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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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The Virginia House of Delegates seat vacated by newly elected Republican congresswoman Barbara Comstock will be filled by Democrat Kathleen Murphy. Murphy defeated Republican Craig Parisot in a special election Tuesday for a seat that includes portions of Fairfax and Lo...
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in federal prison Tuesday. Federal Judge James Spencer had guidelines of seven or eight years, but he decided to issue a two-year sentence instead, saying that he was giving the former governor credit for his public service and his time in the Army reserves. Adam Lee is an FBI agent who worked on the case. "No ele...
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has been sentenced to two years in prison. McDonnell, a Republican, was convicted of 11 public corruption counts in September for accepting gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. in exchange for the influence of his office. He could h...
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Voters in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties are heading to the polls today in a special election to fill the House of Delegates seat vacated by Barbara Comstock, who was elected to Congress. The race features Democrat Kathleen Murphy and Republican Craig Parisot. The district has swung both ways in recent elections. Longtime Republican Delegate Vince Callahan held the seat for a ...
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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will be back in court this morning as a federal judge determines what kind of sentence he will receive after being convicted by a jury of corruption and conspiracy. The hearing starts at 10 a.m. on the seventh floor at the Robinson-Merhige Federal Courthouse in downtown Richmond, just a few blocks from the Governor's Mansion, where McDo...
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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is set to be sentenced this Tuesday, marking a milestone for politics in the commonwealth. First there were the unprecedented charges from federal prosecutors — 14 counts, including conspiracy to to receive more than $165,000 in improper gifts and...
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New numbers show Virginia is in the bottom third of states in using the money available under a federal program that supports loans to small businesses. When the economy crashed in 2008, many people were concerned about small businesses. How would they grow without access to capital? That was the driving force behind the creation of the State Small Business Credit Initiative...
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Voters in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties are about to go to the polls in a special election to replace state delegate Barbara Comstock. Turnout is expected to be low. Now that Republican Barbara Comstock is on her way to Congress, the seat she held in the Virginia House of Delegates is up for grabs. The race features Democrat Kathleen Murphy and Republican Craig Parisot. Chris...
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Members of the Virginia state Senate are gearing up for the next General Assembly session with an eye toward November. In 2015, every seat in the Virginia state Senate will be up for election. But that doesn't mean they'll all be races worth watching. “There aren't really that many seats that are going to be that competitive," says Geoff Skelley, analyst with the Universit...
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A member of Virginia's House of Delegates is resigning after accusations that he had a sexual relationship with a teenager, but despite that announcement, he's already planning to make a comeback. Democratic Del. Joe Morrissey says he will resign effective Jan. 13, then run in the special election to fill the vacancy. Morrissey entered an Alford plea last week in ...
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The Allreds — a military family in Fairfax County — got a special holiday surprise today. It was the reveal of their new basement, a renovation job that was the handiwork of Operation Homefront and Home Service Solutions Group. “My family has been with me a long time," says Brandon Allred, who has been in the Army for 10 years. “They've been with me through many depl...
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When a state-funded study concluded that some of Virginia’s tax credits and tax deductions were ineffective several years ago, Republican Delegate Dave Albo introduced a bill to eliminate them and use the money for roads. “There was a parade of people in and out of my office complaining that we should not cut their tax credit, and it was very controversial,” says Albo....
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is about to announce new limitations on tax credits and tax deductions. But the effort is likely to face stiff opposition. Virtually every lobbyist in Richmond has a vested interested in tax credits that are already part of the code. That means the governor's proposal to roll back exemptions and credits for coalfield production, land preservation...
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Virginia state lawmakers are taking a new view of their day-to-day activities now that former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has been convicted of corruption. "Honest Services fraud" is the charge that may send the former governor to federal prison, and it's a lingering concern for other elected officials. "This honest services criteria. I don't think we really...
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is facing a decade in federal prison following his conviction on corruption charges. The United States Probation Office is recommending McDonnell be sentenced to 10 years and one month, ...
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A court-appointed doctor in Alexandria will be conducting an evaluation to determine whether or not Charles Severance, a former fringe political candidate, is competent to stand trial for three high-profile murders. The evaluation comes after after Severance repeatedly inter...
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A hush fell over Courtroom Four today on the fourth floor of the Alexandria Courthouse when Charles Severance rose to his feet and objected to his own lawyer. “I object,” said Severance, a former candidate for mayor and Congress accused of killing three high-profile residents of Alexandria. “This man no longer represents me.” The judge and the lawyer tried ...
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When Barbara Comstock was a member of the House of Delegates, she introduced legislation that would have required local school boards across Virginia to come up with a plan to offer full-day Kindergarten. Members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors unanimously opposed the effort. Now Comstock is heading to Washington, and the two candidates vying for her seat are div...
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Members of the General Assembly are about to consider a new round of ethics legislation, an effort that is largely prompted by the recent conviction of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was found guilty of several counts of corruption. But some are questioning whether or not ethics reform will accomplish much. Before we get to the General Assembly, an act of full dis...
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Newly released numbers from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show a tale of two Northern Virginia counties. One has per capita personal income growth that is far outpacing the regional average. The other is lagging behind. But it wasn't always that way. “If you go back 20 or 30 years ago, Prince William County actually had the stronger economy," says Hamilton Lombard of the...