Archive for 'Politics'

Couples laud lifting of same-sex marriage ban

Couples laud lifting of same-sex marriage ban

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) Dawn Turton was having a quiet Monday morning. She had the day off, and happened to check Twitter as the news percolated: the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear several cases [...]

State lawmakers push for privacy rights

State lawmakers push for privacy rights

By Kathryn Watson The government is watching you. Local police in Virginia randomly collect and keep photographs of license plates. Virginia universities are testing drones and, as of next July, police and other authorities [...]

City council to apply new housing contribution rules to oft-delayed projects

City council to apply new housing contribution rules to oft-delayed projects

By Erich Wagner (File photo) City councilors want to ensure developers working on long-delayed projects don’t eventually make contributions to the affordable housing fund based on outdated formulas. At a hearing earlier this month, city councilors [...]

Old Town bike lane concept draws criticism

Old Town bike lane concept draws criticism

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Bike lanes along Prince and Cameron streets remain a long way off, but the idea already is proving controversial. Old Town resident Townsend Van Fleet blasted the proposal, calling it a [...]

Officers seek overhaul of salary system

Officers seek overhaul of salary system

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) City police officers have petitioned Alexandria’s top elected officials for pay raises this year, warning of dire consequences unless changes are made. Citing sinking morale and a worsening brain drain, leaders [...]

ACLU: Police activity lacks oversight

ACLU: Police activity lacks oversight

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) There aren’t too many requirements local law enforcement agencies in Virginia must meet to acquire excess military equipment. And once they do, they don’t always let the public know what they [...]

New council meeting schedule brings work sessions into the light

New council meeting schedule brings work sessions into the light

By Erich Wagner (File photo) If you watched city council’s first legislative meeting since June on Tuesday night, you may have noticed that things worked a little differently than in the past. That’s because councilors adopted [...]

Transportation, redevelopment top city councilors’ priorities this session

Transportation, redevelopment top city councilors’ priorities this session

By Erich Wagner (File photo) As city councilors return to City Hall this week for the first council sessions of the new legislative year, one word is on everybody’s lips: transportation. That is not without good [...]

What are the issues in the race for the 8th District?

What are the issues in the race for the 8th District?

By Erich Wagner (File Photo) Party leaders and political experts say issues like the economy and foreign policy will be at the forefront of the campaign to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) this [...]

Officials: Valid photo ID needed to cast ballot in November election

Officials: Valid photo ID needed to cast ballot in November election

By Derrick Perkins (File Photo) City officials are reminding local voters they need valid photo identification if they plan on casting a ballot at November’s general election. The notification came after the state Board of Elections [...]