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After Huntsman drops out, McDonnell still mum on endorsement

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wants a current or former U.S. governor to be the party's standard-bearer for the presidential nominee. So with former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. dropping out, that field has been winnowed to either Texas Gov. Rick Perry or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Morning Roundup, Jan. 16

Perry appeals ruling; D.C. statehood now looks to Florida; Gray releases transition funds report; Politico: McDonnell sounding VP-ish in South Carolina; No endorsements yet from Va. GOP congressional delegation; Gun-rights advocates hold vigil in Richmond; Candidates in Md. House races living outside districts.

What's up with that?

bbbPolitical activists have started a recall effort against D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and council Chairman Kwame R. Brown. What's up with that?

Black caucus to target proposed voting laws

Aside from traditional swearings-in and pats on the back among legislators, it was a relatively quiet morning in Richmond on the first day of the 2012 General Assembly session. Any potential fireworks in the Senate were temporarily put on hold as the chamber recessed once for lunch, then again so that proposed new rules for the Upper Chamber could be prepared.

Morning Roundup: Jan. 11

Split in Virginia Senate likely to cause jams; Judge suggests Virginia ballot unconstitutional; Issa wants better answers from feds about Occupy D.C.; First lady in Richmond to helped veterans; Metro budget also includes hiring hundreds; Trial could test recent changes to Md.'s death penalty law; Muse upset that O'Malley already endorsing Cardin.

Allen to report $4.5 million haul

George Allen, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate seat in Virginia, brought in more than $1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 and will report more than $4.5 million raised and $2 million cash on hand heading into 2012, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Morning Roundup: Jan. 10

Md. assembly session likely busy, defining for O'Malley; Metro proposes fare increases; D.C. eliminating free handicap parking; Md. assembly again will address death penalty issue; O'Malley to propose record school construction spending; McDonnell wants school to start before Labor Day; McDonnell urges Bolling, Cuccinelli to talk; No absentee ballots until judge rules on Perry suit.

RPV "celebrates" three-year anniversary for Tim Kaine

The Republican Party of Virginia on Monday "celebrated" the three-year anniversary of President Obama's appointing U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee — a position the former Virginia governor resigned in April.

Morning Roundup: Jan. 9

Mental health funding at issue in Va. Assembly; Allen, Kaine push competing Virginia job plans; Metro has increased suicides attempts; Restaurant weeks start today; Sun: Md. Democrats' 'to do' list includes raising taxes; Miller appoints committee to review Md. ethics laws; Wargotz, another Md. Republican, to challenge Cardin.