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


‘Scam PAC’ founder who defrauded Ken Cuccinelli gets three years in prison

(Josh Hicks / The Washington Post)

The Justice Department is cracking down on groups that extract money from donors by promising falsely to spend it on political campaigns.


Ken Cuccinelli said goodbye to USCIS, taking on a bigger Homeland Security role. But he’s back.

No one will say why Cuccinelli, an immigration hard-liner, is back at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


The genealogy boom has hit a roadblock. The Trump administration plans huge fee hikes for immigration records.

The fees could rise nearly 500 percent for files documenting the arrival of millions of immigrants to the U.S. between the late 19th and mid 20th centuries


O’Malley vs. Cuccinelli: A snapshot of what’s dividing American families, friends and communities

(Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg News)

We came from the same parents, the same schools and the same towns. How is it that we see things so differently?


First stop on Bloomberg’s presidential campaign: Virginia, where he spent millions to help Democrats

(Drew Angerer / AFP/Getty Images)

The big question is whether Mike Bloomberg’s help on gun control and climate change translates to personal support.


McAuliffe hire suggests he is interested in a second bid for Virginia governor

(Yuri Gripas / Reuters)

Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who left office with his eye on the White House, might instead try to return to the Executive Mansion.


In Virginia, Republicans confront a fearful electoral future

(Julia Rendleman / for The Washington Post)

Virginia’s growth has pulled it to the left, a metamorphosis that is extending to other states that have been part of the Republican coalition.


Terry McAuliffe stepped up when Va. Dems looked doomed. They bounced back, but he’s not quitting.

The former governor is barnstorming the state ahead of Nov. 5 election, sparking speculation about another run.


Once a pariah among Virginia Democrats, Joe Morrissey is now the belle of the ball

(Gregory S. Schneider / The Washington Post)

Joe Morrissey, assured of a state Senate seat, is now seen by other Democrats as key to a majority.


Maryland political consultant pleads guilty in fraud scheme involving ‘scam’ PACs

Prosecutors say the money was raised with the intent of benefiting a PAC operator.