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Ethics commission comprised mostly of political insiders

Ethics commission comprised mostly of political insiders

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) For some members of the new governor-appointed ethics commission, perhaps their greatest challenge could be themselves. Members of the Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government, appointed by [...]

Warner secures Senate election victory

Warner secures Senate election victory

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Sen. Mark Warner (D) will represent Virginia on Capitol Hill for another six years, after Republican challenger Ed Gillespie conceded the close race last week. Warner declared victory on election night, [...]

Privacy caucus to tackle cell phone data collection

Privacy caucus to tackle cell phone data collection

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) It looks as if members of the Ben Franklin Privacy Caucus have more work to do. Republican Delegate Richard Anderson, who co-chairs the new bipartisan personal privacy caucus along with Democratic [...]

Residents outline ‘least objectionable’ power line routes

Residents outline ‘least objectionable’ power line routes

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Residents tasked with scrutinizing Dominion Virginia Power’s proposal to run a 230-kilovolt transmission line through Alexandria tentatively named routes that the community can live with last month. But it came as [...]

Beyer cruises to victory, Warner holds narrow lead

Beyer cruises to victory, Warner holds narrow lead

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) It is now official: former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer (D) will succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) in Congress in January. The result was never really in doubt: the district [...]

Officials look to open up budget process

Officials look to open up budget process

By Erich Wagner (File photo) City Manager Rashad Young wants to give residents a bigger role in crafting the annual budget. When Young presents his budget to city council each year — usually in late winter [...]

Preservationists: Robinson Terminal South proposal still needs work

Preservationists: Robinson Terminal South proposal still needs work

By Erich Wagner (Image/City of Alexandria) Developer EYA unveiled the latest plans for Robinson Terminal South earlier this month, but the revamped design garnered mixed reviews from officials tasked with preserving the integrity of Alexandria’s most [...]

City Hall lifts ‘For Sale’ sign ban

City Hall lifts ‘For Sale’ sign ban

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Local authorities decided this week to temporarily stop ticketing residents caught displaying “For Sale” signs in or on their vehicles. Since the 1960s, residents caught parking their automobiles on city streets [...]

Local parties hone in on supporters ahead of midterm elections

Local parties hone in on supporters ahead of midterm elections

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) Although most pollsters, wonks and reporters long ago turned their attention toward Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, Alexandria’s political committees remain busy ensuring their candidate will succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran [...]

State lawmaker targets civil forfeiture

State lawmaker targets civil forfeiture

By Kenric Ward (File photo) Blasting a “fundamentally un-American” seizure of assets from Virginians, a state lawmaker wants to rein in police powers in the commonwealth. “Current Virginia law allows for seizure of personal property without [...]