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McAuliffe Previews State of the Commonwealth Speech

Tonight (1/13) at the midpoint of his term, Governor Terry McAuliffe will deliver his annual State of the Commonwealth address.

He will ask the General Assembly to support his two-year legacy budget, which includes a billion dollars in new investment for education.

While the Governor has fought hard in previous years with the Republican controlled legislature over Medicaid expansion and gun control, he warned them not to get bogged down in petty partisan battles.

Lawmakers Return To Richmond for 2016 General Assembly Session

Lawmakers are returning to Richmond today (1/13) to kick off their 2016 legislative session.

Tonight they will hear Governor Terry McAuliffe’s State of the Commonwealth address. The Democratic Governor is entering his third year in office and will be seeking support for his $109 billion dollar proposed budget that includes a billion-dollar increase in education spending, small corporate and individual tax cuts and a two-percent raise for state employees.

Three Richmond Pastors File Suit to Block GOP “Affiliation” Oath on Ballot

Three Richmond-area black pastors have filed a lawsuit to try to stop the requirement that voters in the March 1st GOP primary sign a statement saying they are Republicans.

Virginians don’t register by party and anyone can vote in a primary, but this year the Republican Party of Virginia asked the State Board of Elections to use an “affiliation statement,” and the board approved it.

The lawsuit asks a judge to declare it unconstitutional and to stop the Board from enforcing it.

Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade To Challenge Dave Bratt in 7th District

Henrico County Sheriff Mike Wade says he is running for Congress in the 7th District. Longtime Sheriff Mike Wade is expected to challenge freshman Congressman Dave Brat for the Republican nomination to represent the 7th district.

He says “we need action, not rhetoric.”

Brat says he welcomes a debate.

The 7th District Republican Committee meets Saturday (1/9) to decide whether to nominate its candidate for the seat through a convention or a primary.

Wade is expected to make a formal announcement this week.

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