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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

With Bill, Md. Senator Hopes To Combat Corporate Sway Over Elections

The Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United ruling turned five years old last week. One Maryland lawmaker says that ruling redefined what "citizen" means, and wants to fight fire with fire.

MoCo Schools Superintendent Could Be Let Go This Year

The county board of education is unlikely to renew Starr's contract, which is up in June, according to the Washington Post.

Virginia Schools May Not Be Graded From 'A' To 'F' After All

Lawmakers in Richmond, Va., are moving forward with an effort to spike a system that would have issued a grade to each school.

Yes, D.C. Is A City Of Transients (But The Married And The Rich Tend To Stay)

An analysis of tax data finds that D.C. is indeed a city of transients, but also that people are less likely to move as they grow a family and their incomes.

Low-Wage Workers In D.C. Making Less Now Than Before Recession

A new report from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute finds that a strong recovery for high-wage earners has overshadowed losses faced by lower-wage workers in the District between 2007 and 2013.

After White House Crash, Drone Maker To Disable Flights Over Washington

If you didn't already know that flying a drone above the nation's capital is a big no-no, at least one producer will help you by making it impossible to even fly one in Washington's prohibited skies.

College Presidents' Papers Should Be More Open To Public, Va. Lawmakers Say

Bipartisan legislation in Virginia would spike an exemption for top college officials under the commonwealth's Freedom of Information Act.

Maryland's E-Cigarette Ban For Minors Could Expand Under Senator's Bill

The state banned e-cigarette sales to minors three years ago, but the law left some unfinished business, one Democrat says.

Smithsonian Prepares To Reach Across The Pond

The institution's Board of Regents has voted in favor of opening a 40,000-square-foot gallery in London.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Drilling Off Virginia Coast Could Harm Neighboring States, Cardin Says

The Obama administration has decided to open up the Atlantic states to offshore drilling, a move that is not playing well among East Coast democrats like U.S. Sen. Cardin (D-MD).

Citizens United Decision Turns 5, And Some Md. Lawmakers Hope It Doesn't See Another Year

On the fifth anniversary of the landmark "Citizens United" Supreme Court ruling, some Maryland lawmakers are pushing the state to become the fourth in the U.S. to call for a constitutional convention in hopes of reversing the decision.

D.C.'s Settlement With Firefighters Could Come With Enormous Price Tag

The D.C. government has lost a long-running legal dispute over the overtime costs of firefighters. The settlement could cost the city up to $50 million and hamstring efforts to balance the budget.

Amber Alert Issued For Missing Infant Last Seen In Poolesville

Police say Drew Marie Denny was abducted by force Tuesday afternoon.

Bowser Meets Boehner On Capitol Hill, Hopes For Better Communication

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser trekked up to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to talk about the city’s plight in Congress with Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Bill To Regulate Uber And Lyft Moves Forward In Virginia

Legislation to regulate Uber and Lyft is moving forward in Virginia's General Assembly.