Archive for October 2012

Sandy cleanup; Brown rivals close in; The rise and fall of Circuit City

October 31, 2012 - 01:08 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we looked at the mammoth cleanup challenge facing state and local leaders in New York and New Jersey. Our guest: Homeland Security editor David Silverberg, who recently wrote a book on the role of leadership in disaster response. Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis talked about DC Councilman’s bid for another term. Brown has been dogged by missteps in his personal life, leading to speculation Tuesday’s battle with several challengers could be close. In our last segment, former Circuit City CEO Alan Wurtzel talked about the consumer electronic chain’s 60-year rise and demise. We also talked about corporate strategy and the latest trends in retail.

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Football risks; Presidential race; Office exercise; Electric cars

October 26, 2012 - 02:47 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with Washington Post reporter Rick Maese about the growing number of parents having second thoughts about letting their kids play football.

With just 11 days to go until election day, Politico's Roger Simon joined us to discuss the  race for the White House.

Fitness expert Josef Brandenburg demonstrated some office-appropriate moves to keep yourself in motion from 9 to 5.

And, with electric cars becoming increasingly popular, Joan Rohlfs, head of energy resouces at COG, discussed plans to increase the number of charging stations in the Washington area.

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DC Mayor Vince Gray

October 25, 2012 - 01:49 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with DC Mayor Vincent Gray. He discussed the preparations underway for Hurricane Sandy, speed camera fines, and the inquiry launched by the SEC into audits handled by the city's CFO Natwar Gandhi.

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Fairfax leader warns of slowdown; Questions for DC CFO; Hill author

October 24, 2012 - 01:53 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova talked about transportation improvements coming to the County, the impact of cuts in federal spending and the bond questions voters will decide next month.

Washington Post reporter Nikita Stewart talked about the SEC inquiry into internal DC CFO audits that the office has declined to make public.

And author Ira Shapiro discussed the lack of bipartisanship in Washington. His new book is called “The Last Great Senate.”

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Redistricting; Frederick charter amendment; DC ethics

October 23, 2012 - 02:07 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, our Vote 2012 debate series focused on the Maryland redistricting referendum and Frederick County’s charter government question. The former would invalidate the congressional boundaries the state legislature approved following the 2010 census. The Frederick question would replace Frederick’s Board of Supervisors with an elected Executive and Council. Lawmakers Michael Hough, Kathleen Dumais and David Brinkley were our guests for these segments.

Alex Burns and Christopher Metzler talked about Monday night’s debate.

And in our last segment Robert Spagnoletti, chairman of the DC Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, talked about the panel’s work.

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Boy Scouts list revealed; RG3 shines in ‘Skins loss; Referendum update

October 22, 2012 - 02:49 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Washington Examiner reporter Scott McCabe talked about the Boy Scouts of America’s ‘perversion files,’ decades-old files that describe the organization’s efforts to remove Scout leaders and volunteers suspected of child molestation. Lawyers for abuse victims say many of the perpetrators were never prosecuted.

Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report talked about the Redskins’ loss to the Giants and the International Cycling Union’s decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles.

And political analyst David Harrington discussed the ballot questions Maryland voters will decide Nov. 6. 


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Candidate debate; Ethics reform & speed cameras

October 19, 2012 - 02:32 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we spoke with three candidates running for an At-Large seat on the DC Council – independents A.J. Cooper and Leon Swain, and Ann Wilcox of the Statehood-Green party. We covered a variety of issues – including ethics, education and jobs.

Then, DC Councilman Tommy Wells talked about ethics reform, the turmoil within the CFO’s office, the Graham investigation and whether speed camera fines should be lowered.

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The 2012 campaign; Preventing diabetes

October 18, 2012 - 01:49 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) about the 2012 campaigns, the looming 'fiscal cliff' and the revolt in Syria.

Then, Republican strategist Bob Rusbuldt shared his thoughts on the second presidential debate and the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress.

In our final segment, fitness expert Matt McKinnis talked about the fight against diabetes.  On Saturday, the third annual Stepping Out to Stop Diabetes Walk will be held at the National Harbor.


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Question 7; Question B; Obama-Romney 2

October 17, 2012 - 01:17 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren talked about Question 7, which would allow Las Vegas-style gambling in Maryland. He talked about the company’s plans for National Harbor, the ad campaign funded by a competing firm and gambling addiction. A NewsTalk exclusive.

We looked at Question B with Marc Zifcak, past president of the Montgomery County FOP. The police union opposes Question B, which deals with “effects bargaining.” No one from the Council or the County Executive’s office would participate in our conversation.

In our last segment, the DNC’s Juan Sepulveda and Adam Tragone of Human Events offered analysis of Tuesday night’s presidential debate.

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DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier

October 16, 2012 - 12:49 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we had our monthly interview with DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

She talked about the arrests in the Eastern Market assault, and a new effort to bring attention to cold cases.

Chief Lanier also shared her thoughts on the Washington Post series analyzing the city's homicide closure rate.

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The DREAM Act; Ads spark outcry; Walter Smith

October 15, 2012 - 12:29 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: Should students who grow up in Maryland qualify for in-state tuition – even if they came to this country illegally? That’s the question voters are being asked to decide on Nov. 6. Our first guests, Delegates Anne Kaiser (D-Montgomery) and Kathy Afzali (R-Frederick), disagree about the DREAM Act. Their debate runs two segments.

We also talked about those controversial new ads now appearing in four Metro stations. We were joined by Mudusar Raza, head of the Maryland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

In our last segment, DC Appleseed’s Walter Smith talked about budget autonomy, the future of UDC and CareFirst’s use of its surplus.

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Battleground Virginia; Alexander vs. Moten

October 12, 2012 - 02:17 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Brian Moran, chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party, and Corey Stewart, co-chairman of the Romney campaign in Virginia, talked about the Biden-Ryan debate, the battle for Virginia and the Allen-Kaine Senate race.

Then: Ward 7 DC Councilwoman Yvette Alexander (D) debated her challenger, “civil rights Republican” Ron Moten.

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DC Council debate

October 11, 2012 - 01:50 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, our Vote 2012 debate series continued with the race for DC Council At Large.
Joining us: Incumbents Vincent Orange (D) and Michael Brown (I) and challengers David Grosso (I) and Mary Brooks Beatty (R).
We discussed a range of issues, including Council ethics, internet gambling, education, speed cameras and corporate tax avoidance.
Next week we’ll hear from the rest of the field.

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Friday at 10am: Brian Moran, chairman of the Va. Democratic Party, debates Romney surrogate Corey Stewart. Also, CM Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) debates challenger Ron Moten (R).

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Sandusky Sentenced; VP Debate Preview; Nats vs Cards; Jauhar Abraham

October 10, 2012 - 02:45 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Legal Analyst Jim Shalleck discussed Tuesday's sentencing of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Then, we discussed the latest presidential polls and previewed tomorrow's vice-presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky.
Plus, John Gonzalez talked with us live from Nationals Park ahead of the team's first home playoff game.
And, Jauhar Abraham discussed his bid to replace DC's Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry.
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Md. marriage debate; Is “Redskins” racist?

October 9, 2012 - 12:29 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, our “Vote 2012” debate series focused on Question 6, the Maryland ballot measure that would give gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s Co.) supports Question 6; Del. Tony O’Donnell (R-Southern Maryland) opposes it.

We then looked at whether the name “Redskins” is racist, a derogatory reference to Native Peoples that should no longer be used. We heard from former NFL player Jay Walker, who now represents Prince George’s County in the Maryland legislature. He believes the team should change its name. And we talked with Kansas City Star Public Editor Derek Donovan and Washington City Paper Editor Mike Madden.

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Nationals Win; RGIII Injured; MD Gambling Debate

October 8, 2012 - 12:45 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, the Washington Nationals win their first playoff game against the Saint Louis Cardinals.

Meanwhile, Redskins fans are recovering from Sunday's loss against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons. Another cause for concern, starting Quarterback Robert Griffin III's "mild concussion."

Then, the gambling debate continues in Maryland. We talked with Montgomery County Delegate Lou Simmons and Prince George's County Delegate Jay Walker about the impact of expanding gambling in the state.

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DC Crime Lab; Budget Autonomy; NHL Lockout

October 5, 2012 - 02:17 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we got an inside look at DC's new crime lab. The 351,000 square foot facility brings crime and medical investigators into one place. We were joined by Max Houck, head of the District's Department of Forensic Services.

Then, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton discussed the latest developments in the fight for budget autonomy in the District. Other topics included; President Obama's performance in the 1st presidential debate, and crime concerns in the Fort Totten neighborhood.

In our last segment, USA Today Hockey Reporter Kevin Allen joined us by phone to discuss the NHL lockout.

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Presidential Debate Wrap; Muriel Bowser

October 4, 2012 - 02:22 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we wrapped up Wednesday night's presidential debate in Denver, CO. Joining us to discuss: Former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich (R), Maryland Delegate Heather Mizeur (D), and journalists Scott Thuman and Deborah Simmons. Then, Ward 4 DC Councilwoman Muriel Bowser the growing frustration from Metro riders, and Pepco's rate hike.

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Nats Win NL East; Doug Gansler; Pres. Debate Preview

October 3, 2012 - 01:45 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, the red hot Washington Nationals topped the show. We talked about the excitment surrounding the team and the hopes for a successful post season. SportsTalk "After the Game" host Alex Parker and former Washington Senators PA announcer Charlie Brotman joined us by phone.

And, MD Attorney General Doug Gansler talked about a program offering aid to distressed homeowners in the state.

Then, Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of Political Science at University of Mary Washington talked about what we can expect from the candidates at tonight's presidential debate in Denver, Colorado.

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Lee Boyd Malvo Speaks; SCOTUS Preview; Nats Clinch Division; Voter 101

October 2, 2012 - 02:51 PM
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Today on NewsTalk we marked the 10-year anniversary of the DC Sniper Attacks. Robert McCartney of The Washington Post discussed the 2002 attacks and the paper's recent interview with gunman Lee Boyd Malvo.

Then, Ken Jost of CQ Press gave us a preview of the Supreme Court's coming term.

And, the Nationals clinch the NL East. Tom Threlkeld of DC Pro Sports Report had more on that and what lies ahead for the Nats.

Plus, Dave Bjerke and Margie Roher provided some great information about what to expect on election day.

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