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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Maryland Assembly Prefers Gas Tax To Sales Tax

Governor Martin O'Malley caused a stir on the first day of Maryland's General Assembly in 2012, when he suggested that an increase in the sales tax was an alternative to raising gas taxes.

APA Report: National Stress Levels Down

A survey by the American Psychological Association found that while stress levels were down across the country, residents in the District embraced stress as a path to success and fulfillment.

Colgan Only WWII Veteran In Virginia Senate

After taking a Senate oath Wednesday, Virginia state senator Charles J. Colgan becomes the longest-serving state senator in the history of the commonwealth.

GovExec: Disability Hiring Within the Federal Government

The federal government is stepping up its efforts to meet President Obama's commitment to hire 100,000 disabled Americans into the federal workforce.

Episcopal Church Restored As Owner Of 7 Va. Churches

A judge has ruled that the Episcopal Church will retain ownership of seven area churches whose congregations defected, dismayed by the church's liberal theology.

Recall Effort Launched To Oust Gray and Brown

Recall proceedings have begun in D.C., as an activist is seeking to oust Mayor Vincent Gray and council chairman Kwame Brown for breaching the public trust.

Man Arrested After Child Found Alone In McPherson Tent

D.C. Police have arrested a man and charged with him with neglect after a 13-month-old child in his care was found unattended in a tent at McPherson Square.

Virginia Dems To Push For Health Insurance Exchange

With the Virginia legislative session beginning Wednesday, Democrats are pushing legislation that will allow for the formation of a state-run health insurance exchange.

Report: Virginia's Traffic Loopholes Lead To Unsafe Conditions

Virginia drivers are at a higher risk of injury and death due to the state's more lax driving laws, according to to a new report from a driving safety advocacy group.

Maryland General Assembly Prepares For Jam-Packed Session

The Maryland General Assembly has its work cut out for it during this year's session, with several major proposals -- including gay marriage, a gas tax increase, and a wind power expansion -- slated to cross members' desks.

Virginia's Senate Candidates Build Up Campaign Fortunes

Candidates in Virginia's U.S. Senate race are amassing huge campaign coffers already in advance of the November election.

D.C. Looks To Tweak Same-Sex Divorce Laws

A D.C. Council committee has given its approval to a bill that would allow gay and lesbian couples married in the District to divorce, even if they no longer live in the city.

New Scorecards Released For D.C. Schools

New scorecards released by D.C. Public Schools rank 119 schools in the city on achievement, teaching, safety, and other categories.

Reusable Grocery Bags Can Be Health Threat

The 5-cent bag tax is less than a month old in Montgomery County, and while residents embrace the reusable alternative, a report warns that those bags have issues of their own to keep in mind.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Hill: Jack Lew As Chief Of Staff, OMB Appointment, GOP Attacks On Romney

While GOP candidates in New Hampshire take Mitt Romney to task for his record, former OMB Director Jack Lew receives high praise in his new role as President Obama's Chief of Staff.