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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

D.C. Residents Face Three Charter Amendments On Ballot

Due to last year's ethics overhaul in the District, D.C. voters face three charter amendments on this year's ballot.

Alexandria Community Fights VDOT's Ramp Proposals

A homeowners' group in Alexandria is fighting a proposal by Virginia transportation planners to build a highway ramp near their homes.

Battleground: The Election Day View From NPR Stations In Key States

Dispatches from battleground states around the country from NPR reporters and member stations. 

Virginia's Kaine, Allen Spent Most On U.S. Senate Race

Virginia's senate race is officially the most expensive in the country, and polls are still showing that it's very close between former governors Tim Kaine (D) and George Allen (R). 

Voter Turnout Expected To Be Near 2008 Levels In Virginia

Voter turnout in Virginia is expected to be near the levels of the 2008 general election, and the number of early voters in the state thus far has local officials thinking they're on track to beat the records. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Alligator Seized In Anne Arundel Drug Arrest

Along with thousands of dollars in marijuana and various paraphernalia, police in Anne Arundel County stumbled on a 3-foot alligator in a recent search and seizure operation.

Long Night Ahead For Candidates As Virginia Takes To Polls

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Virginia is deadlocked heading into Election Day, and with the margins in the Presidential and Senate races expected to be small, Tuesday might be a long day for the candidates.

O'Malley: Don't Count On Polls, Get Out To Vote

While signs point to victory for Maryland governor Martin O'Malley on same-sex marriage and the DREAM Act, he cautioned supporters not to let promising poll numbers keep them from the ballot box.

Wells, Cheh Question Move To Lower Speed Camera Fines

Mayor Vincent Gray's move to lower fines for those caught by the District's speed cameras took D.C. Council members by surprise, as they had been exploring similar legislation.

Opposition To Early Voting In Virginia Goes Back Centuries

The lack of true early voting in Virginia has roots that go back through much of political history. The story is much the same as it is now — one party feels the other stands to gain more by its addition.

Analysis: Rallies Galore As Virginia Goes Down To The Wire

Both the Presidential and Senate races in Virginia are too close to call, according to David Hawkings of CQ Daily Roll Call, which means the commonwealth is the scene of many a rally over the next 24 hours.

After Sandy, Thousands In Garrett County Still Without Power

The effects of Sandy have mostly abated in the D.C. area, but out in western Maryland, as many as 3,900 homes remain without power after Superstorm Sandy dumped feet of snow on them.

Dominion Proposes New Natural Gas Power Plant

Dominion Virginia Power is asking the state corporation commission if it can build a new $1.3 billion natural gas power plant in Brunswick County.

Parkmobile: Fee Hike Isn't Fault Of Durbin Amendment

Parkmobile, the company that runs D.C.'s pay-by-phone system, is apologizing for blaming a recent fee increase on a piece of federal legislation. 

Tracking Congressional Staffers On The Campaign Trail

Congress is in recess for the election, which frees up lots of staffers to join the campaign trail — but one watchdog group wonders whether that crossover crosses a line.