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2011 a rosy year for suburban Maryland’s Purple Line

But despite making major strides, the light rail project must still run the funding gauntlet By Jimm Phillips Stephanie Young, 22, sat outside the Bethesda Metrorail station in suburban Maryland earlier this month, waiting for the J2 bus to take her back to her home in downtown Silver Spring. She faces two equally slow commuting … Continue reading

Christmas tree sales a boon for cash-strapped D.C. schools

By Jimm Phillips Many community groups hold Christmas tree sales as a fundraiser around the holidays — including parent-teacher associations for several D.C. public schools. But unlike most other groups, the success or failure of these school groups’ fundraisers could mean the difference between a school being able to pay for arts education, extracurricular activities … Continue reading

AU b-ball fans flock to Eagles’ home opener

As it becomes increasingly likely that the prolonged NBA lockout will become a complete season killer for U.S. professional basketball teams like the Washington Wizards, college teams will become the only game in town for fans looking for a hoop fix. Members of AU’s fanbase got their first glimpse Wednesday night of how the Eagles … Continue reading

Less than two months until Iowa for ‘Romney and the rest’

CNN’s John King: Tea party has upended GOP’s historical preference for giving prez nod to candidate who’s waited his turn by Jimm Phillips AUDIO: CNN anchor John King discusses the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination during a speech at American University. The off-year state elections in Virginia, Mississippi, Ohio and elsewhere just concluded … Continue reading

Bipartisan agreement in a hyperpartisan Congress

Transportation infrastructure act would double as ‘jobs bill’ By Jimm Phillips Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) are about as far apart politically as you can get in the U.S. Senate. Boxer ranked as the eighth most liberal Democrat in that body in a 2007 National Journal ranking; Inhofe ranked as the eighth … Continue reading

Planned Parenthood targets Mississippi ‘personhood’ constitutional amendment

Women’s health care rights under ‘unprecedented attack,’ group’s political director says By Jimm Phillips Election Day 2012 is nearly a year away, but controversial women’s health group Planned Parenthood is already practicing its abortion rights talking points. The group is campaigning against a ballot initiative on the ballot next week in Mississippi that would amend … Continue reading

AUDIO STORY ANALYSIS – “Rubio Tries To Clarify How His Family Left Cuba”

Jimm Phillips Audio Storytelling (COMM-596-003-2011F) Prof. Olmsted AUDIO STORY ANALYSIS – “Rubio Tries To Clarify How His Family Left Cuba” Link: http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=141663197&m=141663184 TRT 3:58 One of a politician’s best campaign tools is a compelling personal history – an experience or family background that he or she can use to connect with groups of voters and … Continue reading

Napolitano, House GOP clash over controversial weapons sting

GOP leaders call Fast and Furious ‘fundamentally flawed’ By Jimm Phillips U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sparred with several House Republicans during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday over questions about her department’s involvement in the botched Operation Fast and Furious weapons sting operation. The controversy ultimately stems from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, … Continue reading

Control of the House, 1981-2011

The last few election cycles have resulted in dramatic changes in the make-up of both houses of Congress. In the house of Representatives, control has gone from the Republicans tot he Democrats – and then back to the Republicans. But it’s certainly not the first time there’s been volatility in Congress, as the chart below … Continue reading

Contributions to Roscoe Bartlett, 2009-2010

Today we analyzed campaign contribution data to create maps using GeoCommons and Google Fusion. Ideally the final analysis map would break campaign contributions down by county, but a GeoCommons analysis limit prevented me from going beyond mapping individual contributions by city. Link: http://geocommons.com/maps/93807