Archive for December 2012

The Year in Sports

December 31, 2012 - 01:31 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we recapped the good, bad and ugly moments of local sports in 2012.

While 2012 didn't bring any championship trophies to the capital region, it sure feels like things are moving in the right direction.

Joining us for our look back at the year in sports: ABC 7/NewsChannel 8's Britt McHenry, Brian Jackson of Comcast SportsNet and Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report.

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Annual year in review show

December 28, 2012 - 03:36 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with former Rockville mayor Steve Van Grack, Prince George's civic activist Sharrarne Morton, and former Fairfax mayor John Mason about some of the biggest stories of 2012.

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Your taxes & the fiscal cliff; Redskins-Cowboys preview; Mary Hynes

December 27, 2012 - 02:50 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with CPA Joey Musmar about end-of-year tax planning and the impact of going over the fiscal cliff.

Former Cowboy and Redskin tight end Jean Fugett joined us to discuss Sunday’s highly anticipated clash between the two teams. 

And Mary Hynes talked about her year as chair of the Arlington Board of Supervisors.

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Road funding; A smaller inaugural; DC statehood

December 26, 2012 - 01:28 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed local leaders’ plea for more transportation funding from Richmond and Annapolis.

Our guests: Bowie Councilman Todd Turner, chairman of the regional Transportation Planning Board, and Alexandria Vice-Mayor Kerry Donley, a member of the TPB.

The board recently urged state lawmakers to boost road and transit funding. Good Morning Washington’s Scott Thuman talked about why President Obama’s second inaugural is likely to be smaller – and less of a spectacle – than his first.

And DC Vote’s James Jones discussed the DC statehood bill, the push for budget autonomy and why the White House refuses to put the city’s “Taxation Without RepresentatIon” license plates on the president’s limo.

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Redskins hope for playoff run; Giving back this season

December 25, 2012 - 01:19 PM
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DC chaos effecting donations?; Former reporter seeks office

December 21, 2012 - 12:42 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we carried, then discussed, House Speaker John Boehner's post-Plan B press conference.

Then:  The Catalogue for Philanthropy's Barbara Harman talked about the impact fiscal cliff uncertainty is having on charitable donations.

Former reporter Elissa Silverman joined us to talk about her decision to seek a seat on the DC Council.

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Q&A with Mayor Gray

December 20, 2012 - 02:18 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Mayor Vince Gray talked about the shooting in Newtown, the Council’s rejection of funding for additional police officers, UDC’s decision to oust President Allen Sessoms and the proposed budget autonomy referendum.

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Redskins now in league's top tier

December 20, 2012 - 02:12 PM
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The nation’s sports commentariat has taken note of the Washington Redskins resurgence.

A check of the large and growing bushel basket of NFL power rankings finds a remarkable consensus: The Redskins have muscled themselves into the league’s top tier.

In fact, of the nearly three dozen power rankings compiled by the DC Pro Sports Report, the vast majority – 25 of 33 – put the Redskins eighth. Others have the club between ninth and 13th (except for the Baltimore Sun which, remarkably, thinks the ‘Skins are the seventh best squad in pro football).

Washington appeared to be out of it back on November 4 when they fell to the lowly Panthers, 21-13, their third loss in a row. Since then, the team has won five straight (their longest winning streak since 2005), a run that puts them atop at the NFC East at 8-6.

Here’s a sampling of what people are saying about the club’s prospects now:

Don Banks/CNN-SI (has the Redskins at 8, up from 11 last week):
“Washington's five-game winning streak makes it the hottest team in the NFC, and the franchise's first division title in 13 years is tantalizingly close to coming to fruition. That makes this week's game against the wounded and beaten down Eagles quite dangerous.”

SB Nation's Joel Thorman (has the Redskins at 8, up from 10):
“This is actually happening. The Redskins have arguably the best shot at a playoff spot among NFC East teams given the final two weeks of the schedule. RGIII in the playoffs? Yes, please.”

Sporting News (puts Washington at 11, up from 12):
“Sure, rookie running back Alfred Morris and rookie backup quarterback Kirk Cousins showed the Redskins aren't all just about RG3, but you can bet they'll be happy to have him back healthy for a surge into the playoffs.”

Why are the Redskins gaining respect? Blogger Tom Threlkeld says a lot of teams that played well early – like the Ravens, Steelers and Giants – have stumbled.

In addition, folks took notice of how the team played without its star QB last week. “A lot of people were particularly impressed by the Cleveland win,” Threlkeld says.

As for the remainder of the regular season, Threlkeld – a Redskins fan since childhood – admits he’s a bit nervous. “We’ve seen how the Redskins handle adversity – quite well. What we don’t know is how they’ll handle prosperity.”

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Montgomery Executive Leggett; Michael Brown

December 19, 2012 - 01:42 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we spoke with Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, about the tragedy in Newtown, gun control, transportation and the battle with Fairfax over jobs.

In our second half hour, soon-to-be-former DC Councilman Michael Brown said he's likely to run in the April 23 special election, but he did not commit.

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Q&A with Chief Lanier

December 18, 2012 - 03:59 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier talked about the shooting in Newtown, school security and the debate over guns. We also talked about the shooting of a mother and child on a Metrobus, the device found behind an MPD substation and efforts to expand the DC police force. 

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School tragedy prompts review of gun laws

December 17, 2012 - 01:16 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the shooting in Newtown, CT. Our focus: access to firearms and the diagnosis and treatment of mental health ailments.

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson joined us for the first half hour, ABC 7 national political reporter Rebecca Cooper the second.

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Rice Withdraws; Federal Worker Satisfaction; Social Host Liability; Operation Christmas Miracle

December 14, 2012 - 12:21 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Rachel Smolkin, White House editor for Politico joined us to discuss United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice decision to withdraw her name from consideration to be appointed Secretary of State. Plus, the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations. 

Lisa Rein of the Washington Post share analysis of the seventh annual "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" survey.

In our second half hour, Madelyn Flannagan of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America discussed the risks associated with hosting a holiday party at your home.


And, David Treadwell, Executive Director of Central Union Mission joined us to spread the word about Operation Christmas Miracle 2012. 

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Immigration reform panel; America's health rankings; Fiscal cliff

December 13, 2012 - 02:57 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked to Politico Congressional reporter Seung Min Kim, Dan Stein of the Federation for American Immigration Reform and Frank Sharry of America’s Voice.

Then, we spoke with Dr. Sandra Nichols of UnitedHealthcare Clinical Services about America's health ranking.

And ABC7's Scott Thuman came on to discuss what Congress is going to have to do about the looming fiscal cliff.

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Mara Announces DC Council Bid; Anita Bonds

December 12, 2012 - 02:40 PM
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 Today on NewsTalk, DC State Board of Education member Patrick Mara (R) announced plans for to run for the At-Large DC council seat in April's special election. 
And, DC Councilwoman Anita Bonds (D-At Large) joined us for her first in-depth interview since her selection to the panel.
In our final segment, Washington Blade reporter Michael Lavers discussed the Supreme Court's decision to hear two same-sex marriage cases.
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DC Dems chose Bonds; Tax prep Q&A

December 11, 2012 - 02:17 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Washington Examiner reporter Alan Blinder talked about the selection of Anita Bonds to serve on the DC Council.

Then, we got tax advice from CPA Joey Musmar, who talked about the impact ‘fiscal cliff’ uncertainty is having on family finances.

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10th Anniversary Show: Rep. Van Hollen; RGIII Injured; Bob Ehrlich

December 10, 2012 - 12:57 PM
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We celebrated the 10th Anniversary of NewsTalk today. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined us to discuss the negotiations over the fiscal cliff, entitlement reform and more.

In our second half hour, Dr. David Geier, Director of Sports Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, discussed the knee injury suffered by Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

And our first guest back on 12/10/2002, former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich, discussed the fiscal cliff negotiations and the future of the Republican Party.

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‘Skins-Ravens preview; CEOs prepare for cliff; Nancy Navarro

December 7, 2012 - 03:48 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Washington Post reporter Gene Wang previewed Sunday’s clash between the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens.

Jim Dinegar, head of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, talked about the business community’s apprehension about the fiscal cliff talks.

And we talked with Nancy Navarro, newly-elected president of the Montgomery County Council, about the issues the panel will face in the coming year.

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McCartney on politics; Va. road funding; Construction hiring

December 6, 2012 - 02:43 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we got Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney’s take on a host of local issues, including the paper’s report that the Gray campaign promised donors their names wouldn’t get reported to agency that oversees city elections. We also discussed the nomination of Greg Hall to the Maryland General Assembly, Doug Duncan’s comeback bid and former-Rep. Tom Perriello’s decision not to run for Governor.

Bob Chase of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance discussed Gov. McDonnell’s pledge to general new road and transit funding.

And Tommy Cafcas of Good Jobs First talked about the challenge of getting area construction firms to hire DC residents.

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Jake Tapper; DC Council Hopefuls

December 5, 2012 - 02:15 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper talks about the fiscal cliff, the president's second term and his new book, "Outpost."

In our second half hour, we talked with John Capozzi and Doug Sloan. They are hoping to fill the DC Council seat that became vacant when Phil Mendelson was elected to chairman. DC Democrats will decide who will serve until a special election is held in April.

Anita Bonds, Chair of the DC Democratic Party is also vying for the appointed. Bonds declined to appear on our show.

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‘Skins top the Giants; An end to full disclosure?; Fixing the Senate

December 4, 2012 - 02:19 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, sports blogger Tom Threlkeld talked about the Redskins’ impressive victory of the New York Giants, a win that puts the team firmly into the playoff chase and has energized sports fan around the area.

We got two perspectives on a bill now pending before the DC Council – a measure that would prohibit employers from asking about job-seekers about their crime records until after a job offer has been tendered. Washington Times columnist Deborah Simmons and Raymond Bell of the HOPE Project joined us for that.

In the last segment, Larry Cohen of the CWA, speaking on behalf of the “Fix the Senate Now” coalition, discusses the group’s campaign to get the Senate to modernize its rules.

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