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Sometimes the worst possible gift for a liberal is to give him everything he wants. President Obama no doubt feels this after getting his way on Obamacare, which is easily the biggest disaster of his presidency. Colorado Democrats are likewise stinging after they rammed a gun-control scheme through the legislature in March that has the public screaming for their heads. These Democratic lawmakers ought to warn their newly elected colleagues in Virginia against repeating the same mistake.
The Virginia State Board of Elections on Monday declared Democrat Mark R. Herring the official winner of the state's attorney general race by 165 votes — the smallest margin for any statewide race in Virginia history.
This week dawned routine on a U.N. General Assembly gathering — except for members of one delegation, who heralded in a new international political era by casting the first U.N. votes by Palestinians.
Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, looking to follow through on a pledge to make his administration bipartisan, has selected a finance secretary who has served in state government under 11 governors and three longtime Democratic staffers for top-level positions.
Virginia Democratic Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe announced Monday he intends to retain Ric Brown, the state's current secretary of finance, at least for the early months of his administration, when the state legislature will be marking up outgoing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed two-year budget.
A razor-thin margin in the Virginia attorney general's race could ultimately put the decision about a winner before the General Assembly — but the rarely used strategy of contesting an election comes with its own political consequences, analysts say.
China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Vietnam and Algeria on Tuesday won seats at the Human Rights Council, the U.N.'s highest rights monitoring body.
Having collected less than 50 percent of the vote in the Virginia governor's race, Democrat Terry McAuliffe can hardly claim a mandate and now faces the tough task of filling in the details of a vague political agenda in the face of a strong Republican-controlled legislature and a Democratic Party for which he has spent most of his life working in various unelected roles.
Colorado voters split on taxes Tuesday, giving a resounding yes to a tax on retail marijuana and an equally emphatic no to an income tax increase aimed at funding K-12 education.