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State legislators meet in a special session Monday to discuss how they will redraw congressional boundaries after two courts ruled the current map is unconstitutional, but lawmakers are likely to divide along partisan lines.

Under a federal court order, Virginia’s legislature has until September first to come up with a new map that eliminates racial gerrymandering – drawing strangely shaped districts that minimize the influence African Americans can have in electing candidates to Congress. Dale Eisman is with the watchdog group Common Cause.

The Associated Press

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says Congress has failed to adapt to the new digitized economy, and he’s pushing to provide a safety net for millennials. 

Senator Warner helped found Nextel and it made him a millionaire. That elite status has allowed him to rent houses in Europe. But now the rest of us can do that too through websites like AirBnB. Warner thinks that's great.

“This model has been out there for 20 years at the high end. This is really simply democratizing the ability to rent out your home for a much broader market.”

Carbon vs. Mercury: EPA's Clean Power Plan

Aug 7, 2015
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President Obama recently unveiled a new rule to combat climate change by forcing state’s like Virginia to cut their carbon pollution. But this summer the Supreme Court shot down a new EPA rule aimed at limiting mercury pollution, which has conservatives calling for the new rule to be halted.

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It’s been about two weeks, since former Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb announced on his website that he’s running for president.

Presidential nominees used to be picked after countless votes by party leaders at smoke filled political conventions. Supporters of one candidate or another would twist arms and trade, say, a cabinet position for the support of an entire state’s votes.

Export Import Bank Debate Divides GOP

Jul 7, 2015

There’s a little known bank run by the federal government that just expired. It supports billions of dollars in economic activity across the commonwealth.

You likely haven’t heard of the Export Import Bank, but it’s been at the center of a fierce debate dividing tea party conservatives and more moderate Republicans. David Brat was swept into office after defeating former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the G-O-P primary. Brat likens the bank to the federal lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which came running to Congress for a bailout during the economic downturn in 2008.

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