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Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella is The Washington Times' Metro editor. He can be reached at

Articles by Matthew Cella

Republican Ed Gillespie, left, and Sen. Mark Warner, right, shake hands after a debate at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Saturday, July 26, 2014.  (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

Poll: Gillespie trails Warner by 20 points in Virginia Senate race

Ed Gillespie trails Sen. Mark R. Warner by more than 20 points in the Virginia Senate contest, according to a poll released Wednesday that suggests the Republican hopeful has made no progress closing the gap against the Democratic incumbent in the nine months since announcing his candidacy. Published September 10, 2014

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2014 file photo, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, is mobbed by media as he gets into a car with his son, Bobby, right, after he and his wife, former first lady Maureen McDonnell, were convicted on multiple counts of corruption at Federal Court in Richmond, Va. Now that the guilty verdicts on public corruption are in, attention turns to the McDonnells' Jan. 6 sentencing and subsequent appeal. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia voters agree with verdict in McDonnell case: poll

A majority of Virginia voters think a federal jury in Richmond got it right when they convicted former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on public corruption charges last week, a new poll says. Published September 9, 2014

Plaintiffs in the federal suit over Virginia's ban on gay marriage, from left: Mary Townley, Emily Schall-Townley, Carol Schall, Tony London and Tim Bostic.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Supreme Court halts legalization of gay marriage in Virginia

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay Wednesday halting gay marriage from taking effect in Virginia this week, signaling the justices are inching closer to taking up a case that could definitively decide between the rights of states to recognize marriages and the federal government's guarantee of equal protection. Published August 20, 2014

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart said that members have directed the county's executive to find out, among other things, how many children are being housed in the county. (The Washington Times)

Virginia officials alarmed at illegal immigrant children housed at nonprofit

Lawmakers in a Northern Virginia county are looking for answers about a contract between the federal government and a local nonprofit to house illegal immigrant children weeks after community opposition forced the Obama administration to rethink a plan to house some of the children at an abandoned college south of Richmond. Published July 15, 2014