D.C. Votes

On November 5, 2012, in DCView, by Focus Washington

By Colleen Flanagan

Tomorrow decides the fate of the next four years of our country, who will be occupying the White House come January, as well as numerous state and local issues included on the ballot. The polls will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm at various voting locations in D.C. and Maryland. In Virginia, polls will open an hour earlier at 6:00am and close likewise at 7:00pm.
This year’s election is unique because a record number of residents in the area took advantage of Early Voting. Over the past week, residents waited in lines for up to two-hours long to cast their ballot. The New Jersey government is allowing residents to email or fax in ballots due to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Today you can research ballot issues and follow Washington Post’s comprehensive guide to local and national elections. Tomorrow we here at Focus Washington urge you to get out and vote.

There are many ways to celebrate Election Day in D.C. including events at Busboys & Poets, The National Press Club, and various restaurants and venues around town. The Kennedy Center is featuring Election Night Jam to ring in the Election. One thing’s for sure, no matter where you go the live results will be prominently displayed.

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Superstorm Sandy Sweeps Across DC

On November 1, 2012, in DCView, by Focus Washington

By Mary Morgan

The hurricane indirectly hit the nation's capital

Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Atlantic coast this week, and left behind a stream of unparalleled northeastern wreckage. Sandy wreaked havoc in DC, Philly, New Jersey, New York City and Boston, and left some in historic states of emergency.

On Sunday night, the Federal offices of D.C. officially closed for Monday, and the majority of other companies followed suit. The metro and bus systems were also closed. The same occurred the next day, extending the closure through Tuesday. Most residents of Washington, D.C. worked from home, and waited for Sandy’s rude arrival, and her aftermath.

While it had been inevitable for DC to be effected by the storm, the degree of what the damage would be was unknown.

Due to the location that Hurricane Sandy ended up hitting shore, the storm sideswiped Washington instead of delivering a direct landing. Residents awoke Tuesday to find that even a dampened blow was enough to make its mark.

Massive power outages and extensive damage swept across the greater D.C. area. Trees fell into homes; roads were closed due to flooding. By 4 p.m. Tuesday, around 238,000 people in the Washington-Baltimore area had lost their power. Most power outages were concentrated in Northern Virginia, Bethesda and Rockville. The rising Potomac River gained six inches, and hovered inches away from its banks.

DC residents felt the storm in an additional way: This hurricane extended its reach into politics. Gallup suspended its nightly polling of the presidential race. State officials asked residents to bring political lawn signs inside, as to avoid them becoming projectiles. The presidential candidates suspended campaign appearances. Former governors George Allen and Timothy Kaine took breaks from their Senate race. Allen rested at home, and Kaine carved pumpkins with his children.

Much of the damage to the capital is being repaired swiftly. Work resumed Wednesday, and the metro lines returned to normal. Power is being restored, and trees are being removed.

While D.C. residents marvel at how their city was spared, their hearts and thoughts reach out to their northern neighbors. To the residents of New York and New Jersey, we at Focus Washington give you our deepest thoughts and sympathy, and hope that your lives are restored to normal as quickly as possible.

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Focus Washington: 2012 Election & Conventions

On September 6, 2012, in DCView, by Focus Washington


Qorvis‘ Chuck Conconi sits down with Ron Faucheux to discuss the 2012 election. The presidential race as close to a tie as an election can be as Republicans and Democrats focus on rallying their base and swaying undecided voters with their conventions. Democratic National Convention got off to a fast start with a lot of enthusiasm attendees while the Republican National Convention schedule had to get shuffled last minute to due to hurricane Isaac. The Democrats stand a chance to pick up some house seats, but republicans are likely to hold the majority. However control of the Senate is up for grabs.

Focus Washington: Wessel on the Politics of the Federal Budget

On August 24, 2012, in DCView, by Focus Washington

The budget deficit situation has never been this bad. The numbers have never been this large. Politicians are unwilling to compromise.

Focus Washington: 2012 Election: Is it the 99% v. 1%?

On July 31, 2012, in DCView, by Focus Washington

Bill Press, an astute observer of the American political scene, discusses the 2012 election with Focus Washington host and chairman at Qorvis, Chuck Conconi. The 2012 election comes down to a choice between somebody who comes from the 1% and will fight for the 1% or someone body who comes from the 99% and will fight for you. Do we go forward with Obama’s program or go back to the policies of Bush and Cheney? Why isn’t gun control part of this campaign?

DC’s Government Agencies Grades for July

On July 24, 2012, in DCView, by Focus Washington

A new system implement by D.C. mayor Vincent C. Gray, which allows residents of the district to grade their cities government agencies has found that city services are still just average but have improved over the past month. The innovative testing service, know as Grade DC concluded that residents are generally satisfied with the public works, transportation, motor vehicles, parks and recreation and business licensing agencies. To add your grades go to grade.dc.gov

The agency grades for the month of July are as follows:

DDOT = C+, DCRA = C+, DPW = B, DMV = C-, DPR = C


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Bob Cusack, editor of “The Hill” stops by Focus Washington to sit down with Qorvis’ Chuck Conconi to discuss the fundraising efforts of both Mitt Romney and President Obama, and Cusack weighs in on the 2012 congressional race.


Pollster Ron Faucheux, president of Clarus Research Group, stops by Focus Washington to discuss Romney’s win in Michigan, the outlook for Super Tuesday, and the battle for House and Senate seats. 


Sue Sheridan, president and chief counsel of the Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy, sits down with host Chuck Conconi to discuss electric transmission policy and FERC Order 1000.

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Dr. Ron Faucheux, President of Clarus Research Group and Washington pollster, talks to Chuck Conconi about the results of the Iowa caucus.

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Drew Chafetz, founder and CEO of Love.Futbol, stopped by Focus Washington to discuss the group’s accomplishments and future plans with host Chuck Conconi.

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Dr. Ron Faucheux, President of Clarus Research Group and Washington pollster, talks to Chuck Conconi about a new poll that shows Herman Cain as the strongest leader in the GOP race.

Bob Cusack, managing editor of The Hill, a congressional newspaper that publishes daily when Congress is in session, with a special focus on business, lobbying and political campaigns, stops by Focus Washington to discuss the Republican candidates, jobs, and the upcoming election.

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Thriller author Chet Nagle stops by Focus Washington to discuss his new book The Woolsorter’s Plague, which gives a fictional account of two terrorists that make an attack on the U.S. that was planned by Iran. Due to the recent failed attack on U.S. soil by Iran, Nagle and Conconi discuss the relevance of the books subject matter.

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Anne Forristall Luke, vice president of government affairs for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)  talks to Chuck Conconi about the obstacles facing the American Jobs Act and the difference infrastructure investments can make towards economic growth.

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Focus Washington: The Diminishing Washington Post

On August 31, 2011, in DCView, by Focus Washington

Chuck Conconi discusses the past and future of the Washington Post with the National Editor of the Washingtonian Magazine, Harry Jaffe. Jaffe discusses that while the Washington Post is a great newspaper, it does not have the national impact that it once did. Today, The Washington Post is struggling to keep up with the digital age and the many other newspapers in the country. Jaffe believes that with the right leadership, The Washington Post will return as the strong, national voice it once was.

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Laurel Ruma, Gov 2.0 evangelist for O’Reilly Media and co-chair of Gov 2.0 Expo, gives a sneak preview of sessions coming up at Gov 2.0 Expo, including City of Los Angeles, the first cloud computing deployment in the local government level. For more information about Gov 2.0 Expo, visit http://www.gov2expo.com.

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