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Virginia budget goes off the rails — again. Senate Democrats rejected a third, $85 billion proposal because it lacked Silver Line funding.
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— The 2012 Shad Planking, a curious Virginia political tradition involving the cooking and consumption of a bony, oily fish, will be held today. Former governor and senator George Allen will attend and make a speech; his Democratic rival Tim Kaine will not.
—Washington Airport Authority board members are expected to discuss the Dulles Metrorail project at a meeting this morning.