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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia have charged a second former congressional campaign staffer with election fraud in a case that clouded the race for Virginia's 2nd District in 2018.

A special prosecutor overseeing the case in Virginia Beach confirmed Tuesday that Roberta Marciano faces two counts of election fraud.

Marciano worked on the re-election campaign for freshman Republican Scott Taylor in the district along Virginia's coast.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Former Republican Congressman Scott Taylor says he will run for the U.S. House seat he lost in 2018.

Taylor told WAVY-TV on Monday that he'll run against Democratic congresswoman Elaine Luria this fall for the 2nd District on Virginia's coast.

Taylor had previously said that he would run for a U.S. Senate seat. Taylor served one term before being defeated by Luria.

His re-election campaign was plagued by an election-fraud scandal.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Records show former Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor has accumulated overdue property tax bills in Virginia for at least the second time.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Taylor owes the city of Norfolk $1,097 on two properties he owns.

A law firm that handled recent closings on the properties said that it didn't collect or pay the taxes as usual and that Taylor wasn't aware of the missed payments.

Taylor is running for U.S. Senate in Virginia, hoping to unseat Democrat Mark Warner.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican former Rep. Scott Taylor says he's running for U.S. Senate in Virginia, hoping to unseat Democrat Mark Warner.

Taylor said on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" on Monday "we have a leadership crisis in Virginia" and "we need a fresh start in the Senate."

Taylor is an ex-Navy SEAL who served one term as a representative from Virginia's 2nd Congressional District. He lost his reelection bid to Democrat Elaine Luria in 2018.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A special prosecutor in Virginia says he's presented two indictments of election fraud against a person who worked on a Republican congressman's doomed re-election campaign.

Special prosecutor Donald Caldwell announced the indictment in a statement Monday. He did not identify the staffer who worked on Scott Taylor's campaign in Virginia's coastal 2nd Congressional District.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former senior White House adviser Steve Bannon is coming to Virginia to help rally Republicans just before Election Day.

Bannon said in an interview Tuesday with radio host John Fredericks that he plans to visit Virginia this weekend.

Bannon said tight races in Virginia could help determine partisan control of the U.S. House and the derail President Donald Trump's agenda.

Democrats have focused on trying to grab several GOP-held seats in the Old Dominion, including those held by Reps. Scott Taylor, Dave Brat and Barbara Comstock. 

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Democrat who is trying to unseat Virginia Congressman Scott Taylor has attacked his handling of a ballot-fraud scandal during their first debate.

Elaine Luria said Tuesday that Taylor didn't take the matter seriously enough. She said he continued to employ staffers who were accused of allegedly forging voter signatures to place a third-party "spoiler candidate" on November's ballot.

Taylor denied that he was involved in any of the alleged fraud. And he said he got rid of staffers who were tied to the scandal.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An independent congressional candidate in Virginia is appealing a court's decision to remove her from the race.

Shaun Brown filed an appeal Monday with Virginia's Supreme Court. She says a Circuit Court judge in Richmond lacked the authority to remove her from the ballot because election officials had already certified her candidacy.

The judge ruled Wednesday that Brown can't run because petitions to place her on the ballot contained forged signatures.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A judge has ruled that an independent candidate cannot appear on the ballot in a tight congressional race in Virginia due to forged signatures on her petition.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrats are headed to court to try to convince a judge to remove an independent candidate from the ballot in a tight congressional race in Virginia.

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday in a lawsuit that accuses members of Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor's campaign staff of forging signatures to help independent candidate Shaun Brown get on the Nov. 6 ballot in the 2nd Congressional District race.

Democrats claim Taylor's campaign wanted Brown on the ballot to bolster his re-election by weakening support for his Democratic opponent.

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Virginia Congressman Scott Taylor says Tangier Island will finally be betting a jetty as it sees its shores disappearing every year from erosion and sea level rise.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports Taylor announced that the federal approval process has been finally been concluded.

He said that construction should start this year and be finished by 2019.

The Eastern Shore Virginia Representative made the announcement during a visit to the island with Delegate Rob Bloxom.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A black candidate claims Virginia Democrats are disenfranchising her by trying to remove her from the ballot of a tight congressional race.

Shaun Brown filed a court motion Friday against a Democratic lawsuit aimed at ending her candidacy.

Brown is a former Democrat running as an independent in the 2nd District on Virginia's coast. Republican Congressman Scott Taylor and Democratic challenger Elaine Luria are in a close race.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Republican congressman in Virginia has pulled out of a debate with his Democratic challenger because he says the public radio station hosting the forum is biased.

U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor said Tuesday that he looks forward to debating Democrat Elaine Luria sometime this fall. But he said it won't be on Norfolk-based WHRO-TV or its sister news station WHRV-FM.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Political battle lines are forming in Virginia where a woman who once led a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors wants to capture a Republican congressional seat held by a former Navy SEAL.

National Democrats are backing former Navy commander Elaine Luria in her quest to claim the 2nd Congressional District, home to the world's largest Navy base. Should she win the June primary, Luria's biggest foe is expected to be 38-year-old incumbent Scott Taylor in November.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Oyster restoration efforts are almost complete on one river in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. But officials warn that federal funding could be cut before the work is all done.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation said in a press release that environmental groups and two congressmen will meet Friday to highlight progress along the Lafayette River in Norfolk. They also plan to talk about the need for funding to complete the job.

The Trump Administration has proposed eliminating Chesapeake Bay cleanup dollars.

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Plans to open up the Virginia Coastline for offshore drilling saw over 30 people protesting at the Willis Wharf on the Eastern Shore Saturday.

The event was called “Hands Across the Sand Eastern Shore” and was part of around 20 events across the county over the weekend.

State Senator Lynwood Lewis told the Salisbury Daily Times that he felt the Eastern Shore Virginians were “ground zero in the battle over offshore drilling.”

He said it would impact tourism, aquaculture and even the military in the region.

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Congressman Scott Taylor faced a crowd of over 200 constituents 50 whom found themselves left outside the hall on the campus of the Eastern Shore Community College in Melfa.

The Virginia Republican took 22 questions with the audience sometimes booing, sometimes cheering.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that overall the meeting was civil unlike many of town hall faced by his Republican colleagues around the country.

Taylor said that encouraged engagement by citizens but felt disrupting a meeting was wrong.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes is the first casualty of a newly redrawn Virginia congressional map.

Forbes lost a sharp-elbowed primary against Scott Taylor, a state House delegate and former Navy SEAL, in Virginia's defense-heavy Hampton Roads area.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Del. Scott Taylor and Del. Glenn Davis, both Republicans from Virginia Beach, have announced that they are exploring bids for lieutenant governor.

The Virginian-Pilot reports both delegates made announcements Wednesday.

Taylor is a former Navy SEAL and Iraq War veteran and is a regular guest on Fox News Channel programs. He's served as a delegate for a two-year term and was re-elected without a challenger last week.