Archive for 'Politics'

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 [...]

Potomac Yard, tax reform top chamber’s agenda

Potomac Yard, tax reform top chamber’s agenda

By Erich Wagner (File photo) When Dak Hardwick joined the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce to lead its government relations committee earlier this year, he noticed one problem with the organization’s lobbying efforts: they happened at the [...]

Ebbin: Gay rights fight not over with marriage decision

Ebbin: Gay rights fight not over with marriage decision

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) Throughout state Sen. Adam Ebbin’s decade-long tenure in Richmond, the openly gay lawmaker focused on securing equality for LGBT Virginians. Until last week, that meant pushing for the repeal of the [...]

Dominion benefits schools as it weighs transmission line project

Dominion benefits schools as it weighs transmission line project

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) As Dominion Virginia Power officials consider tearing up local neighborhoods for a 230-kilovolt transmission line, the utility gave back to the community Tuesday, building an outdoor classroom for public school students. [...]

Residents question Dominion power line plans

Residents question Dominion power line plans

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Dominion Virginia Power officials still refuse to say where they would prefer to run a 230-kilovolt transmission line through Alexandria, but one offered a guess last week. “If there was a [...]