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Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017 at 8:16 AM

Recount Set to Begin for Virginia's Tightest House Race

Recount Set to Begin for Virginia's Tightest House Race

A recount is set begin for a Virginia House of Delegates race that could alter the power dynamic in Richmond. Read »

Monday, Dec 18, 2017 at 7:47 PM
Va. Gov. Proposes Tax Hikes to Fund Metro

Va. Gov. Proposes Tax Hikes to Fund Metro

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's budget proposal includes tax hikes to help fund Metro. Julie Carey reports. Watch »

Monday, Dec 18, 2017 at 7:50 PM

Va. Gov.'s Budget Calls for Medicaid Expansion, Metro Funds

Outgoing Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe presented a budget to state lawmakers that would expand Medicaid, pad the state's rainy day fund and give state workers a 2 percent raise. Read »

Monday, Dec 18, 2017 at 6:58 AM

Road Made Famous by Transgender Candidate Not a Simple Fix

Road Made Famous by Transgender Candidate Not a Simple Fix

A dreary, congested Virginia highway has reaped an unexpected measure of fame through its role in a historic legislative campaign. Read »

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 5:53 PM
8 Democrats Hope to Take the Governor's Seat From Gov. Hogan

8 Democrats Hope to Take the Governor's Seat From Gov. Hogan

Eight Democrats in Maryland who are challenging popular Republican Govornor Larry Hogan gathered today to discuss their political future. News4's Tom Sherwood reports. Watch »

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 4:38 PM

Tim Hugo Officially Wins Northern Va. Delegate Seat for GOP

Tim Hugo Officially Wins Northern Va. Delegate Seat for GOP

A Republican has maintained his victory in the first of four recounts that will determine control of Virginia's House of Delegates. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 5:49 PM
Talk Around Town: Alabama Election, Ga. Anchor Fights Racism

Talk Around Town: Alabama Election, Ga. Anchor Fights Racism

WHUR's Taylor Thomas discusses what people in D.C. are saying about Tuesday's election in Alabama. Plus, a news anchor in Atlanta confronted racism on-air. Watch »

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 5:56 AM

Sherwood's Notebook: More Than Just Ballou, Of Course

Sherwood's Notebook: More Than Just Ballou, Of Course

Three different tracks of reaction have arisen in the wake of the Ballou story. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017 at 5:38 AM

Conservative Minister Joins Senate Race to Challenge Kaine

Conservative Minister Joins Senate Race to Challenge Kaine

A conservative minister announced he's joining the fight for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine in 2018. Read »

Monday, Dec 11, 2017 at 7:08 PM

Downtown DC Residents Gripe About Street Musician Noise

Dozens of downtown D.C. residents attended a D.C. Council meeting on Monday to ask for relief from street noise. They urged officials to enforce noise laws or pass tougher ones. 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.
Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is the Moderator of Meet the Press and NBC News' Political Director.
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