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Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM
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By Julie Carey

Va. House Speaker Stops GOP Redistricting

Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell brought an end to a two-week political showdown with a ruling that pleased Democrats and disappointed his fellow Republicans. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 9:46 PM
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By Julie Carey

Several Gun Bills on Agenda in Virginia

Several new gun measures are on the legislative agenda in Virginia, including one that would allow teachers to have a gun in school. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 9:28 PM
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By Julie Carey

Emotions High on McDonnell's Transportation Plan

Virginia lawmakers kicked off a new legislative session Wednesday, and high on their agenda is the governor’s transportation plan to eliminate the gas tax. Read »

Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM
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By Associated Press

Va. Legislation Calls for School P.E. Guidelines

Va. Legislation Calls for School P.E. Guidelines

Pediatrician groups and other health advocates are claiming a small victory in their efforts to press for physical education in Virginia's public schools. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 8:58 PM
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By Perry Stein

PM Read: McDonnell, General Assembly Approval Ratings Drop

PM Read: McDonnell, General Assembly Approval Ratings Drop

A new poll shows that Virginia voters largely disapprove of Gov. Bob McDonnell, the Virginia legislature and social bills passed this year. Read »

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 6:31 PM
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By Perry Stein

PM Read: "Half-Millionaire" Tax Hike?

PM Read:

The Maryland Senate unexpectedly proposed an extra tax hike for households with incomes of more than $500,000 annually, and now some are questioning whether it is a well thought out plan. Read »

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 at 8:11 PM
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By Perry Stein

Is Virginia's GOP Too Focused on Social Issues?

Is Virginia's GOP Too Focused on Social Issues?

Virginia Democrats accused the GOP of focusing too much on social issues at the expense of the important economic and education issues. 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.
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 Moderator of Meet the Press and NBC News' Political Director.
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