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Friday, October 31, 2014

Warner Retains Lead Over Gillespie In Virginia Senate Race

With less than a week before Election Day, a new poll by Christopher Newport University finds Virginia Senator Mark Warner leading Republican challenger Ed Gillespie 51 to 44.

For D.C. Schools, Race And Class Still Define The System

Why are so many D.C. schools still largely segregated, and what does it mean for the future?

This Week On Metro Connection: The Ballot Box

As election day approaches, we'll delve in to some perennial questions about politics in the National Capital Region.

Purple In A Blue State: Battleground Counties Shed Light On Maryland Politics

When did Maryland turn blue, and what do its more "purple" parts tell us about the state's political future?

What Does It Take To Get Voters To Register In D.C.?

How can D.C. turn its flood of young new residents in to local voters?

D.C. Leaf Collection Returns — With The Correct Ward Maps

D.C.'s leaf collection trucks will back out on the streets on Monday, with city crews beginning their annual fall routine of raking and vacuuming along sidewalks and roadsides.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In Search Of Votes, Congressional Hopeful Comstock Aligns Herself With Frank Wolf

When Republican candidate Barbara Comstock greets voters at a high school football match in Loudon County, she's quick to associate herself with retiring Congressman Wolf.

Stumping In Maryland, Hillary Clinton Urges Students To Head To The Polls

Throwing her support behind Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Clinton told a crowd at the University of Maryland to get involved in next week's election.

Legal Market For Pot In D.C. Could Be Worth $130 Million Per Year, Says Official

The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would legalize and tax the sales of marijuana, a measure that could produce a market worth $130 million per year.

Listen: D.C. Election Analysis From WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden

WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden and Matt McCleskey discussed the upcoming D.C. elections during Morning Edition.

D.C. Elections Board Predicts Marijuana Initiative Will Help Fuel High Turnout

The director of the D.C. Board of Elections says that a marijuana legalization initiative and competitive mayor's race could fuel high turnout on Nov. 4.

Warner, Gillespie Trade Punches In Final Week Of Race

Republican challenger Ed Gillespie has attempted to paint incumbent Sen. Mark Warner as walking in lock step with President Barack Obama, but observers don't think it will be enough to pull down the former governor.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

D.C. Comes Out To Remember Legendary Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee

The National Cathedral held a service for former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who past away last week.

A Cosmetic Issue? In MoCo, A Battle Over Lawn-Care Pesticides

The word "cosmetic" can be both an adjective and a noun. The differences between those uses is fueling the fight over a bill in Montgomery County regarding pesticides.

Virginia Amendment Would Erase Property Taxes For Families Of Slain Soldiers

Virginia voters will soon be confronted with an amendment to the state constitution that may have drastic consequences for local governments.