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State Sens. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, and John Edwards, D-Roanoke, sit together during a meeting of the Senate's Courts of Justice committee, which hears gun legislation. The two lawmakers are the last Democrats standing in the chamber who once opposed gun control legislation. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

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What voters really care about isn’t what obsesses Washington

By Terry McAuliffe
CNN June 18, 2019

During the last two months, I’ve done over 40 events supporting Democrats running for office in Virginia’s 2019 elections. Despite the proximity of Northern Virginia to Washington, DC, it feels like a world apart. Instead of questions about impeachment or socialism or Russia, Virginia Democrats want to hear solutions on the cost of health care, fixing roads and improving K-12 education

Why the last Democrat in the Va. legislature endorsed by the NRA says he now backs gun control efforts

Ned Oliver
Virginia Mercury June 16, 2019

Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, is the only Democratic lawmaker in the General Assembly who was endorsed by the NRA during his last election.

But Edwards — who joined with Republicans in the wake of the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech to block universal background check legislation and went on to support a repeal of Virginia’s signature one-handgun-a-month law in 2012 — once again stood by the NRA.

The number one form of gun violence in Virginia isn’t homicide. It’s suicide.

Katie O’Connor
Virginia Mercury June 16, 2019

As state lawmakers prepare to reassemble in Richmond for a special session on gun control after the Virginia Beach shooting, this statistic will likely be repeated often: In Virginia, more than 1,000 people die due to gun violence every year.

Supreme Court upholds Virginia’s ban on uranium mining

Sarah Vogelsong
Virginia Mercury June 17, 2019

“Congress conspicuously chose to leave untouched the states’ historic authority over the regulation of mining activities on private lands within their borders,” wrote Justice Neil Gorsuch for the court. “We are hardly free to extend a federal statute to a sphere Congress was well aware of but chose to leave alone.”

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito filed a dissenting opinion.

“Under Virginia law, authority and responsibility for representing the State’s interests in civil litigation rest exclusively with the State’s Attorney General,” the justices wrote. Ginsburg was joined in the majority opinion by Justices Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch.

“This SCOTUS decision is a major win for voting rights and civil rights in our commonwealth,” House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring said in a statement.

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