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Cantor's Loss Leaves Virginia Legislators Reeling Over Decline In Influence

Now that Kevin McCarthy has been picked to replace Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader, Virginia lawmakers are strategizing on how to regain lost power for the commonwealth.

Just last week it looked like the next Speaker of the House — the one who is two heart beats away from the presidency — would be a Virginian. But Cantor's surprise primary upset to Tea Party favorite Dave Brat added to a recent power drain of veteran Virginia lawmakers, one that's affecting the influence wielded by the state's delegation.

"We can’t cover it up. It is what it is and we’ll have to pick up the pieces from there," says Republican Randy Forbes. He says it's now time for Virginia lawmakers to take a cue from the reality show Survivor and work across party lines.

“So we’re gonna have to kinda forge alliances on things we can agree upon so that we can move those forward for Virginia, and I think we’ll be successful in doing that," he says.

While Cantor's replacement has been picked, he'll remain majority leader until the end of July.

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The singer's new music video quickly drew commentary of all kinds — on its references to being black in America, Hurricane Katrina and Black Lives Matter.
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Calif. Restaurant Gives Diners — And Sea Lions — An Ocean View

The Marine Room is a restaurant right on the beach. When the tide is high, waves hit the windows, and bring in unexpected visitors.
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Why A Vote For Bush Could Be A Vote For Trump In The N.H. Primary

Under the state's delegate process, candidates who don't get at least 10 percent of the vote lose their delegates to the winner of the primary.
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Call To Get All Maryland Students Internet Access Renewed This Year

Should all students in Maryland schools have access to the Internet and other digital resources? One Maryland Senator is taking up the call again this legislative session.

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