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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Hill: Senate Gets A New Parliamentarian

The position of parliamentarian for the U.S. Senate is not one that gets a lot of attention, but as the position changes hands and goes to Elizabeth MacDonough, it could have implications on the future of Congress.

O'Malley Testifies In Favor Of Gay Marriage Bill

Governor Martin O'Malley broadcasted his support of same-sex marriage in Maryland Tuesday, testifying in support of a bill that would legalize it.

Arrest Made In Death Of Lenny Harris

Police have made an arrest in the shooting death of Alexandria, Va. civic activist Lenny Harris, whose body was identified Monday after being found in a well.

Virginia Moves Forward With Voter ID Bill

A bill in the Virginia House of Delegates that would require voters without IDs to file provisional ballots is one step closer to being passed on Wednesday, despite opposition.

Jack Johnson Starts Prison Term In Two Weeks

Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson will begin his 87-month prison term in two weeks, after a minor two-week reprieve while the Federal Bureau of Prisons determines where he'll serve his time.

Staying True To Gen. McPherson's Good Name

'There's no fear in McPherson,' or, why we're pronouncing it mc-FUR-son and contradicting what many D.C. natives believe is the right way.

Poll: Half Of Marylanders Support Gay Marriage

With the governor of Maryland contemplating legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, a recent poll found that half of Maryland residents support it, the highest result yet recorded.

Montgomery County Starts New Shuttle To Germantown MARC

Montgomery County is launching a new shuttle to the Germantown MARC station in hopes of reducing traffic congestion in the area.

Occupy DC Stays Put, Judge Clarifies Terms Of Camping Ban

Not much has changed at the Occupy DC encampment in McPherson Square since the no-camping ban went into effect at noon Monday, with a federal judge ruling Tuesday that the NPS cannot seize tents unless violators are caught violating the rules.

D.C. Housing Agency Fires Staffer After Reports Of Misspent Funds

D.C.'s housing agency has fired and employee and District officials are now launching an investagion after allegations that a local nonprofit misspent millions of dollars in affordable housing funds. 

Montgomery County Eyes Three Big Box Bills

Montgomery County is attempting to address the construction of big box stores such as Walmart with three separate pieces of legislation.

Legal Action Possible Over Silver Spring Transit Center

An inspection of the Silver Spring Transit Center found problems with the concrete slabs, which could mean construction delays and fines for the construction company.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Mandatory Labor Agreement Ban Mulled In Va. House

Virginia's House of Delegates will vote Tuesday on a bill that would ban mandatory labor agreements on state-funded projects, which some say are responsible for ballooning costs.

D.C. Residents Protest Pepco Rate Hike Request

Pepco plans to raise rates on D.C. residents, which has sparked protests from customers who don't feel the hikes are fair after all the taxpayer funding the energy company has gotten.

Audit Shows $240M Budget Surplus In D.C.

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After several years of financial difficulty, D.C. is back in the black after posting a large budget surplus to the tune of $240 million.

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