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Past articles by Markus:

AG Mark Herring to run for re-election instead of governor

Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that he is running for re-election as attorney general in 2017, avoiding a divisive fight with Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam for the Democratic nomination for governor. → Read More

Loving v. Virginia comes to fore as court takes up gay marriage

In Richard Loving’s message to the U.S. Supreme Court, he simply let his heart speak. His attorney, Bernard Cohen, read Loving’s words to the nine justices during his oral argument. → Read More

Morrissey of his child's mother: 'Of course we are going to get married' (with video)

Former Del. Joseph Morrissey had kept reporters guessing about what else he had to say in his news conference, a day after his admission on radio that he had fathered the son of the young woman in the center of his sex crime scandal. → Read More

Story of Richard and Mildred Loving to be filmed in Virginia

RICHMOND — Richard and Mildred Loving did not set out to become civil rights heroes. But the couple from Caroline County made history in 1967 when they found themselves in the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that would end prohibitions against interracial marriage in the United States. → Read More

House votes to allow growing of industrial hemp

RICHMOND — The House of Delegates Tuesday passed legislation that would allow industrial hemp to be grown in Virginia. The measure now moves to the state Senate, where a similar proposal is pending. → Read More

Del. Morrissey protests police search; special election today

RICHMOND - An outraged Del. Joseph D. Morrissey is calling foul, accusing Henrico County police of sabotaging his election chances today by executing a late-day search warrant at his Highland Springs law office Monday. → Read More

Del. Morrissey announces resignation, will run in special election

Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, D-Henrico, said Thursday morning he will resign his seat in the House of Delegates but will run in the special election to fill the vacancy Jan. 13, the day before the start of the legislative session. → Read More

Gilmore hints at another presidential run in 2016

CHANTILLY - Former Gov. Jim Gilmore hinted at a possible 2016 presidential bid Saturday when he laid out his national agenda for job creation, tax reform and national security before a fired up crowd of Virginia Republicans at the party’s annual Donald W. Huffman Advance. → Read More

Warner without regrets over his re-election campaign

Sen. Mark R. Warner showed no remorse Wednesday in his handling of his re-election bid that resulted in a razor thin victory, in spite of numerous polls projecting a landslide. → Read More

Sen. Tim Kaine urges action on Islamic State group

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., is urging Congress to debate and vote on authorizing the use of military force against Islamic State militants before the Dec. 11 recess. → Read More

Living a day that changed history

In Germany, we call the events of Nov. 9, 1989, the “Mauerfall” — the fall of the wall. But the wall didn’t fall; the German people tore it down. → Read More

Warner, Gillespie make final push in Richmond-area stops

The two leading candidates for Virginia's U.S. Senate seat swept through the Richmond area Monday, trying to drive voter turnout on the eve of the election. → Read More

Voters will cast two ballots for 7th District seat

On Tuesday they will vote in a special election for the remainder of Cantor's term and in the general election. → Read More

Two Washington insiders, one Libetarian, running for Va. Senate seat

As a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate appears increasingly likely, Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., maintains a lead in the polls over Ed Gillespie, his Republican challenger, and Robert C. Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate. → Read More

Brat, Trammell hold cordial debate at Randolph-Macon

For at least one night, Randolph-Macon College on Tuesday became "the cradle of congressmen," in the words of the Ashland school's President Robert R. Lindgren. → Read More

Brat and Trammell to debate at R-MC Tuesday

Seating for the only candidates debate between Republican Dave Brat and Democrat Jack Trammell at Randolph-Macon College on Tuesday evening is full, but voters can watch the event online. → Read More

Virginia increases montironing of travelers from Ebola regions

Virginia health officials on Monday unveiled a modified Ebola response plan that will increase monitoring of incoming travelers from the high-risk regions in West Africa but stops short of a mandatory quarantine policy enforced in New York and New Jersey over the weekend for health workers who return to the United States from the Ebola zone. → Read More

Randolph-Macon, 'political center of the universe' for a day

Randolph-Macon College will be in the spotlight Tuesday, when Republican Dave Brat will face Democrat Jack Trammell at the school’s Blackwell Auditorium in the only candidates debate in the race for Eric Cantor’s congressional seat. → Read More

Brat, Trammell, Carr field questions at Goochland forum

The session is the three candidates' only public joint appearance. → Read More

Kaine embraces role in Senate, foreign relations

Nearly two years into his first term, Virginia’s junior senator, Tim Kaine, has eased into his role as a leader on foreign relations and military affairs, a role that he did not necessarily seek when he ran for the office in 2012. → Read More