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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Montgomery County Council To Discuss Drug Issues In Schools

Montgomery County officials are looking to address rising drug issues in the county's schools, and three county council committees will hold a joint hearing today to discuss the problem.

One Year In, ICC Critic Says Traffic Volumes Prove His Point

The Inter-County Connector highway in Montgomery County is about to celebrate its anniversary, but one year after its opening, critics of the road who fought its construction still believe it is unnecessary. 

D.C. Charter School Rankings Show 20 Schools 'High Performing'

The D.C. Public Charter School board has released its school performance rankings for 2012, and 20 of its 57 schools are considered high-ranking. Nine schools fell into the lowest performance category.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Redistricting In Review: Delaney 'Comfortable' With 6th District Victory In Maryland

Maryland voters approved the redrawn map for the state's 6th district on Election Day. They also unseated 10-term congressman Roscoe Bartlett, and Democrat John Delaney says he's ready to unify the district.

Gov. McDonnell Not Concerned About Polling Problems

Long lines snagged many polling locations in Virginia on Election Day, some lasting long after polls officially closed at 7 p.m., but the governor of the commonwealth says he won't rush to address the problem before a review.

Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Say Maryland, Maine Just The Start

Advocates of same-sex marriage were celebrating the results of Election Day long into the night. And while they will delight in seeing marriages starting Jan. 1, they are already looking to other states.

Analysis: Northern Virginia Demographics Spur Obama, Kaine Wins

The state of Virginia has switched from being a red state to a swing state. According to Shane Goldmacher of National Journal, it's the demographic changes in Northern Virginia that is raising the commonwealth's profile.

Metro Rolls Out 100 More SmarTrip Dispensers

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Metro is completing the rollout of 100 new SmarTrip dispensers, offering riders the ability to purhcase them at nearly every station, and avoiding those hefty fees on paper fare cards.

Former Ocean City Manager Wins As New Council Majority Crowned

Former Ocean City manager Dennis Dare was ousted by the city council last year, but got vindication on Election Night with a resounding election of his own.

Analysis: WAMU Reporters Break Down 2012 Election Results

WAMU reporter Michael Pope, Patrick Madden and Matt Bush break down the local election results and discuss what it means for the D.C. region going forward.

O'Malley: May Be Time To 'Revisit' Referendum Rules

Despite prevailing on three of his big-ticket referendums on the Maryland ballot this year with the help of D.C. suburbs, Gov. Martin O'Malley says it may be time to reexamine the referendum process.

GOP Doesn't Relinquish Any House Seats In Virginia

Virginia Democrats weren't able to pick up any House seats in yesterday's general election, even as they were celebrating victories in the presidential and U.S. Senate races.

Democrats In Alexandria Celebrate City, State Wins

Democrats in Virginia scored a big win statewide last night, but Alexandria Democrats were also celebrating. Two Republican incumbents on the city council were unseated, while Democratic Mayor Bill Euille held his seat. 

Maryland Gay Marriage Supporters Party Into The Night

The biggest party in Maryland on election night was in Baltimore at a rally to support Question 6 on same-sex marriage, and revelers partied into the night after results showed that the measure passed.

Maryland Approves Gambling Expansion

Marylanders handily passed a ballot initiative expanding gambling in the state Tuesday after a lengthy and vitriolic ad campaign; supporters in Prince George's County celebrated a victory and looked forward to a new casino.

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