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Election Day

Polls opened across the state at 6:00 a.m. this morning (11/3) and close tonight at 7:00 p.m.

And before the day is over, control of the Virginia Senate will be decided.

Republicans now hold a 21-19 edge, but Democrats hope to end that, and one of the key races is in the Richmond area between Democrat Dan Gecker and Republican Glen Sturtevant, that has received national attention and out-of-state money.

The outcome could affect Governor McCauliffe’s key initiatives, from the budget, to Medicaid expansion, to gun control in the Commonwealth.

Hillary Clinton Pledges Stronger Gun Laws

At a rally in Alexandria today (10/23) for grassroots supporters, Hillary Clinton pledged to protect Americans from what she calls the plague of gun violence.

Clinton says the majority of Americans and gun owners agree for stronger gun safety laws.

Clinton says the NRA represents gun manufacturers and sellers as opposed to gun owners. She called on them to start a competing organization. Clinton told supporters congress has given the gun industry immunity from litigation for just about everything, she vowed to repeal that law if elected.

McAuliffe Shows Support At Clinton Rally

It’s only been a day since Democratic Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton’s marathon session before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Today the former Secretary of State held a rally in Northern Virginia where some are still reacting to what they see as a series of successful events.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe was there to show his support.

Federal 3 Judge Panel Upholds 2011 House Redistricting Plan

In a 2-1 decision yesterday (10/22), a federal three-judge panel has upheld 12 majority black districts in the House of Delegates that plaintiffs said diluted African American’s voting power.

The plaintiffs alleged that the House had racially gerrymandered the districts, which is illegal, but the court ruled that they were politically gerrymandered which is legal.

Webb Drops Out of Democratic Race, Considers Independent Run

Jim Webb is withdrawing his bid from the Democratic Nomination for the Presidency and says he’ll spend the next few weeks evaluating running as an independent.

Webb says that on many issues he’s not compatible with the hierarchy of the Democratic Party and Vice Versa.

He believes that the paralysis in both political parties right now could provide an opportunity for an independent candidate to win the White House.

Webb, who has struggled to fundraise says he believes he would have significant financial help if he were to run as an independent.

Webb Considers Run as an Independent

Virginia’s former U.S. Senator, Democrat Jim Webb says he’s considering running as an independent for President of the United States.

Webb has called a press conference for 1:00 p.m. today (10/20) where he will discuss his future plans and his views on both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Webb has a history of working with both. Before serving as a Democratic Senator, he was assistant secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy for President Reagan.

Trump Speaks to Thousands at Richmond International Raceway

GOP Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump spoke to thousands of supporters last night (10/14) at Richmond International Raceway.

Trump listed areas where he is performing particularly well in the polls and highlighted specific issues including the economy, foreign policy and illegal immigration where he continues to lead.

Trump got big cheers when he said he would build a wall to keep out illegals.

Several dozen protesters were ejected after chanting “Dump Trump” and getting into shouting matches with his supporters.

Prosecutors Oppose Maureen McDonnell’s Request to Delay Her Appeal

Federal Prosecutors say former Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell’s appeal of her 2014 corruption convictions to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court should proceed as planned in October.

Attorneys for Mrs. McDonnell have requested her appeal be delayed until after the Supreme Court decides whether to hear her husband, former Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption appeal.

Prosecutors say it’s in the public’s intereste to resolve the case as soon as possible.

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