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Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 at 7:07 PM

Candidates Trade Jabs in Virginia's 7th District Race

During a debate Monday between Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Brat and his Democratic challenger, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's name was mentioned so many times that it almost seemed like she was Brat's... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018 at 8:16 AM

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching for Md. and DC

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching for Md. and DC

Monday was the last day to register to vote in Virginia for this fall's elections, but Maryland residents will have through Tuesday. D.C. residents also have until Tuesday to register online or via mail but have... Read »

Monday, Oct 15, 2018 at 1:36 PM

Bill Would Give Mayor, Other Officials $20K Raises

Bill Would Give Mayor, Other Officials $20K Raises

A bill set to be introduced to city council would give the mayor, council chairman and city attorney general each $20,000 raises. Read »

Friday, Oct 12, 2018 at 7:17 PM

Maryland Candidates for Governor Address Local Officials

Democrat Ben Jealous continued to criticize Gov. Larry Hogan by saying he lacks plans to improve education, health care and the state's economy, while Hogan cited improvements under his tenure and highlighted... Read »

Thursday, Oct 11, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Jaffe: Comstock Fighting Riptide as Va. Blue Wave Heads West

Rep. Barbara Comstock won twice by piling up huge margins in Frederick County. But the county is now a battleground, and perhaps Comstock's last stand. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 at 5:39 AM

Deadline for Virginia Voter Registration Looms

Deadline for Virginia Voter Registration Looms

Virginians have only a few days left to register to vote. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 at 8:17 PM
Maryland State Retirees Fight Proposed Benefit Cuts

Maryland State Retirees Fight Proposed Benefit Cuts

Retired Maryland state employees have won a fight to keep their current prescription drug benefits. A retiree who brought a lawsuit against the state pays $800 a year now in deductibles. He says the proposed cut Watch »

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018 at 6:09 PM

Pot Advocates Light Up Outside Rep. Harris’ Office: Police

Pot Advocates Light Up Outside Rep. Harris’ Office: Police

Two marijuana advocates were arrested for lighting up inside the Longworth House Office Building Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Capitol Police said. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018 at 6:45 PM
Montgomery Co. Executive Candidates Debate as Election Nears

Montgomery Co. Executive Candidates Debate as Election Nears

As Election Day approaches, candidates for Montgomery County executives are trying to push ahead of the pack. News4's Chris Gordon spoke with three candidates. Watch »

Monday, Oct 1, 2018 at 4:17 PM

Obama Endorses Ben Jealous for Governor of Maryland

Obama Endorses Ben Jealous for Governor of Maryland

Jealous, who served as president of the NAACP, was one of 260 Democratic candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and state legislature endorsed by Obama in his second round of endorsements for... Read »

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Julie Carey News4 Virginia Reporter Julie Carey is a News4 reporter focusing on Virginia issues and politics.
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Chris Gordon News4 Maryland Reporter Chris Gordon is a legal analyst and reporter for NBC4, focusing on Maryland.
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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.
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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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