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Friday, February 10, 2012

CQ Roll Call: Ethics Committee Investigates Bachus, Ron Barbar Announces Run For Gifford's House Seat

The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating Rep. Spencer Bachus after allegations of insider trading, while a top advisor to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announces plans to run for her seat.

WaPo McCartney: D.C. Employment Fraud, Franchot Against Gas Tax, Kaine Against Requirement For Contraception Coverage

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the 90 D.C. workers suspected of employment fraud and what it means to Gray's Administration.

Opponents Say New Virginia Bill Violates Gay Rights

The Virginia Senate passed legislation that opponents say infringes on gay rights.

Gray, Lanier Launch Plan To Lower Crime In D.C.

Mayor Vince Gray and D.C. Police Chief Lanier have rolled out a plan to aggressively target crime in the District.

D.C. Council Divided On Snow Shoveling Plan

It's been a mild winter so far in the District, but that hasn't stopped council members from having a contentious debate over what happens if, or when, it does snow.

Progress Widespread On Maryland Bay Clean Up

Maryland's counties are all over the map when it comes to Chesapeake Bay clean up plans, according to a coalition of environmental groups.

Cuccinelli Receives Award At CPAC

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli picked up an award at an annual conservatives conference in D.C. this week.

New D.C. Ad Campaign Encourages School Attendance

The District is kick-starting an ad campaign with the theme "The More You Learn, the More You Earn," as part of an effort to persuade D.C. students from skipping out on school.

Four Lines Affected By Weekend Work On Metro

The Blue Line is the only Metro line spared this weekend, as DDOT inspects, improvements to cell phone coverage, and track maintenance prompt delays on the other four lines.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

MWCOG: Addressing The Capital Region's Health Before Federal Spending Cuts

David Robertson, executive director for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, is stepping down next year, but he has a number of ideas how the region can ride out the cuts to federal spending in the region.

Area Attorneys General See Local Impact Of Mortgage Settlement

A landmark settlement with five major banks will provide some overdue relief for area homeowners, many of whom were the victims of deceptive and and unjust foreclosure processes, including "robo-signing."

Virginia Tries Again To Kill King's Dominion Law

Legislators in Virginia are trying again to take down the King's Dominion law, which prevents schools from opening before Labor Day unless they submit weather excemptions.

Activists To Protest SEC Delay On Financial Disclosure Enforcement

Activists plan to take a protest to the SEC tomorrow to express their frustration with the commission's unwillingness to enforce financial disclosure rules for oil, gas and mining companies.

Bill On Restraining Pregnant Inmates Stalls In Virginia


A bill supported by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU that would have restricted the used of restraints on pregnant inmates has stalled in a Virginia House committee.

Poll: Virginians Support Drug Testing, Divided On Health

A poll shows that residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia are divided on many issues, but one that most people seem to get behind is mandatory drug testing for recipients of social services.