: News

Northern Virginia Congressional Campaign Gathers Steam

Play associated audio

Virginia's 11th congressional district could go from blue to red this election. Many residents are unhappy that Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) voted for the stimulus package and health care reform. His opponent, CPA Keith Fimian, is using those votes to paint Connolly as a rubber stamp. Fimian keeps his pitch short and simple.

"I never thought I'd do this. I'm a seven-year CPA, I know how to balance the books," Fimian tells local voters at a parade in Annandale.

But Fimian wants to drastically reduce the federal budget, which Connolly says would hurt his constituents who are dependent on government contracts.

"Charging with a meat cleaver, I think, would be ruinous to the national capital region and especially to Northern Virginia's economy, which we've worked so hard to build up over the years," Connolly says.

Connolly has an edge in the latest polls, but this final week of campaigning could make or break the race.

NPR

Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Raymond Gunt is profane, rude, heartless and truly the Worst. Person. Ever. Author Douglas Coupland says he's not exactly sure how the character, with no redeeming qualities, came into his mind.
NPR

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.
NPR

Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary

Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations.
NPR

Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.