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Slightly more than two months after taking office, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is responding to questions about ethics reform …as former Governor Bob McDonnell awaits a trial this summer involving gift-giving.  The scandal prompted the General Assembly to pass and send to the Governor new ethics reform legislation, which now awaits his signature, amendments, or veto. 

Voting could be easier if one Virginia lawmaker has his way.  One proposal would  allow absentee ballots from anyone who’d like to vote early – and another that could lead to voting by mail.

 Audio FileSandy Hausman reports.  Edit | Remove

The election and recount behind him, Attorney General-elect Mark Herring is for the first time officially able to set the stage for how he will run that office.  During a media briefing late Wednesday, Herring thanked Senator Mark Obenshain for his gracious concession, discussed how he plans to work with Obenshain and other lawmakers, and gave reassurances that he will keep his campaign promises.

It's over. Senator Mark Obenshain says that seeing the votes for his opponent Mark Herring WIDENING significantly in the statewide recount of the Attorney General's race, he has decided to congratulate Herring and concede.  

The election is the first sweep of statewide offices for Democrats since 1989.


A three-judge panel has set the rules for next week’s statewide recount of the Attorney General’s election between Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mark Obenshain.  With a historically narrow 165-vote margin separating the two men, the details were strategically important to the candidates’ lawyers-who spent hours on Monday arguing their positions at a Richmond hearing.  The recount will include examination of thousands of undervoted ballots-to determine if no votes were cast for that office or if the machines did not read them the first time.