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Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are squaring off in a battle to replace Gov. Robert McDonnell in Richmond.

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The undercarriage of the car-wash industry: Wage fraud and other abuses

(Matt McClain / The Washington Post)

Regulators are trying to crack down on practices in an industry that mostly employs Latino immigrants.

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‘This gentleman had issues. People needed to know it,’ McAuliffe says of shooter

(WDBJ-TV via AP / AP)

Governor on shooter: “This gentleman had issues. People needed to know it.”

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McAuliffe’s call for tighter gun controls upsets Republicans

(Steve Helber / AP)

Governor repeated his call for private gun sellers to be required to conduct background checks before sales.

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McAuliffe promises more money for education in spending plan

(Bob Brown / AP)

In a budget speech, the governor said state finances are on the mend, but he warned of federal sequestration.

Cloud of sequestration looms over D.C. region

Among all states, Virginia may have the most to lose if Congress allows another round of sequestration cuts this fall.

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Republicans escalate fight with McAuliffe over Supreme Court judge

(Bob Brown / AP)

They say a respected jurist’s rulings would be subject to legal challenge because of political showdown.

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What is the gender gap on the states’ highest courts?

(Brittany Greeson / The Washington Post)

About one-third of justices across the country are women, data show.

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Va. Democrats may have won one. But can they win in November?

(Bob Brown / AP)

Some wonder if the party can turn parliamentary victory into votes in November.

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Va. Democrats revive Roush judgeship

(Steve Helber / AP)

Sen. A. Donald McEachin used a surprise move that effectively extends Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush’s term.

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GOP nominee for Virginia Supreme Court sounds friendly to gay rights

(Bob. A Brown / AP)

Gay rights makes brief appearance in judicial battle that was mostly focused on who gets to pick the justice.