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Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 at 2:22 PM

Md. Officials Prepare for Tax, Health, Paid Leave Debates

Md. Officials Prepare for Tax, Health, Paid Leave Debates

Maryland lawmakers are gathering for the start of their annual 90-day legislative session. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 at 1:39 PM

Republicans Start Session Leading Virginia House 51-49

Republicans Start Session Leading Virginia House 51-49

Republicans in Virginia's House began the session Wednesday with a 51-49 majority after winning a two-month recount battle in one district and staving off legal actions from voters in another. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 at 12:20 PM

Northam: Gun Control, Medicaid Among Priorities for 2018

Northam: Gun Control, Medicaid Among Priorities for 2018

Democratic Gov.-elect Ralph Northam said Tuesday that expanding Medicaid in Virginia and implementing universal background checks for gun buyers will be two of his top legislative priorities after he takes... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 at 1:46 PM

DC Council Passes Women’s Health, Birth Control Access Bill

DC Council Passes Women’s Health, Birth Control Access Bill

The D.C. Council unanimously passed a health bill that would allow women to get birth control without a doctor’s prescription, leaving the law’s fate to the mayor and Congress. Read »

Monday, Jan 8, 2018 at 9:56 AM

Voters in Virginia to Appeal Ruling Against New Election

Voters in Virginia to Appeal Ruling Against New Election

Four voters in Virginia say they'll appeal a federal judge's decision against a new election for a race that might have forced a 50-50 split in Virginia's House of Delegates Read »

Friday, Jan 5, 2018 at 9:13 PM

Judge Rejects Request for New Vote in Virginia House Race

Judge Rejects Request for New Vote in Virginia House Race

A federal judge on Friday rejected a request for a new election that might have forced a 50-50 split in Virginia's House of Delegates, calling ballot mistakes cited by Democrats a "garden-variety'' problem that... Read »

Friday, Jan 5, 2018 at 4:57 PM

Hogan Announces Initiative to Stop Rapists' Parental Rights

Hogan Announces Initiative to Stop Rapists' Parental Rights

Hogan said Friday he is committed to working with legislators to pass a bill to enable rape victims who conceive a child to terminate the parental rights of the person who raped them. Read »

Friday, Jan 5, 2018 at 5:44 AM

Fight for Virginia House Continues With Court Hearing

Fight for Virginia House Continues With Court Hearing

The long-running fight for control of the Virginia House of Delegates isn't over. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018 at 7:03 PM

Judges Deny Va. Democrats' Request to Undo Recount Decision

Judges Deny Va. Democrats' Request to Undo Recount Decision

A three-judge panel rejected a request to reconsider its ruling on a recount in an election that could determine partisan control of the Virginia House. Read »

Thursday, Jan 4, 2018 at 5:46 PM

Virginia Republican Wins State Seat Through Random Drawing

By luck of the draw, incumbent Republican David Yancey won a Virginia state House of Delegates race so close that its outcome was determined Thursday when an elections official pulled his name out of a... Read »

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