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Court-Ordered Redistricting Plan in Federal Court Hearing Today

A court-ordered change in congressional boundaries is headed for federal court in Richmond today (12/14). At issue is whether the federal court, which has already ruled that the current boundaries pack too many black voters in the 3rd Congressional District, should go ahead and lock new boundaries into place, or wait possibly months for the United States Supreme Court to hear an appeal by the state’s Republican members of Congress.

Virginia Isn't Competitve Tax-Wise, Governor Says

We’re learning more about what the Governor’s biennial budget will entail. Today (12/3) he told a room full of journalists that tax-wise, Virginia isn’t in a competitive position.

Speaking at an Associated Press Day event, Governor Terry McAulife said that measure along with a few other tax reforms will help Virginia become more competitive at attracting businesses.

He’s also proposing to modify the existing research and development tax credit. House Republicans say they’re waiting until the full budget is released to weigh in.

State Senator Favola Seeking Support For Gun Control Bill

State officials are working on bills ahead of the 2016 General Assembly session. State Senator Barbara Favola is trying to gain traction for a gun control measure.

Favola says she is planning to re-introduce a similar bill in the upcoming General Assembly.

Last winter, Senator Favola patroned SB 943 which would’ve temporarily restricted certain convicts’ access to guns.

It died in the Senate Finance Committee.

Syrian Refugees Not Currently Scheduled To Settle In Virginia

Right now, there are no Syrian Refugees scheduled to resettle into Virginia. That’s according to the Commonwealth's Safety and Security Secretary Brian Moran, and he says he doesn’t know when that number might change.

U.S. President Barack Obama has planned to bring in 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year.

Governor McAuliffe Says Virginia Will Not Close Its Doors To Syrian Refugees

Governor McAuliffe says Virginia will not close its doors to Syrian refugees, even though some Republican Governors have threatened to do so, following last week’s deadly attacks in Paris.

A spokesman for the Governor said his public safety team is in communications with federal authorities about refugee resettlements, including relocations involving Syrians, and that every refugee settled in the United States undergoes intensive security screening.

Governor McAuliffe Begins Trade Mission to India

Governor Terry McAuliffe and members of his administration have begun a trade mission to the Middle East and India where they plan to attend over 100 meetings in 11 days.

The Middle Eastern portion of the trip will include a visit to the Air Show in Dubai, business outreach in the United Arab Emirates and stops in Oman and Kuwait for various Agriculture projects.

Virginia Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore says the commonwealth already has a foothold in India where we sell lumber, grain and apples.

Carson Speaks On Religious Freedom

On the heels of the GOP Debate, Dr. Ben Carson is talking about religious freedom.

Taking questions from Liberty University students, Republican front-runner Dr. Ben Carson talked about how he might govern given the tension between “traditional” and more “progressive” values.

The retired neurosurgeon also touched on his views about the definition of marriage.

Dr. Carson received a standing ovation after his remarks at the Vines Center Wednesday (11/11) morning.

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