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After a challenging first year, Trump has his hands full

The sequel to President Donald Trump's first year in office is opening with the lead player hamstrung by a government shutdown and hunkering down amid investigations, crises and political unease.

Bipartisan effort would ban bidding war for Redskins stadium

Three politicians in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are teaming up across partisan lines, seeking to prevent their governments from waging a bidding war with public money to build a new stadium for the Washington Redskins.

Courtesy Photo/Alexander Todd Erkiletian

UPDATE: Lawmakers expected to pass measure reopening the government Monday afternoon

Lawmakers are expected to continue negotiations through the weekend in hopes of landing a deal to quickly re-open services for the nation's citizens.

Bill allowing localities to move or alter Confederate statues killed by committee

The state Senate's Local Government Committee in Richmond killed a bill Tuesday that would have given localities the right to move, remove or alter monuments and statues within their own jurisdiction, regardless of when they were erected.

A security camera captured the removal of Rosemary Lawler’s banner from outside her Leesburg farm. Courtesy photo

Leesburg woman applies for permit for anti-KKK, anti-Trump sign

A Leesburg woman who put up an anti-Ku Klux Klan, anti-Donald Trump banner outside her farm is applying for a permit to display the banner after a formal complaint was filed with Loudoun County.

Gov. Northam emphasizes Democratic priorities, diversity

In an address Monday night to members of the General Assembly, newly inaugurated governor Ralph Northam (D) outlined his vision for the legislative session, calling on lawmakers to expand Medicaid, protect abortion rights, increase funding for education and pass gun control measures.

Virginia panel votes down push for stricter gun laws

A Virginia state Senate panel has defeated a Democratic push for stricter gun laws.

Hundreds of county residents marched from the Loudoun County Courthouse to the Douglass School in Leesburg Jan. 15 to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.‘s legacy. Times-Mirror/Veronike Collazo

Loudoun remembers Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with message of unity

As Loudouners gathered to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, coming together and taking political action was at the forefront of the county’s annual celebration.

Martin Luther King Jr.‘s words still inspire nearly 50 years after his death

Though his voice was silenced nearly 50 years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message of nonviolence still resonates and inspires.

Virginia House ends secrecy in committee votes

Advocates for government transparency are applauding the Virginia House of Delegates for ending its practice of allowing committees and subcommittees to kill legislation on unrecorded voice votes.

Northam: Gun control, Medicaid among priorities for 2018

Democratic Gov.-elect Ralph Northam says expanding Medicaid in Virginia and implementing universal background checks for gun buyers will be two of his top legislative priorities after he takes office this weekend.

New Dels. Reid, Gooditis set their sights on change in Richmond

Among the new faces sitting in the House of Delegates in Richmond this week are two Loudoun County lawmakers, Dels. David Reid (D-32nd) and Wendy Gooditis (D-10th), who are both pledging to implement change right away.

Mayor Kwasi Fraser stands with fellow council members in November 2017. Times-Mirror File Photo

Costs continue to mount in Purcellville; town hires interim attorney at $350 an hour

Costs related to the ongoing investigations and turmoil in Purcellville are now expected to top $120,000, a figure that does not include tens of thousands of dollars being paid to town employees who are on leave.

Cursing, fornicating and raccoon hunting: Peculiar bills to watch in Richmond

Hundreds of bills had already been filed as lawmakers returned to Richmond for the General Assembly session that convened Wednesday.

What to watch for when the Virginia legislature convenes this week

The 2018 Virginia legislative session starts Wednesday with a crop of new Democratic members swept into office in a November tidal wave powered by antipathy toward President Donald Trump.
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