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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

National Journal: Election Night Leaves Virginia Dems Down, But Not Out

Virginia elections shake up the state legislature, carving a rough road for Democrats in 2012, and Washington State voters approved privatized liquor sales.

Virginia Excluded From Offshore Drilling List

Areas off the Virginia coast were not included in an Obama Administration offshore drilling plan that was released yesterday.

D.C. To Push For Statehood

D.C. now has stepped up its push for voting rights in Congress, and now has its eye on becoming the 51st state.

GOP Celebrates Wins In Virginia Senate

It came down to the wire for some Virginia Republicans on Election Day, but the GOP declared victory in the State Senate before the night was through.

Democrats Lose Key Races In Virginia

Virginia's Democrats are likely to have a tougher time pushing their agenda in Richmond after some key state senate races appear to have gone to Republicans.

D.C. Granted Disaster Funding For Earthquake

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President Obama has given a disaster declaration to D.C. for the damage caused by the earthquake in August -- freeing up federal funds for the District to rebuild.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Hill: Compromise From The Super Committee?

Republicans may finally be willing to concede on raising tax revenue in a super committee. The Hill's Alex Bolton explains that some thing that might not be enough.

Maryland Business Leaders Divided On Economy

A forum featuring business leaders and Maryland's financial managers produced mixed opinions about the state of the economy on Tuesday.

Stormwater Fee Proposed In Anne Arundel

A proposal in Anne Arundel county is aimed at tackling the costly problem of pollution caused by urban stormwater.

Jury Acquits Sen. Currie Of All Charges

Maryland state senator Ulysses Currie has been acquitted of all charges Tuesday, after being accused of conspiracy and bribery for performing favors for Shoppers Food Warehouse.

Occupy Wall Street Marching To D.C.

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A small group of Occupy Wall Street protesters are marching from New York City to Washington D.C., to raise awareness about the vote on the expiring Bush tax cuts.

Cost Of Thanksgiving Dinner On The Rise

A new survey confirms what most already knew -- the cost of putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table has ticked up nearly 10 percent compared to last year.

Fairfax Shelter Launches Holiday Animal Adoption Event

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"Operation Empty Cage" in Fairfax County is aimed at finding homes for all the stray pets in the Fairfax shelter in time for the holidays.

District Boy Shot On Halloween Dies

One of several shooting victims shot Halloween night in District has died. Tyronn Vincent Garner, 17, succumbed to injuries Nov. 7.

Virginia Elections: Fairfax Officials Facing Voter Confusion

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Fairfax County elections officials are expecting some confusion today after some voter cards were distributed with wrong information. Despite some close races, voter turnout is expected to be low statewide.

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