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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.

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