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Monday, November 5, 2012

Tracking Congressional Staffers On The Campaign Trail

Congress is in recess for the election, which frees up lots of staffers to join the campaign trail — but one watchdog group wonders whether that crossover crosses a line.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Maryland Voters Face Long Ballot On Election Day

In addition to federal and local elections, Maryland voters will also decide on seven statewide ballot questions.

Arlington Parents Concerned Over Concentration Of Poverty In Schools

As school leaders in Arlington County are preparing to draw new elementary school boundaries, some parents are calling on the school board to take action on the concentration of poverty in schools on the south side of the county.

D.C. Lowers Fines For Speed Camera Tickets

Some of the fines D.C. drivers pay for getting caught while speeding in the District are becoming cheaper.

Maryland Sees Increase In Early Voter Turnout

Nearly twice as many Maryland residents voted early this year compared to past years.

Montgomery County Residents Petition For Later High School Hours

Thousands of Montgomery County residents are petitioning for county high schools to begin later in the day.

Million Puppet March Draws Hundreds To Support Public Broadcasting

Hundreds in the District took part in a puppet-themed political rally Saturday in support of public broadcasting.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Assateague Island National Seashore Partially Reopens

A portion of Maryland's Assateague Island National Seashore has partially reopened, after sustaining storm damage last week.

Post-Hurricane Sandy May Bring Out Scammers

Following the aftermath of super storm Sandy, an organization is warning property owners to be aware of scammers.

Government Officials Continue Campaigning As Election Draws Near

Top Democratic officials are fanning out across the U.S. in the hopes of getting President Obama elected to a second term.

Friday, November 2, 2012

One Of O'Malley's Top Aides Steps Down

One of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's top aides has resigned to take a job at a lobbying firm.

Coastal Residents Healing After Close Brush With Hurricane Sandy

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Already the physical rebuilding has begun on the Eastern Shore in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. For those who felt the storm's effects most acutely, there comes emotional rebuilding as well.

Winter Is Coming: D.C. Tests Out New Plow Tracking System

The District is testing out a new program that will give plow drivers a live view of the streets they're covering, instead of relying on the old system of paper maps.

Analysis: Both Parties Courting Asian-Americans To Swing Virginia

Asian-Americans are a rapidly growing demographic in Virginia, and as National Journal's Shane Goldmacher explains, with no traditional allegiance to either party, they are being heavily courted at every level.

Rosslyn, Arlington Cemetery Closures Snarl Blue Line Over Weekend

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Weekend Metro riders may want to avoid the Blue Line going into Virginia this weekend, as the closure of the Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery Metro stations may make the journey a major headache.