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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Democrat Libby Garvey Wins Seat On Arlington Board

In a special election that saw a record low turnout, Arlington Democratic nominee Libby Garvey was elected to the vacant seat on the Arlington County Board Tuesday night.

Analysis: GOP Voters Actually Get A Say In Maryland, D.C. Presidential Primaries

Looking ahead to the congressional races in the Maryland and D.C. primaries, scheduled for April 3.

'A Huge Loss': Program Helps Families Grieve Pets Who Pass

When a pet dies, many families are unsure of how to grieve. Prince George's County is offering counseling to help them through those tough times.

Opponents Trying For Referendum On Maryland Redistricting

Opponents to Maryland's redistricting map have kicked off an effort to get the new Congressional districts map on the November ballot.

D.C. Mayor Defends 2013 Budget, Including Traffic Cameras

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray defended the inclusion of more traffic camera revenues in his 2013 budget Tuesday, saying he'd eventually like to see traffic cameras covering the entire city.

60 D.C. Employees Fired For Unemployment Fraud

The D.C. government has fired dozens of city employees accused of committing unemployment fraud.

Parents Of Trayvon Martin Address Capitol Hill

The parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin were on Capitol Hill Tuesday, to attend a House Democratic forum on racial profiling and Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Maryland Senate Approves Slots, Plays Host To Gingrich

It was a busy day in Annapolis, Md. on Tuesday as the Maryland Senate approved the state's sixth slots casino license and also played host to Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

Analysis: Rep. Chris Van Hollen And The House Budget Negotiations

Both Democrats and Republicans have laid out their visions for the federal budget in the U.S. House. While the Republican plan is almost assured to pass, Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen has had a high-profile role in the negotiations.

Fairfax Considers Increase To Stormwater Tax

Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are considering a plan to raise property taxes to pay for stormwater management.

9-Year-Old Boy Petitions Congress To Stop Horse Slaughter

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) was joined by a 9-year-old political activist at the capitol on Tuesday to call for a permenant ban on the slaughter of horses for consumption in the U.S.

D.C. Budget Highlights: What’s Cut, What’s Not

Anticipating a shortfall in the budget next year, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has released a budget plan that includes a number of cuts and raising revenue through alcohol sales and traffic cameras.

Serious Crimes Down In Alexandria

Crime continues its downward trend in Alexandria as so-called "Part 1" crimes like homicide and assault are down 1.6 percent year over year.

Virginia Waterways Show Some Improvement In Pollution

Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality shows that 9 out of 10 rivers, streams, and lakes show some level of pollution, but even that represents an improvement over previous years.

AAA: More Traffic Camera Enforcement Unfairly Targets Drivers

D.C. wants to expand the use of traffic cameras throughout the city, but AAA Mid-Atlantic says that unfairly targets non-D.C. drivers. The group is also raisin red flags about a proposal to change the process for contesting traffic tickets.