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Monday, June 16, 2014

Candidates Make Last Pitches On Maryland's Eastern Shore

Voters on Maryland's Eastern Shore tend to lean more conservative than the rest of the state, but Democrats and Republicans alike have been making their pitches ahead of the June 24 primary.

D.C. One Of Four U.S. Cities In Running For 2024 Olympic Games

A group called DC2024 is trying to bring the Summer Olympics games to the nation's capital.

Gansler Remains Confident As Maryland Primaries Near

Maryland attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler says he has a history of taking on and beating the state's Democratic establishment, something he hopes he can replicate next week in the state's Democratic primary.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Marijuana Decriminalized In Maryland, But What About Paraphernalia?

It's now legal to possess small amounts of marijuana in Maryland, but as Montgomery County lawmakers note, it's still illegal to posses the paraphernalia used to smoke it.

Four Lion Cubs Added To National Zoo's Public Pride

You think your Father's Day is busy? Try being African lion Luke, who now has six rambunctious cubs running around his turf in the National Zoo's Great Cats Exhibit.

Lawmakers Say Wage Bump, Prison Reform Needed To Help Area Fathers

Many fathers in the D.C. area are spending time in prison instead of with their families thanks to mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenses — something lawmakers would like to see changed.

Friday, June 13, 2014

When Will D.C. Vote For Attorney General? It's Still Unknown

Candidates for attorney general in D.C. can now pick up the nominating petitions they'll need to get on the ballot. But it's still not clear when the city's first election for the position will be held.

In Maryland Races, Latest Poll Results May Not Tell The Whole Story

In Maryland, polls this week show the Democratic primary for governor opening up, while the one for attorney general tightening. But there's a question of whether those poll numbers will hold up.

Relax, D.C. Yogis: Legislator Moves To Scrap New Tax On Gyms And Yoga Classes

D.C. Council member David Catania will attempt to remove a proposed tax on yoga classes and gym memberships that was included in the city's 2015 budget.

From Unused To Urban Farm? D.C. Legislator Wants To Put City Land To Use

Should D.C.'s vacant lots be used to make food? A proposal before the D.C. Council would do just that.

D.C. Prepares For Attorney General Election That May Not Happen

Despite ongoing legal uncertainties around a planned election for D.C.'s attorney general, the city's Board of Elections is preparing for the office to be on the November ballot.

D.C. Transit Union Wants To Organize Streetcar Workers

The opening of the D.C. streetcar remains elusive, but that isn't stopping the local transit union from working to organize the system's future workers.

Virginia Lawmakers Pass Budget, Restriction On Medicaid Expansion

After months of delays, the Virginia Senate adopted a state budget on Thursday night, including an amendment that prevents Gov. Terry McAuliffe from expanding Medicaid without legislative approval.

Metro GM Can Now Name Silver Line Start Date, But Probably Won't

The contractor working on the Silver Line still has a number of things to complete before the new line can be opened, and Metro General Manager Richard Sarles is in no rush to speculate when that will be.

In Montgomery County's District 1, Affordable Housing Of Primary Concern

Affordable housing for residents is one of the most persistent issues in Montgomery County, and two primary candidates in the county's first District say they can do the better job.

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