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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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Jesse Jackson Jr: 'I'm Not Target of Investigation'

Posted: 12/10/2008 - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. said Wednesday he openly sought appointment to Barack Obama's Senate seat but denied offering favors in return to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and said he was not involved "whatsoever in any wrongdoing."

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Former Congressman L.F. Payne Endorses Brian Moran for Governor

Posted: 12/10/2008 - L. F. Payne, the former Congressman from Virginia’s 5th district and chairman of Mark Warner’s successful gubernatorial campaign, announced his endorsement of Delegate Brian Moran for Governor in 2009 on Wednesday.

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Obama's Inauguration Includes Martin Luther King Service, Honors Tuskagee Airmen

Updated: 12/10/2008 - President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration will be a four-day affair, replete with the traditional balls but also featuring service projects to honor Martin Luther King's holiday, aides said Wednesday. Obama is also honoring African-American veterans. The Tuskegee Airmen, a group of black pilots who fought in World War II, have been invited to attend President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.

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Update: Judge says Late Ballots Likely Won't be Counted

Updated: 12/08/2008 - A federal judge says he's unlikely to order Virginia election officials to count late absentee ballots from overseas military personnel. However, U.S. District Judge Richard Williams directed the State Board of Elections and the U.S. Justice Department to work out a procedure to ensure the timely mailing of ballots to service men and women in future elections.

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Another Former Rival Joins Obama's Cabinet

Updated: 12/03/2008 - Gov. Richardson says he doesn't think of himself as an Obama rival. Wednesday, President Elect Barack Obama named New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to run the Commerce department. The two ran against each other for President.

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