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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.


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In his State of the Commonwealth Address Wednesday night, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to return to a campaign promise, expanding health insurance to 400,000 Virginians who live in poverty or with disabilities. He's also expected to outline plans to pump new money into education and to promote new ways to boost the state's economy. "I think he's going to talk ...
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Hours before the General Assembly gaveled into session Wednesday, a group of Democratic lawmakers announced that they've signed on to a "statement of intent" in support of Virginia women. The statement was drafted by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and calls for expanded access to a full range of reproductive health care services for women, their partners and their families. The t...
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After WAMU 88.5 News aired an investigative series in October revealing that much of the car-title lending businesses happens beyond the scope of regulators, several lawmakers have introduced bills to crack down on an industry many are calling p...
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Virginia Republicans believe they may have gotten an edge that can turn the commonwealth from a purple state to a red one this November. Party officials hope to use a new "Statement of Affiliation" on this year's primary ballot to put together a massive and unprecedented database of GOP ...
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Alexandria is beginning the day with a new mayor, the first time since 2003 the city has seen a new mayor take office. And newly inaugurated Mayor Allison Silberberg immediately dove into a controversial campaign promise moments after taking the oath of office. "Alexandria should be a national leader in ethics and transparency,” said Silberberg during her inaugural speech....
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The Republican Party of Virginia's plans to require voters to pledge allegiance to the GOP is causing a major rift among the commonwealth's conservatives three months before voters head to the polls on Super Tuesday. Party leaders say the oath has been in the planning since 2008, long before billionaire developer-turned-reality-star Donald Trump became the party’s frontrunner for th...
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How many cars did TitleMax repossess last year? What kind of regulatory actions were taken against LoanMax? How many lawsuits did Fast Auto Loans file against its customers? Those are the kinds of details filed in a series of reports each year to the Virginia State Corporation Commission by car-title lenders — businesses that offer quick cash in exchange for car titles, at...
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When Gov. Terry McAuliffe took office three years ago, Virginia was generating about 18 megawatts of solar energy. Now, entering the last year of his term in office, McAuliffe says says he wants Virginia to 8 percent of its energy from solar power within the next three years. "​By meeting this new target, we will increase one hundredfold, the amount of power that our stat...
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Last week, local government leaders from urban areas across the state met in Fredericksburg to plot a strategy for more education funding. This week, those efforts seem to have paid off. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe chose Mark Twain...
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A legal challenge to the Virginia's congressional districts may end up reshuffling the state's political deck in the months leading up to next year's primary. And it might also set an important precedent for minority representation. The U.S. Supreme Court is about to consider a claim that too many black voters have been packed into one congressional district, diluting their ...
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The latest round of campaign finance disclosures in Virginia shows a record year in the state's political history. According to campaign records, candidates raised and spent $51 million. That's $8 million more than the last record-breaking year in 2011, when candidates for the state Senate races raised and spent $43 million. But all that money didn't translate to ...
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Lawmakers from Virginia's urban areas are getting ready to make the case for education dollars to the General Assembly. To accomplish the task, they have formed a coalition known as the "Urban Crescent" because of the curve-shaped boundaries that stretch from Arlington and Fairfax though Fredericksburg and Richmond to Norfolk and Virginia Beach. It's an idea that is patterned after a ...
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It's late afternoon, and a chill fills the air as West End neighborhood kids gather to play soccer on the tennis courts. We’re standing outside a cluster of garden apartments locals call the Hamlets along Beauregard Street. Daniel Villarroel, whose family came here from Bolivia four years ago, is watching the game. He just learned about a developer’s plan for his neighborhood, whi...
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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson joined leaders from across the religious community at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Monday, the second largest mosque in America, to personally deliver the president's request that the American Muslim community ...
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With Republicans retaining control of Virginia's House and Senate, Gov. Terry McAuliffe's efforts to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act might seem out of reach. But he appears to be trying to find other ways to help fund health care for the poor. It's called the bed tax. The idea is that hospitals and nursing homes would be charged a percentage of their reve...
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At the heart of the coming budget season is a paradox: Fairfax County has invested more money into its school system than any other local government in the D.C. region over the last decade. And yet its budget has grown the smallest amount during that time, an indication that federal and state funds are not keeping pace with ...
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Student enrollment increases JurisdictionPercent Change, 2005-15 Loudoun Co.66.90% Arlington Co.30.83% Prince William Co.30.81% Alexandria30.75% Falls Church...
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The Debt Trap Part 1: The Fast-Cash World Of Virginia Car-Title Lenders Part 2: How Virginia Be...
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In the late 1990s, Virginia introduced a new system of standardized testing — an attempt to lead the way into a new era of accountability. The program, known as the Standards of Learning, was implemented under Republican Gov. George Allen and used as a template for other states that wanted to create a sense that educational rigor did not vary greatly from school to school. ...