A look at some of this week's big political news stories.


A look at some of this week's big political news stories.

1) 300 military advisers being sent to Iraq

President Obama announced that the U.S. will be sending an additional 300 military advisors to Iraq. In a press conference on Thursday the President reiterated that although the U.S. will provide support and advice, American military forces will not return to Iraq. These 300 advisers are an addition to the 275 military personnel sent to protect the U.S. embassy and its staff amidst the ongoing conflict between the Iraqi government and ISIS.

Mola Lenghi spoke with the Iraqi ambassador about the situation in Iraq and American assistance. See that interview here.

2) Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoes parts of the state budget

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe will veto several parts of the 2-year budget sent to him by Virginia's General Assembly.

The budget was finally passed after Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett (D-Russell) abruptly resigned and gave Republicans a majority in the General Assembly. The budget included amendments preventing McAuliffe from expanding Meidcaid without approval from the state legislature.

In an announcement made Friday, McAulifffe stated that he would continue to look for ways to expand Medicaid and veto the amendments designed to keep him from doing so. The General Assembly has the power to override the Governor's veto.

See Delia Goncalve's report on McAuliffe's decision here.

3) The race to replace Senator Phil Puckett is on

After the State Senator's shocking resignation last Monday, the race to replace Senator Phil Puckett (D-Russell) has begun. Democrats nominated Mike Hymes, the Tazewell County Supervisor for the seat on Wednesday. Republicans have chosen Delegate Ben Chafin as their candidate. Voters will have a chance to choose Puckett's replacement in a special election on August 19th. The Democratic Puckett had held his seat in the 38th District since 1998 but the area has grown increasingly conservative in recent years.

4) Marion Barry tells his side of the story

Marion Barry's new memoir: "Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr." hit shelves this week. The former 4-term-mayor and current Ward 8 Council member wrote the book in an attempt to recast his legacy. Barry told WUSA-9's Bruce Johnson that he was tired of the media writing his story, one that often included that Barry had been caught smoking crack at the Vista hotel.

Watch Bruce Johnson's interview with Marion Barry here.

5) Primary Day in Maryland is coming up

Tuesday, June 24th is Primary day in Maryland. Among the many state and federal races on the ballot are the Gubernatorial primaries. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler, and Delegate Heather Mizeur are competing for the Democratic nomination. On the Republican side Harford County Executive David Craig, Ronald George, Larry Hogan and Charles Lollar are on the ballot. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Check out wusa9.com next week for voter resources and full coverage of the election.

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