Archive for January 2013

DC’s surplus; Tax downtown motorists?; Katrina recovery update

January 31, 2013 - 02:22 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis previewed the debate over what the District should do with its $400M surplus.

COG’s John Swanson talked about “congestion pricing,” which some cities use to ease traffic snarls.

Kurt Erickson offered advice on how to keep alcohol from ruining your Super Bowl party.

And lowernine.org’s Laura Paul talked about the New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

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Leopold Guilty; Metro's Construction Needs; Hypocrisy in Congress

January 30, 2013 - 02:11 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the misconduct conviction of Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold and the possible expulsion that lies ahead. WBAL Radio's Robert Lang joined us by phone with the latest.

Plus, live coverage of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' emotional statements during a Senate Judiciary committee hearing on curbing gun violence.

Then, Washington Post transportation columnist Robert Thomson, AKA Dr. Gridlock, shared his thoughts on Metro's long-term construction needs and the looming Rosslyn tunnel "fiasco."

And in our final segment, Josh Israel of the Center for American Progress talked about the lawmakers who supported disaster aid for their own districts but opposed aid for victims of super-storm Sandy.

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Finding the Political Center; Immigration Reform; Wizards Rebound

January 29, 2013 - 12:48 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with former RNC Chairman Michael Steele and former White House special counsel Lanny Davis about the search for bipartisan compromise. The pair has created new firm called Purple Nation Solutions.

And, Politico White House reporter Josh Gerstein discussed the new push toward immigration reform.

Plus, JP Flaim of 106.7 The Fan weighed in on the Wizards improved play, and Super Bowl XLVII.

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Long election lines; Death penalty repeal

January 28, 2013 - 02:13 PM
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Remember those long lines on election day? Some voters in Virginia waited more than four hours to cast a ballot. Today on NewsTalk, Rep. Gerry Connolly and Del. Luke Torian talked about a proposal to make future elections run more smoothly. We also talked about Gov. McDonnell’s transportation proposal and the Republicans’ controversial redistricting bill.

Then, Sen. Brian Frosh talked about Gov. Martin O’Malley’s bid to get Maryland to abolish the death penalty. Also on the agenda: gun control and transportation funding.

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Gov. McDonnell; Doug Gansler; Gun Control Rally; Filibuster Abuse

January 25, 2013 - 01:48 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we aired our interview with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who discussed his transportation plan. We also discuss the redistricting controversy.

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler also joined us to talk about his plan to keep the University of Maryland from payng the ACC exit fee.

Then, Grace Terpstra of the March on Washington for Gun Control talked about tomorrow's rally.

DC school board member Matthew Frumin discussed his bid for a seat on the City Council.

And Politico's Dan Berman talked about the modest changes in Senate rules that Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have agreed to.

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Roe Vs Wade Turns 40; New Gonzales Polls; Women in Combat; VA Redistricting

January 24, 2013 - 12:18 PM
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Forty years after Roe v. Wade, March for Life's Jeanne Monahan joined us with a preview of Saturday's anti-abortion rally in Washington. 
And, A new poll finds support for an assault weapons ban in Maryland. Residents are newly divided on the death penalty and opposition to the gas tax is strong. David Moon of Mayland Juice joined us by phone with analysis of latest Gonzales numbers. 
In our second half hour, Politico's Tim Mak discussed the lifting of the ban on women in combat.
And Sen. Donald McEachin (D) weighed in on the surprise redistricting vote in the Senate. Republican Dick Black was invited but chose not to join us.

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Surprise vote; Inauguration Day look-back; DC schools plan

January 22, 2013 - 03:06 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Sen. George Barker (D-Fairfax) talked about the surprise redistricting vote in the Virginia legislature. Republicans in the evenly-divided Senate are being criticized for rushing the vote through on a day when they knew a Democratic lawmaker would be out of town.

Reporters Suzanne Kennedy and Liz Essley talked about Inauguration Day.

And dcist.com’s Martin Austermuhle discussed Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s plan to close 15 DC schools.

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Latest on the gun debate; Lance Armstrong confesses

January 18, 2013 - 02:26 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the ongoing gun debate in America with Politico chief political columnist Roger Simon. 

In our second half hour, Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report joined us with a Ravens-Patriots preview. Also, the Nationals make a big free agent splash, the Capitals prepare for a shortened season, Lance Armstrong confesses to Oprah, and the questions surrounding Manti Te'o.

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DC Mayor Vincent Gray

January 17, 2013 - 12:42 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we had our monthly conversation with DC Mayor Vincent Gray. He talked about the upcoming inauguration, President Obama's decision to use 'Taxation Without Representation' tags, and Chancellor Kaya Henderson's school consolidation plan.

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WARL rescues Sandy victims; Rhee's Legacy; Capitals Preview

January 16, 2013 - 02:52 PM
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Today on NewsTalk we heard from two Washington Animal Rescue League volunteers who brought homeless animals back from New York.

And, With former DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee back in the spotlight, we took a look at her legacy at DCPS. Joining us: state board of education member Patrick Mara, former DC Councilman Sekou Biddle, WTOP reporter Mark Segraves and parent activist Suzanne Wells.

In our final segment Ben Raby, reporter for the Washington Capitals Radio Network previewed the Capitals 2013 season.

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Q&A with Chief Lanier

January 15, 2013 - 02:04 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier talked about security plan being readied for next week’s inauguration – and she offered advice for people planning to attend the festivities. She also discussed proposals to restrict access to certain firearms and ammunition, the drop in the city’s homicide rate and her effort to hire additional officers.

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Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; McDonnell's Agenda; Mild Winter

January 14, 2013 - 01:41 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. She discussed President Obama's 2nd term, the upcoming budget battles in Congress, the lack of diversity in Mr. Obama's cabinet nominations and the fight for DC budget autonomy.

Then, University of Mary Washington political analyst Stephen Farnsworth talked about Gov. McDonnell's agenda for this year's General Assembly session.
And meteorologist Brian van de Graaff discussed the mild start to winter.
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The Gun Debate; Greg Hall; McDonnell's Transportation Plan

January 11, 2013 - 02:41 PM
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Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger and State's Attorney John McCarthy joined in on the the debate over guns in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, CT.
We also talked with Prince George's County Democrat Greg Hall, the House of Delegates appointee rejected by Governor Martin O'Malley. He explained why he's continuing the fight to fill the seat vacated by Tiffany Alston.
And, Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen shared his opposition to Governor Bob McDonnell's transportation plan. 
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RG3 begins recovery; Whitman-Walker expansion; Del. Kumar Barve

January 10, 2013 - 02:29 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with Medstar Georgetown University Hospital surgeon Dr. William Postma discussed the recovery process Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is likely to face.

Then, Whitman-Walker Health CEO Don Blanchon joined us to talk about the new health facility planned for 14th Street NW.

And we talked about this year's Maryland General Assembly session with Del. Kumar Barve (D-Montgomery), the majority leader in the House of Delegates.

 

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Maryland Legislature Convenes

January 9, 2013 - 12:57 PM
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Today's show was broadcast live from Annapolis, as Maryland lawmakers returned for the start of this year's General Assembly session.

We were joined by Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George's County, Senate President Mike Miller (D-Calvert & Prince George's) and Gov. Martin O'Malley.
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Obama's 2nd term cabinet; RG3 injury update; MD & VA Gen. Assembly preview

January 8, 2013 - 02:19 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Politico's Reid Epstein shared his thoughts on the president's second term cabinet, and the looming showdown over Defense Secretary-designate Chuck Hagel. 
Then, we got the latest on Robert Griffin III from Washington Post Reporter Mike Jones.
In our second half hour, Del. Sam Arora (D-Montgomery) provided a preview of this year's Md. General Assembly session.

WAMU's Michael Lee Pope joined us in our final segment with a  preview of the Virginia legislature's 2013 session.


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Redskins Lose; RG3 Injured; Va Legislature Convenes

January 7, 2013 - 01:22 PM
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The Washington Redskins end the season with a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. To make things even more devastating, quaterback Robert Griffin III collapsed on the field in the fourth quarter.

Should the team's star QB have been left in the game so long? We talked with Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report. 

And, Virginia lawmakers return to Richmond this week. Will Gov. McDonnell fight for his transportation pledge? We discussed this and more with Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) and Jim Corcoran, head of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

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2-term bill gain momentum; ‘Skins-Seahawks preview; Bob McCartney

January 4, 2013 - 01:14 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Jim Gilmore talked about the bipartisan proposal to give Virginia governors the ability to seek a second term. The Old Dominion is the only state that limits its chief executives to one four-year term.

Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington/Fairfax), who will introduce a constitutional amendment bill in this year’s session, joined us by phone.

Jennifer Williams of CSNWashington.com previewed Sunday’s Redskins-Seahawks game.

And Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talked about former DC Councilman Michael Brown’s comeback bid and Bill Bolling’s announcement that he may run for governor as an independent.

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Fiscal Cliff fallout; Senate reform; DC Councilmember spending; Keeping resolutions

January 3, 2013 - 12:51 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, House Republicans are blasted for not bringing Hurricane Sandy aid to a vote. Republican strategist Bob Rusbuldt joined us to discuss the latest from the Hill.

And, Fix the Senate Now's Shane Larson talked about efforts to get the Senate to reform its rules.

In our second half hour, Washington City Paper reporter Alan Suderman discussed the lavish out-of-town spending by some members of the DC Council.

And fitness expert Josef Brandenburg shared tips on how to keep your New Year's resolutions.

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Moran on cliff deal; Ending slavery

January 2, 2013 - 02:22 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) talked about congressional approval of a tax measure that kept the U.S. from going over the fiscal cliff. Although most Democrats supported the bill, Moran did not. He believes the White House failed to use the leverage it had over divided House Republicans.

In our second half hour we discussed President Lincoln’s signing, 150 years ago this week, of the Emancipation Proclamation. Our guests: Columbia Univ. history professor and author Eric Foner, Georgetown’s Christopher Metzler and Beth Erickson of the Journey Through hallowed Ground Partnership.

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