Politics

4:09pm

Thu January 23, 2014
It's All Politics

Virginia Gay Marriage Shift Generates Sharp Response

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 4:21 pm

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond on Dec. 18. Herring's announcement Thursday generated strong partisan responses.
Steve Helber AP

Political reaction to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's announcement Thursday that he won't defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage was strong and swift — and fell squarely along party lines.

Herring told Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep that he had concluded the 2006 constitutional amendment is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution.

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4:05pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Law

New Va. Attorney General Declares Same-Sex Ban Unconstitutional

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 4:32 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. Virginia's newly elected attorney general announced today that he will not defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Democrat Mark Herring revealed his decision this morning on NPR's MORNING EDITION. He says he wants to ensure that Virginia is, as he puts it, on the right side of history and the law. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.

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4:05pm

Thu January 23, 2014
It's All Politics

Tea Partiers Hope To Crash Sen. Graham's Re-Election Bid

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 4:32 pm

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., questions a witness during an April 23 hearing on the use of drones on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Cliff Owen AP

This year marks the first time Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has had to run for office since the emergence of the Tea Party. Graham has never faced much Republican opposition during his two decades in Congress, but this June, he's already heading into a primary with four Republican challengers who say he's not conservative enough for the Palmetto State. Voters say the race has become a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party in South Carolina.

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12:34pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Politics

Where Is The Line Between Political Scandal And Corruption?

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 12:39 pm

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6:26am

Thu January 23, 2014
Law

Will Voters Or Courts Decide Virginia's Gay-Marriage Case?

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 7:20 am

The Virginia case is one of several that is barreling its way toward the Supreme Court. There have been debates on the gay-rights side over whether to move this issue forward in the political arena or use the court system.

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