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BASIS Independent McLean Introduces Students to the Art of Voting with Mascot Selection

BASIS Independent McLean Introduces Students to the Art of Voting with Mascot Selection

BASIS Independent McLean of McLean, Va., starting its inaugural year, is using the opportunity to vote on its first mascot as a chance to teach the students about the election process, in wake of the upcoming, much talked about presidential election. The process, led by head of school, Sean Aiken, will introduce ideas such delegate system and popular vote to discuss what mascot would best represent the school’s values. For more information about the school, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com/.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe takes office

RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- It was Terry McAuliffe's day to shine in the sun, trouble is, Mother Nature didn't cooperate. Rain poured, and many took cover under umbrellas as Virginia's Chief Justice of the Supreme court administered the oath of office.   

McAuliffe's wife Dorothy and their five children joined him for the ceremony, while nearby, McAuliffe's good friends and mentors , President Bill and Hillary Clinton, looked on like proud parents. The former President brought out tight security and in the audience were six former Virginia Governors, the outgoing Bob McDonnell, Chuck Robb, Doug Wilder, Mark Warner, George Allen and Tim Kaine. 

Speaker Bill Howell presented the new Governor, " I have the honor of present to the sovereign people of Virginia the new Governor Terry R. McAuliffe.

"It is humbling, and the highest honor of my life, to stand before you today," began McAuliffe. 

Virginians head to the polls to elect governor on Tuesday

WARRENTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- It was a last day of frenetic campaigning in Virginia before tomorrow's state wide elections which will chose a new Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General.

At rallies in Warrenton and Culpeper, Florida Senator Marco Rubio rallied crowds of Republican supporters for gubernatorial candidate Ken Cucciinell who said he could feel new momentum in the race due to the "disaster" of the Affordable Care Act.

"Every poll is lagging. The only one that matters is election day," said Cuccinelli as he explained new hope that people angry over the new health care law would "show the rest of America" how they feel by voting for him Tuesday.

At every appearance, it seems Cuccinelli reminds potential voters that he was the first to sue the federal governor over the ACA.

"If you want to say NO to Obamacare, I need your vote on November 5th," said Cuccinelli.

Lawsuit against strict abortion clinic regulations moves forward

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Abortion rights supporters in Virginia are cheering after they won a small, first step in a challenge to strict, new state regulations that require abortion clinics meet hospital standards.

An Arlington judge rejected a motion from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the Virginia Board of Health seeking to toss out a legal challenge to the regulations. It means the case will now move forward.

"Whoa!" Cheered Rosemary Codding, director of the Falls Church Healthcare Center (FCHC) which brought the lawsuit, technically called an appeal. Codding said the ruling gave her immense hope.

"It's just like the turning tide. It has been such an oppressive environment for three years for women's health. This is an immense spiritual uplifting. And, as a woman of very strong faith, I know God is with me. And I know that he has given me courage to continue in this battle," said Codding.

Northam, Herring Win Va. Dem Nods; Repub. Incumbents Lose

RICHMOND, Vs. (AP)--Ralph Northam, a Norfolk doctor who became a hero of Virginia's reproductive-rights movement, and fellow state Sen. Mark Herring won statewide Democratic primaries Tuesday for lieutenant governor and attorney general, respectively.

Two respected senior Republican House members, however, were felled by conservative challengers as each sought an 11th term in the General Assembly.

Northam, a pediatric neurologist and the only physician in the Senate, won a large following among female voters in 2012 when he used medical authority to thunder against a Republican-authored bill that would have required an intrusive ultrasound exam of every woman seeking an abortion.

Virginia Voter's Guide For Tuesday Primary

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)--On Tuesday, June 11th Virginians will head to the polls to choose party candidates for two statewide offices--Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General--as well as eleven House of Delegate seats.

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The race for Governor has been a known entity for weeks.  Ken Cuccinelli is the Republican candidate.  He was selected at a convention in Richmond back in May.  Terry McAuliffe was the only Democratic candidate to file for the office, so he automatically became the party's nominee.

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Del. Ramadan Defends His Decision To Not Report A Trip To Taiwan

FAIRFAX, Va.  (WUSA9) -- Delegate David Ramadan, (R) Loudoun and Prince William Counties, did not report a trip to Taiwan as a gift even though the trip was paid for by the government of Taiwan.

He posted a picture on his Facebook page of himself and four other Virginia lawmakers on the Taiwan trip. Ramadan also blogged and Tweeted about the trip. But, on his gift reporting form, he does not list the $4,000 trip.

"The Department of Commerce set up meetings for me with manufacturers...and I went there to create jobs for Virginia. This was not a gift," said Ramadan.

Delegate Kathy Byron (R ) Lynchburg, who is standing next to Ramadan in the photo, also did not report the trip, but the two other lawmakers who went on the trip did report it.