Ex-Gov. McDonnell plays prank on new Gov. McAuliffe
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Virginia
January 13th, 2014
03:54 PM ET
6 months ago

Ex-Gov. McDonnell plays prank on new Gov. McAuliffe

(CNN) - Newly-minted Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, who was sworn in on Saturday, said Monday that his predecessor left him a few presents at the Executive Mansion.

"(Former Gov. Bob) McDonnell left a few items for me," McAuliffe, a Democrat, said at his first Cabinet meeting. "One was pretty cute; he had an alarm clock hidden in a drawer."
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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
McAuliffe's first order of business: Ethics reform
January 11th, 2014
06:11 PM ET
6 months ago

McAuliffe's first order of business: Ethics reform

(CNN) - Hours after his inauguration as Virginia’s 72nd governor – and in the wake of a scandal that engulfed his predecessor – Terry McAuliffe has made ethics reform his first order of business, instituting tighter limits between public officials and lobbyists like he once was.

The executive order signed by McAuliffe Saturday establishes a gift limit of $100 for all administration officials and their families, including the governor himself. It also creates a three-person ethics commission to enforce the limit and determine whether particular gifts are acceptable.
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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
Former Republican Chairman Ed Gillespie expected to announce Senate candidacy
January 10th, 2014
02:42 PM ET
6 months ago

Former Republican Chairman Ed Gillespie expected to announce Senate candidacy

Washington (CNN) – Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is expected to soon announce he will seek the Republican nomination for the Senate seat in Virginia currently held by Democrat Mark Warner, who is running for re-election next year, a Republican familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN.

He has informed some party leaders he will mount the campaign after testing the waters and could announce his candidacy as early as next week the source said.

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Filed under: Ed Gillespie • Senate • Virginia
Creigh Deeds introduces mental health legislation
January 7th, 2014
11:22 AM ET
7 months ago

Creigh Deeds introduces mental health legislation

Updated 6:17 p.m. ET, 1/7/2014

Washington (CNN) - Roughly two months after Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed multiple times by his son, the Democratic lawmaker is introducing new legislation that targets mental health services in the commonwealth.

His agenda for the 2014 session includes proposals that would create a psychiatric bed registry and expand the time limit for emergency custody orders.
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Filed under: Creigh Deeds • Mental Health • Virginia
Leading Republican jumps into hot House race
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Virginia
January 7th, 2014
08:02 AM ET
7 months ago

Leading Republican jumps into hot House race

Washington (CNN) - A former aide to retiring Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia Tuesday is officially jumping into the race for his U.S. House seat, which will be among the most contested and expensive congressional battles in this November's midterm elections.

Three-term state delegate Barbara Comstock will formally declare her candidacy Tuesday morning, her campaign told CNN.
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Filed under: 2014 • Frank Wolf • Virginia
Republican concedes in disputed Virginia AG race
December 18th, 2013
03:08 PM ET
7 months ago

Republican concedes in disputed Virginia AG race

(CNN) – Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain conceded to Democrat Mark Herring on Wednesday in the disputed race for Virginia Attorney General.

Obenshain made the decision with a recount set to conclude.
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Filed under: Virginia
GOP congressman's retirement could put key district in play
December 17th, 2013
02:16 PM ET
7 months ago

GOP congressman's retirement could put key district in play

Update 3:53 p.m., 12/17/2013

Washington (CNN) – Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election in 2014, setting up a competitive race to replace him in the suburbs and exurbs outside Washington, D.C.

Wolf, first elected in 1980 and the dean of the Virginia delegation, said in a written statement that he was grateful to his constituents for his 34 years of service in Congress, but he's decided to focus on other efforts.
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Filed under: Frank Wolf • Virginia
Virginia governor announces millions for mental health
December 10th, 2013
01:27 PM ET
7 months ago

Virginia governor announces millions for mental health

(CNN) – Outgoing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia proposed $38.3 million in new funds Tuesday for mental health services over the next two years.

While officials say the budget plans and other initiatives have been in the works for a while, the announcement comes less than a month after Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed more than 10 times by his son, who then shot and killed himself.
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Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Mental Health • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
Dates set in Virginia attorney general recount
Republican Mark Obenshain
December 4th, 2013
03:32 PM ET
8 months ago

Dates set in Virginia attorney general recount

(CNN) - The dates have been set for the recount to determine the Virginia attorney general's race, after Democrat Mark Herring beat Republican Mark Obenshain last month by a tiny margin of 165 votes out of 2.2 million.

Officials will begin counting votes in Fairfax county on December 16 and in the rest of the counties on December 17.
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Filed under: Virginia
Republican to ask for recount in Virginia AG race
November 26th, 2013
04:38 PM ET
8 months ago

Republican to ask for recount in Virginia AG race

(CNN) - The Republican in Virginia's attorney general race will request a recount after the official results released Monday showed state Sen. Mark Obenshain behind Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring by a razor-thin margin of about .007%.

Obenshain lost by 165 votes out of 2.2 million, marking the closest statewide race in Virginia's history.
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Filed under: 2013 • Virginia
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