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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

November Fireworks Expected For D.C. Council At-Large Race

The race between independent candidates Michael Brown and David Grosso for the at-large seat on the D.C. Council will be one to watch, provided Brown can circumvent a challenge to getting on the ballot.

Analysis: After RNC Speech, Ann Romney Poised To Handle National Stage

Ann Romney took center stage at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, and Professor Anita McBride explains that her warm reception was no surprise, given Mrs. Romney's background.

Regiment Remembered 150 Years After Second Battle Of Manassas

A century and a half after one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War, the National Park Service helps area residents remember the sacrifices made by soldiers that day.

UVA Students Excited For Obama Visit, Even If It's Not On Campus

As Republicans court voters from Tampa, President Obama has been reaching out to young voters in swing states, including Virginia.

Bail Review For Accused Perry Hall Shooter Postponed

A bail review hearing for 15-year-old Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. has been postponed, as the teen continues to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

MLK Memorial Quote Controversy To Be Put To Rest In September

On the first anniversary of the public unveiling of the memorial dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., it was announced that a controversial paraphrasing of a King quote will be replaced.

A View From The Floor Of The RNC: Maryland Delegate Ellen Sauerbrey

Maryland RNC delegate Ellen Sauerbrey talks with Kojo Nnamdi about how Mitt Romney can appeal to Marylanders, the GOP's challenges with Latino voters and why she's still involved in politics after all these years.

DREAM Act, Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Find Common Ground

In November, Maryland voters will decide the fate of both the DREAM Act and same-sex marriage. Advocates for both initiatives are realizing their causes have much in common.

National Zoo To Open New 'American Trail' Exhibit

The National Zoo is getting a bit more continental, as a new renovated section of the park is reopened called the "American Trail" that will bring a taste of the Pacific Northwest.

Analysis: McDonnell, O'Malley Take Different Stages At RNC

National Journal Hotline's Reid Wilson talks about McDonnell's role at the RNC, as well as the role other local politicians are playing — or not playing at the conventions.

Virginia Republicans See A Star In Artur Davis

Virginia Republican are setting their sights on Artur Davis, the former Democratic Congressman who has changed parties and moved to Northern Virginia, possibly to take on one of the area's toughest Democrats in 2014.

Who's An 'Inactive' Voter? Checking In On Virginia's Voter Registration Rules

Virginia voters who have moved since the 2010 election might want to check to see if their voter registration is still active, according to one Northern Virginia registrar. The state's registration deadline is Oct. 15.

RNC 2012 Roundup: Ann Romney Steals Show, Gov. McDonnell Makes Rounds

Ann Romney took the stage at the Republican National Convention yesterday along with a host of Republican governors; one of them, Gov. Bob McDonnell, is a local politician showing up more and more on the national stage.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Analysis: RNC Rules Changes Underscore Divisions In GOP

Modern party conventions are a time of unity, but as is often the case, there are divisions under the surface. Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper explains the tensions underlying some rule changes at the RNC.

Local Couple Leads Rebuilding Effort Even As Isaac Bears Down

Hurricane Isaac is bearing down on the gulf coast, and two former D.C. residents who head a non-profit that houses needy family hope it doesn't undo years of work.

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