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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 11/08/2010

Council Chairman-elect Kwame Brown announces transition team

D.C. Council Chairman-elect Kwame R. Brown said Monday he will use his eight-week transition period to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the council's operations to "improve the way the council does business" and to ensure that the government is more "open and responsive to residents."

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Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 07/13/2010

Council clears tracks for trolley cars

The D.C. Council made way for the first leg of a 37-mile trolley system Tuesday, passing legislation to allow the use of overhead wires along Benning Road and H Street NE.

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Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 05/27/2010

Gray's fence must be lowered or relocated

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's black aluminum fence must be reduced in height or moved off of the public right of way, a city committee ruled Thursday. In less than 30 minutes, the Public Space Committee determined that Gray's fence did not meet the standard for exceeding the District's...

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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 05/21/2010

Neighbors sign off on Gray's problematic fence

Council Chairman Vincent Gray got some good news Thursday night when his neighbors gave their seal of approval to his controversial fence.

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Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 05/18/2010

Economic development at play in the council chairman's race

With the rumbling of Metro as a backdrop, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty broke ground Tuesday morning on a mixed-use development at the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood station that is expected to bring new life to a gritty stretch of Ward 5. But there were politics at play as well beneath the...

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Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 04/15/2010

Senator threatens to block D.C. voting rights bill

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a leading sponsor of legislation to give the District a vote in the House, dampened expectations for voting rights advocates Thursday when he announced opposition to a bill scheduled to move forward as early as next week. Hatch, whose support for the effort had been critical...

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Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/23/2010

Cost to shut federal offices due to snow: $71 million a day

The cost of shuttering federal government offices for five days during this winter's historic back-to-back blizzards was an estimated $71 million a day. The new estimate from John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management and the man responsible for making the decision to shut down government, came during...

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Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 03/15/2010

Council hearing on Rhee, continued: Chancellor compared to 'Harry Potter' character

Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has been called many things. But it was likely a first Monday afternoon when a student from Hardy Middle School compared Rhee to the pernicious Harry Potter character, Dolores Umbridge, a cruel teacher at Hogwarts Academy. One by one, middle school students lined up in the...

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Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 03/15/2010

Teachers demand apology from Rhee at D.C. council hearing

Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee watched from the front row of the D.C. Council chamber Monday as educators fired by her administration last year demanded an apology and questioned her budget practices. About a half dozen former public school educators wore T-shirts that read: "I am not a child molester." The...

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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/11/2010

Business leader praises Fenty's record, not his approach

The leader of the largest regional business organization had high praise today for Mayor Adrian Fenty (D), though he stopped short of endorsing the mayor for a second term. Jim Dinegar, president of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, was careful to say that he often does not approve of...

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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/10/2010

Update: Fenty signs St. Patrick's Day cigar bill in time for celebration

There will be cigars on Saint Patrick's Day. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has signed legislation allowing a one-time exemption to the District's smoke-free laws for an annual March 17 gathering of Washington's government and business elite. The mayor's spokesperson Mafara Hobson was not immediately available for comment. Time was of...

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Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 02/24/2010

Same-sex marriage opponents appeal, advocates look to March 3

Same-sex marriage opponents are running out of time as they try again to block the District's new law allowing gay couples to marry from taking effect next week. Attorneys for Stand4MarriageDC and the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative legal organization, today appealed a court order that upheld a D.C. Board...

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Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 02/18/2010

Fenty sweeps on new court, besting kids at tennis

Adrian Fenty may not yet have a high-profile challenger in the upcoming mayor's contest, but he lived up to his reputation as a relentless competitor this morning in a surprising venue. While his abilities on the track and on a bicycle are well known, Fenty showed off his racket skills...

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Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 02/12/2010

Fenty responds to Hardball's Matthews

At a news conference Thursday, Mayor Fenty was asked to respond to criticism from MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews. To review, Mathews took aim at the mayor's handling of snow removal on "Hardball" on Wednesday and said Fenty needs some competition in his reelection bid this year. With or without competition,...

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Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 02/11/2010

Snow plows clear the way for Fenty

What's the fastest way to get your street plowed after a massive storm? Call a press conference with the mayor on your block. At least that's what one Southeast resident, Rhonda Young, assumed when she saw a plow clearing 18th Street to the pavement just minutes before Mayor Adrian Fenty...

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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 02/04/2010

Fenty seeks to modernize D.C. purchasing rules

It's certainly not as sexy as subpoenas, but how the District spends its money on goods and services is something all taxpayers should care about. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) held court this morning in the lobby of the hulking One Judiciary Square building to announce a complete rewrite of...

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Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 02/02/2010

Council targets Fenty's pal Skinner in parks probe

The Council made it crystal clear today that they do not take kindly to those who "thumb their noses" at the government. In this case, the absence of one of their star witnesses -- Sinclair Skinner -- in the ongoing probe into the mayor's parks and recreation contracts. The council...

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Posted at 05:50 AM ET, 02/01/2010

About Ann E. Marimow

I am new to writing about the District, but not to politics. I rode the bus with McCain in New Hampshire the first time, saw Schwarzenegger smoking stogies in Sacramento and now Fenty apparently jogs by my house in Ward 4. Politics is driven by personality and we've got plenty...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  05:50 AM ET, 02/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 01/28/2010

Labor leader presses Fenty on sick-leave law

Valarie Long, vice president of local chapter 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, pressed Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) today to immediately finalize new rules to implement the District's paid sick-leave law. Regulations are needed, Long wrote in a letter, "to ensure businesses understand and take seriously their responsibilities and...

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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/20/2010

Michael Brown ponders challenge to Fenty

Council member Michael Brown (I-At Large) sure sounded like a man preparing to run for mayor at his lunchtime media roundtable today. Brown, who was first elected to the council in 2008, said he would consider taking on Mayor Adrian Fenty in a general election contest if Council Chairman Vincent...

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Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 01/07/2010

D.C. taxi commission chair a no-show at council

The star witness planned for the council's hearing today on the taxi industry was a no-show. To the consternation of council members on the dais, the Fenty administration declined to make D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Leon J. Swain Jr. available this afternoon because of his role in an ongoing federal...

By Anne Bartlett  |  06:01 PM ET, 01/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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