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Michael Pope

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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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Voters in Arlington and McLean will be heading to the polls next month in a special election to replace longtime Delegate Bob Brink, and the parties will be working overtime this weekend to name candidates. Last week, ...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to announce a new commission to look into climate change today. The group will be formally known as the Governor's Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. It's an update because the panel will build on work that began when U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine was governor, a time when a similar commission was created. It issued dozens of recommen...
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Leaders at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria are hoping to rebrand and launch a renovation, but the organization that leads the center is facing some obstacles. Walking into the Torpedo Factory, visitors are greeted with cracked tiles, banners with an outdated old logo and donated seating from an old movie theater. Some say...
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A federal judge is refusing to allow a former Virginia attorney general to testify as an expert witness in former Governor Bob McDonnell's corruption trial. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his products. Their trial is set for J...
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Prince William County Democratic state Senator Chuck Colgan will retire next year when his term expires. The 87-year-old senator has served in the chamber since 1976. Republicans currently hold a one-seat advantage in the Senate after former Democratic state Senator Phil Puckett abruptly quit the upper chamber earlier this month. The senator tells the "Ri...
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Virginia Republicans are preparing themselves for a potential court fight to stop Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe from expanding health insurance to 400,000 Virginians. The House Republican caucus has already spent $25,000 to hire Paul Clement, a former United States solicitor general, in their ongoing fight against ...
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The Virginia General Assembly has effectively prohibited Gov. Terry McAuliffe from moving forward with expanding health insurance for 400,000 Virginians who live in poverty or with disabilities — at least for now. McAuliffe ran on a platform of expanding Medicaid as pa...
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In Virginia, Republican House Speaker Bill Howell is ruling that one of Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe's key line-item budget vetoes is unconstitutional. That creates a new obstacle to expanding health insurance for 400,000 Virginians with living in poverty or with disabilities. ...
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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is vetoing funding for a new ethics commission, even as former Governor Bob McDonnell is facing federal corruption charges. One of McDonnell's problems is that he failed to disclose he received a Rolex watch from a businessman seeking influence from stat...
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The FBI is investigating the circumstances of former Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett's departure from the General Assembly. Puckett's resignation gave control of the state Senate to Republicans and dealt a serious setback to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's p...
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Police officials in Alexandria are narrowing the focus of their investigation into three unsolved murders. Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook doesn't want to call Charles Severance a "suspect" in the murders, and he's uncomfortable with calling him a "person of interest." But now that prosecutors in Loudoun County are moving forward with a firearms charge, the chief has a new...
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In Virginia, prosectors in Loudoun County are moving forward with charges against Charles Severance, a man Alexandria prosecutors say they want to question in connection to three unsolved murders. At the end of a three-hour hearing in Leesburg today, General District Court Judge Deborah Welsh certified the case to the Circuit Court, which means the case is headed for trial. ...
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Virginia Republicans have taken over the General Assembly and passed a state budget that does not include Medicaid expansion. But the battle over the budget is about to get even more intense. One provision in the new Republican budget makes it more difficult for Democ...
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City leaders in Alexandria are about to create a new six-foot floodwall to protect Old Town from major storms, but the plans still faces some opposition. City officials are tired of seeing television news trucks (or intrepid radio reporters) race to the foot of King Str...
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The Virginia General Assembly has passed a state budget after adopting an amendment saying Gov. Terry McAuliffe cannot expand Medicaid without legislative approval. McAuliffe must now decide whether to veto the budget, or to propose further amendments to authorize Medicaid expansion. Virginia Republicans were able to pass the budget after gaining control of the Senate on Mon...
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U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost in his his re-election bid, falling in yesterday's Republican Primary in the 7th Congressional District to a political newcomer, Randolph-Macon Economics Professor David Brat. Despite a huge fundraising advantage, Cantor wound up losing by more than 10 percentage points. In a speech last night, Cantor urged his supporte...
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In Virginia, Democrats in the 8th Congressional District are voting today to select their choice to replace longtime Congressman Jim Moran, who is retiring this year. At the Alexandria City Hall precinct today, voters are few and far between. I ask one voter, "How would you describe the mood here at the polls?" "Quiet. It's been very slow today so get ou...
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Democrats in Virginia's 8th Congressional District are heading to the polls today to select their party's nominee to replace longtime Congressman Jim Moran. Voters in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church and parts of Fairfax County can cast a ballot in today's Democratic primary. Back 2012, President Barack Obama won 68 percent of the district in the general election. That me...
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Now that Virginia State Senator Phil Puckett has officially resigned his seat, Republicans are poised to take control of the chamber. Back in 2011, when every seat of the Virginia senate was up for grabs, the chamber ended up in an unusual spot: a tie, wi...
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Businessman Stephen Tyler sells toilet paper featuring the image of President Barack Obama. The product, made in China, retails for $7 a roll. (Michael Pope/WAMU) ...