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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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Nelson Reeves was the last dairy farmer in Arlington County. His estate, known as Reevesland, is now owned by the county government, which purchased the property more than a decade ago. Since then, very little has happened. "I feel like the county has forgotten us," says Judy Norton, who lives in the Bluemont neighborhood near Reevesland. "If they were really interested in tak...
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Nelson Reeves was the last dairy farmer in Arlington County. His estate, known as Reevesland, is now owned by the county government, which purchased this property more than a decade ago. Since that time, very little has happened. "Well I feel like the county has forgotten us," says Judy Norton, who lives in the Bluemont neighborhood near Reeveland. "If they were really inter...
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In Virginia, the statewide Democratic ticket is now set for the general election coming up in November. State Senator Ralph Northam of Norfolk will be the Democratic candidate to run for lieutenant governor against Republican E.W. Jackson. And state Senator Mark Herring of Loudoun will be the candidate to run against state Senator Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg for attorney...
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Virginia's Democrats are scheduled to go to the polls tomorrow to select candidates for November's general election. Officials expect a turnout of one to four percent, which is anywhere between 50,000 and 200,000 voters. "If you wanted to set up a primary system where almost nobody came, you would do it almost exactly the way that Virginia does it," says University of Mary...
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Democrats in Virginia are heading to the polls tomorrow to select a candidate for lieutenant governor, and the stakes are high. Control of the state Senate is on the line because the body is evenly split: 20 Democrats, 20 Republicans. That means that the next lieutenant governor could be the tie-breaker on a lot of votes to come, ultimately deciding which party has control. ...
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Members of the Virginia Supreme Court are weighing how the Alexandria waterfront plan was approved last year. Neighbors in Old Town filed a protest petition asking for a supermajority vote, but city officials put off the determination until the public hearing, just before the council vote, rejecting the petition and telling petitioners the city was closed for business as they ...
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The Virginia Supreme Court is set to take up the controversial Alexandria waterfront plan this morning. The lawsuit was filed by three Old Town women supporters are calling the "Iron Ladies," a group of homeowners who say their rights were violated. At issue is a protest petition filed by neighbors at three sites slated for redevelopment that city officials reject...
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In Virginia, Democrats will be heading to the polls next week to select a candidate for lieutenant governor, and the campaign this year is hotter than ever. The race for lieutenant governor is usually a sleeper, but this year things are different. That's because the state Senate is split: 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans, which means the winner determines which party has con...
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Virginia Democrats go to the polls next week to select candidates for November's general election. The race for attorney general is hotly contested. State Senator Mark Herring of Loudoun County faces former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax. Both candidates are from Northern Virginia, which means the region may end up choosing the winner. "When the race started, Herrin...
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If you hear what sounds like chickens clucking in Arlington, someone is breaking the law. But some Arlington residents are willing to take that risk, including the owners of Henny Penny, Florence and Margaret, three hens kept kept behind a 1920s bungalow on a quiet suburban street in North Arlington. The hens are there in violation of current county regulations, which call f...
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A federal appeals court in Virginia has ruled that the commonweatlth's law prohibiting out-of-state residents from circulating petitions for third-party presidential candidates is unconstitutional. Wednesday's unanimous opinion by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a previous ruling that the residency requirement is an impermissible restrain...
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In Virginia, Democrats—and some Republicans—are calling attention to comments about abortion made by Republicans on the ballot this November. Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wants to focus his gubernatorial campaign on jobs and the economy. But Democrats are eager to talk about social issues like abortion—and now they're partnering with some Republican women...
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Republican leaders in Virginia are moving forward with a plan that could increase the number of felons who have their voting rights restored. When Republican Governor Bob McDonnell gave his State of the Commonwealth Address earlier this year, many were surprised to hear him pressing for restoration of voting rights for felons, not an issue that's traditionally associated wit...
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Opinions are divided as to whether Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli should step down as Virginia's top attorney during his run for governor. Current Gov. Bob McDonnell stepped down from his position as attorney general when he ran for governor in 2009, as did Jerry Kilgore in 2005; Mark Earley in 2001; Jim Gilmore in 1997; Mary Sue Terry in 1993: and Jerry Baliles in 1985. But...
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In Virginia, Republicans and Democrats are debating the debates in the race for governor. Back in 2009, candidates for governor participated in four debates. This time around, former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe called for five debates.  But Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli disagrees. Instead, he's calling for 15 debates, a tactic his s...
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In Virginia, voters are starting to learn more about the controversial Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. A native of Pennsylvania, Earl Walker Jackson Senior is a Harvard Law School graduate who has been making a name for himself in conservative circles for years. Back in 2010, he gained nation media attention for accusing the New Black Panther Party of voter intim...
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Now that Virginia Republicans have selected a slate of candidates, some are criticizing the ticket as too extreme.  It didn't take long for Democrats to start castigating the Republican ticket selected over the weekend in Richmond as too extreme for Virginia. That was expected. But what's surprising is that some Republicans have joined the chorus. Vince Callahan is a Repu...
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Republicans gathered in Richmond over the weekend to select a slate of candidates for state office. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is at the top of the ticket, after ...
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Firebrand conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is at the top of the ticket for the November election, but that was already established before 10,000 Republican delegates arrived in Richmond for a convention to determine the slate of candidates. The most ...
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Virginia's attorney general Ken Cuccinelli has won the Republican Party's gubernatorial nomination for governor. At the GOP's statewide convention, thousands of conservatives and tea party followers gave their support to Cuccinelli, who was unopposed for the...