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Felons' rights bills barely clears Virginia Senate panel

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Legislation backed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to automatically restore nonviolent felons' voting rights emerged from a Senate subcommittee without a recommendation Tuesday. A motion to recommend the bill failed on a 3-3 vote, with all of the votes against the measure coming from McDonnell's fellow Republicans. The tie vote was enough to keep the measure alive for the full...

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