Archive for 'Politics'

Herring’s landmark tuition ruling draws as much criticism as praise

Herring’s landmark tuition ruling draws as much criticism as praise

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) As students chanted, “Si, se puede” — “yes we can” — Attorney General Mark Herring declared via legal interpretation what state lawmakers failed to do through legislation. Bolstering his reputation for [...]

Congressional candidates take to the television airwaves

Congressional candidates take to the television airwaves

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Democratic candidates vying to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) who are willing to shell out campaign funds for TV ads are exploring ways to reach Alexandria voters in [...]

City council approves $636.8 million budget

City council approves $636.8 million budget

By Erich Wagner (File photo) City councilors adopted a $636.8 million budget last week, making permanent a half-cent hike in property taxes and a slew of other levy and fee increases, nearly without incident. A year [...]

Limiting police license plate readers

Limiting police license plate readers

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) Several Virginia lawmakers plan to file legislation restricting police use of controversial automatic license plate reader (ALPR) technology, though others have yet to take a public stance. Police use of ALPR [...]

State AG broadens in-state tuition eligibility

State AG broadens in-state tuition eligibility

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring declared Tuesday that even students who entered the United States illegally are eligible for in-state tuition. “If the commonwealth is to remain competitive in a global [...]

Food trucks head into homestretch

Food trucks head into homestretch

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) Fans of the nearly ubiquitous mobile eateries that have taken the region by storm in recent years can whet their appetites: Food trucks are poised to roll into the Port [...]

Extended meter hours spark debate

Extended meter hours spark debate

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Business leaders remain undecided on whether extending parking meter hours will be a boon or bust for shops and restaurants. City councilors discussed, as part of City Manager Rashad Young’s proposed [...]

Taxes, fees set to increase in fiscal 2015

Taxes, fees set to increase in fiscal 2015

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Despite earlier directing City Manager Rashad Young to craft a budget without increasing real estate taxes, city councilors reversed course Monday, authorizing a half-cent hike meant to restore funding to popular [...]

Old Town fire engine to stay put, West End goes without

Old Town fire engine to stay put, West End goes without

By Erich Wagner (File photo) When the Alexandria Fire Department’s newest station opens in Eisenhower Valley later this year, it will have everything it needs — except an engine and firefighters. An agreement reached by city [...]

Beyer leads fundraising race

Beyer leads fundraising race

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) To say that former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer got his congressional campaign off on the right foot would be an understatement. The Alexandria Democrat took in $668,498 in contributions between January [...]