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Virginia’s House Districts To Be Drawn By Professor That Redistricted Congressional Map In 2016

“This deprived Virginia of a high-ranking member of Congress, who was in line to sit on the House Armed Services Committee, to represent the Norfolk region that relies heavily on federal military presence to support its local economy,” House GOP lawyers wrote referring to the court-appointed "special master" that was used for redistricting in 2016 - who is now charged with redrawing the Commonwealth's legislative districts.

Vice President Mike Pence To Visit Richmond Saturday To Build Republican Support Before Election...

Less than three weeks before Election Day, Vice President Mike Pence will appear at a rally and headline a fundraising event for Fourth Congressional District Republican nominee Ryan McAdams in Richmond, Virginia, along with former Governor Bob McDonnell.
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Dominion Energy To Keep Surry Nuclear Power Plant Online Through 2053

"Renewing the operation of Surry also positions Virginia for economic growth and will help the Commonwealth remain a leader in the production of clean energy among other states in the mid-Atlantic and South. It supports more than 900 high-paying jobs at the station and produces additional economic and tax benefits," said Dan Stoddard, Dominion Energy's Chief Nuclear Officer.

Virginians Anticipating Nine Percent Hike For Insurance Premiums Through Obamacare Exchanges

This year's rising insurance rates have proved to be a challenge for Virginians as year-over-year increases were compacted by a majority of localities throughout the Commonwealth having only one provider.

More Jobs Than There Are People To Fill Them As U.S. Economy Roars On

As the U.S. jobless rate remains at a half-century low at 3.7 percent, the total number of job openings - 7,136,000 - dominates the actual number of people still looking for a job - 6,230,000.
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Federal Deficit Increases By 17 Percent In Fiscal 2018

“The President is very much aware of the realities presented by our national debt," said Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. "America’s booming economy will create increased government revenues – an important step toward long-term fiscal sustainability. But this fiscal picture is a blunt warning to Congress of the dire consequences of irresponsible and unnecessary spending."

Republican Scott Taylor Leads Democrat Elaine Luria In Run Up To Midterm Election

Leading by seven points just three weeks before Election Day, Assistant Director of the Wason Center Dr. Rachel Bitecofer said Congressman Scott Taylor "seems to be weathering a tough electoral environment well."

JLARC Recommends Deregulation Of Burdensome Occupational Licensing Requirements

Out of 102 different lower-income occupations, Virginia regulates requirements for 67 percent of them, nine points behind California which ranks second with 76 percent.
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President Trump Signs Bob Goodlatte’s Music Modernization Act Into Law

The legislation to update music copyright law for the digital era "is a great start to protect songwriters, producers, engineers — the unsung heroes behind many of these songs that go out there," recording artist Kid Rock said at the White House ceremony after President Donald Trump signed the measure into law.
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Fully-Funded Border Wall Legislation May Be Introduced In Congress Soon

If House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (CA-23) legislation is passed through the House before the midterms, the Senate will most likely not vote on the bill until January, getting it to President Trump's desk in early 2019 at the quickest pace if all goes according to plan.
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