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Supreme Court Adds Virginia Redistricting Case to Docket

Petitioners in the case argued law-makers packed too many black voters into certain delegate districts, thereby reducing their political influence in others.

Last year, a federal, three-judge panel ruled state lawmakers did not improperly use race as a factor when drawing most of the district boundaries.

The U.S. Supreme Court will now review that ruling during their next term, which begins in October.

McAuliffe Won't Step Down For Cabinet Position

For months, Republicans have been buzzing about the possibility that Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe might be stepping down before the end of his term to take a position in a potential Hillary Clinton administration. Now the governor is saying thanks but no thanks. He’s keeping his day job.

Few people have ever seemed to enjoy being governor more than Terry McAuliffe. But his close relationship with the Clintons has fueled months of speculation that McAuliffe might step down before the end his term to become a Cabinet secretary.

Now the governor says forget about it.

Rights Restoration Accidentally Restores Rights To Wrong People

Prosecutors are finding more cases of mistaken voting and civic rights restored as a result of Governor Terry McAuliffe's April Rights Restoration order.

Even though Governor Terry McAuliffe's administration has denied access to the list of felons whose rights have been restored, Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman says he and his colleagues have already come across at least 5 cases of rights restored when they shouldn't be.

Plowman argues an individualized review process would prevent the errors from happening.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Virginia’s New Congressional Districts

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a Republican challenge to Virginia’s new congressional map, which was redrawn after a federal three judge panel twice found that one district was racially gerrymandered.

The high court said Republicans did not have standing to bring the case as they could produce no injured party.

Previous rulings from the lower court panel found that Virginia’s Republican controlled legislature had packed black voters in the 3rd district, weakening their voting power in others.

Housing Commission Wrestles With Airbnb

The Virginia Housing Commission is studying how to best implement laws for short-term rental housing throughout the state.

Delegate Chris Peace chairs the commission’s Airbnb work group. He says right now, the group is trying to reconcile concerns from home-owners who use the platform to make extra money and concerns from localities and hospitality industry representatives who say they’re losing money.

Fight Continues Over Rights Restoration

Newly released data from Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration shows a snap shot of who is benefiting from his April 22nd rights restoration order.

Nearly 80% of the newly enfranchised felons are non-violent. Half are white and 75% are male - that’s all according to a press release from the Democratic Governor who argues each of them has paid their debts to society and deserves to cast a ballot and be considered for jury duty.

Fifth District Congressional Race Shaping Up

Four Republicans are lining up to replace retiring Fifth District Republican Congressman Robert Hurt.

Last weekend, the Democrats nominated Jane Dittmar at the party’s district convention in Nelson County, and this coming weekend, it is the Republican’s turn with four candidates seeking the nomination.

They are State Senator Tom Garrett, former congressional security adviser Joseph Whited, Developer Jim McKelvey and technology executive Michael Del Rosso.


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