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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

McDuffie Proposes Mandatory Campaign Finance Training

The D.C. Council member recently put in charge of the city's campaign finance reform efforts is hitting the ground running; he has proposed requiring campaign finance training for all candidates and treasurers before they can take donations.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Analysis: Virginia Redistricting Draws Ire Of Warner, Kaine

A controversial plan by Virginia Republicans has Democrats' blood boiling, including, says The Hill's Alex Bolton, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, who are calling on the governor to weigh in.

Another Prince George's Co. Teen A Victim Of Gun Violence

A high school junior from Fort Washington, Md., was shot to death over the weekend — the fourth Prince George's County teen to be killed just this school year.

Proposed Smoking Ban Draws Sparse Criticism In Montgomery Co.

There was little opposition at a meeting of the Montgomery County Council today to a provision that would extend the existing smoking ban to cover all county-owned or leased property.

Redistricting Effort Targets Virginia Democrats In Swing Districts

Virginia lawmakers are considering a new plan that would redraw many state senate districts in Northern Virginia, specifically targetting swing areas currently controlled by Democrats.

D.C. Councilwoman Cheh Pushes For Public Release Of Mugshots

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is calling for the District to join the more than two-thirds of states that release mugshots to the public.

National Prayer Service Caps Inauguration Ceremonies

President Barack Obama started the first official day of his second term Tuesday at a prayer service at the National Cathedral, emphasizing a spirit of inclusion.

VIDEO: Inauguration Day Time Lapse

WAMU 88.5's Morning Edition crew had to be at the U.S. Capitol at 4 a.m. to kick off the station's live inauguration coverage on Jan. 21. They set up a camera to record images for this time lapse video. 

Va. Senate Committee Endorses Crime Bills

Virginia lawmakers have endorsed a plan to crack down on illegal cigarette trafficking and to prevent the elderly and the incapacitated from being the victims of financial crimes.

Montgomery County Council To Vote On Gun Control Resolution

The Montgomery County Council votes on a resolution today that would urge Maryland state lawmakers and members of Congress  to take actions to reduce gun violence.

Maryland Bill Would Allow Casino Revenues To Go Toward School Safety

One Maryland lawmaker wants to make it easier to use some revenues from that state's casinos to place armed guards in schools if the schools see fit.

Cleanup Crews Brave Chilly Temps After Inauguration

Cleanup is underway on the National Mall and throughout the District today after President Obama's second inauguration yesterday. That cleanup will be a rather chilly affair during the next couple of days.

Washington Gets Decked Out For Inaugural Balls

Washington partied late into the night Monday night at two official — and many unofficial — inaugural balls. Attendees came from around the country to celebrate President Obama's second inauguration.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Virginia Senate Reappoints Controversial UVA Rector

University of Virginia Board Rector Helen Dragas received overwhelming support in a vote by the state senate, despite her role in the controversial forced resignation of President Theresa Sullivan.

Virginia Bill Would Add Absentee Exception For Seniors

A bill flew through the Virginia Senate on Monday that would offer seniors in the commonwealth the ability to cast absentee ballots.