking for their commitment to ensuring a safe, fair, free and accurate election, and outlining protections in state and federal law to prevent voter intimidation and harassment.

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A million Virginians going hungry: Northam unveils Roadmap to End Hunger

More than a million Virginians are going hungry due to economic disruptions from the public response to COVID-19. Cue government bureaucrats with a solution in the form of a jargony committee by-product.

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Reminder: Last day to request absentee ballot for 2020 election is Friday, Oct. 23

The last day to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 general election is Friday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. This is a friendly reminder today from the Virginia Department of Elections.

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Can Trump open up ANWR to drilling before his first term ends?

The debate over whether to open up the most ecologically sensitive part—the so-called 1002 area, or coastal plain—of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling has raged for decades.

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Bill would guarantee access to free COVID-19 vaccine for Medicare beneficiaries

Bipartisan legislation introduced in Congress this week would ensure seniors on traditional Medicare have access to a future COVID-19 vaccine without cost-sharing.

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Griffith demands investigation by House subcommittee into social media censorship

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) has issued a call for an investigation of social media censorship following the suppression of the House Judiciary Committee Republican Twitter account.

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Warner, Spanberger, Webb to discuss healthcare at virtual bus tour stop on Friday

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Fifth District Democratic nominee Dr. Cameron Webb will join healthcare advocates as part of Protect Our Care’s nationwide virtual bus tour to call for an end to the GOP’s continued war on Virginians’ health care.

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Goldman pins LG nomination campaign on K-12 education reform

Paul Goldman, a former Democratic Party of Virginia chair who is running for the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor, says a new legislative study of K-12 education in Virginia backs his position that “we need an historic shakeup of the Virginia Department of Education.”

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Virginia government revenues up noticeably in September

Virginia government general fund revenue increased 7.6 percent in September from the previous year, driven by growth in payroll withholding, corporate, and recordation tax collections. 

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FBI: Northam was second potential target of militia group kidnap plot

The group that plotted the kidnapping of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also discussed kidnapping Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

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Webb raises staggering $2.7M in third quarter

The Cameron Webb campaign raised more than $2.7 million in the third quarter – July 1 to Sept. 30 – a jaw-dropping figure for a Democrat in a heavily Republican congressional district.

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Virginia transportation agencies aim to capture COVID-19 work-travel data

The Virginia Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, has launched the second phase of the Virginia Commuter Survey.

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Earth Talk: Do wild animals have rights under the law in the U.S.?

Winnie the Pooh said it best: “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”

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FBI Richmond Task Force offers $5K reward for information regarding Emporia teen’s homicide

The FBI’s Richmond Area Violent Enterprise Task Force is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the murder of an Emporia teen.

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McClellan gubernatorial campaign picks up key Fairfax County endorsements

Sen. Jennifer McClellan’s campaign for the 2021 Democratic Party gubernatorial nomination has picked up the endorsements of two delegates from Fairfax County: Ken Plum (D-Reston) and Kathy Tran (D-West Springfield).

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Virginia leaders pushing USPS to make sure mail-in ballots are properly postmarked

The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General recently identified accurate postmarking as critical to the successful processing of election mail for the 2020 general elections.