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April 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The former executive director of the Virginia Republican Party pleaded guilty in Richmond to a felony charge of eavesdropping on a Democratic Party conference call in March 2002, the U.S. attorney's office said. Prosecutors will recommend Edmund Matricardi III, 34, serve three years' probation and pay a $10,000 fine.
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April 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The former executive director of the Virginia Republican Party pleaded guilty in Richmond to a felony charge of eavesdropping on a Democratic Party conference call in March 2002, the U.S. attorney's office said. Prosecutors will recommend Edmund Matricardi III, 34, serve three years' probation and pay a $10,000 fine.
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May 15, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
VIRGINIA Prosecutors in Richmond dropped state charges in a political eavesdropping case against the former executive director of Virginia's Republican Party. The move could clear the way for federal charges against Edmund A. Matricardi III. U.S. prosecutors said they would open an inquiry into the case. Matricardi, 33, was indicted last month on charges of illegally monitoring two Democratic conference calls in March. During the calls, Gov.
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January 24, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The former executive director of Virginia's Republican Party was indicted in Richmond on federal charges for allegedly eavesdropping on a conference call among Democratic legislators last year. Edmund A. Matricardi III was accused of using a telephone number and access codes to listen in on the teleconference. He resigned over the scandal. He was charged with five counts involving the interception of electronic communications. Each count carries up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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December 27, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Rick Perry is taking his fight to get on the Virginia primary ballot to the courts, challenging the constitutionality of the commonwealth's "onerous" qualification requirements. Only two of the Republican presidential candidates -- Mitt Romney and Ron Paul -- earned spots on the March 6 primary ballot by Friday's filing deadline. State law requires a candidate to get 10,000 petition signatures statewide, including a certain number in each of the state's congressional districts. In a suit filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Perry's camp argues that the state rules "unconstitutionally restrict the rights of candidates and voters by severely restricting access to the ballot.
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October 31, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Virginia Republicans were in apology mode Monday over a Halloween-themed email that depicted a zombie-like President Obama with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. The northern Virginia-based Too Conservative blog first flagged the mailer from the local Republicans in Loudon County promoting a local holiday parade. It also offers a ghoulish caricature of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-San Francisco). "I am no fan of Barack Obama, but putting up a photo of him as a zombie with a bullet hole in his head?"
NATIONAL
May 30, 2010 | By Jimmy Orr, Tribune Washington Bureau
It's the perfect "gotcha" campaign ad. Well, except for the gotcha part. Credit the Virginia Republican Party for coming up with a creative idea. Discredit the Virginia Republican Party for doing a horrific job of research. The party released ads on Wednesday raising the possibility that Virginia Democratic Reps. Rick Boucher and Tom Perriello might be secret gun-control proponents (despite evidence to the contrary). So what's the angle? Damning video footage of Congress members giving Mexican President Felipe Calderon a standing ovation last week when he called on the U.S. Congress to consider reinstating the assault weapons ban. Ah, so Boucher and Perriello are seen in that footage wildly applauding Calderon?
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December 7, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
The sweeping defeat suffered by Republicans in Virginia last month serves as a warning for the party ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, a top House Republican is warning Saturday. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), in a speech to be delivered to Virginia Republicans on Saturday afternoon, called on his party to move beyond internal differences that contributed to statewide losses in November and put forward a positive agenda, a message that could also apply to his congressional allies.
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June 29, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro and Richard Simon, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Senate convened Monday with white roses on an empty desk in the second row where Robert C. Byrd last sat, an institutional vacancy that will not soon be filled even after his successor is named. When the nine-term Democratic senator from West Virginia spoke, Washington listened. He commanded attention in a way that no other modern lawmaker does, leaving the question: Who will guide the chamber now? "The first answer to that is, nobody," said Norman Ornstein, a constitutional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
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November 15, 1994 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back when he was a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, Oliver L. North was in a car crash that nearly ended his career, not to mention his life. Officials thought his injuries too severe for him to continue at the academy, but he begged to be let back in--and went on to become a collegiate boxing champ.
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May 31, 2007 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
Fred D. Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee senator, is about to take a big step toward a formal presidential campaign, a move that will shake up the already unsettled Republican field and throw a wild card into the competition for the GOP's conservative core. Thompson this week asked supporters to begin collecting campaign donations June 4, after he files papers with the Federal Election Commission to establish a political committee to "test the waters" for a White House bid.
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