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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican candidate for governor in Virginia is telling conservative activists they need to stand up against the "twisted mindset" of the hate groups that were part of a deadly rally a week ago in Charlottesville.

Ed Gillespie made the remarks Saturday in Richmond at a summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity. It's his first major speech since last week's violence.

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As the nation comes to grips with the violence that erupted in Charlottesville and the President's response, Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill suggests it's time for reflection.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's governor says he doesn't want his state included in a new review of an oil and gas leasing program on the outer continental shelf.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe on Thursday released a letter he sent last week to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The agency is conducting a review of the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The shelf includes areas off the coast of Virginia.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Republican governor has criticized President Donald J. Trump's comments blaming "both sides" for racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hogan made the remarks Wednesday after a meeting of the Board of Public Works, of which he is a member. He says he thinks Trump "made a terrible mistake."

The Baltimore Sun reports that the governor says Maryland will continue to condemn hatred, bigotry and violence. On Tuesday, he called for the removal of a Confederate monument from the front lawn of the State House.

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The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville that left one person dead has roiled the Republican Party with top GOP leaders denouncing remarks by President Donald Trump that shied away from placing the blame for the violence at the feet of white nationalists. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with former Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest who reflected on the rally, the President and his party.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Two top aides to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan have signed off on a state official's participation in President Donald Trump's panel investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The Baltimore Sun reports emails provided by government watchdog group Common Cause Maryland show both Maryland Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith and former Hogan chief of staff Sam Malhotra approved Maryland Deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda's involvement in the Trump administration's presidential election probe.

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The Mayor of Tangier Island went on CNN’s Town Hall event last night and told former Vice President Al Gore that he did not see any evidence of rising sea levels.

Mayor James Eskridge admitted he was not a scientist “but was a keen observer.”

And he asked Gore why Eskridge “had not seen any signs of it.”

Eskridge said what his home town needed was a sea wall to fight erosion.

Gore responded by saying that he knew of Tangier Island’s erosion problem and said it was due to the rising sea levels.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan for blocking people who disagree with him on his official Facebook page and deleting their comments.

The ACLU sued Tuesday on behalf of four people, saying their First Amendment rights were violated.

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(AP) - Delaware's senior senator is seeking a fourth term.

Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat, recently announced he's running for re-election.

Carper is a former Naval aviator and governor who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000.

He said in an interview on MSNBC on Monday that he was considering retirement before last year's presidential election because he thought Hillary Clinton would win and Democrats would hold a majority in the Senate.

But with President Donald Trump's victory, Carper said he's more motivated than ever to serve in the upper chamber.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Fewer people are buying guns in Virginia.

The Daily Press reports gun sellers have conducted 10 percent fewer background checks so far in 2017 compared to the same time period last year.

Experts say the decline follows a Republican being elected to the White House opposed to a Democrat. Johns Hopkins public health professor Cassandra Crifasi said fears have fallen over whether gun regulations will increase.

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HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) - The two major party candidates in Virginia's closely watched race for governor clashed at their first debate over President Donald Trump, health care, immigration, and social issues.

Republican Ed Gillespie said Saturday that he doesn't always support Trump's policies, but is willing to work with the president on issues important to Virginia, such as military spending.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced that Virginia and Mexico City have signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to promote trade.

McAuliffe announced the MOU last week. It is the second one he's signed this summer with a locality in Mexico.

The Democratic governor has been critical of Republican President Donald Trump's trade policies. McAuliffe has been a huge booster of Virginia's role in international trade. He's taken frequent trips abroad to promote the Old Dominion and to try and lure companies to Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Trump effect is having an early impact on the 2018 contests for Congress.

Virginia Democrats are lining up to run for Congress, motivated by their opposition to the president. And a Trump-like Republican is promising to run a "vicious, ruthless" U.S. Senate campaign next year that Trump supporters will relish.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's elections commissioner says she will not provide voter registration data to President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud.

Commissioner Elaine Manlove says after being inundated with calls from concerned citizens and talking to her agency's attorney, she has decided not to provide any voter registration data to Trump's commission, including data that is currently available to the public.

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SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) - President Donald Trump's salary, which he promised to give away, will go toward two restoration projects at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made the announcement Wednesday at Antietam. He says Trump's first quarter salary donation is $78,333, and $22,000 was pledged by an anonymous donor. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Tom Perriello is heading a new political action committee aimed at helping down-ballot Democrats.

Perriello said Wednesday he'll be running a group called Win Virginia, which will work to help Democrats running for the state House this year.

Perriello was defeated by Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in the Democratic primary earlier this month. 

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia's largest city has taken a position against offshore drilling.

Media outlets report that the Virginia Beach city council voted Tuesday to oppose any operations in the Atlantic Ocean.

The vote is a recommendation to President Donald Trump. The president has ordered a review of the Obama-era ban on drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Trump will make the final decision.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democrats are promising party unity after a hotly contested primary battle for governor.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello urged Democrats to work together in this year's general election.

Their comments came Saturday evening at the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner.

Northam defeated Perriello last week in a primary contest. Perriello said Saturday he "fully" endorses Northam.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republican Corey Stewart says he may run for U.S. Senate next year after his surprisingly strong showing in the GOP primary for governor.

The former state campaign chairman for President Donald Trump said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press that his near-victory over former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie showed there's strong interest in his brand of confrontational politics.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Ralph Northam has won the Democratic nomination in Virginia's closely watched race for governor, defeating an insurgent challenger backed by U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Northam beat former congressman Tom Perriello, with most polls reporting Tuesday.

The lieutenant governor secured victory thanks in part to his longer time on the campaign trail and fundraising advantage. Northam had the support of the state Democratic Party's core constituencies, including teachers groups and African-American political and religious leaders.

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The Mayor of Tangier Island James Eskridge got an unusual phone call yesterday afternoon.

It was from President Donald Trump.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the president made contact after seeing a report about the island last week on CNN.

Eskridge told the paper he got the call around 2 p.m. and called it “unreal”.

He said that the president told him, “You’ve got one heck of an island there.”

Eskridge told the president that the island residents were big Trump supporters.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginians are set to head to the polls Tuesday to pick a Republican and Democratic candidate in the closely watched race for governor.

The Old Dominion is one of only two states electing governors this year, and the primary could illustrate how voters feel about President Donald Trump's early months and the kind of response they want from Democratic candidates.

The highest profile contest is on the Democratic side, where Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam is in a close race with former congressman Tom Perriello.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a new agreement with a state in Mexico to explore trade agreements and taking a jab at President Donald Trump.

McAuliffe announced Tuesday that Virginia and the Mexican state of Baja California had signed a memorandum of understanding to foster trade. The announcement came as McAuliffe met with Mexican business leaders at an event in Washington.

The governor, a Democrat, said on Twitter that in Virginia "we build opportunities NOT walls!"

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This week the American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit on behalf of a Milton woman when she was prohibited from displaying signs denouncing policies of president Trump.

They included phrases such as “Love Trumps Hate”, “No Wall No Ban” and “Women’s Rights = Human Rights”.

62-year old Penny Nickerson said she felt compelled to put them in her front yard over concern about the current president.

But the Milton code only allows political messages during an election season.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a state plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants, a plan similar to a federal policy President Donald Trump has vowed to roll back.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, signed an executive order Tuesday that begins developing regulations on carbon emissions. He says the federal government has abdicated its job fighting climate change.

Trump has promised to scrap the Clean Power Plan, a centerpiece of former President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce harmful emissions.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is moving forward on seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean, the first step toward offshore drilling in a region where it has been blocked for decades.

The Interior Department says it is reviewing six applications by energy companies that were rejected by the Obama administration.

Environmental groups and many East Coast lawmakers oppose the surveys, saying loud sounds from seismic air guns could hurt marine life.

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Some Delaware lawmakers are moving to make sure that abortion will still be legal in the state even if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe V. Wade that made it a right.

Still on the books is a Delaware law that would bar abortion except in a few instances but was made moot by the 1973 court decision.

With the possibility that President Trump may appoint enough justices to overturn that ruling State Senator Bryan Townsend says it’s time to make sure that a right to an abortion is legal in the First State.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for a transgender teenager who sued his eastern Virginia school board for the right to use the boys' bathroom have filed a new brief arguing his case still is relevant even though he's about to graduate from high school. 

The filing Monday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals argues that Gavin Grimm would be subjected to an illegal school board policy barring him from using the boys bathroom when visiting the school as an alumnus.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Cities in Virginia's Hampton Roads region say they risk being labeled "sanctuary cities" for undocumented immigrants. But local officials say they're doing nothing wrong and are following the Constitution. 

That's according to an investigation by WAVY-TV.

Federal agents are asking jails to hold inmates of questionable immigration status for 48 hours beyond their release date. But sheriffs say such detention requests require a judge's signature. Otherwise, they say a person's rights to due process are being violated. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A $1.1 trillion budget bill that would keep the federal government running through September fully funds the program that has coordinated Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts for decades.

The bill contains $73 million for the Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program, which President Donald Trump has called for defunding.

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