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Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella

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

Articles by Matthew Cella

** 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

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling won't make independent bid for Virginia governor

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced Tuesday he would not run for governor of Virginia, putting to rest months of speculation about whether he would pursue an independent bid in a lengthy statement that also warned of what he described as a sharply partisan turn in state politics. Published March 12, 2013

D.C. Council votes to reprimand Jim Graham

The D.C. Council on Monday voted 11-2 to reprimand one of its own members based on a report that concluded he acted inappropriately by influencing the city's lottery contract. Published February 25, 2013

D.C. Council reprimands Graham

The D.C. Council voted 11-2 Monday to reprimand one of its own members based on reports that concluded he acted inappropriately by influencing the city's lottery contract. Published February 25, 2013

Sen. Mark R. Warner, Virginia Democrat (The Washington Times)

Warner won’t make bid to return to Virginia governorship

Sen. Mark R. Warner said Tuesday he will not run for governor of Virginia next year, ending speculation that picked up steam earlier this month when the popular politician said he was thinking about seeking his former job again. Published November 20, 2012

D.C. man sentenced for phone threats against Amtrak

A D.C. man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison for phoning in bomb threats to Amtrak that resulted in train delays in November 2011 and January, prosecutors said. Published November 7, 2012

An arbitrator ruled Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe retaliated against the president D.C. firefighters union by transferring him to another job and seeking to manufacture a justification for the move. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

D.C. arbitrator: Fire chief guilty of retaliation

D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe unlawfully retaliated against the president of the city firefighters union by transferring him from his work assignment and seeking to manufacture a justification for the move, an arbitrator has ruled. Published October 30, 2012

**FILE** Jonathan Ogden retired after a 12-year career with the Ravens. (Associated Press)

IN OTHER WORDS: Threatening words in casino fight

Former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden came under scrutiny last week from opponents of a Maryland gambling referendum after he appeared in a television ad supporting casino expansion. Published October 28, 2012

A traffic speed enforcement unit was set up in the Ninth Street tunnel in Northwest on Tuesday. D.C. Council members, citing constituent concerns, are considering lowering the fine from speed cameras to $50 per violation. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

IN OTHER WORDS: Budgeting for lower speed camera fines

The fight over traffic cameras in the District took center stage last week, after a trio of D.C. Council members introduced a bill to cap fines at $50 for certain violations that currently put motorists on the hook for $100 or more. Published October 21, 2012