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Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:33 PM

Prince William Chair Election Set After GOP Primary Upset

Prince William Chair Election Set After GOP Primary Upset

The race to fill the open chairmanship of Prince William County's county board is set, with Republicans nominating accountant John Gray over longtime county supervisor Martin E. Nohe. Read »

Friday, May 3, 2019 at 5:34 PM

Court: Virginia Can't Revert to Old Death Row Conditions

Court: Virginia Can't Revert to Old Death Row Conditions

A federal appeals court has ruled that Virginia cannot go back to isolating death row inmates and denying them access to recreational facilities. Read »

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 1:07 PM

Bowser Unveils Plan to Allow Recreational Cannabis Sales

Mayor Bowser is getting ready to clear up the legal haze around the sale of recreational marijuana in the District. Read »

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 8:19 PM

Secluded Baltimore Mayor Resigns Following Controversy

The lawyer for Baltimore's mayor announced her resignation following growing pressure for the city's top leader to resign over a controversy involving her self-published children's books. Read »

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 12:47 PM

Northam Pledges to Block Mandatory Minimum Bills

Northam Pledges to Block Mandatory Minimum Bills

Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday he will no longer sign any legislation that imposes new mandatory minimum sentence requirements, a pledge he said was part of his efforts to make Virginia more equitable... Read »

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 5:57 PM

Adrienne Jones First Black, First Woman Elected Md. Speaker

Adrienne Jones First Black, First Woman Elected Md. Speaker

Baltimore County Del. Adrienne Jones has been elected the first black and first woman speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. Read »

Monday, Apr 29, 2019 at 4:46 PM

Virginia Launches PR Campaign to Tout Education Reforms

Virginia Launches PR Campaign to Tout Education Reforms

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced a new public information campaign aimed at explaining recent changes in public education policy. Read »

Thursday, Apr 25, 2019 at 5:14 AM

Jaffe: DC Mayor Offers 'Smidge' of Budget Hike Sought By AG

Jaffe: DC Mayor Offers 'Smidge' of Budget Hike Sought By AG

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine says Mayor Muriel Bowser's budget include only 10 percent of the increase he requested. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019 at 6:54 PM

Virginia Lt. Gov. Blasts Democrats Over Rejected Donation

Virginia Lt. Gov. Blasts Democrats Over Rejected Donation

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax blasted his own political party for not letting him sponsor a table at major fundraising event. Read »

Friday, Apr 26, 2019 at 11:15 AM

DC Heads to 100% Renewable Energy, a Symbolic Move for the Country

DC Heads to 100% Renewable Energy, a Symbolic Move for the Country

As the Trump administration moves to dismantle federal laws to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Washington D.C. is working to bring renewable energy to the White House and the rest of the city. Under a law... 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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Chris Gordon News4 Maryland Reporter Chris Gordon is a legal analyst and reporter for NBC4, focusing on Maryland.
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Mark Murray NBC News Deputy Political Director Mark Murray is the NBC News Deputy Political Director, NBC News First Read analyst and NBCPolitics.com contributor.
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