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Monday, November 10, 2014

How To Get To (Or Avoid Entirely) The Concert For Valor On Veterans Day

The Concert For Valor will feature many big-name acts performing in homage to the nation's service members and their families, but it won't be easy getting to or from there.

Stage Set For Lame Duck Session In Congress

Congress is back this week for a final lame duck session before the year. But what, if anything, can we expect them to accomplish?

Final Segment Of Intercounty Connector In Maryland Open Monday

The highway connecting I-270 with I-95 in Prince George's County is complete, as the last 1.5 miles was opened Monday morning. The question remains: will traffic on the road pick up?

Was Reelection Of Vihstadt In Arlington A Referendum On Streetcar?

Independent Arlington County council candidate John Vihstadt won in both a special election and a general election this year campaigning against the streetcar, but advocates of the project say that doesn't mean voters are necessarily against it.

Maryland Unlikely To Legalize Marijuana Soon, Says Advocate

With marijuana legalization passing in D.C., one may assume that it will also find favor in neighboring Maryland, but one state legislator who backs legalization says there are obstacles to passage in the short term.

The New, Youthful Face Of The Ocean City Council

Matthew James is not just the youngest member ever elected on the Ocean City Council at 21, but he was also the top vote-getter this election year.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Montgomery County To 'Ban The Box,' Approve Snow Removal Changes

A bill to delay when employers are allowed to ask applicants about their criminal records is expected to be signed into law on Monday.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Ed Gillespie: ‘I’m Proud Of The Campaign We Have Run’

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia has conceded to incumbent Mark Warner three days after the midterm elections' conclusion.

Democrat Jim Mathias Survives 'Red Wave' In Maryland

State Sen. Jim Mathias (D-MD) has officially won his seat back representing the lower Eastern Shore after the absentee ballots were counted Thursday.

Bowser Says Reeves Center Could Be Taken Out Of D.C. United Stadium Deal

D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser today raised the possibility that the Reeves Center, a government building located at 14th and U streets NW, could be taken out of a deal to build a new stadium for D.C. United.

Watch: D.C. Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser On 'The Politics Hour'

D.C. mayor-elect Muriel Bowser appeared on "The Politics Hour" at noon for her first major broadcast interview since being elected on Tuesday. (Full video is available below.)

Delaney Remains Ahead As Recount Continue In Maryland's Sixth District

As absentee ballots continue to be counted in Maryland's sixth district, Democrat John Delaney's lead is holding firm over Republican Dan Bongino.

Cyclists May Have To Wait Until Next Year To Change Contributory Negligence Law

A final vote on bill that would help victims of bicycle accidents receive compensation for injuries was delayed until Wednesday, and could be pushed to next year.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Crash Compensation Bill Expected To Die In D.C. Council Committee Again

The insurance industry opposes legislation intended to help cyclists and pedestrians receive compensation for crash injuries.

New Virginia Law Means Some Provisional Voters Have To Confirm Identities

A new Virginia law requiring residents to show ID to vote means that 800 voters who cast provisional ballots will have to confirm their identities with election officials by Friday.

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