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All Opinions Are Local: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

D.C. voting: Consensus would help

By Timothy Cooper Washington One of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s fondest expressions, used repeatedly over the past 20 years as she led the charge for D.C. voting rights, has been “kill ’em with your case.” Unfortunately for D.C. residents,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 30, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , DC Vote , HotTopic  
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Northern Virginia: New center of the hard right

With all the news these days regarding Virginia's conservatives -- from Gov. Robert F. McDonnell to Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli to Prince William County Supervisor Corey A. Stewart -- it may be interesting to ponder how the right-wing movement...

By Peter Galuszka  |  July 30, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fairfax County , HotTopic , Local blog network , Prince William County , Va. Politics , Virginia , crime , development , economy , education , energy , environment , faith , guns , history , race , taxes , transportation  
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Double track decision was the right decision

Opponents of the Purple Line project in Montgomery County have tried just about everything to derail the planned light-rail line. When the route through Chevy Chase was finally approved by the Montgomery County Council in January, opponents asked if...

By Dan Malouff  |  July 30, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Maryland , Metro , Montgomery County , Purple Line , transportation  
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Delinquent taxes paid to Virginia ... and to CGI

In Virginia's attempt to track down its debtors, the state could be losing out twice. Individuals and businesses owe a collective $2 billion to Virginia. Many of them are just plain difficult to track down and bring to payment,...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  July 29, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Virginia , economy , taxes  
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What does the Arizona decision mean for Stewart?

UPDATED, 2:05 p.m.-- The blocking of parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law by a federal judge has advocates of the strong-arm approach regrouping and reloading. In Virginia, first and foremost is Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William...

By Peter Galuszka  |  July 29, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Prince William County , Va. Politics , Virginia , crime , development , economy , housing , police , race , schools  
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Georgetown's industrial past

Did you realize that trains used to rumble down K Street in Georgetown? How about the fact that a pork-rendering plant stunk up the neighborhood well into the 1970s? Yes, Georgetown has a vibrant industrial past. But all that's...

By Topher Mathews  |  July 28, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Georgetown , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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How many potato commissions does Va. need?

Acupuncture, eggs, midwifery … if you’re interested in it, it’s likely to be the focus of a special board, commission, council or panel in Virginia. From groups like the milk commission to the psychology board, the state’s 347 resume-enhancing...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  July 28, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Virginia  
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NAACP fries Webb for call to end affirmative action

The head of the Virginia NAACP has skewered U.S. Sen. Jim Webb for arguing in an op-ed piece that affirmative action programs should end. King Salim Khalfani, executive director of the state NAACP, wrote: "Do you really believe that...

By Peter Galuszka  |  July 28, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , economy , education , history , race , schools  
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One 'shutterbug' who faults Metro

By Noah Van Gilder Washington You can take my name off the list of “local shutterbugs” who give Metro “higher marks” for educating its employees about photographers’ rights [“When freedom doesn’t click; Officers often clamp down on photographers, even when...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 28, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Metro  
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Too soon to judge D.C. affordable housing law

In this Monday's Capital Business, Jonathan O'Connell noted that no affordable housing units have been established in the one year the law has been in effect ("D.C. affordable housing law has put up a goose egg"). That's presumably true...

By David Alpert  |  July 27, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , Mayor Fenty , development , real estate  
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Safety and schedules on Metro: A balancing act

"When safety is more important than schedules, their lessons will have been learned," NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority at Tuesday morning's National Transportation Safety Board hearing. The hearing found some troubling problems...

By David Alpert  |  July 27, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , Metro , traffic , transportation  
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A PAC conflict of interest for Virginia's rail chief?

The head of the state rail agency shouldn't simultaneously head a PAC that collects rail money for political causes.

By Peter Galuszka  |  July 27, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , development , economy , energy , environment , traffic , transportation  
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Reason to question the shakeup at DYRS

By Liz Ryan Washington The July 23 editorial “Judged too soon” criticized me and other advocates for raising serious concerns about Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s commitment to juvenile justice reform and for calling for an investigation of D.C. Attorney General...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 26, 2010; 10:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Mayor Fenty  
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FOIA officer wasting time stonewalling request?

Councilmember Mary Cheh's investigation into the D.C. government's FOIA practices turned up countless examples where Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration seems to fight FOIA requests just for the sake of keeping information away from people. I've been caught in my...

By David Alpert  |  July 26, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , Fenty , HotTopic , Local blog network , Metro , transportation  
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McDonnell's U.S. 460 dilemma: public money needed

You can slice it. You can dice it. But it all comes back to the same problem -- Virginia's dearth of public money for needed highways. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has been trying for years to push a replacement...

By Peter Galuszka  |  July 26, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , Maryland , Va. Politics , Virginia , development , economy , energy , environment , military , real estate , recreation , taxes , traffic , transportation , weather  
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The value of Va.'s disability centers

By Jack Bruggeman Vienna The July 22 Metro article “ ‘We should close them all’ ” highlighted an unfortunate division between parents and guardians of Virginia residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I am the co-guardian of my sister, Cathy,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 25, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , health care  
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