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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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. 

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.

Cold Weather Descends On D.C. Area

The D.C. area is seeing it's first real cold snap of the winter, but temperatures in the teens and slow flurries won't keep D.C.'s denizens from heading to work.

Wellness Incentives Pay Off For Washington & Lee

The fitness program at Washington & Lee University is yielding benefits for the school's bottom line as well as their collective waist line.

Council Member Orange's Biggest Campaign Contributors

Digging into the powerful D.C. businessmen behind the seemingly "bundled" corporate contributions on D.C. Council member Vincent Orange's latest campaign finance report.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Homeless Shelters Brace For Winter Influx

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While the cold is felt by all residents of the D.C. area, the homeless population, and the organizations set up to help them, feel the effects most accutely.

D.C. Interest Groups Well Represented At Iowa Caucuses

Almost all the GOP candidates in Iowa claim to be running against the political establishment, but area interest groups are well-represented amongst campaign donors.