Government & Politics

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During the final months of his administration, President Barack Obama is commuting the sentences in federal drug -related cases across the United States. Michael Pope has this look at how the president’s actions here in Virginia might be a turning point in the war on drugs.

On the Ballot: A Thorough Look at State Races

Nov 2, 2016
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President of the United States isn't the only office that will be on your ballot this election day. Every congressional seat in Virginia is also up for grabs. Virginia currently has 11 congressional representatives: eight Republicans and three Democrats. We've compiled this information on your choices, so there will be no surprises when you look at the ballot come Tuesday. 

When they head to the polls on Election Day, most voters will be focused on the presidential election. But here in Virginia, they'll also be considering a little-known constitutional amendment — one that had a violent beginning.

Virginia Votes: Shenandoah Valley Trump Supporters

Nov 1, 2016

Virginia has more than 5 million registered voters. In the end, all those voices will be lumped together to decide who gets the state’s 13 electoral votes.

Today reporter Jessie Knadler takes us to some communities in the rural Shenandoah Valley—  filled with family farms, rolling hills and plenty of Trump supporters.

Rockbridge County leans Republican so it’s not surprising to see lots of big, bold Trump/Pence signs lining the back roads here. Arguably the highest concentration of Trump signs in the County is in the old manufacturing town of Buena Vista.

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It wasn’t all that long ago that Virginia was considered a red state, or at least a state that strongly leaned Republican. Now Democrats have won the last two presidential cycles, and the trend is expected to continue again this year.