Archive for April 2012

Nickles on Thomas; Md. cities wait on Annapolis; ‘Skins draft picks

April 30, 2012 - 01:05 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, former DC Attorney General Peter Nickles talked about former Councilman Harry Thomas Jr., who gets sentenced this week following his admission that he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in city funds. We also discussed controversial comments – perceived by some as immigrant-bashing – made by Councilman Marion Barry.
Scott Hancock, head of the Maryland Municipal League, talked about the legislature’s failure to adopt a key budget bill, a failure that has made it difficult for local government leaders to plan for the new fiscal year.
And ESPN 980’s Chris Russell talked about the Redskins’ selections in this weekend’s NFL draft.
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Tuesday at 10am: Local real estate update.

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Metro fare hikes; RG3 becomes a Redskin; A Largo casino?

April 27, 2012 - 11:55 AM
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Today on NewsTalk, WTOP’s Adam Tuss talked about Metro’s fare hike, which kicks in July 1. We were then joined by Washington Post reporter Fred Kunkle, who talked about whether Loudoun County will opt out of the Silver Line financing plan.
Tom Threlkeld talked about the Redskins selection of Robert Griffin III and the Capitals upcoming series against the Rangers.
And Maryland businessman Charles Hopkins made the case for a casino next to the Magic Johnson Theaters in Largo.
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Monday at 10am: The impact of Maryland’s budget uncertainty on local governments

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Immigration case; Tragedy in PG; Caps win

April 26, 2012 - 01:51 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Politico’s Josh Gerstein talked about Arizona vs. U.S., a case that that will be decided this spring by the Supreme Court. At issue: whether states can enforce federal immigration laws.
Prince George’s Fire Chief Marc Bashoor talked about the death of five people in Oxon Hill whose home apparently had a carbon monoxide leak.
And Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report discussed the Capitals dramatic Game 7 win over the Boston Bruins.
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Friday at 10am: Will Metro raise fares? Will Loudoun opt out of the Silver Line? Also, the NFL draft.

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MD lawmakers prepare to meet again; Race and the law

April 25, 2012 - 02:48 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the possibility that the Maryland General Assembly will have not one, but two special sessions in the coming weeks. Joining us: Sen. Jim Rosapepe, Del. Brian Feldman and Del. Kelly Schulz.
Then, Prince George's County's top prosecutor, Angela Alsobrooks, discussed her upcoming town hall meeting on race and the law.
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Thursday at 10am: The Caps-Bruins series goes the distance

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Leggett Q&A; PG Valor Awards

April 24, 2012 - 02:02 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett talked about the Maryland legislature’s failure to vote on key issues and the impact the “doomsday” budget could have on the county. We also talked about the proposed ambulance fee, transportation, the redevelopment of Wheaton and rumors of a Doug Duncan comeback.
Then, Prince George’s County Police Lt. Jimmy Simms previewed this week’s Valor Awards luncheon. He also described his encounter with an armed man on Mother’s Day, 2011.
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Wednesday at 10am: Sen. Jim Rosapepe, Del. Brian Feldman and prosecutor Angela Alsobrooks

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Should Loudoun opt out?; Zimmerman posts bail; DC taxi fares

April 23, 2012 - 12:59 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked about whether Loudoun County should opt out of the Silver Line financing program. While many Loudoun residents welcome the arrival of Metro, others worry about the cost, and critics cite the transit agency’s management challenges and labor policies. We spoke with Loudoun Supervisor Ken Reid and Tony Howard, head of the county Chamber of Commerce. Legal analyst A. Scott Bolden talked about George Zimmerman’s appearance in court late last week. As of this morning, Zimmerman is free, awaiting trial on second murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin. And Pete Tucker of thefightback.org talked about the rise in taxi fares in DC, and the confusion that may result when some cabs charge new fares while others charge current rates.

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Tuesday at 10am: Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett

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Prom safety; Vincent Orange; Caps win

April 20, 2012 - 12:25 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Montgomery County Police Capt. Tom Didone talked about prom safety with Meg Baker of the “Keeping is Safe” Coalition.
DC Councilman Vincent Orange discussed the break-in at the DC Auditor’s office, the debate over the Mayor’s supplemental budget, tension between Mayor Gray and Chairman Brown and his primary victory.
And, Tom Threlkeld talked about the Capitals win over the Boston Bruins last night and violence in the NHL.
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Monday: Should Loudoun County join the Metro compact?

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Chief Magaw; Va. budget approved; Servathon

April 19, 2012 - 01:13 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw talked about the department’s new “Transforming Neighborhoods” Initiative, pedestrian safety and more.
Virginia state Sen. Chap Peterson talked about the chamber’s approval – on its fourth try – of a budget for FY13. The plan leaves out the Metro funding sought by Democrats.
And Greg Roberts of Greater DC Cares previewed the volunteer event Servathon 2012, which starts tomorrow.
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Friday at 10am: Prom season safety, DC Councilman Vincent Orange and a recap of Caps-Bruins game 4.

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Legislative upheaval in Md., Va.; Scandals rock Secret Service, GSA

April 18, 2012 - 02:46 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talked about the Maryland legislature’s failure to vote on key bills before they left town. Their failure leaves the state with an out-of-balance budget and the presumption that Gov. Martin O’Malley will call a special session. We also discussed the gridlock in Richmond over funding for Metro’s Silver Line, a snag that leaves the state without a budget for FY 2013.
Politico’s Isaac Dovere talked about the scandals that have engulfed the Secret Service and General Services Administration.
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Thursday at 10am: Prince George’s Co. Police Chief Mark Magaw

 

 

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Alexandria ruling; Battleground states; Caps-Bruins; Tax day protest

April 16, 2012 - 01:24 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, WAMU reporter Michael Lee Pope talked about the setback a zoning panel dealt to Alexandria’s planned waterfront makeover plan. Politico’s David Mark looked at the battleground states that will likely decide who wins the White House this fall. Ben Raby previewed game 3 of the Caps-Bruins series, set for tonight at Verizon. And This is Our DC’s John Butler previewed the group’s tax day protest, designed to highlight the steps many corporations take to avoid paying taxes.

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Tuesday at 10am: Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-Prince George’s) and DC Councilman Vincent Orange

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Stewart announces for Lt. Governor; Obama says no to gay order; Biking increase

April 13, 2012 - 02:07 PM
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On today's NewsTalk, we sat down with Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart. He discussed his decision to run for Lietenant governor in 2013, and weighed in on key issues like transportation, and illegal immigration.

In our second half hour we dicussed President Obama's decision to not sign an executive order banning discrimination agains gay federal contractors.

Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson expressed the disapointment felt among gay rights activists in the President's decision.

And, Shane Farthling of The Washington Area Bicyclists Association talked about the growing number of cyclists on the road.

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Monday at 10am: WAMU reporter Michael Lee Pope

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Trayvon Martin Case; Nats Home Opener; Caps Playoff Series

April 12, 2012 - 11:30 AM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the latest developments in the Trayvon Martin case. We were joined by former federal prosecutor Jim Shellack, and Christopher Metzler, Senior Associate Dean at The Georgetown University School of Law.

In our second half hour, we went live to Nationals Park as the team prepared for today's home opener. ABC7 reporter John Gonzalez gave us a glimspe of the excitement felt by fans in and outside of Nats Park.

Tom Threlkeld of DC Pro Sports Report analyzed the team's chances of success this season, and gave his thoughts on what we can expect tonight from the Caps as they kick off their playoff series with the Boston Bruins.

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Tomorrow at 10am: Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart

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Santorum out; Md. Assembly falters; Q&A with Kwame Brown

April 11, 2012 - 02:44 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, ABC 7’s Scott Thuman and Politico’s Roger Simon talked about Rick Santorum’s decision to suspend his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, a move that effectively launches the general election battle between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Maryland state Del. Tony O’Donnell discussed the legislature’s failure to finish its work by Monday’s midnight deadline. And DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown talked about the skirmish between the Mayor’s office and the Council over nearly $80 million in new spending.

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Thursday at 10am: The latest on the Trayvon Martin case. Also, a preview of the Capitals-Bruins series and the Nationals home opener.

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Md. legislature falters; Reversing racing’s decline

April 10, 2012 - 01:32 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the Maryland legislature’s failure to resolve several high-profile measures before the clock ran out last night at midnight. Joining us: Sen. Jamin Raskin (D-Montgomery) and Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s).
Washington Post racing columnist Andrew Beyer talked about the decline in horse racing in Maryland – and what other states are doing to draw people back to the track.
And author Alan Uke discussed his new book, “Buying America Back,” which recommends that products have more information about where they were made, so consumers who prefer to ‘buy American’ can do so.
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Wednesday at 10am: More on the Md. legislature’s struggles and DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown

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NOM’s battle against gay marriage; Norton on GSA scandal

April 9, 2012 - 01:28 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage talked about their call for investigation into the disclosure of their donor list. Also, the charge that NOM’s political strategy involves “driving a wedge” between gays and African-Americans.
Then, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton talked about the GSA scandal, the planned DHS consolidation on the old St. Elizabeth’s site and the Trayvon Martin case.
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Tuesday at 10am: A recap of the Maryland General Assembly’s 2012 session. Also: the future of horse racing.

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Barry apologizes; Baker on casino bill; The Masters

April 6, 2012 - 02:01 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, WPFW radio talk show hosts Eugene Kinlow and Chuck Thies discussed the uproar triggered by Marion Barry’s comments about Asian-owned businesses.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker talked about legislation that would allow a casino at National Harbor.
And Capital Golf Weekly host Dave Lucas discussed the Masters, Tiger Woods’ resurgence and the ban on female members at Augusta National.
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Monday at 10am: Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage

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Nats Park impact; Delaney’s win; Autism diagnoses

April 5, 2012 - 01:54 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher talked about the impact Nationals Park has had on the neighborhood surrounding the ballpark. David Moon, a blogger who covers Maryland politics, talked about John Delaney’s upset win over state Sen. Rob Garagiola in the 6th District primary. And CSAAC’s Ayda Sanver offered thoughts about the rise in Autism diagnoses.

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Friday at 10am: Can Tiger Woods win the Masters? And why does Augusta National ban women?

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Election analysis

April 4, 2012 - 02:01 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed Tuesday’s primaries in DC and Maryland. While most incumbents were re-nominated, one race – between Vincent Orange and Sekou Biddle – remains too close to call. We also talked about Mitt Romney’s 3-for-3 performance, which has led many analysts to conclude that the race for the GOP nomination is just about over. Joining us today: Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis and Ward 8 Democratic activist Philip Pannell. Former elections board spokesman Bill O’Field called in with information about the upcoming vote-count. Our national politics panel consisted of ABC 7’s Scott Thuman, Politico’s David Mark, Adam Tragone of Human Events and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich.

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Thursday at 10am: How much economic impact has Nationals Park had? Also, Delaney beats Garagiola in Md. primary.

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Q&A with Mayor Gray

April 3, 2012 - 12:43 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with DC Mayor Vince Gray about his FY ‘13 budget proposal, speed cameras, red light cameras, the “jock tax”, today’s primaries and the probe of his 2010 campaign.
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Wednesday at 10am: Reaction and analysis of Tuesday’s primaries and interviews with the winners.

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Muse on gambling, TRIM; Pedestrian safety; PG shootings; Medical marijuana

April 2, 2012 - 01:41 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, state Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s) talked about the proposal to allow a casino at National Harbor, the attack on property tax caps and his bid to defeat Sen. Ben Cardin in tomorrow’s primary.
Neha Bhatt, head of the DC Pedestrian Advisory Council, discussed pedestrian safety and speed cameras.
And reporters Mark Segraves and Deborah Simmons talked about the rash of shootings in Prince George’s County and DC’s new medical marijuana cultivation regulations.
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Tuesday at 10am: DC Mayor Vince Gray

 

 

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