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Friday, Sep 21, 2018 at 10:48 AM

Comstock, Wexton Face Off in Debate in Key House Race

Republican Barbara Comstock and Democrat Jennifer Wexton are set to face off in the first big debate of a key congressional race in Virginia. Read »

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 9:04 PM

Maryland Teacher's Union Battling Governor on Apple Logo

Maryland Teacher's Union Battling Governor on Apple Logo

Maryland's leading teachers union is battling Gov. Larry Hogan over its apple trademark. Read »

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018 at 6:25 AM

Democrat Ben Jealous Struggles in Blue Maryland

Democrat Ben Jealous Struggles in Blue Maryland

Badly outmatched in fundraising in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1, Jealous is struggling so far to become Maryland's first black governor and prevent the first re-election of a Republican... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 6:08 AM

Former Virginia Gov. Says He's Not Ruling Out 2020 Campaign

Former Virginia Gov. Says He's Not Ruling Out 2020 Campaign

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's not ruling out a 2020 Democratic campaign for president as he campaigns in Iowa for candidates running in the November midterm elections. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018 at 9:09 PM

Virginia Republicans Propose Their Own Redistricting Map

Virginia Republicans Propose Their Own Redistricting Map

Virginia House Republicans filed a redistricting proposal Tuesday they said would fix districts a federal court found were unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018 at 12:06 PM

Kavanaugh Accuser's Bethesda School Alumnae Express Support

More than 200 alumnae of the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda are said to have signed a letter supporting a classmate who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were both... Read »

Friday, Sep 14, 2018 at 6:24 PM

Member of European Parliament Calls for DC Statehood

Member of European Parliament Calls for DC Statehood

A member of the European Parliament made a case for Washington, D.C., statehood and urged the body to call out disenfranchisement during a parliamentary session Wednesday. Read »

Monday, Sep 10, 2018 at 5:54 AM

Jaffe: Mayor, Business Elites to Take Loss in Council Race

Jaffe: Mayor, Business Elites to Take Loss in Council Race

The mini-drama over fraudulent nominating petitions playing out before D.C.’s Board of Elections proves the new normal in District politics: Business elites and political machines no longer call the shots. Read »

Saturday, Sep 8, 2018 at 9:17 PM

Virginia GOP Elects New Chairman

Virginia GOP Elects New Chairman

The change in leadership comes at a tough time for the state GOP. Republicans did poorly in last year's state-level elections, President Donald Trump lost Virginia in 2016, and Republicans haven't won a... Read »

Saturday, Sep 8, 2018 at 11:21 AM

Northam: Lawmakers Set to Miss Redistricting Deadline

Northam: Lawmakers Set to Miss Redistricting Deadline

Virginia's governor wants a federal court to begin the process of redrawing 11 House districts found to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered, saying he believes lawmakers tasked with the job are at an impasse. Read »

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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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