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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

D.C. Council Digs In On Corporate Contributions

Campaign filings show the D.C. Council is relying more on corporate contributions for their campaigns than in years past, which calls into question their resistance to closing the LLC loophole in ethics legislation.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Hill: Loss For Tea Party Republicans, Federal Funding Squabbles

Roy Blunt defeated Ron Johnson for the highly contested position of Vice Chairman of the Republican Conference Tuesday, which could signal the tack the GOP takes in the 2012 election.

D.C. Hunger Strikers Hit Capitol Hill

The three Occupy DC protesters hunger striking for D.C. autonomy occupied the office of House Speaker John Boehner, while the Congressional chairman of District affairs hits back at Occupy DC's McPherson campsite.

Montgomery County Budget Outlook Mixed

Montgomery County in Maryland saw an uptick in income tax revenues alongside a slight drop in unemployment rates -- but looming federal cuts sully the rosy picture.

Report: Virginia Ranks Low On Child Homelessness Efforts

While Virginia was only 21st in the country in child homelessness, a new report ranked them as 46th in planning efforts to find housing for the 25,000 children in the state without homes.

Fare Hikes Proposed For D.C. Taxis

Rates for D.C. taxi riders may be on the rise -- but a new proposal also outlines a number of fees that would be waived as well as calling for improvements to the District's fleet of cab.

Beltway Speed Camera Issues 21K Tickets In 3 Months

The mobile speed camera installed on the Capital Beltway in Maryland earlier this year has already charged more than $800,000 in fines.

Pedicabs Clashing Again With Park Police

Pedicab drivers who operate on or around the National Mall say the same U.S. Park Police officers have continued to harass them even after tensions eased between pedicabs and Tourmobile buses.

Police Clear Out Occupy Baltimore Camp

Occupy Baltimore protesters were cleared out of their encampment in the city's Inner Harbor at around 3:30 a.m. today.

D.C. Ethics Bill Would Rein In ANC Members As Well

D.C. Council members aren't the only representatives subject to tougher regulations if the new D.C. ethics law passes in a final vote later this month. The city's Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners would fall under the new ethics policies as well.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Virginia Luring Company That Launches Remains Into Space

Virginia space enthusiasts are making a play to attract a company that launches creamated remains into space.

CQ Roll Call: Yet Another Last Minute Federal Budget Deal, Redistricting In Texas

It's looking as though Congress will pass yet another federal budget deal at the last moment, while the Supreme court weighs in on a precedent-setting Texas redistricting case.

VDOT Unveils Electronic Travel Signs

The Virginia Department of Transportation has installed new electronic signs that should give drivers a better idea of how long their commutes will be.

Virginia Makes Changes To Ease Mark Center Traffic

While larger plans to accomodate increased traffic to the Mark Center are in the works, Virginia has instituted many smaller changes to ease the morning commute in the area.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Parents And City Leaders Debate D.C. Voucher Program

D.C. city leaders are split over reauthorizing a voucher program that would provide scholarship opportunities to select students.