🐦 Youngkin drops the veto hammer (again)

Also: A $25,000 lingerie heist

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Today’s factoid of the day is: John Quincy Adams was an avid skinny-dipper. His regular exercise regimen included dips in the Potomac River.

Carl’s Corner

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— Carl 🥤| Intern @ Just Outside D.C.


Breaking down Virginia’s new budget deal.

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After months of back-and-forth, there’s finally been some middle ground regarding the new budget deal.

Here’s what went down:

  • The proposed digital sales tax on streaming and downloads is done for. It might come back up in the future, but for now lawmakers are gonna miss out on the $1 billion dollars in revenue this tax would have generated over the next two years.

  • Governor Youngkin vetoed more than 150 bills — including the legalization of retail sales for recreational marijuana and a fifteen dollar minimum wage by 2026.

And that’s just the stuff that actually went through. There’s still a ton of proposals on the docket which haven’t seen any action yet. You can read more about it here.

That’s all I got for ya today.

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  • It’s officially strawberry season. Check out these strawberry festivals happening this weekend in Bluemont as well as in Hamilton 🍓 

  • $24,000 of Victoria’s Secret lingerie was stolen in Prince William County. The suspects were caught by police at Tysons Corner Center.

  • George Mason University is increasing tuition costs by 3 percent for next year.

  • Dulles Airport is seeing record levels of international traffic since the pandemic.

  • A new pickleball facility is coming to Manassas sometime next month.

  • Taste of NoVA kicks off on Sunday.


  • Cirque du Soleil is at EagleBank Arena until the 25th.

  • Old Town Festival of Speed & Style | Alexandria’s free high-octane event is back for it’s ninth year of celebrating the speed and performance of exotic cars.

  • Big Screen on the Green | enjoy a family-friendly outdoor screening of Back to the Future! Food trucks and free kids activities will be there as well.

  • McLean Day 2024 | the annual festival is back with a weekend full of music, magic, carnival rides and more. More than 10,000 people are expected to come.

  • Tephra Arts Festival | over 200 artists and artisans from across the country will be at Reston Town Center this weekend.

  • Friday Night Live continues the DC area’s best free outdoor concert series tomorrow.

  • BrewWorks Festival | the Workhouse in Lorton is hosting an afternoon of craft beers, food trucks, music, and lawn games on Saturday.

  • Asian Festival on Main | this is a one-day, outdoor, family event back for the fourth year this weekend in Old Town Fairfax City.

  • Lucketts Spring Market | the wildly popular NOVA event celebrates its 24th year of live music, beer gardens, and over 200 vintage hip vendors all throughout this weekend.

  • Frühlingsfest is back for year three. Come enjoy a Saturday full of fresh springtime brews.


One of our readers, Lance, has this groundhog that lives in his backyard. You might have seen it before in a previous newsletter.

Lance recently discovered that the groundhog in his yard had three babies. Here’s a video of it with one of the pups… Cubs? Chucklings? I give up.

If you’ve got a cool pic or vid from around the DMV area, feel free send it our way via email or Instagram and we’ll put it in the newsletter!

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