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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Questions Raised About Sharing Of Telephone Data Across Five Virginia Cities

Five Virginia cities have been gathering and sharing personal telephone data as part of criminal investigations, a practice that has raised concerns with the ACLU.

Race For Maryland Governor Promises To Make History

There are some important races on the ballot for Marylanders on Election Day, and either way voters go in the vote for governor, it will be a landmark choice.

Decisions On Streetcar Await The District's Next Mayor

The District Department of Transportation has scaled back the planned streetcar system from 22 miles to 8 — and whether that's restored may depend on who wins the race for mayor.

All Eyes Are On The D.C. Board Of Elections Tuesday

The D.C. Board of Elections has developed a reputation for discrepancies, mistakes and delays. Will things be better in D.C. this Election Day?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Marijuana Legalization Approved By D.C. Voters, Next Heads To Congress

D.C. voters on Tuesday approved a ballot initiative legalizing the possession of marijuana, joining a growing number of other jurisdictions across the country that are loosening once-punitive drug laws.

Monday, November 3, 2014

What It Takes To Get A Badly Needed Speed Camera In D.C.

Residents of the Capitol Hill neighborhood have finally gotten a speed camera on a busy Maryland Avenue intersection, but they say the process is too difficult and time-consuming.

Fundraising For Virginia Candidates Likely To Break Records

Candidates for the House and Senate in Virginia raised more than $50 million this election cycle, an amount that is likely to break records when all the numbers have been calculated.

Arlington Moves To 'Ban The Box'

Arlington County is now taking steps to eliminate questions about criminal convictions on employment applications.

Opponents Of Pot Legalization Say They're Not Drug Warriors

Opponents of a ballot initiative that would legalize possession of pot in D.C. say that while decriminalization was OK, legalization would be one step too far.

Where Are The New D.C. Traffic Cameras?

Eight new traffic cameras were added to D.C. streets effective Monday — check out a map of the new locations.

Officer Appointed To Monitor Integrity Of D.C. Election

U.S. Attorney Ron Machine has appointed an Election Day monitor to keep an eye on allegations of intimidation, ballot stuffing, or any other electoral impropriety.

Mudslinging Abounds In Eastern Shore State Senate Race

The race for Maryland's Senate District 38 is competitive this year, despite one candidate's 10-to-1 advantage in raising money.

Why Did Outside Money Stay Out Of Virginia's Senate Race?

The election between Tim Kaine and George Allen was one of the top draws for outside money in 2012, but this year's race between Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie hasn't drawn nearly the attention or the dollars.

Virginia's 10th District Turns On Ethics In Final Days Of Campaign

In the race to replace Congressman Frank Wolf in Virginia's 10th Congressional District, Republican Barbara Comstock is being accused of an ethical breach for pushing for state laws on her employer's agenda.

Walkability Advocates Want To Hold D.C. Mayoral Candidates Accountable

A new pedestrian safety group All Walks DC gives high marks to the District's two leading mayoral candidates, but they also plan to hold the winner accountable.

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