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Era of the Iron Fist: How Did Democrats Rule the House of Delegates?

Democrats complain about Republican heavy-handedness, but were they any better?

Democrats complain that Republicans are sidelining their bills without much consideration. But were Democrats any better when they had control of the House of Delegates?

False Prophets

Dr. Larry Sabato assesses where polling and analytics went wrong in 2016 election.

Dr. Larry Sabato and the election.

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New Lines, Old Problems

School Board approves redistricting plan 9a.

For the first time since 1999, the Alexandria Elementary School boundaries are shifting.

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Belmont to lead DRBA

Dennis Belmont, a resident and small business owner in the Del Ray community, was elected president of the Del Ray Business Association at the organization’s Jan. 16 meeting.

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Kaine Among Boys and Girls Club Gala Honorees

Benefit to be held February 10

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine will be among those honored Feb. 10 at this year’s Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys and Girls Club annual fundraiser.

Affordable Housing: 'Still Ground Zero'

Mixed progress since 2013 Housing Master Plan.

While the city has implemented some measures from its plan to expand affordable housing, other measures remain undone.

Angry Birds on the Road: Lawmakers to Crack Down on On-the-Road Screen Time

Texting while driving is already illegal, but what about all the other screen time?

Lawmakers in Richmond are a bunch of angry birds, frustrated at existing law they believe does not solve the problem of drivers devoting their attention to their handheld screen instead of the road.

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Angry Birds on the Road: Lawmakers Want to Crack Down on Screen Time

Texting while driving is already illegal, but what about Facebook and Twitter?

Lawmakers in Richmond are a bunch of angry birds, frustrated at existing law they believe does not solve the problem of drivers devoting their attention to their handheld screen instead of the road.

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Victims of Tribe-For-Rent Scam to Get $15 Million Payout in Settlement Agreement

15,000 Virginia victims get $6 million worth of predatory loans absolved, $9 million in cash awards.

The commercial features images of teepees and a tribal drumbeat. The company billed itself as having ties to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. But Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says that was nothing more than a fraud, a scheme he calls rent-a-tribe.

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Anti-Immigration Ban Rallies Held at Dulles

Demonstrators, volunteer attorneys and elected officials welcome travelers, extend help detainees.

Demonstrations sprang up at airports around the United States over the weekend, following an Executive Order by President Donald Trump that blocks travelers from seven largely Muslim countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — in the interests of more significant vetting and preventing would-be terrorists from entering the country.

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Chief Brown Sworn In

Citizens express support for new chief of police at swearing in ceremony.

Chief Michael Brown officially became Alexandria’s new chief of police on Jan 24.

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Thrill of Victory

Locals celebrate Trump inauguration.

The Alexandria Republican City Committee celebrated the inauguration of President Donald Trump with a gala held Jan. 20 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.

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Bipartisan Agreement Forged in House Panel on Reducing Suspended Driver’s Licenses

Republicans work with Cabinet officials to craft changes to let more people keep drivers licenses.

After Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe called on lawmakers to find a way to restore driver's licenses to people charged with crimes that had nothing to do with driving, Republicans responded. Now both sides are crafting a compromise that could end up being a hallmark of the 2017 session.

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Inauguration Day Duty

Local officers provide security for inaugural events.

More than 100 officers from Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria reported for duty during the pre-dawn hours of Jan. 20 to help provide security during Inauguration Day activities in Washington, D.C.

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An Ambassador and an Enforcer

Working in traffic enforcement.

Cheryl Fuller has been a traffic enforcement officer for the City of Alexandria for 20 years.

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