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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are trying to block Gov. Terry McAuliffe's latest effort to restore voting rights to thousands of felons who've completed their sentences.

Top Republican lawmakers say in a contempt motion filed Wednesday that McAuliffe is violating the Virginia Supreme Court's order that he restore the rights on a case-by-case basis.

The court in July invalidated McAuliffe's sweeping executive order to restore the rights of more than 200,000 felons who completed their sentences.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam now has the official backing of the Democratic Party's top state officials for his 2017 gubernatorial bid.

Northam's campaign said Saturday that Gov. Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Attorney General Mark Herring have all endorsed the lieutenant governor.

Herring announced last year he would run for re-election and not pursue the Executive Mansion.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A unanimous 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 to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents.
Republican members of Congress wanted the court to reinstate the districting map. But the justices ruled that the elected officials did not have the right to challenge the court ruling.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel says she's running to become Virginia's next lieutenant governor.

Vogel told The Richmond Times-Dispatch that running for the office in 2017 is "awesome opportunity." She says the Republican party needs to get its "mojo back" and that she would bring a fresh perspective as a working mother.

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept to victory in the Virginia presidential primary yesterday.

Trump edged out his rivals with 34% of the vote to Senator Marco Rubio who came in with 31%.

Senator Ted Cruz picked up 16%.

On the Democratic side Clinton won an overwhelming victory with 63% of the vote to Senator Bernie Sanders who received 35%.

Elections officials said that turnout in Virginia's Republican presidential primary was substantially higher than it was in 2008, the last primary in which no incumbents were running.

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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) is planning a swing through Virginia ahead of the state's March 1 primary.

Kasich will hold a town hall at George Mason University in Fairfax at 10 a.m. Monday. The Ohio governor will then head to Charlottesville, where he'll host a 2 p.m. event at the Miller Center.

Kasich will end the day in Richmond with a town hall at 6:30 p.m. at Virginia Commonwealth University.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A panel is recommending Maryland reform its congressional and state legislative redistricting process by creating an independent commission to draw the districts.
The panel sent recommendations on Tuesday to Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who appointed them to explore reforms.
The commission would have nine members. Three of them would be affiliated with the Democratic Party, and three would be affiliated with the Republican Party. Three others would not be associated with either party.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Larry Hogan says Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is rushing to implement policies under the wire before he leaves office next month.

The Republican governor-elect said Tuesday he believes it would be better for many of the decisions to be made by newly elected officials. He says that's because Maryland voters decided to go in a different direction on Election Day. O'Malley's a Democrat.

Hogan takes office Jan. 21. He spoke to reporters after meeting with the state's five Republican county executives.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to attend another fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan in Maryland next week.

Adam Dubitsky, Hogan's campaign spokesman, confirmed Thursday that Christie is scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Potomac at a private home on Tuesday.

Dubitsky says a second event is planned with Christie in public after the fundraiser.

Christie is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He attended a fundraiser for Hogan last month in Bethesda that raised more than $400,000.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Republican Party has hired a fundraiser who was fired by the national party for authorizing payment for young donors to attend a bondage-themed nightclub.

State GOP Executive Director Joe Cluster tells The Washington Post ( ) says Allison Meyers will work to raise money to promote Larry Hogan's bid for governor.


      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A second Maryland Republican has said he will vote for a bill to legalize gay marriage.

     Carrie Evans, executive director of the gay rights organization Equality Maryland, said in a statement Thursday that Delegate Wade Kach has decided to vote for the bill. Kach voted against the measure in committee earlier this week.

     Evans said Wednesday that advocates are still courting delegates to collect the 71 votes needed to pass the bill.