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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Outlook For Maryland's Republican Candidates: Michael Steele Weighs In

The former lieutenant governor of Maryland and former chairman of the Republican National Committee talks about some of the winners of Tuesday's Republican primaries and their potential strategies for pulling off upsets in November against high-profile Democrats.

Coalition Asks Mayor To Make Big Changes To D.C. Homeless Shelter Plan

A coalition of close to five-dozen social justice organizations is calling on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to make a number of significant changes to her plan to replace the troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General with seven smaller, neighborhood-based shelters.

What Does Tuesday's Primary Mean For Maryland As A Progressive State?

Chris Van Hollen won the headline primary race in Maryland on Tuesday night, defeating Donna Edwards, who was vying to be just the second black woman in the U.S. Senate. With her defeat, what does that mean for politics in the Old Line State?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Brown, Who Lost To Hogan In Governor's Race, Takes Primary For House Seat

Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has won the race for the Democratic nomination to run for Rep. Donna Edwards' seat in Maryland's 4th Congressional District.

Raskin Holds Off Big Spender Trone In Maryland Democratic House Primary

Jamie Raskin prevailed Tuesday over David Trone and Kathleen Matthews in what has been the most expensive House primary race this cycle.

Van Hollen Defeats Edwards In Maryland Democratic Senate Primary

Rep. Chris Van Hollen won Tuesday night after a long and heated primary against Rep. Donna Edwards for the seat opening due to Sen. Barbara Mikulski's retirement at the end of her term.

Four Polling Places In Baltimore Ordered To Remain Open An Extra Hour

A judge ordered four Baltimore polling places to each stay open until 9 p.m. Tuesday because they opened late, and the state Board of Elections delayed the release of results from all Maryland primary races until then.

What You Need To Know For Maryland's Primaries Tuesday

You can head to the polls to vote in Maryland's primaries today — we'll show you where. With money pouring into the contests this year, the state's Senate and House races promise to be interesting. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

At A Time Of Near-Constant Bad News For Metro, Why Has The WMATA Riders' Union Gone Silent?

The volunteer advocacy group advocating for Metro riders is on hiatus at a time of turmoil for the transit agency. Reporter Martin Di Caro talks to the leadership of the group to find out why.

D.C.'s Newest Statehood Supporter: Tony Hale Of 'Veep,' 'Arrested Development'

Tony Hale plays the character Gary Walsh on HBO's Veep. Mike Martinez, managing producer of The Kojo Nnamdi Show, talks to him about how realistic his show is and enlists him in a local D.C. cause.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Smoke-Filled Red Line Train Was Evacuated On Saturday. Here's What Happened.

A Red Line train was evacuated at the Tenleytown station on Saturday night after an arcing insulator caused railcars to fill with smoke. No injuries were reported, but passengers reported a chaotic and unnerving scene.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Virginia Restores Voting Rights Of 200,000 Felons

The sweeping action announced Friday by Gov. Terry McAuliffe will allow former felons who have completed their sentences to register to vote in Virginia this year.

DCPS Chief: Resources For At-Risk Students Should 'Inspire,' Not Just 'Remediate'

In response to concerns that funding for D.C.'s at-risk students is being spent inappropriately, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says critics should keep the big picture in mind.

At D.C.'s Construction Sites, Debate Over Safety Levels For Cyclists, Pedestrians

District officials like to boast about the number of construction cranes piercing the skyline, a sign of the city’s growth. But on the ground, while old buildings are knocked down and new ones built, pedestrians and bicyclists face a temporary yet pervasive side effect: closed sidewalks and bike lanes.

A Hard Fact Of Development: More Sprawl Means More Pavement

Every year, an area the size of Rock Creek Park is paved over in the Washington region.