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Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella is The Washington Times' Metro editor. He can be reached at

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** FILE ** Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

IN OTHER WORDS: Game of ‘gotcha’ on Medicaid provision

The seemingly ever-escalating war of words between friendly rivals Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continued last week -- just in time to coincide with Mr. McDonnell's hosting of the National Governors Association's annual meeting held in Williamsburg, Va. Published July 15, 2012

Utility workers secure power lines as their team repairs electrical wires downed by fallen trees in Springfield, Va. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Power may be out for a week for some customers

Outages numbered in the hundreds of thousands for a second day, as officials warned residents across Maryland, the District and Virginia that power might not be restored until late in the week and crews worked in temperatures nearing triple digits to make repairs from a devastating storm that claimed more than a dozen lives. Published July 1, 2012

George Allen (right), a former Virginia governor and U.S. senator, greets voter Rod Wood of Fairfax Station at the Silver Brook Elementary School precinct in Fairfax Station on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Mr. Allen is running in the Virginia's Republican primary in an effort to reclaim the Senate seat he lost to Jim Webb, a Democrat, in 2006. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

IN OTHER WORDS: Allen has sporting response on UVa.

It's no secret that U.S. Senate candidate George Allen likes to sprinkle in sports metaphors while on the stump. One can hardly blame him: His father and namesake never had a losing season when he coached the then-Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins, and his brother Bruce Allen is the Redskins' general manager. Published July 1, 2012

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. (Associated Press)

IN OTHER WORDS: Turnover on D.C. Council not driven by voters

With the bow tied neatly on the political career of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. now has taken down two members of the 13-member legislative body in a scant few months. That's as many council members as D.C. voters have thrown out of office in total since the elections of 2004. Published June 10, 2012

Loretta Nowakowski, president of the Democratic Club at the Greenspring retirement commmunity in Springfield, chats with Democratic Senate hopeful Tim Kaine, who was there to court seniors. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

IN OTHER WORDS: Mr. Kaine on Mr. Smith in Washington

U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine kept things clean in discussing Social Security and Medicare, as well as a range of other issues, last week at a forum at the Greenspring retirement community in Springfield. Published May 28, 2012

Robert G. Marshall

IN OTHER WORDS: Va.'s Marshall says gay nominee not MLK

Virginia state Delegate Robert G. Marshall surely knew he wouldn't exactly get a friendly reception when he appeared on CNN on Thursday in the wake of the Virginia House of Delegates' Tuesday vote against the nomination of Richmond's chief deputy prosecutor Tracy-Thorne Begland, who is gay, for a judgeship in the city. Published May 20, 2012


IN OTHER WORDS: Cuccinelli makes a case for accuracy

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II will be the first to tell you he isn't afraid to stick his neck out and criticize fellow Republicans or those of similar political persuasions. Published May 13, 2012

IN OTHER WORDS: Everybody's laughing at retirement party

The Maryland Board of Public Works paid tribute last week to outgoing state Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley, but it was perhaps a little too uniform in its praise for the retiring Cabinet member. Published May 6, 2012

Harry Thomas Jr.

IN OTHER WORDS: A lawyer for all politicians in D.C.

From the District's lawsuit against him to his plea to stealing public funds, former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. has made few comments in public without a barrage of attorneys to insulate him from the heavy scrutiny of the media. Published April 29, 2012

** FILE ** Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist (Associated Press)

IN OTHER WORDS: Norquist goes after Saslaw

The indestructible force met the immovable object last week: Grover Norquist, the anti-tax advocate who presides over Americans for Tax Reform, dared to take on Virginia Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat. Published April 8, 2012

Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (The Washington Times)

IN OTHER WORDS: A whopper of a campaign story

Maryland state Sen. David R. Brinkley probably won't topple incumbent Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett in Tuesday's Republican congressional primary, but his campaign sure is going down swinging. Published April 2, 2012