Federal Government

The People's Debate
1:08 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Warner & Gillespie Face Off

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner and his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, squared off  in their final debate of the campaign season. 

Although the two men are vying for the U.S. Senate seat held by Warner, the Virginia General Assembly and ethics questions surrounding the resignation of former state Senator Phillip Puckett were drawn into the debate. 

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Government & Politics
4:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Redrawing Virginia's Congressional Map

Accused of unconstitutional gerrymandering, Virginia's General Assembly was told last week by a federal district court in Richmond that it must redraw its Congressional map next year because too many black voters are “packed” into one majority-minority district. 

But state lawmakers could actually avoid a contentious debate and not address the issue at all during their next session.

 

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Warner & Gillespie
12:13 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Second U.S. Senate Debate

The debate before the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner and his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, faced off in their second debate of the campaign season—this time before the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. 

Both candidates agreed that both houses of Congress should be called back into session to authorize President Obama’s use of force against the “ISIS” terrorist movement that’s penetrated Iraq and Syria. And both men said they support an “all-of-the-above” national energy policy that includes offshore drilling and authorization of the Keystone pipeline.

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Same-Sex Marriage Ban Overturned
7:40 am
Tue October 7, 2014

VA Same-Sex Couples Embrace State Marriage Recognition

Attorney General Mark Herring Plaintiffs Carol Schall and Mary Townley Celebrate the Court Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling against Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is already having an impact.

The 4th Circuit issued its mandate early Monday afternoon, and same-sex couples began lining up at local courthouses to get married.

One of the couples who successfully sued to overturn the state Constitution’s marriage provision renewed the vows that they had first taken in another state. 

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Legal at 1:00 p.m.
12:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Same Sex Marriages in Virginia Begin Today

The U-S Supreme Court has cleared the way for immediate expansion of same-sex marriage by turning away appeals from Virginia and four other states seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian unions.

The justices made their ruling without comment.

Now, the Richmond-based federal appeals court say its ruling authorizing same-sex marriages in Virginia will take effect this afternoon at 1:00.

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