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GOP seeks special court session on felon voting rights

(AP) Republican legislative leaders want the Supreme Court of Virginia to hold a special session to consider their lawsuit against Gov. Terry McAuliffe over voting rights for felons. GOP leaders filed a lawsuit in the court Monday in an effort ...

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Official: Feds investigate McAuliffe campaign donations

McLEAN (AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe is a subject of a federal investigation looking at donations to his gubernatorial campaign, according to a U.S. law enforcement official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak ...

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Virginia GOP files lawsuit to block felons from voting

(AP) Virginia Republicans asked state’s highest court Monday to block more than 200,000 felons from voting in November, arguing that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe abused his power by restoring the voting rights of thousands of convicts who’ve completed their sentences. ...

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US Supreme Court dismisses GOP appeal over Virginia districts

WASHINGTON (AP) A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia. The justices on Monday left in place a decision by a lower court that said Virginia illegally packed black voters into one district ...

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Virginia jails housing thousands living in US illegally

(AP) Since 2008, Virginia’s local and regional jails have housed at least 19,882 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to data collected by the State Compensation Board, but officials say the number is likely much higher. The Richmond Times-Dispatch ...

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Judge to rule on forum for Volkswagen cases (access required)

ROANOKE – A lawyer for hundreds of Virginia Volkswagen diesel owners is pushing for quick state court action on his unusual demand for loaner cars, but VW lawyers say the claims belong in a San Francisco federal court to be ...

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Judge upholds state voter ID law

(AP) A federal judge on Thursday upheld Virginia’s 2013 law requiring voters to show a valid photo ID at the polls. The state Democratic Party sued state elections officials, saying the photo ID requirement unconstitutionally suppresses voting by blacks, Latinos ...

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