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All Opinions Are Local: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Whose defense job gets cut?

With the federal budget being hotly contested, one wonders how many job cuts, especially in the defense sector, will be made across the region and which politician will get blamed for them. By one account, nearly 20,000 Virginia jobs...

By Peter Galuszka  | March 4, 2011; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C., Maryland, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy, guns, military  
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An experiment in urbanism

Have you ever looked at a storefront that's been empty a long time and wondered why it couldn't be filled, at least temporarily, by a small local business? After all, nobody benefits when a storefront sits empty too long....

By Dan Malouff  | March 4, 2011; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network, economy  
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Civil unions for all?

In a report at MyFoxDC, Prince George's Del. Tiffany Alston position has been clarified considerably. Alston wishes to do away with marriage altogether, and have Maryland recognize only civil unions. "I believe, as a government, we should issue something...

By Todd Eberly  | March 4, 2011; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, same-sex marriage  
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Separate but equal in Maryland?

Update: March 4, 2011, 10:49 a.m. Del. Alston's position has been clarified -- she would end marriage in Maryland and replace it with civil unions for all. This certainly negates the separate-but-equal issue, but otherwise does not really resolve...

By Todd Eberly  | March 3, 2011; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, Prince George's County  
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The District's fleet: Hardly fully loaded

1,143: that's the number of vehicles that the District of Columbia currently has in its fleet, according to documents obtained by WTOP's Mark Segraves and Paul Shinkman. Add that to that 215 vehicles that the District government currently has...

By Aaron Morrissey  | March 3, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, Vincent Gray  
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The war against non-cars

The Washington Examiner's opinion section features five separate fusillades against transit, spending on transit, and the entire idea, incomprehensible to the authors, that people can happily live their lives primarily getting around using transit and on foot and might...

By David Alpert  | March 3, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, Metro, traffic, transportation  
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More cupcakes in Georgetown

Today another cupcakery enters the fierce Georgetown market: Sprinkles. It’s the first foreign import to the market; it comes from California. One of the few perks GM has running a Web site on Georgetown is that he occasionally gets...

By Topher Mathews  | March 3, 2011; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Georgetown, Local blog network  
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Photo tour of the ICC

The ICC is open, and while it may have been a questionable project, it is certainly one of the largest new pieces of transportation infrastructure to be constructed in the region in recent years. That in mind, I had...

By Dan Malouff  | March 2, 2011; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local blog network, Maryland, traffic, transportation  
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Same-sex marriage intrigue in Md.

Legislation legalizing same-sex civil marriage in Maryland passed by a relatively comfortable margin in the state Senate last week by a vote of 25-21. Most analysts considered the Senate to be the tougher challenge and assumed that passage would...

By Todd Eberly  | March 2, 2011; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland  
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Cheh to city workers: No more sweets for you

Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh thinks that D.C. government employees (and the city's finances) could stand to benefit from a healthier working environment -- so yesterday morning, Cheh introduced legislation which would change what goes into nearly...

By Aaron Morrissey  | March 2, 2011; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network, public health  
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ANC round-up: Moving on edition

Last night, the ANC met for its March session. The most important item on the agenda was the adoption of its resolution opposing Georgetown’s ten year campus plan. In the end, though, this was one of the shorter items...

By Topher Mathews  | March 1, 2011; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Georgetown, Local blog network  
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Interfering with traffic?

Videographer Jay Mallin was outraged when Prince William County gave a man a ticket for "interfering with traffic" after he was hit trying to cross Route 1 in Woodbridge. He created this great video of how many of our...

By David Alpert  | March 1, 2011; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C.  
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Petition politics in D.C.

Interim D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle (D-At Large) filed a series of challenges to nominating petitions submitted by Bryan Weaver, Patrick Mara and Jacque Patterson late yesterday afternoon, setting in motion a process that may well find some or...

By Martin Austermuhle  | March 1, 2011; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network  
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Is the 15th Street bike lane working?

D.C. Council member Jack Evans (Ward 2) claimed this morning that the 15th Street bike lane is "not working" because of the impact on drivers from the new left-turn signals. Evans generally emphasized that he supports bike lanes and...

By David Alpert  | February 28, 2011; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network, traffic, transportation  
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Sulaimon Brown's bridge-burning tour

During an appearance on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt this morning, disgraced former city employee and mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown lashed out at the Gray administration over his firing, which was announced last week after Brown was escorted out of...

By Aaron Morrissey  | February 28, 2011; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network, Vincent Gray  
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Anything but townhouses, say Ravenwood Park activists

There's an empty parcel of land in Falls Church near Seven Corners, adjacent to a bunch of townhouses. But neighbors so deeply oppose building any new townhouses that they'd prefer even the ugliest clear-cut subdivision. The property lies just...

By David Alpert  | February 28, 2011; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia, development  
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