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Virginia Libertarians File Suit Over Ballot Access Rules

The Libertarian Party and nine former Virginia candidates have filed a lawsuit challenging state laws that they claim give Democrats and Republicans an unfair advantage in elections.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Richmond against the three-member Virginia State Board of Elections. Robert Sarvis, last year's Libertarian candidate for governor, is the lead plaintiff.

According to the complaint, Virginia's ballot access laws violate the Constitution's equal protection and freedom of association guarantees. Those state laws require minor party candidates to gather signatures on petitions to get on the ballot and place their names below those of major-party candidates on the ballot.

The state attorney general's office, which represents the elections board, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 6, 2015

A play springs forth from an iconic photo, and a photography exhibit transports visitors back to the Civil War.


Budapest Foodies Hope Cuisine Can Help Heal Anti-Migrant Prejudice

Forget the goulash. Budapest's restaurants have been featuring refugee cuisine — think Syrian sweets, Afghan pies and Eritrean flatbread. It's a festival to foster understanding through food.
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Are D.C. Charter Schools Funded Fairly?

A debate about education funding digs up a decades-old fight for D.C. home rule.

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Computer Guys And Gal: Taking Selfies To New Heights And More

Mobile ad blocking comes to iPhones, updated Android comes to new Nexus phones, and "dronies" -- video selfies shot by a GoPro on a drone -- come to Instagram. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

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