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City Hall eyes hiking real estate taxes

City Hall eyes hiking real estate taxes

By Melissa Quinn Property owners may want to start thinking about tightening their belts with city officials weighing hiking real estate tax rates by 5.5 cents. City Manager Rashad Young unveiled the proposed $626.6 million fiscal [...]

Transportation compromise gives municipalities flexibility

Transportation compromise gives municipalities flexibility

By Melissa Quinn After weeks of politicking, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s highly controversial transportation bill received the General Assembly’s stamp of approval over the weekend. State legislators approved the historic legislation after both chambers compromised on the [...]

Senator sentenced after pleading guilty to drunk driving

Senator sentenced after pleading guilty to drunk driving

By Melissa Quinn U.S. Sen. Michael Dean Crapo (R-Idaho) pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge at Alexandria General District Court Friday morning. Judge Becky Moore handed Crapo — a first time offender — a suspended [...]

Alexandria officials expect quiet end to lame duck session

Alexandria officials expect quiet end to lame duck session

By Melissa Quinn With four members departing in January, Alexandria City Council is in the midst of its lamest-duck session in recent memory — but don’t expect any major, last-minute legislation. Typically, the short session acts [...]

Alexandria Republicans lost big last week. What happened?

Alexandria Republicans lost big last week. What happened?

By Melissa Quinn Local voters lifted Republicans Frank Fannon and Alicia Hughes to city council in an off-cycle election three years ago, but they fared far worse sharing a ballot with President Barack Obama last week. [...]

Democrats sweep Alexandria City Council election

Democrats sweep Alexandria City Council election

By Melissa Quinn Democrats ran the table locally Tuesday night, ousting the two Republicans on Alexandria City Council and re-electing Mayor Bill Euille to a fourth term. With all of Alexandria’s precincts reporting Wednesday morning, incumbents [...]

Election night blog

Election night blog

10:41 a.m. Wednesday Just two incumbents will rejoin Alexandria School Board next year: Marc Williams in District B and Ronnie Campbell in District C. The third incumbent running for re-election, Vice Chair Helen Morris, fell behind [...]

Election 2012 Voter Guide

Election 2012 Voter Guide

With a fiercely waged presidential campaign, a hotly contested U.S. Senate race and a slew of other decisions on the ballot, it’s easy to overlook the bevy of mayoral, city council and school board candidates competing [...]

The challenger: Patrick Murray takes second shot at unseating U.S. Rep. Jim Moran

The challenger: Patrick Murray takes second shot at unseating U.S. Rep. Jim Moran

By Melissa Quinn U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) had no trouble brushing off Republican Patrick Murray in 2010, but the former military man believes the second time is the charm. Murray first appeared on the political [...]

U.S. Senatorial candidates cannot avoid Alexandria

U.S. Senatorial candidates cannot avoid Alexandria

By Melissa Quinn   Despite Alexandria’s reputation as a Democratic bastion, neither former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) nor former U.S. Sen. George Allen (R) have ignored the city as they fight to succeed Jim Webb (D) [...]