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All Opinions Are Local: April 25, 2010 - May 1, 2010

The politics behind McDonnell's prayer policy

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has brought Jesus Christ back to the prayers of the Virginia State Police. But is there politics behind this move? Republican McDonnell has decided to rescind a policy of the previous governor to...

By Peter Galuszka  |  April 30, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Va. Politics , Virginia , police , religion , transportation  
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Abortion funding limit could reach further than intended

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Could Virginia's new ban on state funding for some types of abortions extend further than Gov. Robert F. McDonnell planned? That's what Democrat Del. Dave Englin (Alexandria) thinks. Last week, legislators passed the governor's amendment to ban...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  April 30, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia  
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Good neighborhoods trump green tech

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Green architecture is big right now, especially in the Washington region. It all started locally about 10 years ago when a private developer built the highly visible Tower Building along I-270 in Rockville. The building boasts of...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 30, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , energy , environment  
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A lesson for America in Va.'s Northop win

By Gary Poehlein Alexandria "Northrop to relocate to N. Va.” [news story, April 27] is typical of how businesses move or start up in the United States. State and local governments compete aggressively for organizations that will bring jobs and...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 29, 2010; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , economy  
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Teed off at Corporate America

By Barry Bogage Olney Corporate America proves again that it has no sense of propriety. Not only is Goldman Sachs in trouble because it apparently bet against America, we now learn that Northrop Grumman had the gall to ask Virginia...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 29, 2010; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Virginia , economy  
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A Cleggian idea fit for the District

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Britain's Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. (AP Photo/Gareth Fuller) As you may or may not know, a virtual earthquake hit the British political landscape two Thursdays ago. Participating in the country's first-ever televised debate between the three...

By Topher Mathews  |  April 29, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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A beef with food vendors at the Earth Day rally

I was at the climate change rally at the Mall on Sunday, and the only food vendors I could find served hot dogs, pulled pork and chicken tenders. I am surprised that hungry, enviro-vegetarian activists did not rise up in protest.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 29, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , National Mall  
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What will happen in Arizona? Look at Prince William

Arizona's freshly signed immigration law isn't anything new for residents of Prince William County.

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  April 29, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Prince William County , Virginia  
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Cuccinelli strikes again in JMU newspaper case

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Kenneth Cuccinelli has struck again. The Virginia attorney general says he supports a local prosecutor's seizure of more than 900 photographs at the Breeze, the student newspaper of James Madison University, pertaining to an April 10 party-turned-riot...

By Peter Galuszka  |  April 28, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , crime , domestic violence , media , schools  
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Fare hike loses more riders than necessary

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK The most recent budget proposal from Metro's general manager makes great strides to reduce service cuts, but a recent letter from transit advocates argues that the proposed fare increase will still drain more riders than necessary. The...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 28, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A taller Washington?

Every so often the question of Washington’s height limit comes up. Someone suggests we raise it, and a debate ensues. I’m on record opposing raising the height limit in downtown Washington, but supporting much taller buildings in secondary areas like Rosslyn.

By Washington Post editors  |  April 28, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , development  
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Northrop Grumman: Arlington or Fairfax?

Large employers like Northrop Grumman have strong economic incentives to choose sprawling areas with cheaper land, where they don't have to worry about sharing any space with pesky retail and only their employees, the region, and the company's long-term competitiveness lose out.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 28, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Arlington , Fairfax County , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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Worker rights probably DID influence Northrop Grumman

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell put his eggs in his business policy basket during the campaign, and now one of them has hatched.

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  April 28, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Virginia , economy  
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Why locking up youths is bad policy

While significant problems still exist, DYRS is developing a model program that tracks what research shows is by far the most effective ways to reduce criminal acts by youth.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 27, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , crime  
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Georgetown Census participation good, not great

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK GM was tipped by DCist today to check out the Census participation for Georgetown. You can look up on the Census Web site and find out how good each census tract is about answering those 10 questions....

By Washington Post editors  |  April 27, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , housing  
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Stats show ticket adjudication is working fine

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Most of this morning's link roundups took note of Bill Myers's story in the Examiner that three of every five challenged traffic tickets got overturned in D.C. The knee-jerk AAA quote (that's the only kind of quote...

By David Alpert  |  April 27, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , transportation  
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Montgomery County could lift its blue laws: Yes, please

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Montgomery County is considering allowing liquor sales on Sundays. This is an excellent idea, and one that the District should consider as well. Antiquated "blue laws" that prohibit the sale of hard liquor or other kinds of...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 27, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Maryland  
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Northrop Grumman chooses Virginia

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman's decision to locate its headquarters in Virginia instead of in Maryland or the District is a victory for the Old Dominion and, on one level, for Republican Gov. Robert F. McDonnell.

By Peter Galuszka  |  April 27, 2010; 6:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , Fairfax County , HotTopic , Local blog network , Maryland , Va. Politics , Virginia , development , economy , military , taxes  
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Inmates inspire innovation

Who says crime doesn't pay? It does when the government figures out ways to put inmates to work in new, innovative ways.

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  April 27, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Virginia  
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An obstacle to D.C.'s medical marijuana law

The April 19 editorial “Medical marijuana” made a wise observation regarding the D.C. medical marijuana law — “critical details will need to be worked out in its implementation” — but did not mention the key obstacle: the federal drug law and the Drug Enforcement Administration opposition.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 26, 2010; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic  
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At WMATA, a distinction that makes a difference

At today's D.C. Council budget hearing on DDOT, Committee Chairman and DC WMATA Board member Jim Graham strongly emphasized that D.C. does not want to see the capital budget cut and he is not pleased with the sudden windfall of capital money D.C. won't be giving WMATA.

By Washington Post editors  |  April 26, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Who gets the power?

The former mayor of Seattle thinks states should be abolished, because in just about all of them the economic engine urban areas are hamstrung by legislatures controlled mainly by rural interests.

By Washington Post editors  |  April 26, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Virginia , transportation  
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Thomas Jefferson St. next up for bridge reconstruction

A little less than a year ago, the city announced plans to reconstruct all the vehicular bridges over the canal. They’re all quite old and each require a complete tear down/reconstruction. Unfortunately, it was estimated that each bridge would take a year to reconstruct.

By Washington Post editors  |  April 26, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C.'s constitutional reality

By Mike Henry College Park Before people get too worked up over the demise of the D.C. voting rights bill [Metro, April 21], they should realize that trying to grant the District a vote in the House by congressional fiat...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 26, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , DC Vote  
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Hello, goodbye: On to the primaries

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Last week's veto session concluded Virginia's nearly four-month trudge through a deficit of more than $4 billion, a stack of legislation and more futile hand-wringing about transportation. Fees were raised, 865 bills were signed into law, and...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  April 26, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , economy  
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