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Friday, March 2, 2012

Lawmakers Dig In Over Dulles Metro Rail Funding

Virginia's General Assembly continues to apply pressure to the MWAA, threatening to withhold funding for the Dulles Metro Rail Project if they don't amend a plan they said unfairly benefits union labor.

Metro's Weekend Track Work Continues

Three Red Line Metro stations will be closed this weekend due to scheduled maintenance.

WaPo's McCartney: Who Is Hurt In Virginia's Budget Impasse, Dynamics Of Virginia's GOP Primary

Politics in Virginia have gotten heated in recent weeks, with the state senate at an impasse over the budget and the impending GOP presidential primary on Super Tuesday.

Food Drive For Maryland's Hungry Enters 26th Year

Those looking to help the less fortunate in Maryland should have an easier time of it this week, as the 26th annual Harvest for the Hungry food drive makes it as easy as picking up a bag of groceries.

CQ Roll Call: Snowe Says No To Re-election, Bartlett Receives Request From American Mustache Institute

Two announcements on Capitol Hill this week may help Democratic lawmakers retain control of the U.S. Senate.

Five Capital Bikeshare Stations Could Soon Come To National Mall

The Capital Bikeshare program just got preliminary approval to place five stations around the National Mall. Now it's on to the National Park Service for final approval.

D.C. Leaders Pushing To Move Redskins To District

The District is making a push to bring the Redskins back home, at least for practice, but councilmember Jack Evans is stressing that the talks are still very early.

Effort To Overturn 'Kings Dominion Law' Shot Down

Virginia's 'King's Dominion law' prevails once again, as a state senate committee thwarted efforts this week to allow schools in the state to begin before Labor Day.

Virginia Ultrasound Bill Steps Closer To Passage

The bill mandating ultrasound sound exams for women seeking abortions in Virginia is another step closer to Gov. Bob McDonnell's signature.

Opponents Of Metro Fare Hikes Say Increases Are Too Much

Metro customers turned out to oppose fare hikes at a Metro board public hearing Thursday. Speakers said the increases could be prohibitive for those on fixed incomes.

Advocates Celebrate Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Bill Signing

The mood was celebratory among gay rights advocates in Maryland after the state's same-sex marriage bill was signed into law Thursday.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Virginia Voter ID Law Passes State Senate

A law requiring Virginia voters to show identification has passed the state senate. Some voting rights advocates say its a blatant attempt to disenfranchise voters, but others defend it as necessary to prevent fraud.

Virginia Lawmakers Take Another Crack At Budget Compromise

After coming to a stand-still that could have left Virginia without a budget for the coming year, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are trying to thaw the budget process with some compromise.

Area Senators Help Kill Contraception Amendment

An amendment that would have allowed employers to to decide whether or not to cover contraceptives based on their religious beliefs was killed in the Senate today, with the help of area lawmakers.

D.C. Committee Approves Food Truck Tax

The growing food truck scene in the District has filled the stomach of many hungry residents. A bill that made it through committeewould slap the small businesses with a 10 percent sales tax that they would likely have to pass along to customers.

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