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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Analysis: Kaine's Election Prospects Still Tied To Obama's

Despite expressing differences with the President on the Bush-era tax cuts, Tim Kaine's prospects in Virginia remain largely tied to the fate of President Obama, according to the National Journal's Reid Wilson.

Council Members Call For Mayor Gray To Resign

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray defended himself after details of a "shadow campaign" emerged this week, even as three members of the city council are calling for him to resign.

Cheh Wants To Look At Burying Some D.C. Power Lines

D.C. Council woman Mary Cheh is bringing back the effort to get Pepco to bury power lines and possibly avert extended outages.

Kaine Parts With President On Tax Plan

President Obama didn't expect to get support from many Republicans for his plan to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 per year, but criticism from Obama supporter Tim Kaine also came in this week. 

Therapeutic Horse Slashed A Second Time

A horse that was attacked in Fairfax County earlier this year has suffered another slashing in the barn of the nonprofit therapy group that owns it.

Maryland Legislators To Start Posting Financials Online

The Maryland legislature is making efforts to get all legislators' financial disclosure forms posted online, but one member of the State Senate is hoping to eventually extend that to more political appointees. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Analysis: Federal Cuts Unlikely To Be Addressed Before November

The D.C. region is affected more than most by the $55 billion in automatic defense cuts set to take effect next year. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill, doesn't see any solution emerging before the election.

Plan For Riverdale Park Whole Foods Approved By County

The Prince George's County council voted 7 to 2 in favor of a plan that would allow for the construction of a Whole Foods Market in the mixed use development at Riverdale Park.

Asteroid Named For Astronomer, Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny

It's been decided that an asteroid will be named after Frank Kameny, a government astronomer who was fired for being gay and later turned into a prominent gay rights activist.

Virginia's College Saving Plan Strained By Rising Tuition

Virginia has the largest pre-paid college savings program in the country, but participation is waning as the cost of tuition continues to skyrocket.

Montgomery County Police Investigate Rape In Area Park

Police are asking the public to come forward with information, after a young woman was attacked behind the Hadley Farms community pool in Gaithersburg, Md. on Monday.

USGS To Survey Underground Faults In Southern Virginia

The underground faults in southern Virginia responsible for last August's 5.8 magnitude earthquake are under scrutiny by scientists utilizing low-flying planes.

Breathalyzers Could Be Back In D.C. Next Month

D.C. is expected to pass legislation today that would restart the District's breathalyzer program for drunk driver testing and lower the threshold for drunk driving among commercial vehicle drivers.

Washington Monument Could Be Closed For Repairs Until 2014

The National Park Service is ready to move ahead on repairs to the Washington Monument after an earthquake damaged it in August of 2011, but it means bad news for tourists. 

VDOT Compromises On E-ZPass Fees

Current E-ZPass users in Virginia won't immediately be slapped with new fees being proposed by the Virginia Department of Transportation, but the surcharges will apply to new customers and new tags.

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