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Campaign Ads Begin in Governor's Race

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Democrat Terry McAuliffe is broadcasting the first television ads in this year's Virginia governor's race. The 30-second ad airs in the Hampton Roads media market and focuses on jobs, particularly military and shipbuilding jobs exclusive to the region.

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VA Senate Approves "No-Excuse" Absentee Voting

Posted: 01/26/2009 - The Senate has passed legislation to allow Virginia voters to cast absentee ballots for any reason. Currently, those who want to vote absentee must meet one of 17 criteria, such as being out of town on election day, being pregnant or taking care of an ill family member.

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Race for Sheriff in Charlottesville Begins

Updated: 01/22/2009 - Albemarle County Police Officer James Brown has announced his candidacy for Charlottesville Sheriff. His announcement comes just one day after current Sheriff Cornelia Johnson said she would not seek another term.

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DNC Officially Elects Gov. Kaine Chairman

Updated: 01/21/2009 - The Democratic National Committee has elected Tim Kaine as the party's new chairman. The vote was a formality and the outcome was expected.

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UVA Center for Politics Says Obama's Speech Tailored to Economic Crisis

Posted: 01/20/2009 - After Barack Obama's Inaugural Address was finished, the analysis of his performance began. Members at the University of Virginia Center for Politics say the speech was tailored to the current crisis: the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and the budget deficit.

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Barack Obama Talks of "New Way Forward" on Foreign Policy

Updated: 01/20/2009 - In his inaugural address, Obama pledged broader engagement in the world. He said the people of the world should know that America is a friend of all who seek "a future of peace and dignity." Attached is a Word document containing the full text of Obama's speech.

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VA House Subcommittee Kills Early Voting Bill

Posted: 01/19/2009 - A House of Delegates subcommittee has killed bills that would have made it easier for Virginians to vote before an election. They rejected a bill that would have done away with the requirement that voters who wish to cast an absentee ballot in person meet one of 17 criteria, such as being out of town or caring for a sick family member.

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Crowds Gather Ahead of Inauguration

Posted: 01/19/2009 - The mood is a festive one as crowds start to jam Washington, D.C., in advance of tomorrow's inauguration of Barack Obama. But there are also signs of the heavy security that will be in place. Uniformed military personnel are stationed at street corners.

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Roland Burris Officially Sworn In As Senator

Posted: 01/15/2009 - Roland Burris is now officially a U.S. senator. The Illinois Democrat was sworn-in by Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday at a Capitol Hill ceremony. His new colleagues in the Senate chamber responded with applause.

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More Republicans Sign Up for Bipartisan Dinners

Posted: 01/15/2009 - More Republicans are taking prominent roles in a series of dinners planned the night before President-elect Barack Obama' inauguration as a nod toward bipartisanship in government.

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State of the Commonwealth Address Starts at 7:00 pm

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Governor Kaine is delivering his annual State of the Commonwealth Address to the gathered lawmakers. We are streaming the speech and the Republican response live on our web site. Click on Live Stream on our homepage. Attached is the text of the complete speech.

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Kaine Speaks Out About New DNC Position

Updated: 01/05/2009 - Governor Kaine will serve as chairman of the Democratic National Committee but only part time for the first year. The UVa Center for Politics says that filling both roles will be challenging but Governor Kaine says that he expects the position to be mostly electronic in it's first year.

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Perriello Wins 5th District Recount

Updated: 07/22/2009 - Democrat Tom Perriello has been certified the winner in Virginia's 5th District congressional race after a recount in Charlottesville. Republican incumbent Virgil Goode picked up 18 votes in the two-day recount. The final margin of victory as certified by a three-judge panel was 727 votes.

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McDonnell Calls for Election Reform

Posted: 12/16/2008 - Attorney General Bob McDonnell is backing legislation to streamline the voting process, standardize guidelines to determine voter residence, and ensure that all ballots are properly counted. McDonnell on Tuesday outlined eight proposals, including a measure to ensure that registrars send ballots in a timely manner to allow Virginians living abroad, including military members, to vote.

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Presidential Inauguration Turnout Could Set Record

Posted: 12/13/2008 - Organizers say that Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration could draw the largest crowd to Washington in modern times. A million or more people may show up on the National Mall and along the parade route for the inauguration of the country's first black president.

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Final Hearing Before 5th District Congressional Recount

Updated: 12/12/2008 - The final hearing before the recount scheduled for December 16th and 17th took place Friday morning. Lawyers for Congressman Virgil Goode and Congressman-elect Tom Perriello discussed details in court. Perriello is spending Friday in Charlottesville.

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Illinois Attorney General Threatens to Act Against Blagojevich

Posted: 12/11/2008 - There's been no word from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Thursday morning, but other Illinois officials are ratcheting up their demands for his resignation. He was arrested Tuesday on charges that he put President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat up for sale. White House officials say that President Bush feels that the allegations against the Governor are "astounding."

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