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Republicans reprimand Rep. Denver Riggleman because he officiated a gay wedding

The Cumberland County Republican Committee passed a motion of no confidence in Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va) on Monday night over his officiation of a same-sex wedding, the Roanoke Times reports.  The Committee was chaired by Diana Shores, who tried – and failed – last week to have Riggleman censured by the 5th Congressional District Republican...

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Democratic Delegate interrupts Trump's speech at Jamestown

While many of his fellow Democrats opted to boycott President Trump's appearance at the Jamestown 400th anniversary celebration on Tuesday, Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Fairfax) took another approach: he interrupted President Trump's speech.

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks at a pre-release book signing event for his book, "Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a stand against white nationalism," at River City Roll Brewery in Richmond on July 25, 2019.
McAuliffe is focused on winning the state legislature, first

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe might not be running a campaign, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his packed schedule or by listening to his polished, election-ready commentary on Virginia politics. As of Friday, the former governor of Virginia had made 57 stops across the Commonwealth over the last six weeks. “It’s killing...

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Republicans try to pull a fast one, renominate delegate who withdrew from race

A Republican committee voted unanimously this week to renominate Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) as a candidate for the House of Delegates just days after Freitas informed state election officials that he was dropping out of the race. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Freitas had missed campaign filing deadlines and faced potential disqualification from the ballot by...

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What state Sen. Glen Sturtevant's 'no' vote on Medicaid means

Back in 2015, then state Senate candidate Glen Sturtevant opposed Medicaid expansion, calling it a “non-starter.”  Sturtevant won his race but his opposition to Medicaid expansion is out of step with his district. Despite the fact that as many as 6,400 of his constituents were predicted to be newly eligible for coverage and a March...

Mark Whitfield, whose daughter was shot and killed at a cookout over Memorial Day Weekend, speaks at a roundtable on gun violence in Richmond organized by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine.
26 students shot in Richmond this year

Twenty-six Richmond Public Schools students were shot this past school year, NBC12 reports, and two lost their lives. That’s more than one shooting victim for every 1,000 students in Richmond schools. For survivors like 11-year-old Jacquez Monez, the bullets don’t just tear through flesh and bone — they rip through their psyche, too. “He’s doing...

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Marijuana arrests in Virginia reach highest level in 20 years

There were nearly 29,000 marijuana arrests in Virginia in 2018, the highest level in at least 20 years, and more than triple the amount of arrests in 1999, according to the 2018 Virginia State Police Crime in Virginia Report. Seventy-six percent the 28,886 people arrested were between the ages of 18-34, with more than 13,000...