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Federal judges again strike down Va. congressional district as racial gerrymandering

RICHMOND A federal court has once again ruled that Virginia legislators packed too many black voters into one congressional district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents. The 2-1 ruling Friday by a panel of judges directs the General Assembly to draw new boundaries by Sept. 1 to correct the flawed 2012 redistricting plan.

Blog: Heretick calls Joannou "our Tea Party delegate"

A website  about Portsmouth Del. Johnny Joannou funded by primary challenger Steve Heretick refers to Joannou as "our Tea Party delegate" and features a backdrop of a coiled rattlesnake.

Blog: Video: Funny moments and bloopers from the legislative session

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This is pretty entertaining: Video of unscripted moments and gaffes from the 2015 General Assembly session.

The video was played Thursday at the annual fundraising luncheon of the Virginia Public Access Project. (State Sen. Tom Garrett and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine cracked jokes at the luncheon; Markus Schmidt of the Times-Dispatch wrote a report.)

Democratic Mayor Fraim backing GOP Sen. Wagner

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has said he wants to unseat powerful Republican state Sen. Frank Wagner of Virginia Beach as the Democrats seek to retake control of the chamber this year. Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, also a Democrat, isn’t on board with the plan.

Blog: Morrissey: "We had our baby. We love our baby."

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Former state lawmaker Joe Morrissey admitted on a radio show Wednesday that he fathered a baby with a former 17-year-old secretary at his law firm. Last year he pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor in the case.

Blog: TV reporter tweets mind-boggling pic of Joe Morrissey

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Using the hashtag #BreakTheInternet, reporter Joe St. George of WTVR-TV (CBS6) in Richmond today tweeted a photo of former Democratic state Del. Joe Morrissey and Myrna Pride, the former teen receptionist at his law firm with whom he was alleged to have had sex. She is holding a baby.

Protesters target Dominion's proposed gas pipeline

GLEN ALLEN About 150 protesters gathered outside Dominion Virginia Power's annual shareholders meeting Wednesday morning and accused the company of "dirty energy investments" and "dirty politics."

Blog: Marco Rubio wins Chesapeake GOP straw poll

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won the 2016 presidential primary straw poll at Thursday evening's Chesapeake Republican Party Grassroots Annual Awards Dinner. The tally: Rubio: 37 votes Scott Walker: 32 votes Jeb Bush: 16 votes Mike Huckabee: 7 votes Rand Paul: 6 votes Ben Carson: 5 votes Ted Cruz: 4 votes Jim Gilmore: 3 votes Chris Christie: 2 votes

Va. Beach's Villanueva in line for panel chairmanship

RICHMOND House Speaker Bill Howell plans to name Del. Ron Villanueva, R-Virginia Beach, as chairman of the House Transportation Committee starting in 2016, Howell's office said Tuesday. The move would make Villanueva, 45, the second-youngest committee chairman in the House.

Blog: Democrat McCollum raises $250,000 against Frank Wagner

Democrat Gary McCollum raised $250,815 in the first quarter of the year in his campaign against state Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach. The amount was the second highest of any Senate candidate in the quarter.

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