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Monday, January 9, 2012

Fairfax County Seeking New County Executive

Fairfax County is looking for a new county executive, and a nationwide search for candidates is underway. Current County Executive Anthony Griffin will retire in April.

CQ Roll Call: Congress Collaboration For State Of The Union, Blankley's Remembrance On The Hill

As bitter partisanship continues on the Hill, some members are attempting to expand their vision for collaboration for this year’s State of the Union.

Could Baltimore Move Its City Elections?

Some Baltimore residents are calling for a new election cycle in order to promote higher voter turnout.

Metro Behind On Training Employees To Spot Suicidal Riders

Metro is falling behind in its plan to deal with suicide attempts, even as the number of people who try to take their own lives in the transit system appears to be going up.

Making It Easier To File Federal Taxes

A University of Maryland law professor is arguing that it's not just the tax code that needs to be changed -- but also the method of filing taxes each year.

Local Officials Reflect On One Year Since Tucson Shooting

Local officials are pausing to eye gun control laws this week after the anniversary of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others. 

Setting The Date For A Special Election

The District will have to hold a special election to replace former council member Harry  Thomas Jr., but current council members don't necessarily agree about when that special election should be held. 

Washington Invades New Hampshire For Presidential Primary

New Hampshire residents have been dealing with throngs of Washingtonians for the past week in advance of tomorrow's presidential primary.  Some of them have had about enough.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Northern Virginia Leaders Oppose Devolution

Leaders from both parties in Northern Virginia agree against the use of devolution to help fund Virginia's transportation.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Jan. 9

Exemplary film and the Poetics of Water.

Cop In Discovery Shooting To Receive Award

A Montgomery County police officer is scheduled to receive the Congressional Badge of Bravery Award for his bravery during the shooting at the Discovery Communications building.

New Hampshire Prepares For Media, Visitors

Washingtonians are flooding into New Hampshire this week for the Republican Primary on Tuesday, but some New Hampshire locals want visitors to see their state as more than just a point on the campaign trail.

Cuccinelli-Bolling Relationship Gets Even More Complicated

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli currently finds himself in the somewhat strange position of defending his chief rival, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, for the governor's seat in court.

Critics Want Stronger Ethics Guidelines For Supreme Court

Critics say the Supreme Court justices need stronger ethics guidelines, and some are pushing to allow retired justices to substitute when current justices sit a case out.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Northern Virginia Leaders Oppose 'Devolution'

Republicans and Democrats in Northern Virginia fear the state may turn to 'devolution' to fund transportation needs.