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Monday, February 1, 2016

What Is The Future Of The State Song 'Maryland, My Maryland?'

For 75 years, Maryland's state song has referred to Abraham Lincoln as a tyrant and Union troops as "scum." As the national conversation has turned against symbols of the Confederacy, lawmakers are debating what should happen to "Maryland, My Maryland."

Car-Title Reform In Virginia Moves Forward Despite Informal Compromise

Virginia Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw outlined a deal he crafted with two of the commonwealth's most prominent car-title lenders last week, but that hasn't stopped other lawmakers for continuing to push for regulations.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Delays To Watkins Mill Interchange Could Hurt Development, Leaders Say

Montgomery County leaders are decrying the delay of a project that would have added an interchange along I-270 in Gaithersburg. They're concerned the move will kill hundreds of millions of dollars in development currently taking place in that area.

Rosebud Film Festival Shows Off D.C. Region's Filmmakers

Local independent filmmakers show off their work Saturday during a film festival at the Naval Heritage Center in D.C.

D.C. Judge Shoots Down Public Vote On $15 Minimum Wage

A D.C. judge on Friday ruled that an effort for a public vote on raising the minimum wage to $15 cannot be placed on the November ballot, handing a temporary victory to business leaders who say a wage that high would at best limit hiring and at worst drive businesses out of the city.

Virginia Democrats Cut A Deal With Republicans On Gun Safety

Thanks to an executive order, Virginia Democrats gained new leverage in the commonwealth's fractious gun debate.

Maryland Senate Awaits Replacement Lawmaker Before Close Veto Override Vote

The last of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's six vetoes is expected to get an override, but with the vote on the bill speeding up the restoration of voting rights for felons expected to be close, lawmakers aren't taking chances.

How Did We Handle Snowzilla? Residents Less Generous Than Lawmakers

Many school districts are still closed Friday, but last weekend's historic blizzard is beginning to feel like it's behind us. So in the aftermath, how would you grade your local government's response?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Investigators: Reforms Have Made Lasting Impact On D.C. Police

Eight years ago, the Justice Department ended its oversight of the D.C. Police Department. Investigators have returned to check on whether reforms have improved the department in the long term, and their report is largely positive.

Jack Evans Elected Chair Of Metro Board In Unanimous Vote

D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), an infrequent Metro rider, has been tapped to head the transit system’s governing body, as expected.

First Deadlines Loom Over Metro To Fix Bus And Rail Safety Problems

The region's transit agency says it will meet the first of more than 70 deadlines to comply with federal safety findings, including a requirement to establish a policy banning the distracting use of cell phones and other mobile devices in its Rail Operations Control Center.

Virginia's Charter School Amendment Is Prepped For Round Two In Assembly

An amendment to the state Constitution to make it much easier to create charter schools is expected to take its second big step forward during this session of the General Assembly.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Virginia Car-Title Compromise Remains A Work In Progress

Two days after Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw outlined a deal he brokered with two car-title lenders that would allow the industry to avoid a regulatory crackdown, several key details have yet to be worked out.

Largest-Ever Exhibit Of Bronze Statues Visits D.C.

"Power and Pathos," on view now at the National Gallery of Art, tries to duplicate the ancient experience of being surrounded by bronze statues.

Ban On Pot Clubs In D.C. Moves Forward, But Legalization Advocates Pledge Fight

A D.C. Council committee on Wednesday narrowly gave approval to a bill that would permanently ban private pot clubs in the District, dealing a setback to activists hoping to ease restrictions on where they can use marijuana in the city.