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Democratic Presidential Hopeful Bernie Sanders Campaigns in Lynchburg

Democratic President Hopeful Bernie Sanders was in Lynchburg yesterday (9/14) on a declared campaign stop at Liberty University.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, whose recent rise in the polls have shocked “even himself” spoke to thousands of evangelical college students, who usually support Republicans, and he told them that what he calls the massive injustice of income and wealth equality should unite people across the political spectrum.

Morrisey Drops Out of Race For State Senate Seat

A former Virginia lawmaker who spent his days at the General Assembly and his nights in jail is dropping his campaign for a state Senate race.

Former Delegate Joe Morrisey announced yesterday (9/10) he will not run because of health problems with his diaphragm.

The latest development adds another chapter to a tumultuous year for Morrisey. In December, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and served three months in jail.

House Announces Redistricting Session Agenda

House Republican leaders have announced they will return to Richmond on Monday (8/10) to begin the process of adjusting the 3rd congressional district, which a federal court found was racially gerrymandered and ordered redrawn by September 1st.

After a full day of meetings, the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on the proposed changes before the House Privileges and Elections Committee at 3:00 p.m.

Judges Deny VA GOP an Extension on Congressional Redistricting

A request by Virginia’s House Republican leadership to delay the special session to redraw the 3rd Congressional District map, which a three judge panel ruled was racially gerrymandered, has been denied by that same panel.

Republicans were hoping to extend their September 1st deadline until November 16th. They say they’re now evaluating their next steps.

Earlier this year the judges ruled the House Republican authored plan packed black voters into the 3rd Congressional District, weakening their voting power in surrounding ones and protecting GOP incumbents.

McAuliffe Says Biden Would Make a “Great Presidential Candidate”

Governor Terry McAuliffe, one of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s closest allies, says he’s not threatened by the possibility of Vice President Joe Biden joining the field of candidates seeking the 2016 Democratic nomination for President.

Though he’s endorsed Hillary Clinton, Governor McAuliffe says Vice President Biden is also a long time friend and would make great Presidential candidate.

McAuliffe served as chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 run for the White House and as co-chairman of then President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign.

Senator Tim Kaine Backs Iran Nuclear Accord

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is backing the international accord with Iran. The former Democratic party chairman made the announcement yesterday (8/4) on the Senate floor.

He says the deal takes Iran’s nuclear program that was on the verge of success and disables it for many years through peaceful diplomatic means. And he said the historic accord reached by the United States, Western powers and Tehran is a “dramatic improvement over the status quo” in boosting global security.

Republicans Nominate Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. for VA Supreme Court

A week after Governor Terry McAuliffe nominated Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Jane Marum Roush to Virginia’s Supreme Court, Republican leaders in the General Assembly have nominated a different candidate.

Nearly 20 members of the Fairfax Delegation from both parties signed a letter in support of Roush, including the Republican Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee Delegate Dave Albo.

Now Speaker of the House Bill Howell and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment have selected Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. for the same seat.


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