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Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Perry Stein

AM Read: So Much O'Malley 2016 Talk

AM Read: So Much O'Malley 2016 Talk

Some high-profile publications have written big profiles on the Maryland governor this week. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Perry Stein

AM Read: Md. Assembly Passes Entire O'Malley Agenda

AM Read: Md. Assembly Passes Entire O'Malley Agenda

The high-profile liberal agenda that passed through the General Assembly seems to put the governor in a good spot for the 2016 Democratic primaries. Read »

Monday, Apr 8, 2013 at 7:18 AM
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By Perry Stein

AM Read: Alexandria Considers Cigarette Tax Increase

AM Read: Alexandria Considers Cigarette Tax Increase

Facing a $31 million budget shortfall, the city council will hear a proposal this week that would make the city's cigarette tax the highest in the state. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Perry Stein

Md. Passes Bill to Open Casino Jobs to Ex-Offenders

Md. Passes Bill to Open Casino Jobs to Ex-Offenders

Under current law, an individual who has been convicted of "crimes of moral turpitude or gambling" is banned from ever working at a facility with slot machines. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Perry Stein

Takoma Park Could Soon Have Lowest Voting Age in U.S.

Takoma Park Could Soon Have Lowest Voting Age in U.S.

A hearing has been set for April 8 in Takoma Park, Md., to gauge public opinion on whether the city should lower its voting age for local elections to 16. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Perry Stein

DC Unions Skeptical They'll Get Gray's Proposed Raises

DC Unions Skeptical They'll Get Gray's Proposed Raises

Mayor Gray proposed raises for city workers in his latest budget , but because of the long, contentious relationship between the city and public safety unions, the unions remain skeptical of his promises. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Perry Stein

AM Read: Va. Split on Same-Sex Marriage

AM Read: Va. Split on Same-Sex Marriage

A new poll found a dramatic shift in Virginia public opinion, with nearly half the electorate now in favor of same-sex marriages. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Perry Stein

AM Read: Strict Voter ID Measure Signed Into Law in Va.

AM Read: Strict Voter ID Measure Signed Into Law in Va.

Despite just passing a new voter ID law last year, Gov. McDonnell signed another Tuesday that would be among the strictest in the country. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Perry Stein

Deadline Looms for McDonnell on Transportation Bill

Deadline Looms for McDonnell on Transportation Bill

Gov. Bob McDonnell has until midnight Monday to decide whether to veto, sign or amend the massive transportation funding legislation. Read »

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 8:37 AM
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By Perry Stein

Md. Senate Panel Rejects Minimum Wage Jump

Md. Senate Panel Rejects Minimum Wage Jump

A Senate Committee voted Wednesday against a measure that would have raised the state's minimum wage to $10 by 2015. Read »

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Julie Carey News4 Virginia Reporter Julie Carey is a News4 reporter focusing on Virginia issues and politics.
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