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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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State Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-33) says she wants to ban state funding of travel expenses for legislators who attend meetings that are closed to the public. "If organizations won't disclose their agendas — that is they keep secret the kinds of policy and legislation that they will be discussing and pushing us to pass make no mistake about it — it's inappropriate for the t...
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Virginia lawmakers have yet to reach consensus on legislation dealing with sexual assault on college and university campuses. The killing of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham and the headlines swirling around ...
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Opponents of a controversial practice known as conversion therapy have failed to outlaw the practice in Virginia, at least this year. Still, they say the fight will continue. Advocates of conversion therapy say they should have the right to provide treatment that seeks to change sexual orientation or gender identity. "I'm here to try to stop this political activis...
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Lawmakers in Richmond are about to consider an effort to decriminalize marijuana. Virginia was once the leading state of the tobacco empire, and tobacco leaves can be found in the architectural details here in the Capitol. But now a different plant is taking center stage. "Criminalization of marijuana is a failure," says state Senator Adam Ebbin, who is leading a...
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A state lawmaker in Virginia is facing new felony charges despite being re-elected last week in the wake of a sex scandal involving a teenage girl. Del. Joe Morrissey arrives here at Capitol Square each day from jail, part of a work release program allowing him to come and sit under the portrait of former Republican Speaker Vance Wilkins — another politician whose politica...
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Virginia state lawmakers are considering whether to give public high schools more flexibility with how they use standardized tests, but some are questioning how the reforms would work. The question at the heart of the effort: How many standardized tests does a high school student need to pass to graduate? Under some of the proposed changes, students might be able to conduct ...
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In Virginia, an effort to deny in-state college tuition rates to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children has been narrowly defeated in the state Senate. But Republicans are still hoping to score a victory in the House of Delegates, despite the fact that Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe is threatening a veto. One Republican member was not on the...
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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and state lawmakers are hoping to crack down on the rising number of heroin and prescription drug deaths in the commonwealth. The attorney general says dealing with the growing problem of heroin addiction will be one of his chief priorities this session. Herring says he's already pushed for increased prosecution for abusers as well as p...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is in the hospital this morning after an earlier incident where he was thrown from a horse, breaking seven ribs. The accident happened while the Democratic governor was with his family in Tanzania over the Christmas holidays. The governor has been working since his return from Africa, including delivering his State of the Commonwealth address t...
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Members of Virginia's General Assembly are talking about creating new limitations on gifts to elected officials. But reforming the system might not be as easy as making a few simple changes. During the corruption trial of Republican former Gov. Bob McDonnell, jurors heard about a wealthy businessman treating the first family to flights on his corporate jet, designer clothin...
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Virginia's Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam plays a key role in presiding over the state Senate, which graveled into session this week. So what's it like to play second fiddle to His Excellency, the governor? We decided to take a look behind the scenes. Though he's nominally the commonwealth's second-in-charge, Northam's office isn't easy to find, partly because lieutenant governors h...
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Veteran lawmaker Toddy Puller from Northern Virginia says she will not seek reelection this year. Puller was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1992. She moved over to the Virginia Senate in 1999. Now, after more than two decades representing Fairfax and Prince William counties, Puller says she is stepping aside. ...
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Delivering his annual State of the Commonwealth address to a packed House of Delegates chamber, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said it was time for lawmakers to build what he calls a "new Virginia economy" by encouraging workforce development and making investments in education. He also called for new gun control measures and protecting women's reproductive choices in addition to pickin...
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Members of the General Assembly are in Richmond Wednesday to start this year's legislative session. And with the pomp and circumstance came one of the oldest relics of the state government: the Mace of the Virginia House of Delegates. The ceremonial mace that is paraded down the center aisle to begin each session of the House of Delegates is kept in a locked glass case in th...
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Members of Virginia's General Assembly are gathering this morning in Richmond to kick off this year's legislative session. Just before noon, the ceremonial mace will make its way down the center aisle in the House of Delegates chamber, a bit of pomp and circumstance to kick off a session. And this evening, Gov. Terry McAuliffe will deliver his annual State of the Commonwealth...
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Voters in a Richmond-area House of Delegates district have re-elected jailed lawmaker Joe Morrissey in a special election. The former Democrat made an improbable and unprecedented comeback Wednesday, when he traveled from jail to Virginia's House of Delegates to be s...
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A federal judge is denying former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions. McDonnell's lawyers made the request in federal court, but federal Judge James Spencer sided with prosecutors and denied the request. McDonnell's attorneys say the appeal could take almost as long as the sentence itself. The former gov...
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Advocates for open government say a fight is brewing as lawmakers propose exemptions to the state's Freedom of Information Act. It happens every year. And so far, 2015 is no different. One proposal would let soil and water conservation district boards go behind closed doors to conduct business. Another would allow health care institutions to withhold records of medical staff...
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An embattled former Virginia lawmaker is seeking to reclaim a House of Delegates seat in a special election on Tuesday. Former Democratic Del. Joe Morrissey is trying to make an improbable comeback, running as an independent candidate in a special election created when he resigned the seat last month. Morrissey was under fire after being convicted on a misdemeanor...
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Members of the General Assembly are headed to Richmond later this week to begin this year's session. Reforming the state's system of standardized tests is at the top of the agenda. Frustrations over teaching to the test have been mounting in Virginia ever since the General Assembly created the Standards of Learning in the 1990s. Now lawmakers are about to consider a series o...