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Sunday, January 8, 2012

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.

Ocean City Jetty Lost In Irene Replaced

The iconic Ocean City jetty that was lost in Hurricane Irene last summer has been temporarily replaced, while officials continue to search for the original.

Occupy Camps Address Disease Threat

D.C. Health officers visited Occupy DC's McPherson encampment, urging them to clean house after reports of rats shut down their kitchen earlier this week.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Cuccinelli: Resigning Unnecessary For Gubernatorial Run

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is dismissing calls for him to resign in advance of his planned run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2013.

Metro Work On Four Lines This Weekend

Scheduled maintenance will cause delays this weekend on four Metrorail lines.

WaPo's McCartney: Harry Thomas, D.C. Scandals, Virginia GOP

Harry Thomas Jr. resigns, how Mayor Vincent Gray reacts, and trouble brewing with the Virginia GOP.

Former Baltimore Archbishop Named Cardinal

Edwin O'Brien, who served as archbishop in Baltimore from October 2007 until August of last year, was one of 22 new cardinals named by the Pope today.

Bolling's Tie-Breaking Role In Virginia Senate Unclear

In a memorandum, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling clarified his authority to break ties in the Virginia senate, but that role is still unclear.

Metro Experienced Delays After Person Struck

There were weekday delays again Friday on the Blue Line, after a person was struck near the Van Dorn Metro station, necessitating single-tracking for much of the morning.

Glitches Mar Pay-By-Phone Parking In D.C.

If you're paying for parking by phone in the District, be forewarned that a frequent glitch in the system erroneously tickets as many as 25 drivers every day.

CQ Roll Call: Republican Still Blocking Obama's Nominations, Few Changes After Anniversary Of Tuscan Shooting

Obama is not backing away of his nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Protection Financial Industry, as Republicans continue to criticize the decision.

Maryland Legislature Looks At 'Flush Tax' Increase

The Maryland legislature is considering raising the state's sewage tax in 2013 and again in 2015, but environmental groups argue that it needs to increase more quickly.

Harry Covert, Alexandria Jail's Dynamic PIO, Retires

The Alexandria jail is saying goodbye to the man who helped put it on the map -- in a good way -- as public information officer Harry Covert retires this week.