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Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Julie Carey

McDonnell: Gifts From Political Donor Didn't Buy Favors

Gov. Bob McDonnell says a $15,000 gift to his daughter and more than $100,000 in political contributions to him did not buy any special favors for donor Jonnie Williams and his dietary supplement company,... Read »

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Va. Winery to Export Wine to China: McDonnell

Va. Winery to Export Wine to China: McDonnell

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the agreement between Chateau Morrisette in Floyd County and the Tianjin Commodity Exchange Company on Monday. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM
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By Bob Lewis

McDonnell Amends Virginia Texting Ban Bill

Gov. Bob McDonnell is reducing fines for a new law that would ban texting while driving in Virginia. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Julie Carey, Carissa DiMargo

Cuccinelli: Part of Va. Transportation Bill Unconstitutional

Cuccinelli: Part of Va. Transportation Bill Unconstitutional

Cuccinelli has determined that a portion of the General Assembly's state's transportation funding bill goes against the state constitution. Read »

Friday, Mar 1, 2013 at 6:45 AM

McDonnell Plans Trade Trip to China, Japan

McDonnell Plans Trade Trip to China, Japan

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced plans for a springtime trade mission to China and Japan. Read »

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:43 PM
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By Julie Carey

McDonnell to Review 'Hybrid Tax'

Several northern Virginia lawmakers have launched an online campaign to get McDonnell to rid the bill of the so-called hybrid tax. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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By Bob Lewis

Hybrid Va. Transportation Plan Could Be Tricky

Hybrid Va. Transportation Plan Could Be Tricky

Prospects for reconciling disparate transportation funding reform bills appeared possible Monday, but crafting a hybrid plan that can win final passage in the House and the Senate is a much tougher prospect,... Read »

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

McDonnell Asks Obama to Avoid Sequestration

McDonnell Asks Obama to Avoid Sequestration

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell asked President Barack Obama in a letter to make good on his campaign pledge to avert automatic cuts to federal spending that would disproportionately damage Virginia. Read »

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM
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By Bob Lewis

Senate OKs Road Funding Amendment; Time to Deal

Senate OKs Road Funding Amendment; Time to Deal

A souped-up rewrite of Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation bill won Senate passage without debate. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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By Bob Lewis

Va. Senate Rewrites Transportation Bill

Va. Senate Rewrites Transportation Bill

A Virginia Senate committee rewrote Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation funding reform bill. Read »

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Julie Carey
Julie Carey News4 Virginia Reporter Julie Carey is a News4 reporter focusing on Virginia issues and politics.
Chris Gordon
Chris Gordon News4 Maryland Reporter Chris Gordon is a legal analyst and reporter for NBC4, focusing on Maryland.
Domenico Montanaro
Domenico Montanaro NBC News Political Reporter Domenico Montanaro is an NBC News Political Reporter, analyst for NBC News' First Read and NBCPolitics.com contributor.
Mark Murray
Mark Murray NBC News Deputy Political Director Mark Murray is the NBC News Deputy Political Director, NBC News First Read analyst and NBCPolitics.com contributor.
Tom Sherwood News4 Political Reporter Tom Sherwood is a reporter for News4 specializing in politics and the D.C. government.
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Chuck Todd NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is the NBC News Political Director, host of “The Daily Rundown” on MSNBC and NBCPolitics.com contributor.
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