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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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Federal judge rules that Virginia may ban Confederate license plates

(Steve Helber / AP)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe sought to end state’s practice of issuing plates after church shooting in South Carolina.

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Maryland vs. Virginia: A War Between the States, crustacean edition

(Patterson Clark / The Washington Post)

Even crabs are fodder for the cross-Potomac smack talk that’s been raging since before the Civil War.

As Redskins practice opens in Richmond, new questions about the deals that brought them there

Key members of the state legislature are asking whether the team is fulfilling its contractual obligations.

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McAuliffe PAC returns $25K donation to Houston oil firm

(Steve Helber / AP)

The company refused to sign a statement confirming the contribution was legal.

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Clinton donors also pumped millions into McAuliffe’s coffers

(Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post)

The overlap highlights how closely the Va. governor’s political universe is intertwined with the Clintons.

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Third Planned Parenthood video prompts renewed call for Va. probe

(Courtesy of Center for Medical Progress / Courtesy of Center for Medical Progress)

Republicans put more pressure on McAuliffe and Herring after an antiabortion group’s latest effort.

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Va. Republicans reject McAuliffe’s request for redistricting meeting

(Steve Helber / AP)

The Democratic governor said striking a deal ahead of deadline would save taxpayers money

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Questions about citizenship and felony status would become optional on Virginia voter registration forms

(Nikki Fox / AP)

Questions about citizenship and felon status would become optional on the state’s voter registration forms.

Why Black Lives Matter keeps tripping up politicians — of both parties

A reminder that talking about race is difficult for everyone.

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Proposed changes to Virginia voter registration stirs fears among GOP

(Steve Helber / AP)

People registering to vote would not have to answer specific questions on citizenship and felony status.