John McCaslin (no stranger to winning polls) gives props to colleague Kara Rowland in today’s “Inside the Beltway.”

    Kara Rowland, a business reporter for The Washington Times, took first place in the inaugural “Rising Star” competition at the FishbowlDC Web site — www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlDC — winning 60,000 votes of the 180,000 cast in the online poll…

    “Kara is a fantastic reporter, with a light touch when appropriate, who is able to write about complicated technology issues in a manner that readers can easily understand,” said Cathy Gainor, business editor for The Times. “Plus, she is supercompetitive.”