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Sophie Kaplan

Sophie Kaplan

Sophie Kaplan is a metro reporter for The Washington Times covering D.C. government as well as Maryland and Virginia government. She previously reported for PolitiFact, MediaFile, USA Today and The Hanover Evening Sun. Contact her at [email protected].

Articles by Sophie Kaplan

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'The President Is Missing' predicted to boost Maryland economy

The Maryland Film Office is celebrating the millions of dollars that movie and television productions have spent in the state and anticipates more positive economic activity when a new Showtime series begins filming in the Free State. Published October 16, 2019

Every voting booth was filled by Madison County voters Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, as they filled out their paper ballots in Ridgeland, Miss. Voters have a number of races to consider, including judiciary and federal offices and some local issues. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

D.C. Council hears support for letting jailed felons vote

The legislation, co-introduced by the entire D.C. Council, would make the city after January 2021 the first jurisdiction in the country to restore the right to vote to incarcerated felons. (Maine and Vermont never took away the right to vote for prisoners.) As the law stands right now in the District, convicted felons can vote only after fully completing their sentences. Published October 10, 2019


D.C. Council to weigh bill escalating fight against cooperation with ICE

The D.C. Council will consider emergency legislation on Tuesday prohibiting city agencies from cooperating with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers without a warrant, an escalation of the clash with the Trump administration that Chairman Phil Mendelson said was consistent with the city's approach "toward the federal government's inability to deal with immigration." Published October 7, 2019

D.C. residents plea for lawmakers to address gun violence

The mother of a young man who was gunned down in Southeast in August pleaded Thursday at a D.C. Council hearing for something to be done about the disproportionate amount of violence her community faces and the lack of resources it has to address it. Published October 3, 2019

Chesapeake Climate Action Network Action Fund members block traffic along Independence Avenue and 12th Street Southwest near the National Mall in Washington, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. A broad coalition of climate and social justice organizations are disrupting the morning rush hour commute. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Climate change activists plan second D.C. morning rush hour shutdown

Climate change activists are planning another morning rush hour shutdown for Friday in downtown Washington -- their second this week -- amid criticism that traffic-stalling protests create more frustration and pollution than awareness. Published September 27, 2019

This photo taken Oct. 16, 2013 shows marijuana clone plants that are used to grow medical marijuana displayed under a light, at The Joint, a medical marijuana cooperative in Seattle. It took nearly 15 years after voters approved it for medical marijuana to become available in the District of Columbia, but the next major change to the district’s pot laws is on the fast track. The D.C. Council is poised to approve a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot, and Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray supports it. He could sign the bill into law as early as January.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) **FILE**

D.C. Council hears comments on marijuana allowance for workers

A representative for building contractors stressed Wednesday the importance of drug testing in her industry during a D.C. Council hearing on legislation that would bar local businesses from testing job applicants who use medical marijuana. Published September 25, 2019

Hundreds of climate activists took to the streets of downtown Grass Valley, Calif., during Friday's global climate strike. People took part in world-wide protests of government inaction on climate change before the the U.N. Climate Action Summit on Monday. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)

Climate protesters shut down intersections across D.C.

Climate change protesters blocked downtown D.C. streets by shackling themselves to each other, pipes -- even a sailboat -- during Monday's morning rush hour to draw attention to their cause under the banner of #ShutdownDC. Published September 23, 2019

First lady Melania Trump, center, and Department of Interior assistant secretary Rob Wallace, left, participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with students from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Washington to re-open the Washington Monument, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington. The monument has been closed to the public for renovations since August 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Melania Trump joins schoolchildren in reopening of Washington Monument

First lady Melania Trump kicked off the Washington Monument's reopening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent Jeff Reinbold and fourth-graders from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Southwest Washington, among others. Published September 19, 2019