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deadline to request absentee ballot in virginia


richmond, va. (ap) — tuesday is the last day virginia voters can ask for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.voters have until 5 p.m. tuesday to request a ballot for the nov. 7 election.virginia is one of only two states electing a new governor this year. republican ed gillespie, democrat ralph northam and libertarian cliff hyra are vying to replace outgoing gov. terry mcauliffe, who cannot seek a second term.voters have until nov. 4 to request an absentee ballot in person. to vote absentee, voters must have a valid reason and in some cases provide supporting information.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.absentee ballots can be requested online at www.elections.virginia.gov






charlottesville unrest was a factor for many virginia voters


richmond, va. — unease over violent white nationalist rallies in charlottesville this summer and president donald trump's response loomed in the minds of many virginia voters during tuesday's elections in which democrats made significant gains, according to progressive advocacy groups and interviews with voters.the governor's race was one of virginia's most racially charged in recent memory, and voters were peppered with ads that referenced the august violence.a political organization that mounted a months-long black voter outreach campaign surveyed minority voters, and most said they saw their vote as a way to push back against white supremacy. some voters interviewed this week told the associated press the same thing.and in charlottesville itself, which saw an increased voter turnout, on






in ‘wake-up call’ for republicans, suburban voters rebel against trump


from the tax-obsessed suburbs of new york city to the sprawling, polyglot developments of fairfax and prince william county, virginia, voters shunned republicans up and down the ballot in off-year elections.richmond, va. — the american suburbs appear to be in revolt against president donald trump after a muscular coalition of college-educated voters and racial and ethnic minorities tuesday dealt the republican party a thumping rejection and propelled a diverse class of democrats into office.from the tax-obsessed suburbs of new york city to the sprawling, polyglot developments of fairfax and prince william county, virginia, voters shunned republicans up and down the ballot in off-year elections. leaders in both parties said the elections amounted to an alarm bell for republicans before the






county election officials say hundreds of voters in l.a.'s congressional race ha


with less than three days until the special congressional election in los angeles, hundreds of newly registered voters have not received the mail ballots they requested, county election officials say.more than 400 voters who registered as permanent mail voters between may 1 and may 31 have not gotten their ballots to vote, said aaron nevarez, a manager for governmental and legislative affairs at the l.a. county registrar's office.he said although these voters showed up in the secretary of state's database as permanent mail voters, they did not appear in the county's records as mail voters. the campaigns of attorney robert lee ahn and assemblyman jimmy gomez, both democrats, received an email about the issue saturday. the two are running to replace xavier becerra, who left congress to becom






virginia and new jersey voters pick new governors and set the tone for 2018 elec


virginia’s gubernatorial race has been much closer than new jersey’s and claiming most of the attention as a possible referendum on president trump.        






man shot by law enforcement in west virginia identified


franklin, w.va. — a virginia sheriff has identified a man fatally shot by law enforcement after a chase that ended in west virginia.rockingham county sheriff bryan hutcheson told news outlets that the man killed tuesday afternoon was casey desper of mcgaheysville, virginia, who was wanted on a probation violation.hutcheson said deputies in harrisonburg, virginia, tried to stop desper, who is white, but wound up chasing him at speeds of up to 100 mph.west virginia authorities picked up the pursuit at the state line, reporting at about 2 p.m. that the suspect had been shot. hutcheson said he didn't know the circumstances that led to the shooting.the pendleton county, west virginia, sheriff's department hasn't returned a call seeking additional information. the officer involved in the shootin






virginia, new jersey voters pick new democratic governors and set the tone for 2


virginia’s gubernatorial race has been much closer than new jersey’s and claiming most of the attention as a possible referendum on president trump.        






democrats seize virginia and new jersey governorships in elections seen as precu


as northam, an army veteran, has often reminded virginia voters, the state’s unemployment rate in september was 3.7%, below the 5.4% when northam became lieutenant governor. while crime rose in virginia from 2015 to 2016, the incidence of serious crimes remains far below the national average in almost all categories, according to fbi records.yet northam’s effort had been all but drowned out for weeks by a fierce assault from gillespie on issues meant to inspire turnout by the voters who are more naturally allied with trump.the race at times echoed the presidential contest in a state won last year by clinton: a republican willing to employ brash tactics against a democrat so low-key that his allies worried voters might respond in kind.obama hit that concern hard in a mid-october visit to ri






democrats seize virginia and new jersey governorships in elections seen as precu


as northam, an army veteran, has often reminded virginia voters, the state’s unemployment rate in september was 3.7%, below the 5.4% when northam became lieutenant governor. while crime rose in virginia from 2015 to 2016, the incidence of serious crimes remains far below the national average in almost all categories, according to fbi records.yet northam’s effort had been all but drowned out for weeks by a fierce assault from gillespie on issues meant to inspire turnout by the voters who are more naturally allied with trump.the race at times echoed the presidential contest in a state won last year by clinton: a republican willing to employ brash tactics against a democrat so low-key that his allies worried voters might respond in kind.former president obama hit that concern hard in a mid-oc






supreme court mainly rules for black voters in virginia case


washington — the supreme court is mainly ruling for african-americans in virginia who say lawmakers packed 12 legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more republican.the justices said wednesday that a lower court that upheld the 12 districts used the wrong legal standard when it determined that race did not play too large a role in creating the districts.african-americans made up at least 55 percent of eligible voters in each district.justice anthony kennedy wrote in his majority opinion that the three-judge federal court should re-examine the case and figure out whether the 55 percent figure was necessary so that minority voters in each district could elect a candidate of their choice.kennedy said the lower court correctly analyzed one of the 12 district






police say officer fatally shoots a person in west virginia


franklin, w.va. (ap) — west virginia authorities say a law enforcement officer has fatally shot a person there after a chase that began in virginia.west virginia state police senior trooper j.m hebb says the pursuit started around 1 p.m. tuesday in rockingham county, virginia, then crossed the state line and ended in west virginia’s pendleton county.hebb said west virginia state police, pendleton and hardy counties sheriff’s officials and the state division of natural resources took over the pursuit, which ended southeast of franklin, where the driver was fatally shot. hebb didn’t know what prompted the chase to begin.neither the person who was shot nor the officer has been identified. hebb said the pendleton county sheriff’s office was investigating.most read stories3-course dinners for $






man shot by law enforcement in west virginia identified


franklin, w.va. (ap) — a virginia sheriff has identified a man fatally shot by law enforcement after a chase that ended in west virginia.rockingham county sheriff bryan hutcheson told news outlets that the man killed tuesday afternoon was casey desper of mcgaheysville, virginia, who was wanted on a probation violation.hutcheson said deputies in harrisonburg, virginia, tried to stop desper, who is white, but wound up chasing him at speeds of up to 100 mph.west virginia authorities picked up the pursuit at the state line, reporting at about 2 p.m. that the suspect had been shot. hutcheson said he didn’t know the circumstances that led to the shooting.most read stories3-course dinners for $32 starting april 2.the pendleton county, west virginia, sheriff’s department hasn’t returned a call see






new west virginia poll shows joe manchin is vulnerable on tax reform


a new poll from west virginia shows that voter dissatisfaction with the current federal tax code could cost joe manchin his senate seat.a new poll commissioned by a group run by several former advisers to president donald trump shows that tax reform could be a pivotal issue in west virginia’s 2018 senate race. according to the poll from america first policies, a majority of likely voters in west virginia are dissatisfied with the current federal tax code, with more than a third saying they would be less likely to vote for sen. joe manchin (d-w.v.) if he opposed congressional efforts to reform the tax code.independent voters who identify as conservative were the most likely to respond that they would be less likely to support manchin, with 68 percent of them stating they would be less likel






republicans seek new path after failure of 'trumpism without trump' in virginia


the republican party thought it had a plan to win the governor's mansion in virginia: run a mainstream candidate who could nonetheless employ the racially charged culture-war rhetoric of president donald trump to turn out a white working-class base.a onetime establishment stalwart, ed gillespie, declined to campaign with trump — but he executed on the plan as well as he could. he defended confederate memorials, vilified central american gangs in ads that looked like horror movies and even denounced the kneeling protests of professional football players.then the voters voted, and republicans went down in defeat across the state, from the top of the ticket to the bottom. a democratic transgender candidate unseated a conservative in prince william county. the republican whip in the house of d






new west virginia poll shows joe manchin is vulnerable on tax reform


a new poll from west virginia shows that voter dissatisfaction with the current federal tax code could cost joe manchin his senate seat.a new poll commissioned by a group run by several former advisers to president donald trump shows that tax reform could be a pivotal issue in west virginia’s 2018 senate race. according to the poll from america first policies, a majority of likely voters in west virginia are dissatisfied with the current federal tax code, with more than a third saying they would be less likely to vote for sen. joe manchin (d-w.v.) if he opposed congressional efforts to reform the tax code.independent voters were the most likely to respond that they would be less likely to support manchin, with 68 percent of them stating they would be less likely to vote for manchin if he v






election offices open saturday for in-person absentee voting


richmond, va. (ap) — saturday marks one of two weekend opportunities for virginia voters to cast an in-person absentee ballot.all election offices will be open saturday, as well as the following saturday, nov. 4, for virginia residents who are qualified to vote absentee. in-person absentee voting also is available during local registrars’ normal business hours.there are 20 qualifying reasons to vote absentee, including illness, pregnancy, a long commute that would keep you from getting to the polls, and more. a full list can be found online .voters can also request an absentee ballot by mail. the department of elections said in a news release that voters should apply well ahead of the oct. 31 deadline.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.election day is nov. 7.






us top court hands partial victory to challengers in virginia voting case


the u.s. supreme court on wednesday handed a partial victory to voters who accused virginia’s republican-led legislature of trying to dilute the clout of black people at the ballot box, throwing out a lower court’s endorsement of how a series of legislative districts were drawn.the voters who filed the legal challenge said the lawmakers unlawfully considered race as a factor when mapping voting districts for the state legislature. a federal district court in 2015 upheld 12 state house of delegates districts, but the justices directed a three-judge panel of the lower court to take another look at 11 of those.at issue was the state legislative map drawn by republicans after the 2010 census.democrats have accused republicans in virginia and other states of crafting such legislative maps in a






voters defeat tax ballot issues in 2 wyoming counties


cheyenne, wyo. (ap) — wyoming voters in two counties have soundly defeated tax increase proposals to benefit local community colleges.voters in campbell county on tuesday defeated a proposed quarter-cent excise tax for gillette college and economic development.proponents of the tax said it would provide the college with a stable form of revenue.in laramie county, voters rejected paying higher property taxes to fund $29.5 million in building projects at laramie county community college.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.the money would have gone toward a new student dormitory, renovation of a fine arts building and renovation of a recreation center.






west virginia voters to decide on $1.6 billion roads bonding


morgantown, w.va. (ap) — voters are going to the polls across west virginia for a referendum on issuing $1.6 billion in state bonds to repair and build roads and bridges.the state has listed more than 600 projects, saying they’d get done in the next few years.the republican-controlled legislature this year approved taxes and fees to support bond repayments, which gov. jim justice signed into law.they raised the variable minimum wholesale gas tax by 3.5 cents a gallon, increased the vehicle sales tax from 5 percent to 6 percent and hiked the motor vehicle registration fee from $30 to $50.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the west virginia republican party executive committee opposed the bonding, saying it would commit the state to 25 years of interest payments.polls






cochise county: some voters didn’t get mandatory pamphlets


bisbee, ariz. (ap) — some voters in cochise county didn’t get pamphlets that officials are required to send out for the upcoming special election on a school budget override.the news came the same day an independent report found the arizona secretary of state’s office was incompetent in mailing pamphlets for last year’s special election on time. the report said the office didn’t commit any crimes.the cochise county election is scheduled for nov. 7.the county recorder’s office didn’t say how many voters were affected or what caused the error. the associated press has reached out for comment.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






virginia tests a likely 2018 election strategy: racially fraught appeals


virginia has been swamped by fearful images as tuesday’s state elections near: heavily tattooed and handcuffed latinos staring balefully at the television camera, a mug shot of a convicted pedophile set loose on the state.versions of those ads may be headed to other states in the 2018 elections, as republicans seek to maximize the turnout of the burgeoning trump wing of the party with themes known to appeal to them.the strategy in virginia by republican gubernatorial candidate ed gillespie has played heavily on themes of race and crime — itself an issue that has historically conjured racial stereotypes — in the style employed by president trump last year.both sides believe the outcome likely will turn on which candidate — gillespie or democrat ralph northam — can best deploy their base vot






in virginia's coal country, vice president pence praises trump and asks voters t


in virginia’s oddly timed elections for governor, held a year after presidential contests, history has repeated itself: the winning candidate lately has represented the opposite party as the newly elected president.in 2009, republican bob mcdonnell’s election followed president obama’s seizure of the white house for democrats. eight years earlier, democrat mark r. warner was elected governor after republican george w. bush’s presidential election.that has added a sense of historical imperative to republican efforts here, particularly since this year’s republican candidate, ed gillespie, has trailed democrat ralph northam in early polls.so it fell to vice president mike pence on saturday to try to rev up republican enthusiasm in this coal country section of virginia. it is a place similar t






high court ruling could reshape virginia political map


richmond, va. — a u.s. supreme court decision reviving a challenge to several virginia legislative districts could send lawmakers back to the drawing board, but republicans say they are confident the state's current electoral map will withstand further scrutiny.the justices on wednesday tossed out a ruling that upheld 11 districts in which african-americans made up at least 55 percent of eligible voters and ordered the lower court to re-examine the boundaries. the lawsuit accused lawmakers of illegally packing black voters into certain districts to make surrounding districts whiter and more republican.democrats say they're certain the lower court will find the districts unconstitutional and force lawmakers to redraw them. marc elias, an attorney for the virginia voters who brought the case






pence backs virginia gop gubernatorial candidate gillespie


abingdon, va. (ap) — vice president mike pence flew into virginia to throw his weight behind republican gubernatorial candidate ed gillespie.the washington post reports pence stumped at the washington county fairgrounds in southwest virginia on saturday telling a half-filled exhibition hall, “the president sent me here to ask the people of virginia to do everything in your power to elect ed gillespie as your next governor of virginia.”the coal-county constituents came out in droves for trump during the election last year, giving him 75 percent of the vote.establishment figure gillespie is in a neck-and-neck race against democratic lt. gov. ralph northam.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.theirs is the nation’s only competitive governor’s race this year.some see the r






polls close, anticipation builds, as virginia governor's race results trickle in


virginians went to the polls tuesday to elect a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and all 100 members of the house of delegates, in a race laden with national expectations as republicans and democrats struggle to define themselves in the shadow of president donald trump.polls closed at 7 p.m. and early signs pointed to a turnout was solid despite patchy rain over many areas of the state.recent statewide polls have shown the race for governor to be neck and neck between democrat ralph northam and republican ed gillespie.preliminary exit polling tuesday showed northam winning roughly 8 in 10 nonwhite voters, which is on par with hillary clinton's performance in virginia last fall and with current gov. terry mcauliffe's in 2013. clinton beat trump in virginia by 5 points.the exi






gop candidate for virginia ag pledges to defend state laws


richmond, va. (ap) — virginia’s republican candidate for attorney general likes to talk about what he calls his democratic opponent’s failure to defend the laws of virginia.john adams believes his message will appeal to virginia voters, despite the traditionally conservative state’s democratic trend in recent state elections.a cornerstone of his campaign is his criticism of democratic incumbent mark herring’s decision not to defend virginia’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.adams says he will defend the state’s existing laws, no matter what his personal beliefs are.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.herring says he was right to refuse to defend the ban on same-sex marriage, which is now legal across the country.adams has never run for office b






voters in new jersey and virginia to pick new governors


richmond, va. — voters in new jersey and virginia are choosing new governors tuesday in contests that could be an early referendum on president donald trump.in swing-state virginia, most polls show a close race between republican ed gillespie and democratic lt. gov. ralph northam. new jersey will get a successor to unpopular gop gov. chris christie in the race between democrat phil murphy and republican lt. gov. kim guadagno. murphy holds a double-digit lead in polls over guadagno.the stakes are high as both parties seek momentum ahead of next year's mid-term elections. democrats haven't won any special elections for congress this year and the next virginia governor will have a major say in the state's next round of redistricting, when congressional lines are drawn. republicans are looking






west virginia aclu files lawsuit over facebook post arrest


new cumberland, w.va. — a west virginia man is suing state and county officials for violating his first amendment rights after he was arrested for a facebook post that officials contended was a terroristic threat.news outlets report the american civil liberties union of west virginia filed a lawsuit friday stating state police and the hancock county prosecutor's office wrongfully arrested and pursued prosecution against david jones in 2015.the lawsuit says jones was arrested without a warrant and held for nearly a month with bail set at a high amount for a post criticizing county officials that read, "i will hunt them down and put a bullet in their head (if) anything drug related ever happens to either of my girls."the criminal case against jones was dismissed in 2016.






west virginia aclu files lawsuit over facebook post arrest


new cumberland, w.va. (ap) — a west virginia man is suing state and county officials for violating his first amendment rights after he was arrested for a facebook post that officials contended was a terroristic threat.news outlets report the american civil liberties union of west virginia filed a lawsuit friday stating state police and the hancock county prosecutor’s office wrongfully arrested and pursued prosecution against david jones in 2015.the lawsuit says jones was arrested without a warrant and held for nearly a month with bail set at a high amount for a post criticizing county officials that read, “i will hunt them down and put a bullet in their head (if) anything drug related ever happens to either of my girls.”the criminal case against jones was dismissed in 2016.most read storie






democrats get needed jolt with gop's virginia loss


by marc fisher | washington postralph northam’s decisive victory in the virginia governor’s race delivers democrats a much-needed win, a jolt of momentum heading into next year’s congressional elections and a taste of the potential energy that could be generated from president donald trump’s historic unpopularity.northam’s triumph – along with upset victories by democrats over republican incumbents in the state legislature – marks voters’ first major repudiation of the trump administration.the message from democratic voters, who came out in droves for an off-year election, was loud and clearly aimed at the president. even though northam and his republican opponent, ed gillespie, sought to distance themselves from trump during the fall campaign, voters used the opportunity to make a stateme






what's more toxic for democrats: their tax hikes or berrios?


cook county democrats hope the repeal of their sweetened beverage gouge will soften the party’s taxoholic image among chicago, suburban and statewide voters. all of which overlooks another potential vulnerability for the ruling democrats. his name is joe berrios.in late february, cook taxpayers — many of them infuriated by fast-rising taxes — will be making the first of their two annual property tax payments. on march 5, those taxpayers can express what they think of the democratic regime at the county building: early voting begins for the march 20 illinois primary.if we were running for any county office, we’d focus voters on the grossly unfair property valuation system that berrios oversees as county assessor. we’d focus voters on the tribune series that, four months ago, detailed how th






sheriff: 4-year-old fatally shoots himself at day care in virginia


orange, va. (ap) — virginia authorities say a 4-year-old boy fatally shot himself at the home of his child care provider, which is also the home of a stafford county sheriff’s deputy.the orange county sheriff’s office said in a statement tuesday that the child was pronounced dead monday, the sheriff’s deputy wasn’t home and the gun was not a service weapon. the statement also says an autopsy is being conducted and more details won’t be released until the orange county sheriff’s office’s investigation is complete.the stafford county sheriff’s office says the deputy began working for the agency in december 2016 and is still in the academy.






democratic wins are stinging repudiation of trump one year after his election


voters came out in droves to send a message to president donald trump. the results across the country represent nothing less than a stinging repudiation of trump on the first anniversary of his election.tuesday was the best day for democrats politically since barack obama won re-election in 2012. remember, conservatives scored significant victories in the november 2014, 2015 and 2016 elections. democrats desperately needed some wins after they went all-in on a house special election in georgia this spring and lost. tuesday night, they got them.voters came out in droves. they braved the rain and the cold to send a message to president donald trump. the results across the country represent nothing less than a stinging repudiation of trump on the first anniversary of his election.democrat ral






steve bannon in michigan: ‘you can’t fake trump agenda’


warren, mich. (ap) — president donald trump’s former chief strategist steve bannon said wednesday that republican candidates cannot “fake” it and must double down on trump’s agenda despite fresh gop election losses.bannon spoke at a republican event in michigan on the anniversary of trump’s presidential victory and a day after democrats scored big victories in virginia, new jersey and elsewhere. he downplayed the gubernatorial loss in virginia, calling it a “blue state” and gop candidate ed gillespie a “good man.”“one of the things that the gillespie campaign shows you is you can’t fake the trump agenda. you have to go all in,” bannon told a crowd of more than 700 in macomb county, where working-class voters helped trump become the first republican presidential nominee to win michigan in 2






north carolina volunteer fire department suspends operations


knotts island, n.c. (ap) — a volunteer fire department on the north carolina coast has suspended response operations because it hasn’t signed a contract with the county.a news release from currituck county says the knotts island volunteer fire department notified county officials on wednesday without advance warning that it would suspend all fire response services because its contract wasn’t signed.the county said it presented a contract for 2017-18 to the department, which it returned unsigned with several requested modifications. the county said it couldn’t agree to the requests and instead offered an extension to the existing service agreement to continue fire services through oct. 31 while the new contract was being discussed.during the impasse, the county has entered into an agreement






west virginia county considers needle exchange program


beckley, w.va. (ap) — a west virginia county is exploring a needle exchange program amid a spike in cases of hepatitis b, hepatitis c and hiv.wvva-tv reports that the beckley-raleigh county health department board is considering adding a needle exchange as part of a number of harm reduction initiatives.the centers for disease control and prevention recently ranked west virginia first in the nation for new cases of hepatitis b. the health department’s acting director, candace hurd, says a rise in the number of hiv cases in recent years requires proactivity in regard to iv drug use.hurd says the possible needle exchange and other initiatives, including opioid substitution therapies and outreach, won’t function as a cure alone.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks___inform






flappy bird creator releases cute, frustrating new game


the creator of flappy bird, dong nguyen, is back after over three years with ninja spinki challenges, which was made in conjunction with the publisher obokaid’em games. the new game is absolutely adorable. it’s also very hard.advertisementlike flappy bird, ninja spinki challenges works with limited controls to create surprisingly complex puzzles. but instead of just one kind of challenge, you’re tasked with surviving six game modes for as long as you can. you’ll tap behind spinki the ninja to throw shurikens, swipe to dodge fruit. you start out each challenge with a goal of lasting ten seconds, and despite the simplicity actually lasting that long is real hard. the room that spinki has to move around in is pretty small, and it’s easy to overshoot where you need to be as you’re swiping and