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February 28, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
The Virginia Senate on Tuesday approved a watered-down version of a bill to require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. The measure passed largely on party lines by a vote of 21-19. It now heads to the House, where it must be approved before it can be signed into law by Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. The proposal sparked intense controversy earlier this month because the initial bill required trans-vaginal ultrasounds before an abortion could be performed.
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November 22, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds left the hospital on Friday, three days after being stabbed repeatedly by his son, who then took his own life. In his first public statement since Tuesday, when authorities say Deeds was stabbed by his son, Gus, who then shot himself, the senator acknowledged that some wounds won't heal. "I am alive so must live,” he said on Twitter. “Some wounds won't heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me. " Deeds, 55, was released Friday morning from the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
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November 6, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Democrat Tim Kaine halted Republican George Allen's comeback bid for a Senate seat in Virginia, a battle of two political titans in this critical swing state. Former governors both, Kaine and Allen were locked in a dead heat for almost 18 months of brutal campaigning. Their wives, the former first ladies, played starring roles on the campaign trail. Allen was seeking to retake the seat he lost six years ago after uttering a racially insensitive term that derailed his campaign and stunted his rising political career.
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November 19, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Virginia State Police said they were not searching for any suspects in the stabbing of state Sen. Creigh Deeds and the killing of his son Tuesday. Deeds was stabbed multiple times and his 24-year-old son, Gus, was found shot to death when authorities arrived at the politician's home in Millboro, Va., police spokeswoman Corrine Geller told reporters at a televised news conference. Creigh Deeds was flown to the University of Virginia Health System Hospital where a spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times that he was in critical condition.
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November 6, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Virginia boasts being one of the nation's top battlegrounds for both the presidency and the U.S. Senate, with two of the commonwealth's top political figures butting heads on the ballot. The Senate clash between Republican George Allen and his Democratic opponent, Tim Kaine, brings not only the careers of two former governors to bear against each other but also a wave of outside money. The race was expected to be close. FULL COVERAGE: Election 2012
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September 20, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON -- In one of this year's most closely watched Senate contests, two new independent polls show Democrat Tim Kaine surging into the lead over Republican George Allen in the race to replace retiring Virginia Sen. Jim Webb. A Washington Post poll found Kaine has an 8 percentage point lead over Allen, 51% to 43%. That's a significant shift since May, when the poll found the two candidates - both former governors and well-known names in Virginia politics - tied. A separate Quinnipiac University-CBS News-New York Times poll released Wednesday found Kaine had a 7 percentage point lead over Allen, 51% to 44%. A previous version of that poll, taken in late July and early August, showed Kaine with a smaller, 2 percentage point lead.
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October 24, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Towering in his cowboy boots, Republican George Allen, the son of a revered football coach, marveled at the taste of the salty-sweet chanh muoi lemonade as he courted Vietnamese American small-business owners in his comeback bid for the U.S. Senate, a seat he lost six years ago after he uttered a racial slur. His opponent, Tim Kaine, who volunteered in Honduras as a young law school student, spoke into a camera about "valores" - values in Spanish - for a television ad believed to be the first time a candidate fluent in Spanish directly addressed Latino voters in the Old Dominion.
NEWS
August 20, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Sen. Claire McCaskill called rival Todd Akin's comments about "legitimate rape" a window into the Republican's thinking, seizing on a moment that has suddenly boosted her imperiled reelection bid. In an interview on MSNBC on Monday morning, a stern McCaskill spoke of her background as a prosecutor working with rape victims, and said Akin's answer to a question about abortion in the case of rape lacked sensitivity. "It shows how many people are out there, sometimes in very important positions, that just don't understand the trauma, and don't understand what it means," the Democrat said.
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February 21, 2002 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The growing movement to ban the execution of mentally retarded killers took another step forward Wednesday as the Supreme Court heard new evidence that virtually every state has backed away from imposing the ultimate punishment on inmates with diminished mental capacity.
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June 14, 1994 | Associated Press
Former GOP state Atty. Gen. J. Marshall Coleman filed to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent Monday, saying voters are fed up with Democratic Sen. Charles S. Robb and Republican nominee Oliver L. North. Voters "are very disillusioned and dissatisfied and disheartened by the choices of candidates that both political parties are putting forward," Coleman told reporters.
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November 19, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A Virginia state senator who twice ran unsuccessfully for top state offices was critically stabbed in his home where a second person was found dead, authorities said Tuesday. Sen. Creigh Deeds, a Democrat who ran for governor and attorney general, was found stabbed in his home in Bath County, Va. His son, Gus, was found in the house dead from a gunshot wound, law enforcement sources told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which first reported on the incident. Deeds is being treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Virginia boasts being one of the nation's top battlegrounds for both the presidency and the U.S. Senate, with two of the commonwealth's top political figures butting heads on the ballot. The Senate clash between Republican George Allen and his Democratic opponent, Tim Kaine, brings not only the careers of two former governors to bear against each other but also a wave of outside money. The race was expected to be close. FULL COVERAGE: Election 2012
NEWS
November 6, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Democrat Tim Kaine halted Republican George Allen's comeback bid for a Senate seat in Virginia, a battle of two political titans in this critical swing state. Former governors both, Kaine and Allen were locked in a dead heat for almost 18 months of brutal campaigning. Their wives, the former first ladies, played starring roles on the campaign trail. Allen was seeking to retake the seat he lost six years ago after uttering a racially insensitive term that derailed his campaign and stunted his rising political career.
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October 24, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Towering in his cowboy boots, Republican George Allen, the son of a revered football coach, marveled at the taste of the salty-sweet chanh muoi lemonade as he courted Vietnamese American small-business owners in his comeback bid for the U.S. Senate, a seat he lost six years ago after he uttered a racial slur. His opponent, Tim Kaine, who volunteered in Honduras as a young law school student, spoke into a camera about "valores" - values in Spanish - for a television ad believed to be the first time a candidate fluent in Spanish directly addressed Latino voters in the Old Dominion.
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON -- In one of this year's most closely watched Senate contests, two new independent polls show Democrat Tim Kaine surging into the lead over Republican George Allen in the race to replace retiring Virginia Sen. Jim Webb. A Washington Post poll found Kaine has an 8 percentage point lead over Allen, 51% to 43%. That's a significant shift since May, when the poll found the two candidates - both former governors and well-known names in Virginia politics - tied. A separate Quinnipiac University-CBS News-New York Times poll released Wednesday found Kaine had a 7 percentage point lead over Allen, 51% to 44%. A previous version of that poll, taken in late July and early August, showed Kaine with a smaller, 2 percentage point lead.
NEWS
August 20, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Sen. Claire McCaskill called rival Todd Akin's comments about "legitimate rape" a window into the Republican's thinking, seizing on a moment that has suddenly boosted her imperiled reelection bid. In an interview on MSNBC on Monday morning, a stern McCaskill spoke of her background as a prosecutor working with rape victims, and said Akin's answer to a question about abortion in the case of rape lacked sensitivity. "It shows how many people are out there, sometimes in very important positions, that just don't understand the trauma, and don't understand what it means," the Democrat said.
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June 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
National Democratic leaders were relishing the prospect of a Vietnam War hero and Reagan administration Navy secretary challenging Republican Sen. George Allen, a day after James Webb beat a Democratic Party stalwart in Tuesday's primary for the November election. But beating Allen will be a struggle, even for a Republican turned Democrat with Webb's portfolio.
NATIONAL
February 10, 2011 | By James Oliphant and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
Democratic hopes for retaining control of the Senate after the 2012 election ? already fading ? took another hit Wednesday with the retirement of Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia. Webb, a one-term moderate, would have waged a competitive battle against former Sen. George Allen, a Republican who is trying to reclaim his former seat. Allen now will probably be the favorite against any Democratic nominee in a state that has spent much of the last decade shifting between the two parties. With Virginia, Democrats will be defending nearly two dozen seats, many in Republican-leaning states such as Missouri, Montana and Nebraska, or in populous battleground states such as Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
NEWS
June 14, 2012 | By Paul West
Virginia's heavyweight Senate match between two former governors could be one of the clearest tests of a Republican campaign strategy of tying Democratic candidates to President Obama this fall. In the race for Virginia's open Democratic Senate seat, Tim Kaine, a close Obama ally and the president's first Democratic national chairman, is facing Republican George Allen, who lost the seat in 2006 after a campaign gaffe that captured the rise of YouTube as a political weapon. Allen secured the Republican nomination this week against light primary opposition.
NEWS
February 28, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
The Virginia Senate on Tuesday approved a watered-down version of a bill to require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. The measure passed largely on party lines by a vote of 21-19. It now heads to the House, where it must be approved before it can be signed into law by Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. The proposal sparked intense controversy earlier this month because the initial bill required trans-vaginal ultrasounds before an abortion could be performed.
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