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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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.

David Grosso Defeats Michael Brown For D.C. Council

Challenger David Grosso has wrenched an at-large D.C. Council seat from incumbent Michael Brown, making it the first time in 15 years an incumbent has lost a council election. All other members retained their seats in Tuesday's election.

Kaine Wins Virginia Senate Seat; Victory Takes Allen Supporters By Surprise

Virginians elected Democrat Tim Kaine as its next U.S. Senator, despite former Gov. George Allen leading Kaine for much of election night. In a concession speech, Allen reached across the aisle to try and put the campaign behind them.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Marion Barry Calls For Investigation Into Elections Board

Long lines at polling precincts in the District have one council member calling for an immediate investigation into D.C.'s Board of Elections.

Obama, Romney Campaigns Rally In Virginia Last Time Before Election Day

Both the Obama and Romney campaigns have ramped up their efforts in Virginia leading up to Election Day.

D.C. Residents Face Three Charter Amendments On Ballot

Due to last year's ethics overhaul in the District, D.C. voters face three charter amendments on this year's ballot.

Alexandria Community Fights VDOT's Ramp Proposals

A homeowners' group in Alexandria is fighting a proposal by Virginia transportation planners to build a highway ramp near their homes.

Battleground: The Election Day View From NPR Stations In Key States

Dispatches from battleground states around the country from NPR reporters and member stations. 

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