Virginia's lieutenant governor suspends his gubernatorial campaign, seemingly clearing the way for the commonwealth's attorney general to grab the nomination. One of the most familiar faces in Montgomery County politics says he wants his old job back. And D.C. candidates start lining up for the Council's latest job opening. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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It's been said the Obama administration won reelection in part due to effective use of voter data and information. With gubernatorial elections coming up in Virginia in 2013, it was widely expected the Obama campaign would share that database with Virginia Democrats.
On today's Politics Hour, Virginia Democratic Party chairman Brian Moran confirmed the state party does have access to about one million voter records. "We now have that data, and we'll mine that data and communicate with those individuals," Moran said. "That is just tremendous with respect to looking forward to 2013," he added.
The Obama for America campaign compiled a vast database that provides contact information and consumer data to help campaign workers analyze what issues matter most to voters. The records also detail what will best motivate them to donate, volunteer and vote.
A painstaking analysis of 14 James Bond novels by some British doctors reveals that the international spy consumed six or more drinks a day, on average. He also went on benders that would have made his driving stunts downright suicidal.
For writer Diana Abu-Jaber, a special seasonal cookie is a reminder of that mainstay of all holiday activities, the family fight. When she was a child, Abu-Jaber's German-American grandmother would visit, bringing tins and tins of homemade Christmas cookies. Her stay also came at the price of an annual flare-up with her Jordanian immigrant son-in-law.
The two-year deal passed despite opposition from Republicans who are part of the Tea Party faction. It was announced earlier this week, after being pounded out by Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
U.S. wireless carriers reached a deal with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that will make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile phones and use them on a competitor's network.
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