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City State: Morning Roundup

- The Washington Times - Monday, December 12, 2011

David W. Wilmot and D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Graywill co-host a fundraiser for council member Yvette M. Alexander on Monday night at the home of D.C. developer Pedro Alfonso. Jeffrey Anderson reports in The Washington Times. The event, which brings together many of the interests in the effort to bring Wal-Mart to the District, comes as the D.C. Council awaits a second vote on an ethics bill crafted by Muriel Bowser that aims to reform pay-to-play politics.

Baltimore is steadily losing residents and its clout to the ever-growing and powerful Washington suburbs, a trend that likely will be reflected when new state legislative maps are released in the coming weeks, David Hill reports in The Washington Times. The city, which went from 10 to six state senators in the 2002 redistricting, has lost roughly 30,000 residents in the 10 years since. Meanwhile, Maryland's 23 other jurisdictions, especially Montgomery and Prince George's counties, have grown, according to the 2010 census figures on which the map will be based.

The District is losing patience with its Occupiers, the D.C. Examiner says.

Deep-blue Arlington County is expected this week to approve a lean legislative package for the 2012 General Assembly in a state Capitol likely to be controlled completely by Republicans, David Sherfinski reports in The Washington Times. Already considered somewhat of an outlier by much of deeply purple Virginia, the heavily Democratic, transit-oriented 26-square mile county was not treated kindly in Richmond during this year's legislative session.

A Richmond Circuit Court judge expects to rule this week on a complaint seeking to block Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's power to cast tiebreaking state Senate votes on organizational matters crucial to Republicans' plans to exercise control of the General Assembly's upper chamber, David Sherfinski reports in The Washington Times. State Sen. A. Donald McEachin, Henrico Democrat, filed the lawsuit on Dec. 5 seeking an injunction to temporarily prevent Mr. Bolling from breaking deadlocks on issues such as rules and organization of the chamber until a judgment on whether or not he has the constitutional authority to do so can be reached.

Johns Hopkins University is about to embark on yet another health study in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Upper Northwest built over a World War I chemical warfare testing grounds, The Washington Post reports. The new study, funded by the D.C. Health Department, will provide an updated community health portrait.

The District is trying to rein in promoters who rent out restaurants and taverns, like Heritage India, and then disappear after outbreaks of violence at their events, the Examiner says.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Policelost track of hundreds of state-owned firearms it issued to volunteer trainers in hunter education programs, creating a public safety risk and a potential misuse of federal money, the Baltimore Sun reports.

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