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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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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says evidence turned over by prosecutors in his public corruption case is incomprehensible. In court papers filed Wednesday, defense lawyers say the government has produced a mountain of computerized documents "in a chaotic format riddled with errors." They say it's the digital equivalent of dumping five million loose-leaf documents on the...
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Sundays will no longer be considered a day of rest for Virginia hunters or the wild birds and animals they pursue. The Virginia Senate is moving forward with the bill that would repeal the state's ban on Sunday hunting on private property. The bill had previously passed the House and a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's says the governor intends to sign it into l...
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At least 16 state lawmakers in Virginia have investments worth more than $1 million, according to a new analysis by a nonprofit that tracks money in politics. The Virginia Public Access Project compiled personal finance forms of the 139 current members of the General Assembly. Lawmakers do not have to provide the ...
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In Virginia, leaders in the General Assembly are at odds with each other about expanding Medicaid to 400,000 people in the commonwealth. The Senate's version of the state's budget would provide publicly funded private health insurance coverage to Virginians who earn too much to qualify for the state's current Medicaid program but not enough to qualify for tax credits on heal...
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Supporters of expanding Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured Virginians have a new strategy — not calling it an expansion. Some Republicans in the state Senate are pushing a plan to use private insurers to expand health care to the uninsured — a plan known as the "Virginia Marketplace." But after Republican Sen. John Watkins introduced a bill outlining how it might work, House R...
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With former Republican governor Bob McDonnell and his wife facing 14 counts of public corruption, ethics reform was at the top of the agenda as lawmakers gathered in Richmond this year. But, so far, the effort is leaving many with the feeling that more could be done. "Askin...
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Alexandria police released a sketch of the suspect in last week's shooting. Leaders of the Alexandria Police Department say they are working around the clock to solve two recent...
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Police officials are meeting with concerned neighbors tonight to address lingering concerns over three unsolved murders. Senior officials from Alexandria Police Department will be addressing concerns from neighborhood residents tonight during a meeting of the North Ridge Citizens Association. Many neighbors in the quiet suburban stretch have been rattled by the ...
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Authorities may be able detain a mentally ill individual for up to 24 hours in emergency custody under a bill approved by the Virginia Senate. The chamber voted 38-0 in favor of a proposal by Senator Creigh Deeds, a Democrat from Bath County. Deeds was attacked last year by his son, Gus, after the younger Deeds was released from an emergency custody order hours earlie...
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In Virginia, candidates in a special election for the Arlington County Board are sharply divided. Democrat Alan Howze supports the streetcar system on Columbia Pike, which is estimated to cost more than $300 million dollars, while Independent candidate John Vihstadt says the county should have other spending priorities. Opinions among residents are similarly divided. Cashier ...
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In Virginia, the crowded Democratic primary to replace longtime Congressman Jim Moran is starting to take shape. So far, nine candidates have announced they are running in the June primary. Here's the list so far: Former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer, former Urban League CEO Lavern Chatman, state Senator Adam Ebbin, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, Alexandria Delegate Charniele...
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Several Virginia lawmakers are accusing Governor Terry McAuliffe of a political payoff after he gave a job to the same GOP operative that he hired for consulting services. McAuliffe recently appointed Republican Boyd Marcus to Chairman of the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board — a position that pays $130,000 dollars a year. According to campaign finance rec...
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In Virginia, two open congressional seats are attracting a wide field of candidates — and a lot of money. How much money does it take to run for Congress? For the two open seats in Northern Virginia, it will probably be in the millions. Take the 10th Congressional District, where longtime Republican Frank Wolf is retiring. University of Virginia Center for Polit...
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New IRS filings show the legal defense fund set up for former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell raised about $11,400 last year. The biggest donor is Stanley Baldwin, a Virginia Beach attorney who started the fund last July to help cover some of McDonnell's legal fees. The biggest expense was almost $1,900 for the fund's website. That website lists some o...
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Arlington County officials say that information that was previously withheld regarding construction bids for a new aquatics center should actually be part of the public record, and have released it. Earlier this month, Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan announced plans to construct a new aquatics center at Long Bridge Park had been shelved indefinitely. County official...
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Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio says a court case seeking his removal from office is a wrongheaded attempt to disenfranchise voters who elected him four times. Delgaudio opponents are petitioning to a Loudoun County judge to oust the county supervisor from office under a rarely used law that allows removal for neglect of duty or incompetence. "This is reall...
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Democrats are seeking to reshape the power structure of the Virginia Senate after winning two special elections that gave their party narrow control of the upper chamber. Minutes after the Virginia Senate's newest member —Lynwood Lewis — was sworn in as the 20th Democrat in an evenly divided chamber, Senate Democrats moved swiftly to take control of the chamber. ...
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After a recount of a hotly contested state Senate seat in Norfolk, Democrat Lynwood Lewis has been certified as the winner. The recount confirms the Democrat's victory over Republican Wayne Coleman in the January 7 special election. Lewis' win leaves the Senate evenly split, with Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam serving as the tie-breaking vote. Republicans have...
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Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds is pushing legislation that would extend emergency custody orders from six to 24 hours. Last night, Sen. Deeds appeared on CBS' "60 Minutes" to make the case for a number of mental health reforms, and chief among them is a provision extending emergency cust...