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Virginia Republicans May Ask SCOTUS to Review Redistricting Ruling

Virginia’s Republican Congressmen may ask the Supreme Court to review this week’s ruling by a three-judge panel that could jeopardize their jobs. John Gore, a Washington attorney representing the eight Republicans, said yesterday an appeal to the Supreme Court is being considered and a decision on whether to appeal is “imminent.”

Three Judge Panel Says Virginia’s Congressional Maps Unconstitutional

A panel of federal judges yesterday declared Virginia’s congressional maps unconstitutional because they concentrate African-American voters into a single district at the expense of their influence elsewhere. Three federal judges ruled 2-1 yesterday (10/8) that the lines of the state's 3rd Congressional District were drawn in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The panel of judges allowed next month's election to proceed under the existing district lines, but ordered the General Assembly to redraw them by April 1, in time for the next congressional election in 2016.

McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage for State Workers

Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order requiring state agencies to comply with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to legalize same-sex marriage in Virginia. State employees who are eligible for health benefits will be able to enroll their spouses and eligible dependents in those insurance plans within 60 days of marriage. Married same sex couples will also be able to file their state income taxes jointly.

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