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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Occupy Protesters Resisting Rats, Cold, Eviction

Occupy protesters in D.C. have faced harsh challenges in recent days, with sanitation concerns closing down the kitchen at McPherson Square, and a lawsuit filed to prevent the seizure of their tents by park police.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hearings On Gov. McDonnell's Budget This Week

Those hoping to weigh in on Gov. Bob McDonnell's $85 billion budget for Virginia can have their say at public hearings in Fairfax later this week.

Former Maryland Co-Workers Touched By Ranger's Murder

The death of Margaret Anderson, the park ranger murdered in Washington State Sunday, has been felt in Maryland, where she once worked at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

D.C. Chairman Pushes For Mandatory College Applications

College applications and entrance exams may soon be necessary for DCPS high school students hoping to graduate, if a bill sponsored by D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown gets support.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Going On The Offensive

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation published a new report which seeks to counter the claims the increased environmental regulations in the area have a negative effect on jobs and the economy.

Bolling Outlines His Tiebreaking Role

Virginia lieutenant governor Bill Bolling holds the tying vote in the state's divided state senate, and he's issued a memo outlining the circumstances where he expects to use it.

Racial Disparities In Higher Education Target Of Suit

A group out of Baltimore, Md. has filed a suit alleging that policies stemming from the days of segregation continue to hamper higher education at traditionall black universities.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Virginia GOP Rethinking Loyalty Oath Requirement

Republicans in Virginia are reportedly rethinking the requirement that voters sign a loyalty oath pledging to vote Republican in the general election in order to vote in the state primary.

National Journal: Iowa's Effects On Local Primaries

What do the Iowa caucus results mean for the Virginia primary?

Trachtenberg Ends Bid, Brinkley Enters Race For Maryland's 6th District

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A recurrence of breast cancer has forced Duchy Trachtenberg, a Democratic candidate for Maryland's 6th Congressional District, to withdraw her name from consideration.

Financial Issues To Headline Maryland Legislative Session

Maryland's general assembly meets next week, and among the principle issues the legislators will have to stare down is a projected $1.1 billion budger deficit.

D.C. Government TV Channel Shut Down During Press Conference

A live feed of D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown's press conference was shut off yesterday when reporters began asking questions about ethics.

Harry Thomas Jr. Charged With Theft, False Tax Return

Federal prosecutors filed papers on Thursday charging D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. with theft of $350,000 in government funds and filing a false tax return.

Virginia Primary Could Carry More Weight After Iowa

After an extremely tight win for Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucus, political observers are now weighing more heavily primaries in Virginia and other southern states. 

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