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Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019 at 7:54 AM

Primary Day in Virginia: What You Need to Know

Virginia voters will make their picks Tuesday in several primary contests that may help decide the balance of power in the General Assembly. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019 at 6:54 AM
Voters Head to Polls in VA Primary

Voters Head to Polls in VA Primary

Polls in Virginia are open from 6 a.m to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voters can vote in either the Democratic or Republican primaries but not both. Watch »

Monday, Jun 10, 2019 at 7:08 AM

Charlottesville to Divest Budget Funds From Fossil Fuels, Weapons

Charlottesville to Divest Budget Funds From Fossil Fuels, Weapons

Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, have voted to divest the city's operating budget investments from any entity involved in the production of fossil fuels or weapons. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 at 7:11 AM

DC Tables Medical Marijuana Protections for City Workers

Medical marijuana is legal in D.C. — But city employees with prescription cards could still lose their jobs if they use it. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019 at 8:35 PM

Virginia Governor Announces Special Session on Gun Control

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol to consider a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week's mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls... Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2019 at 10:31 PM
Council Considers Medical Pot Protections for DC Workers

Council Considers Medical Pot Protections for DC Workers

Mark Seagraves reports on contradictions in D.C. government policy that may not be doing enough to protect employees who use medical marijuana from discrimination, even as they are legally allowed to use... Watch »

Monday, Jun 3, 2019 at 5:56 AM

Shooting Poses Virginia Governor's First Test Since Scandal

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wasted little time getting to Virginia Beach after a gunman killed a dozen people in a city office building, the first major test of his leadership since a blackface scandal... Read »

Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 at 5:17 PM

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Won't Test Trump in GOP Primary

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Won't Test Trump in GOP Primary

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he won't challenge President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination in 2020. Read »

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 9:48 PM

DC Statehood Bill Scheduled for House Committee Hearing

A major D.C. statehood announcement is promised by the city's top elected officials. Read »

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 12:53 PM

Speaker Calls for Removal of Civil War Plaque in Statehouse

Speaker Calls for Removal of Civil War Plaque in Statehouse

The speaker of Maryland's House of Delegates has called for the removal of a Statehouse plaque that honors the Civil War's Union and Confederate soldiers. 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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