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Michael Pope

Reporter

Pope is an award-winning author and journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for WAMU, Connection Newspapers, the New York Daily News and the Tallahassee Democrat. A native of Moultrie, Ga., he grew up in Durham, N.C., and graduated high school in Tampa, Fla. He has a master's degree in American Studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. Pope is the author of Shotgun Justice (2012), Hidden History of Alexandria, D.C. (2011) and Ghosts of Alexandria (2010), all published by History Press in Charleston, S.C.


Articles Written by Michael Pope

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In Virginia, the race to replace longtime Eighth District Congressman Jim Moran has become an expensive proposition. The 10 Democrats running in the primary have raised nearly $2 million in the first quarter. Former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer leads the pack, raising almost $700,000 in the first quarter of this year alone. That means he's likely to raise more than a million ...
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Leaders in Virginia's Republican-controlled House of Delegates are standing by their plan to oppose extending health insurance to 400,000 low-income residents. House Republicans sent a letter to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) asking him to support their position on the budget. Last year, Warner condemned national Republicans for forcing a federal government shutdown over a failed ...
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In Virginia, Republican leaders in the House of Delegates are holding firm in their opposition to using federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to 400,000 low-income residents. House Speaker Bill Howell says he's optimistic Democratic lawmakers will back down from their support of a proposed state budget that includes expanding Medicaid eligibility. "L...
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Low-income people in Virginia are facing a higher tax burden than anywhere else in the D.C. region, according to a study produced by the D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis. Wealthy people face the highest tax burden in Prince George's County and Montgomery County, but people at the bottom end of the income scale face the highest tax b...
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Virginia's attorney general is telling an appellate court reviewing a judge's ruling that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, and that homosexuals have just as much right to marry as interracial heterosexual couples. Attorney General Mark Herring is making that argument in a brief filed today at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. Arguments are ...
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Voters in Arlington may have just elected a new County Board member in a special election, but the winner of that election will now have to stand for election again in November. John Vihstadt will be sworn-in as the newest member of the Arlington County Board this afternoon. But...
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The search of a pond in Fairfax County in relation to three high-profile unsolved murders in Alexandria is over. Police officials say the FBI helped them with the search for evidence, but they won't say what they found, if anything. The pond is located near a home belonging to Charles Severance's parents. Police say they want to talk to Severance in relation to the murders, ...
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Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam is leading a state task force on mental health. Northam says he's especially pleased to be chairman of the task force because of his experience as a pediatric neurologist: "There's certainly a lot of overlap between neurology and psychiatry and I just live that every day." Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order this week exte...
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Arlington County Election Results Candidate Votes Percent Alan Howze (Dem.) 9,107 41.01% Stephen Holbrook (Ind.) 161 0.72% Janet Murphy (Ind.) 250 1.13% ...
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In Virginia, voting in today's special election for Arlington County Board is lighter than expected. Arlington Registrar Linda Lindberg says turnout this morning at the polls was very light, an indication that the number of people voting today may end up being smaller than expected. "I don't know if it had to do with the fact that it was sort of foggy and gray and ...
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Five former Virginia attorneys general will not be allowed to file court papers arguing that public corruption charges against former Gov. Bob McDonnell should be dismissed. U.S. District Judge James Spencer is declining to exercise his discretion to accept the friend-of-the-court brief. He has already rejected a similar request by the National Association of Criminal Defens...
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In Virginia, voters are headed to the polls Tuesday for a special election for Arlington County Board, and the controversy surrounding a proposed streetcar on Columbia Pike is at the center of the campaign. Two candidates support the streetcar, Democrati...
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In Virginia, a key part of state Senator Creigh Deeds' efforts to fix Virginia's mental health system is now law. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is signing legislation that extends the length of time allotted for finding a psychiatric bed for those under an emergency custody order from six hours to 12 hours. And after eight hours of searching, if no private beds can be fo...
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In Virginia, voters are about to head to the polls in Arlington for a special election to select a new member of the Arlington County Board. The results of the election could help decide whether or not a new streetcar system is built along Columbia Pike. Critics of the $300 million streetcar proposal say they would like to see a side-by-side comparison between a streetcar sy...
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The deadline for Virginia Democrats to throw their hat into the ring for the campaign to replace longtime Congressman Jim Moran has passed. The ballot will have an unprecedented eleven candidates. Here's the list: Former Lt. Gov Don Beyer, former Urban League of Northern Virginia President ...
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Virginia lawmakers are hearing from members of the public about the budget impasse, but the expansion of Medicaid remains a sticky point. State leaders still don't have a budget, even after concluding their regular session and a special session. Yesterday, Senate leaders convened a public hearing that featured sharp divisions about expanding health insurance for people who a...
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Virginia lawmakers are still at odds with each other over a budget, and the sticking point is Medicaid expansion. Expanding health insurance for people who live in poverty or with disabilities was at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care reform. And it was at the center of Democrat Terry McAuliffe's campaign for governor. Now it's become the dividing line between...
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An extradition hearing scheduled today for Charles Severance, the man police want to question about three high-profile killings in Alexandria, has been cancelled pending his decision on whether or not to fight extradition to Virginia. Severance, currently jailed in West Virginia, was served a warrant from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday of last week, seeking his e...
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Fairfax County police say they've charged a man with abducting a girl waiting for a school bus and sexually assaulting her. The 12-year-old girl was waiting for the bus at an apartment building on Janna Lee Avenue on Wednesday morning, when police say she was grabbed. Police say the girl told them a man pulled her into an apartment and touched her inappropriately, ...
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In Virginia, the unusually hard winter is taking a toll on local governments. Arlington budget officials say they've already spent more than $2 million even though they had budgeted only $1.1 million. And Alexandria spent $1.6 million on snow control, more than twice as much as they budgeted. Meanwhile, officials at the Virginia Department of Transportation say they s...