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Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 at 8:36 PM

Gillespie Wins Fairfax Straw Poll in GOP Governor's Race

Gillespie Wins Fairfax Straw Poll in GOP Governor's Race

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie has won a straw poll in Fairfax County in the race for the GOP nomination for Virginia governor. Read »

Friday, Mar 24, 2017 at 8:33 PM
Local Lawmakers' Phones Ring Off the Hook With Calls About Health Care

Local Lawmakers' Phones Ring Off the Hook With Calls About Health Care

Local lawmakers said they were inundated with calls from people weighing in on the Republicans' health care bill. Scott MacFarlane reports from Capitol Hill. Watch »

Friday, Mar 24, 2017 at 7:55 PM

Jaffe Report: DC Gun Laws Must Be Stiffer

Jaffe Report: DC Gun Laws Must Be Stiffer

Depending on his plea deal, it's possible that the Comet Ping Pong shooter could legally be able to own guns again. That possibility must be taken off the table. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 at 4:07 PM

Maryland Senate Panel OKs Ban on Fracking

Maryland Senate Panel OKs Ban on Fracking

A ban on the hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Maryland has moved a step closer to approval. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 at 6:35 PM

Montgomery County Rejects Trump's 'Devastating' Budget Plan

The government of Montgomery County, Maryland, is rejecting President Donald Trump's proposed budget, which would have a major impact on the county's many federal workers. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 at 12:31 PM

Cat in the Hat, Pro-PBS Families Deliver Petitions on Hill

Cat in the Hat, Pro-PBS Families Deliver Petitions on Hill

Children, parents and the Cat in the Hat headed to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to support public television. Read »

Monday, Mar 20, 2017 at 5:48 AM

Busy Day Set for Maryland Lawmakers on 'Crossover' Day

Busy Day Set for Maryland Lawmakers on 'Crossover' Day

Maryland lawmakers will have a busy day voting on legislation. Read »

Friday, Mar 17, 2017 at 7:49 PM

Gov. Hogan Joins Md. Democrats in Supporting Fracking Ban

Gov. Hogan Joins Md. Democrats in Supporting Fracking Ban

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday he supports a ban on fracking in the state. The Maryland House of Delegates has already passed a bill banning the practice and the Senate has similar legislation pending. Read »

Friday, Mar 17, 2017 at 12:36 PM

NJ Mayor, Terminally Ill Son at White House St. Pat's Dinner

NJ Mayor, Terminally Ill Son at White House St. Pat's Dinner

A mayor from New Jersey and his terminally ill son were treated to an early St. Patrick's Day meal Thursday night at the White House. Read »

Friday, Mar 17, 2017 at 9:42 AM

Virginia Changes Execution Protocol

Virginia Changes Execution Protocol

Execution witnesses in Virginia will see less of the proceedings after changes the Virginia Department of Corrections made to its execution manual. Read »

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