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The news that federal officials are scrutinizing campaign contributions to Governor Terry McAuliffe sets up another potential showdown between federal prosecutors and high-ranking elected officials in Virginia. It’s latest in a series of investigations in recent years. But  investigations don’t always lead to charges.

Car Title Lenders & Secret Documents

May 12, 2016
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Regulators at the State Corporation Commission are siding with car-title lenders against open government, denying a request for information from the Center for Public Integrity. But  open government advocates are taking their case all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court.

The GOP Case against Restoring Felon Rights

May 6, 2016
Mallory Noe-Payne

Does Governor Terry McAuliffe have the power to automatically restore voting rights to former felons who have served their time? The governor and his lawyers say they do. But Republicans may be on the verge of launching a lawsuit challenging that.

Life Without Parole: A Five Part Series

May 2, 2016

It’s been more than 20 years since Virginia abolished parole, and over that time the prison population has grown to more than 30,000 people.  

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Although the line of questioning by jurists in any appeals case does not necessarily indicate how they're leaning, in the appeal of former Governor McDonnell’s corruption convictions, the U.S. Supreme Court justices did not seem comfortable with the broad interpretation of the federal law used to convict him.