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Washington-area population increase slowing down, census figures indicate

After decades of expansion, new census numbers show that population growth in the Washington region has slowed dramatically, with Fairfax County, Arlington and Alexandria losing population over the past year.Read full article >>

Arlington won’t call 105-year-old Wilson School historic

The Arlington County Board voted against declaring the century-old Wilson School a historic building Saturday, clearing the way for its demolition and the development of a school eight times its size. Read full article >>

Fairfax budget would leave schools, county workers a little short

Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors agreed Friday to the major components of a 2016 budget that would keep property tax rate the same but leave school officials and county employees frustrated.The nearly $4 billion spending plan includes...Show More Summary

Democrats lose challenger in Spotsylvania race

Traci Dippert has dropped her campaign against Virginia state Sen. Bryce Reeves (R), a blow to Democrats vying to take control of the legislature’s upper chamber. Dippert, a Democrat, said she was unable to balance her teaching career with the demands of a campaign.Read full article >>

Arlington to boost school budget, spend more on economic development

Arlington County Board members will add $6.18 million to the school budget, put $900,000 into new economic development efforts, and spend $200,000 to hire their own auditor, they agreed Thursday in advance of next week’s budget vote.Read full article >>

Fixing error in Va. ethics bill proves to be not so simple

RICHMOND — House and Senate leaders plan to use a rare procedural move Friday to get their latest ethics bill back on track, allowing lawmakers to fix an error in one of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s amendments and claim credit for striking another blow against the Capitol’s freebie culture.Read full article >>

Alexandria postpones ribbon-cutting at firefighter-less fire station

Alexandria officials have postponed a Saturday morning ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled at a new fire station in order to give the city time to decide how and when to assign firefighters to the station.Read full article >>

Del. David Ramadan, vocal critic of Dulles Greenway tolls, to call it quits

RICHMOND — Republican Del. David I. Ramadan will not seek a third term in the House of Delegates, two people familiar with his plans said Tuesday.Ramadan, who represents parts of Loudoun and Prince William counties, began informing fellow...Show More Summary

McAuliffe amendment glitch appears to put a $100 lifetime limit on gifts

RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe set out to impose stricter ethics standards on Richmond, but he seems to have gone farther than he intended.McAuliffe (D) made an amendment to an ethics bill, seeking to limit the value of gifts that any individual lobbyist can shower on a single public official to an aggregate of $100 a year. Show More Summary

Morrissey to seek Va. Senate seat as an independent

RICHMOND — Former state delegate Joseph D. Morrissey said he will continue his quest for a state Senate seat as an independent after a judge ruled on Tuesday that Democratic primary ballots could be printed without his name.Read full article >>

Frustration and worry in Fairfax e-mails about police commission

Fairfax County Executive Edward J. Long tried to block the appointment of a longtime community activist to a newly formed police commission out of concern that he would push for a citizens advisory panel, internal county e-mails show.Read full article >>

Va. Board of Elections votes to decertify some voting machines

RICHMOND — The Virginia Board of Elections on Tuesday voted to scrap a type of voting machine used by dozens of local governments, including Fairfax City and Arlington County, after identifying security concerns.Read full article >>

O’Malley, Webb appear before Iowa Democrats as Clinton waits in the wings

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s potential Democratic rivals made pitches to a party gathering here Friday night, with both telling activists that more needs to be done to protect the American Dream.Read full article >>

In traffic-clogged Northern Virginia, officials vie for limited state funds

Northern Virginia officials are vying for about $351 million in state transportation funds that would help ease some of the region’s worst traffic congestion.The lobbying for money from a 2013 state transportation-funding law is mainly...Show More Summary

McAuliffe ‘bans the box’ on state job applications

RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Friday ordered state agencies to remove from their employment applications questions that would disqualify job seekers on the basis of a criminal record.McAuliffe (D) signed an executive order to “ban...Show More Summary

Debate over ‘religious freedom’ bills becomes an issue in Va. House race

RICHMOND — The national firestorm over an Indiana law that some say legalizes discrimination against gay and lesbian people has spilled over into a Virginia House of Delegates race. Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) is defending the Indiana law, to the chagrin of his Democratic challenger, Don Shaw, who called the effort “offensive.” Read full article >>

Judge dismisses felony indictment against Va.’s Joe Morrissey

RICHMOND — A judge on Wednesday dismissed a four-count felony indictment against Joseph D. Morrissey, the former Virginia lawmaker who spent his nights behind bars during the recent legislative session.Read full article >>

Loudoun’s Sen. Black listed as ‘enemy’ by ISIS, along with Rick Santorum

RICHMOND — A magazine published by the Islamic State has put Virginia state Sen. Richard H. Black on very short enemies list.The publication, Dabiq, singles out Black (R-Loudoun) along with two others it describes as “crusaders,” former U.S. senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and CIA veteran and author Gary Berntsen.Read full article >>

Formerly jailed Va. legislator says Democrats trying to sink his Senate bid

RICHMOND — The former Virginia legislator who commuted to the Capitol from jail accused Democratic leaders Tuesday of trying to thwart his bid for state Senate, saying they tossed out legitimate signatures he had collected to get on the ballot for the June primary.Read full article >>

Jewish group presses Virginia bar to reverse decision to drop Israel trip

The American Jewish Committee and several Jewish state legislators continued to press the Virginia State Bar on Monday to reconsider its decision to cancel a seminar in Israel over securities procedures the bar described as “discriminatory.”Read full article >>

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