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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe walks after a news conference at the Mariel port in Artemisa province, Cuba January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa

Virginia GOP Threaten Suit To Keep Felons From Voting

Governor Terry McAuliffe says rules keeping ex-convicts from voting are holdovers from the Civil War, designed to prevent blacks from going to the polls. But Republicans say the governor is overstepping his constitutional authority to help a longtime political ally and fellow Democrat, Hillary Clinton.

May 3, 2016
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Restoring Voting Rights To Felons Is The Right Thing To Do

Even after men and women have served their time — after they have paid their debt to society, as the cliche goes — most states restrict their franchise. It’s an odd idea: Those men and women are harmless enough to release onto the streets, but they can’t be trusted to vote.

April 29, 2016
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Gov. McAuliffe Does Right Thing For Wrong Reason

Last week, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, issued an executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-offenders. The sweeping order applies to those who have completed their sentences and any probation or parole.

April 27, 2016
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe walks after a news conference at the Mariel port in Artemisa province, Cuba

Virginia Governor Signs Gun Law Compromise Measures

From now on, Virginia can confiscate firearms from anyone who is under a permanent protective order for domestic violence offenses.

February 26, 2016
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How To Get Sicker, Die Sooner, And Pay More For It

Our system is less fair, less efficient, makes us less healthy and gives us shorter lives.

September 24, 2015
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The Confederacy Crashes In A Week. It Only Took 150 Years.

It would have been admirable for this change of heart regarding the Confederate flag to have happened without the cruel shock of a massacre of innocents.

June 25, 2015
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Virginia Gov. McAuliffe: I’m Getting Rid Of Confederate Flag License Plates

“Even its display on state issued license tags is, in my view, unnecessarily divisive and hurtful to too many of our people.”

June 23, 2015
Healthcare not warfare

If Supreme Court Rules Against Obamacare, States Have Few Options

Even some red state governments are starting to panic over King v. Burwell.

March 2, 2015
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While National Gun Lobby Gloats, States Seek Sanity On Firearms

Despite a dysfunctional Congress, gun control advocates see growing momentum for “sensible” laws at the state level.

December 27, 2014
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Virginia Attorney General Challenges Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Virginia attorney general Mark Herring announced on Thursday that he would side with plaintiffs challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, rather than defend it on behalf of the state. Herring, a Democrat elected on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s ticket, said his views on marriage equality have changed over the years. “I had voted against marriage […]

January 23, 2014

5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About Obamacare

In early November, in the midst of the worst of the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, Terry McAuliffe beat Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who defined himself as one of the nation’s foremost opponents of the president’s health care reform, to become the state’s next governor. “We tested Cuccinelli’s brag that he was the first attorney […]

January 14, 2014
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Elections Matter: Terry McAuliffe Launches Governorship With New LGBT Protections

Immediately after his inauguration as the 72nd governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe made protecting LGBT workers from discrimination the first official action of his new administration. On Saturday afternoon, Governor McAuliffe signed Executive Order Number 1, which “specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political […]

January 13, 2014