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At Independence Day Parades, Expect Floats, Flags — And Politicians

If you make it out to a parade today expect to see the region’s lawmakers asking for your vote.

Independence Day is a day for rest, barbecues and celebration for most of us — but not all of us. “For me it is the busiest day of the year," says Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly.

For most every lawmaker the Fourth of July is a working holiday, especially in an election year. For Connolly his day will start with a couple parades.

“And then there are a lot of neighborhood events. I’m going to try to make as many as I can, although a lot of them unfortunately are sort of scheduled for the same time. So I wish I had the gift of bilocation because then I could do two at the same time, but I’m going to try to make as many events on July Fourth as I can," he says.

While Connolly is in a relatively safe district, if you venture to Alexandria or Herndon today you'll get to see four challengers duke it out on the parade route as they campaign for the region's two open congressional seats.


Reading Gaol, Where Oscar Wilde Was Imprisoned, Unlocks Its Gates For Art

In 1895, Wilde was convicted of homosexual activity and sentenced to two years Reading Gaol. Built in the mid-1800s, the facility was operational until 2013. Now, it's hosting an unusual art exhibit.

Trick Or Treat? Critics Blast Big Soda's Efforts To Fend Off Taxes

Several U.S. cities have sugary drink taxes on the ballot. As efforts to reduce soda consumption gain traction around the world, critics say the industry is using the tobacco playbook to fight back.
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The Politics Hour - October 21, 2016

Virginia’s online voter registration will be extended after a system crash. Montgomery County keeps Marriott headquarters local with big incentives. And Washington D.C. dukes it out with Washington state over their shared moniker.


No Snapchat In The Bedroom? An Online Tool To Manage Kids' Media Use

The American Academy of Pediatrics has launched more liberal guidelines on children's media use. They're offering parents an online tool to help manage the what, where and when of family screen time.

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