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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Local Lawmakers To Virginia Assembly: 'No Devolution'

Local lawmakers are letting the Virginia General Assembly know that they're opposing the state's plan to cede controls and financial responsibility for some state roads to local municipalities. 

D.C. Council At-Large Race Too Close To Call

The contest between incumbent Vincent Orange and Sekou Biddle for the at-large seat on the D.C. Council remains too close to call, with just a few hundred votes separating the two.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

In Maryland's 6th District, Delaney Will Take On Bartlett

Maryland businessman John Delaney got the Democratic nod in Maryland's contentious 6th district, and he will face incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R), who won the GOP primary in the recently redrawn district.

Primary Hat Trick: Romney Wins Maryland, D.C. and Wisconsin

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is shoring up his front-runner status with three victories on Tuesday night in Maryland, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

Virginia Assembly Targets Weekend Deadline For Budget

Legislators in Virginia have targeted this weekend as a deadline to reconcile the House and Senate versions of a state budget passed in the Commonwealth, with conferees reporting manageable differences.

D.C. Primary Turnout Sluggish In Early Hours

Turnout was slow in the early hours of the D.C. primary election on Tuesday, as residents of the District weigh in on candidates for four wards as well as the Presidential race.

Analysis: JOBS Act May Bridge Gap Between Obama, Cantor

President Obama is expected to sign the JOBS Act on Thursday, and he's invited House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to the White House for the ceremony. Could this be the beginning of a working relationship?

Storify: Rolling Precinct Figures From D.C. Primary

Polls for the April 3 D.C. primary are open through 8 p.m. on Tuesday, so check in to see the latest rolling rolling precinct figures as they come in via Twitter.

Analysis: Fallout From GSA's 'Out-Of-Control' Vegas Conference

GovExec Editor Tom Shoop talks about the fallout from accusations of improper spending by the General Services Administration 

Primary Voters Head To Polls In Maryland

Voters head to the polls in D.C. and Maryland today, and Maryland voters in the 6th Congressional district have a particularly large pool to choose from for their representative.

Complaints Of Aggressive Bus Driving, Broken Escalators Plague Metro

Metro customers complain of broken escalators, aggressive driving on buses, during a conversation with Metro GM Richard Sarles.

Embattled D.C. Political Donor Receives Millions In City Contracts

Jeffrey Thompson has not only given hundreds of thousands in campaign donations to the D.C. government; his businesses also gotten hundreds of millions in contracts from the D.C. government over the past decade.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Officials Call For Stronger Penalties For Maryland Cigarette Smugglers

According to Maryland officials, the state loses nearly half a million dollars in tax revenue every year from cigarettes illegally smuggled into Maryland to circumvent the state's high tax on tobacco products.

Three Sites Considered For Potomac Yard Metro

A new Metro stop on the Blue and Yellow lines is being planned for Potomac Yards, but city leaders in Alexandria have to weigh a variety of factors in order to pick from three sites.

Maryland GOP Primary May Have National Implications

Republican voters in Maryland will get to vote in the primary on Tuesday, and unlike in many other contests in year's passed, as the sparring of a divided field could garner national attention.

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