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Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella is The Washington Times' Metro editor. He can be reached at mcella@washingtontimes.com.

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Longtime Gray campaign aide charged with lying to investigators

A longtime campaign aide of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to one count of lying to investigators in connection with a wide-ranging federal campaign finance probe — the fourth person affiliated with the 2010 campaign to plead guilty. Published August 12, 2013

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Federal probe of D.C. campaigns snares another Vincent Gray aide

A longtime campaign aide of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to one count of lying to investigators in connection with a wide-ranging federal campaign finance probe — the fourth person affiliated with the 2010 campaign to plead guilty. Published August 12, 2013

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is part of a delegation that traveled to Kuwait and Afghanistan this week to visit troops (Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense)

Virginia Gov. McDonnell travels to Kuwait, Afghanistan

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has put some distance between himself and a scandal involving gifts and loans from a wealthy Virginia businessman — about 7,000 miles — to visit troops in Kuwait and Afghanistan.. Published July 24, 2013

McDonnell won't say if he plans to repay donor for gifts to wife

Gov. Bob McDonnell says he has repaid $124,000 in loans from a wealthy Virginia businessman, but what remains unclear is whether the governor also plans to reimburse his benefactor for tens of thousands of dollars in gifts given to his family. Published July 24, 2013

** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

McDonnell apologizes, repays Jonnie Williams' loan

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday said he had repaid with interest tens of thousands of dollars in loans given to him and his family by a wealthy businessman and for the first time he apologized for the "embarrassment" the ongoing scandal has brought the state. Published July 23, 2013

Insurers can’t charge more for smokers in health exchanges

The board charged with implementing federal health care reforms in the District has voted to prohibit insurance companies from charging higher premiums to cigarette smokers, adding the city to a handful of states rejecting such surcharges because of the effect they have on poor families who are more likely to smoke. Published April 9, 2013

** FILE ** Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is the first speaker at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (C.P.A.C.) held at the Gaylord National Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 14, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Poll: Cuccinelli not 'too extreme' for Virginia

More Virginia voters think the political philosophy of Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II is “about right” than say the same about his opponent in the governor’s race, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, according to a new poll that challenges criticism among Democrats — and some Republicans — that the attorney general’s conservative views are too extreme for him to lead Virginia. Published March 27, 2013

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell this week stopped short of any wholesale changes to a transportation plan that will likely be his signature legislative achievement, but the under-fire Republican did propose a series of modifications. (Associated Press)

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell controls GOP fire

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell likely didn't quell a Republican backlash against him with a series of late-night amendments he added to legislation passed during the General Assembly session. But, analysts say, he also probably didn't make things much worse. Published March 26, 2013

Judge adds to jurisdictions’ speed-camera dilemmas

A judge in a county north of Cincinnati has issued a blistering ruling calling a small town's use of traffic cameras nothing more than a scam — a sensitive subject in the D.C. area where many motorists think automated enforcement is nothing more than a cash cow for local governments. Published March 13, 2013