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Judges Deny VA GOP an Extension on Congressional Redistricting

A request by Virginia’s House Republican leadership to delay the special session to redraw the 3rd Congressional District map, which a three judge panel ruled was racially gerrymandered, has been denied by that same panel.

Republicans were hoping to extend their September 1st deadline until November 16th. They say they’re now evaluating their next steps.

Earlier this year the judges ruled the House Republican authored plan packed black voters into the 3rd Congressional District, weakening their voting power in surrounding ones and protecting GOP incumbents.

McAuliffe Says Biden Would Make a “Great Presidential Candidate”

Governor Terry McAuliffe, one of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s closest allies, says he’s not threatened by the possibility of Vice President Joe Biden joining the field of candidates seeking the 2016 Democratic nomination for President.

Though he’s endorsed Hillary Clinton, Governor McAuliffe says Vice President Biden is also a long time friend and would make great Presidential candidate.

McAuliffe served as chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 run for the White House and as co-chairman of then President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign.

Senator Tim Kaine Backs Iran Nuclear Accord

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is backing the international accord with Iran. The former Democratic party chairman made the announcement yesterday (8/4) on the Senate floor.

He says the deal takes Iran’s nuclear program that was on the verge of success and disables it for many years through peaceful diplomatic means. And he said the historic accord reached by the United States, Western powers and Tehran is a “dramatic improvement over the status quo” in boosting global security.

Republicans Nominate Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. for VA Supreme Court

A week after Governor Terry McAuliffe nominated Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Jane Marum Roush to Virginia’s Supreme Court, Republican leaders in the General Assembly have nominated a different candidate.

Nearly 20 members of the Fairfax Delegation from both parties signed a letter in support of Roush, including the Republican Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee Delegate Dave Albo.

Now Speaker of the House Bill Howell and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment have selected Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. for the same seat.

McAuliffe Unveils FAMIS Enrollment Program to Commemorate Medicaid Anniversary

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday (7/30) a new back to school enrollment plan for FAMIS a federal assistance program for underprivileged families.

The plan coincides with the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. Governor McAuliffe’s Healthy Virginia plan announced last fall set a goal of enrolling 35,000 additional children in the FAMIS program by the end of 2016. Since then 17,000 have signed up.

The Governor used the opportunity to once again call on the General Assembly to expand Medicaid.

Wason Survey Says 2016 Presidential Candidates Will Have To Build New Virginia Coalition

As Virginia emerges as a key battleground state in the Presidential election, the Wason Center says it will take more than just loyal Democrats or Republicans to turn the tide. 

The Wason Center for Public Policy says candidates will have to build a coaltion from seven distinct voter groups.

Quentin Kid, Director, says the Democrats will have to build a new coaltion to repeat their wins in 2008 and 2012.

House and Senate Republican Leaders Reject Compromise on Redistricting

Virginia’s Speaker of the House Bill Howell and Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment have declined Governor McAuliffe’s request to meet to forge a compromise on court ordered redistricting of some of Virginia’s congressional maps.

The Republican leaders say the meeting is premature as they have requested an extension to the September 1st deadline set by a federal court to redraw the maps.

Governor McAuliffe has called a special session of the General Assembly for August 17th to redraw Virginia’s 3rd congressional district.

New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Trailing Republicans in VA

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Hillary Clinton narrowly trailing leading Republican candidates in several key swing states including Virginia.

The poll of nearly 1,200 voters in Virginia, Iowa and Colorado shows Clinton is losing ground to Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker vs. a similar poll conducted 3 months ago where she held 7-8 point leads over the same candidates. In Virginia she remains mostly within the margin of error. In Colorado and Iowa she trails the same candidates by 5-8 points.

Bagby Wins Special Election for Morrissey’s Seat

Henrico County School Board Member Lamont Bagby has won the 74th district special election to replace former Delegate Joe Morrissey in a landslide with nearly 85% of the vote.

Last month Bagby won the 3-way Democratic primary to run for the seat in the Nov. 3 general election. Last night (7/21) he handily defeated Independent David Lambert, the son of former Democratic State Senator Benjamin Lambert.

McAuliffe Announces International Trade Alliance

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Wednesday (7/15) the creation of the Virginia International Trade Alliance (VITAL).

VITAL will work with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) to increase international trade in Virginia.

Goals of VITAL over the next five years include growing Virginia exports by over $1.5 billion dollars, as well as creating 14,000 new trade-supported jobs.

The Governor says expanding trade is a must.


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