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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Outside Money In Virginia's Elections: A Bellwether For 2016 And Beyond?

Special-interest money poured into General Assembly elections across Virginia this year, as outside groups tried to influence races in several key districts. The glut of advertisements had mixed results, but experts say the tactics won't end anytime soon.

Metro Lines Up Next Candidate For GM As A Tough Report Card Comes In

The transit agency is trying to reach agreement with its latest general manager candidate on a day when its board will hear the details of a troubling report about the performance of bus and rail service.

Friday, November 6, 2015

D.C. Takes Up The Assisted Suicide Debate

So far this year, at least two dozen states, including Maryland, have introduced aid-in-dying laws. Now the fight is coming to D.C., where a majority of residents supports legalizing assisted suicide, though many medical professionals opposite it.

One Year After D.C. Legalizes Marijuana, 'Cannabusinesses' Aim High

When D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71 last fall, Donald Periera immediately saw a business opportunity. Soon, he'll open the District's first school dedicated to cannabis cultivation.

Maryland Clinic Tackles Stigma: 'Abortion. Yeah, We Do That'

In Chevy Chase, Maryland, a new abortion clinic is seeking to normalize the experience for women. It offers a "spa-like" environment as well as billboards reading: "Abortion. Yeah, we do that."

Inside The HQ Of D.C.'s Short-Lived But Influential Lesbian Separatist Collective

For members of The Furies Collective, lesbianism was about more than sexual preference; it was a political act. The 1970s separatist group was based in a Capitol Hill row-house, which could eventually become an official historic landmark.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Is Uber Filling A Taxi Void East Of The Anacostia River?

Trips either starting or ending in the two wards east of the Anacostia River have increased 700 percent in the past year, according to data released by the tech company.

Listen: Space Weather And Solar Storms, Explained By The Capital Weather Gang

Our star's surface generates its own "space weather." A meteorologist from The Washington Post explains what these solar storms can do.

Listen: Virginia Election Analysis With WAMU 88.5's Michael Pope

What effect did Michael Bloomberg's money have on the elections? What's next for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors? And how well did a prominent write-in campaign do in one Northern Virginia city?

​Big Money Plus Low Turnout Equals Status Quo Election in Virginia

In Virginia, voters have opted for the status quo, maintaining the 21-19 Republican majority in the state Senate, despite historic levels of campaign spending on key races.

For Undocumented Immigrants Seeking D.C. Licenses, Process Can Take Months

On Wednesday the D.C. Council will get preliminary findings from a study looking at how well a driver's license program for undocumented immigrants is doing after its first year.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Virginia Elections: What Happened In Our 8 Races To Watch

Several state Senate seats, Alexandria's mayoralty and spots on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors were on our list of races to watch in Tuesday's Virginia elections.

Who's The Biggest Donor To The FreshPAC? Not Who You'd Expect.

Robert Goodrich chipped in $20,000 to a PAC that supports D.C. Mayor Bowser. Unlike most donors, he isn't a big real estate developer or government contractor. Why did this self-described "old-fashioned travel agent" give the PAC its biggest donation?

D.C. Council Signs Off On $60 Million Tax Deal For Advisory Board Company

The Advisory Board Company, a large education and healthcare consulting firm, will be staying in D.C. — and they'll be getting a $60-million property tax break in the process.

Top Pick For Metro GM Dropped Out Because 'Job Was Bigger Than He Thought'

As more information surfaced about why the top pick for Metro’s general manager position rejected the job offer, a member of the hiring committee said the runner-up might make his decision as soon as Wednesday.