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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Public Information Comes At A Price In Arlington

For those seeking information from Arlington County Police, the process can be expensive, and sometimes it can remain off limits altogether.

O'Malley Testifies In Support Of Maryland Gun Control Bill

Gov. Martin O'Malley testified in support of gun control measures in a state senate hearing on Wednesday, and opponents turned up in numbers to protest the policy.

Family Research Council Shooter Pleads Guilty

Floyd Lee Corkins has pleaded guilty to three counts in connection to his shooting attack at the offices of the conservative Family Research Council in August, 2012.

Analysis: What Cuccinelli's Book Means For Virginia Gov. Race

Josh Kraushaar from National Journal talks about the political implications of the excerpts of Ken Cuccinelli's book released last week. Cuccinelli, the likely Republican candidate for governor, didn't pull any conservative punches and the excerpts have Democrats salivating.

D.C. Elementary Teacher Receives Prestigious Teaching Prize

An elementary school teacher from Southeast D.C. got a surprise during an assembly Tuesday morning as the entire school gathered to award her the 25,000 Milken educator award.

D.C.'s Family Matters Charity Receives $28M Gift

Family Matters, one of D.C.'s oldest charities, has received a $28 million gift from the late D.C. philanthropist Richard Herman. 

Larger Fines For Texting While Driving Pass In Virginia

Virginia appears poised to impose larger fines on people caught texting while driving; bills passed this week would also make the infraction a primary offense.

Virginia Assembly Passes Stricter Voter ID Laws

Virginia lawmakers have passed two bills that would make voter ID laws stricter, although one of them would also require the government to provide funding for an education campaign to warn alter voters to the changes.

Gun Rights Advocates Speak Out At Maryland Town Hall Meeting

The debate over gun control in Maryland officially begins in Annapolis today, but Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown has already had a front row seat to the discussion among state residents at community meetings.

Gray Focuses On Affordable Housing In State Of The District

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray plans to make affordable housing investment a major part of his agenda this year. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

McDonnell's Transportation Funding Plan Dies In Virginia Senate

Two Republican floor amendments were shot down in the Virginia Senate Tuesday evening, effectively killing the transportation funding plan endorsed by the governor.

Analysis: Cantor Makes Pitch To Rebrand GOP

After the House GOP focused almost exclusively on debt and deficit issues for the last two years, The Hill's Alex Bolton explains how Majority Leader Eric Cantor is trying to rebrand the party.

Maryland Lawmaker Warned For Gay Marriage Protest Letter

A Maryland lawmaker has been cautioned after writing a letter on official letterhead to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti seeking to silence linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for his stand for gay rights.

Coal-Burning Power Plant Targeted By D.C. CM Wells

A power plant operated by the federal government in the District still uses coal to generate some power  — something council member Tommy Wells wants to see changed.

District Summit Addresses Concussions Amongst Youth Athletes

Concussions continue to be a problem afficting the nation's young athletes, and a group of area health care professionals and advocates sought to shine some light Tuesday on the unreported injuries.