Archive for July 2012

The 2012 campaign; A Kwame comeback; If DC had gotten the Games

July 31, 2012 - 02:23 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we looked at the 2012 campaign – Mitt Romney’s foreign trip, the campaigns’ willingness to distort their opponents’ words and the upcoming debates. Joining us: Politico Chief Political Columnist Roger Simon.

Washington Examiner reporter Alan Blinder talked about whether former DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown’s upcoming speech is a sign he may be considering comeback. (And we regret calling him Alan Binder on the air!)

In our second half hour, we looked at the Summer Games, which DC bid on seven years ago. Should we be glad we lost, or would hosting the games have been a worthwhile experience for the region? That’s the question we put to Joe Madison, Mary Abbajay and Mike Madden.

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RG III, the Nats and the Olympics; Donor disclosure; New DUI law

July 30, 2012 - 02:23 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, reporter Tom Threlkeld talked about Robert Griffin’s first practices as the Redskins’ starting QB. We also talked about the Nationals, who seem really, really seem to be for real, and whether NBC should show more Olympics events live. Tom blogs at the DC Pro Sports Report.

Politico’s Dan Berman talked about a court ruling that could force political action committees to disclose their donors.

And Kurt Erickson, head of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, discussed the stiffer sentences and fines that kick in this week in the District.

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O’Malley summons lawmakers; Fracking concerns; Kastles keep winning

July 27, 2012 - 02:30 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, live coverage of the press conference at which Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announced a special session for the legislature. That session, to commence August 9, will focus on the proposal to allow a casino in Prince George’s County. Del. Jay Walker, who represents the Oxon Hill area, joined us live to provide reaction to the governor’s announcement.

One day before an anti-fracking rally in the District, we looked at the environmental concerns that have been raised about the methods used to drill for natural gas. With us: Calvin Tillman, the former mayor of Dish, TX, and Chris Faulkner, CEO of Dallas-based Breitling Oil & Gas.

And Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein talked about his team’s bid to complete a second straight season without losing a match.

 

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Md. lawmakers to debate new casino; Region braces for cuts; Voter ID Laws

July 26, 2012 - 02:14 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Maryland state Del. Luiz Simmons discussed the news that Gov. O'Malley is poised to call the General Assembly back into session to consider casino gambling.  Simmons, a Montgomery County Democrat, opposes the legalization of Vegas-style gambling at National Harbor.

Jim Dinegar, head of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, talked about the impact deep cuts in federal spending would have on the local economy.  He also weighed in on Mitt Romney's criticism of President Obama.

And Talking Points Memo reporter Ryan Reilly discussed the wave of voter ID laws, which some fear could disenfranchise some voters. 

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Gun Control; Marion Barry; MD Gambling

July 25, 2012 - 02:31 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Dennis Henigan of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence talked about the need for better gun control laws in the U.S. following last week's massacre in Colorado.

Then, DC Councilman Marion Barry discussed the scandal surrounding Mayor Vincent Gray.

And, Maryland State Delegate Jay Walker and blogger David Moon of  'Maryland Juice' talked about the likelihood of a gambling referendum on the November ballot.

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Lanier reacts to Colo. massacre

July 24, 2012 - 02:16 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier talked about the massacre in Colorado and the call for reinstatement of the federal ban on assault weapons. We also talked about the attack on two gay men in Northeast, the officer being investigated for an alleged threat against Michelle Obama and the ongoing rash of smart phone thefts.


Wednesday at 10am: DC Councilman Marion Barry

 

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New allegations against Gray camp; Penn State sanctions; AIDS report card

July 23, 2012 - 12:22 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, former Gray campaign advisor Mo Elleithee and Peaceoholics cofounder Ron "Mo" Moten discussed the news that the Gray campaign obtained a list of public housing tenants, an apparent violation of federal law. Our discussion, which we dubbed Mo-Down II, also focused on whether candidate Gray knew that an extensive "shadow" campaign was being run in his name.

 

 

 

 


Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report offered analysis of the NCAA sanctions against Penn State University.

 

 


And Walter Smith of DC Appleseed talked about the non-profit’s recent AIDS report card involving the District.

 

 


Tuesday at 10am: DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

 

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Anger at Pepco; DC’s building height; Pressure on Romney

July 20, 2012 - 02:35 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner talked about the anger directed toward Pepco at this week’s public hearing. We also discussed complaints about the Public Service Commission’s oversight and the steps the utility needs to take to improve its performance.

Washington Post reporter Jonathan O’Connell discussed the potential easing of the District’s limit on building height.

And Republican strategist Bob Rusbuldt talked about Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital, the call for him to release more tax returns and his selection of a running mate.

MONDAY AT 10am: Mo Elleithee and Ron “Mo” Moten discuss the controversy surrounding Mayor Vince Gray.

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Support for Gray erodes; Prince George's Council Chair Harrison

July 19, 2012 - 01:07 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis discussed the paper's new poll, which found that more than half of DC's residents believe Mayor Vincent Gray should resign.

Then, Washington Times columnist Deborah Simmons, WPFW host Chuck Thies and Rev. Graylan Hagler talked more about whether calls for Gray's resignation are premature.

In our second half hour, we talked with Prince George's County Council Chairwoman Andrea Harrison.  Among the topics: gambling, the bid to lure the FBI to the county, and the search for a new superintendent.

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Riemer: Scrap the PSC; Health "Exchanges"; RG III Signs; Silver Line Project

July 18, 2012 - 02:31 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Montgomery County Councilman Hans Riemer urged  Gov. O'Malley to replace the Public Service Commission with members who'll regulation the state's utilities more aggressively.

Now that the Affordable Care Act has been upheld, states are creating health care "exchanges."  Politico deputy health care editor Joanne Kenen joined us to explain how they'll work.

SportsTalk's Alex Parker discussed the Redskins' signing of Robert Griffin III.

And Tony Howard, president of the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, talked about the extention of Metro into the county. 

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Pepco problems; Vincent Orange; Superintendent search

July 17, 2012 - 02:15 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Maryland state Senator Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery) talked about Pepco's perceived reliability problems and concerns that the Public Service Commission is failing to protect Pepco customers.  We also discussed the prospects for a special session on gambling. 

DC Councilman Vincent Orange announced the results of an audit by the Office of Campaign Finance, which he said gave his 2011 campaign a clean bill of health.  We also talked about the calls for Mayor Gray to resign.

Also today, the head of the Prince George's County Board of Education, Verjeana Jacobs, talked about the search for a new superintendent.

 

 

 

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Pres. Obama Exclusive; Voter ID Laws; Chief Ellerbe

July 16, 2012 - 01:54 PM
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ABC 7 Senior Political Reporter Scott Thuman joined us to talk about his exclusive interview with President Obama. We discussed Mr. Obama's comments about Mitt Romney's involvement with private equity firm Bain Capital.

Then, new voter identification laws could impact this fall's elections. Nicole Austin-Hillery of the Brennan Center for Justice, Prince William Co. Del. Bob Marshall, and Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney weighed in.

We spent our remaining half hour with DC Fire & EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerby.

 

 

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1-on-1 with Mayor Gray

July 13, 2012 - 01:25 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Mayor Vince Gray talked about the probe of his 2010 campaign and the calls for him to resign. We also discussed allegations that a DC police officer made threats against Michelle Obama. Later in the hour, we talked about Pepco’s response to recent power outages, his trip to China and the city’s new enhanced 911 service. 

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Mayor Gray Scandal; Penn State Report; DC Vote

July 12, 2012 - 01:42 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the fallout from DC Mayor Vincent Gray's alleged 2010 "shadow campaign," and the calls for his resignation. Our Sam Ford, Mark Segraves and Tim Craig joined us in-studio.

Mo Elleithee, a former Gray campaign aide, joined us by phone.In our second half hour, Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report talked about the report released today that criticizes several Penn State officials' handling of allegations of child abuse.

And, Ilir Zherka of DC Vote discussed Congress' efforts to imposing thier own personal political views on the people of the District of Columbia.

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Gray donor pleads guilty; Obamacare Repeal; Pr. George's Co.

July 11, 2012 - 02:05 PM
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Federal prosecutors continue to snag guilty pleas from people who worked on Vince Gray's 2010 mayoral campaign.  Tuesday's plea, involving donor Jeanne Clarke Harris, provided the public its most revealing look yet at what prosecutors have alleged was an elaborate "shadow campaign."  Today on NewsTalk, DCist.com's Martin Austermuhle talked about the growing scandal. 
Then, Adam Tragone of Human Events and Georgetown University public policy professor Judy Feder discussed today's the effort by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, again.

In our last segments, Brad Seamon, the top aide to Prince George's Executive Rushern Baker, talked about discontent with Maryland's public utilities, the search for a new superintendent, gambling and more.

 

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Global Warming Debate; Tax Cut Fight

July 10, 2012 - 02:09 PM
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 Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the issue of climate change. Dr. Michael Mann and ABC 7 Senior Meteorologist Bob Ryan discussed whether human activity is causing the planet to warm or if it's all just part of a natural weather cycle.

Then, Politico's senior editor David Mark talked about the fight over the Bush-era tax cuts.

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Presidential Race; Zimmerman Latest; DNA Exoneration; Kastles

July 9, 2012 - 01:35 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, James Hohmann of Politico spoke about the dismal jobs report, and the effect it will have on the race for the White House.
Attorney David Benowitz gave insight as to what we can expect when George Zimmerman goes on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
In our second half hour, defense attorney Peter Greenspun spoke about DNA exoneration. Particularly a new law in Virginia that discloses the DNA results of more than 70 people convicted of crimes.
And, Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein stopped in to talk about the upcoming season for the city's World Tennis Team champions.

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Ending Child Sex Abuse; Storm Damage Claims; Eating Mindfully

July 6, 2012 - 01:23 PM
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1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys in the U.S. will become the victim of sexual abuse before the age of 18. Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and John DeGout of the YMCA discussed their partnership to help stop the abuse.

Insurance agent Billy Simons shared some tips for filing claims on damages caused by last week's storm.

And, Clinical Psychologist and Author Susan Albers talked about her book "Eating Mindfully."

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Extreme weather; Silver Line advances

July 5, 2012 - 11:26 AM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the extreme weather we're experiencing locally -- and around the globe. From climate change and global warming to Friday's surprise "derecho," ABC 7 Senior Meteorologist Bob Ryan took us inside our wild weather.

And, Loudoun County has given a green light to Metro's Silver Line. Ken Reid, the decisive fifth vote, and Dave LaRock of LoudounOptOut.com joined us by phone. Times-Mirror reporter Trevor Baratko and David Alpert of Greater Greater Washington shared their thoughts on the project in-studio.

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Hite Leaving; Anderson Comes Out; Soberride; Silver Line Vote

July 3, 2012 - 02:40 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Washington Post reporter Robert McCartney talked about to Prince George's County school's superintendent Dr. William Hite Jr.and his decision to accept a position in Philadelphia.

We also discussed Ken Cuccinelli's job performance as Virginia's Attorney General.

In our second half hour, Metro Weekly reporter Chris Geidner spoke with us about Anderson Cooper's recent revelation that he is gay, and what it means for him as a journalist.

Then, Kurt Erickson of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program told us about the SoberRide campaign, and efforts to curb drunk driving this 4th of July. 

We also received a bit of breaking news from ABC 7 reporter Gail Pennybacker on the Loudoun County Silver Line decision.

 

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