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Tuesday, Jun 5, 2018 at 8:06 PM

Democrats Skirmish Over Education in Maryland Primary

Two of more than a half-dozen Democrats competing to run against popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in November clashed Tuesday over who is best equipped to improve Maryland's education system, a challenge all... Read »

Monday, Jun 4, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Early Voting Starts Soon in Maryland

Early Voting Starts Soon in Maryland

Early voting starts later this month in Maryland. Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2018 at 5:42 AM

Here’s How You Can Cast Your Ballot in Virginia’s Primary

Here’s How You Can Cast Your Ballot in Virginia’s Primary

Virginians will cast their primary ballots in mid-June, and voters should remember a few things as they head to the polls. Read »

Monday, Jun 4, 2018 at 4:36 PM

Early Voting for the DC Primary Has Begun

Early Voting for the DC Primary Has Begun

A contested ballot initiative and a variety of candidates will be on the June 19 D.C. primary ballot. Read »

Friday, Jun 1, 2018 at 10:05 PM

Fairfax County Elections Director Fired Ahead of Primary

Fairfax County Elections Director Fired Ahead of Primary

The director of elections for Fairfax County, Virginia, has been fired with less than two weeks to go before the June 12 primary. Read »

Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 6:42 PM
New Candidate for Md. Gov. Sues to Get Updated Ticket on Ballot

New Candidate for Md. Gov. Sues to Get Updated Ticket on Ballot

Valerie Ervin is suing to have her updated ticket shown on the Maryland Democratic gubernatorial primary ballot after her former running mate died. Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports... Watch »

Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Gridlock Over: Virginia Lawmakers Approve Medicaid Expansion

Gridlock Over: Virginia Lawmakers Approve Medicaid Expansion

Virginia's governor is set to sign legislation in coming days expanding Medicaid after the state's Republican-controlled General Assembly ignored warnings from the White House against expanding the health... Read »

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 8:48 PM

Candidates for Maryland Governor Debate Policing, Flooding

Candidates for Maryland Governor Debate Policing, Flooding

Maryland's Democratic candidates for governor focused much of their second televised debate Wednesday on painful recent events in the state, including the death of a Baltimore County police officer and... Read »

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 7:43 PM

Virginia Poised to Expand Medicaid, Pass State Budget

Virginia is poised to expand Medicaid after years of partisan battles. Read »

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 5:48 AM

VA Rep. Says He's Battling Alcoholism, Drops Re-Election Bid

VA Rep. Says He's Battling Alcoholism, Drops Re-Election Bid

Republican Congressman Thomas Garrett of Virginia has announced he will no longer seek re-election, saying he needs to work on recovering from alcoholism and renewing his commitment to his family. Read »

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