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Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 07/23/2011

Cheh calls for Thomas to resign

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh said it would be “very difficult” for her colleague, Harry Thomas Jr., to serve residents following his decision to settle a city lawsuit against him.

By Tim Craig  |  01:41 PM ET, 07/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Fenty friend Skinner takes aim at D.C. Council, Graham

Sinclair Skinner, one of former mayor Adrian M. Fenty's friends at the center of the investigation into parks and recreation contracts handed out under the previous administration, issued a biting statement Monday accusing District government leaders of being "synonymous with corruption, scandal and mismanagement."

By Tim Craig  |  01:05 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  City Life, D.C. Council, Jim Graham, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Biddle opens a well-staffed office for council race

Interim DC. Council member Sekou Biddle (D-At large) opened his campaign office Sunday as he gears up for the April 26 citywide election, telling a room of supporters they have to move at "light speed" to fend off more than a half-dozen potential challengers.

By Tim Craig  |  09:06 AM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  April 26 special election, D.C. Council, Josh Lopez, Joshua Lopez, Kwame Brown, Marion Barry, Mary Cheh, Mayor Fenty, Sekou Biddle, Vincent C. Gray, Vincent Orange, vincent gray

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Thomas defends nonprofit, pledges to turn over documents by deadline

Thomas said his attorney plans to hand over the documents related to his nonprofit organization, Team Thomas, on Tuesday morning, and he defended the group as a "noble organization that I'm proud to have."

By Ann Marimow  |  12:11 PM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 05:29 AM ET, 10/05/2010

Cheh calls for longer school day

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) will introduce a bill Tuesday to extend the school day for 45,000 District public school students by at least a half hour, an effort to give kids more classroom instructional time.

By Tim Craig  |  05:29 AM ET, 10/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 09/20/2010

D.C. mayor's race is over, but tensions persist as council returns

Gray was mobbed by reporters who all wanted to talk about one thing: Would he consider keeping Michelle Rhee in light of her characterization of the election results as "devastating for the schoolchildren of Washington, D.C."? Even though the election is officially over, the lingering tensions between the council and the Fenty administration remain. The council Tuesday will try to override two bills the mayor rejected during the recess period in a "pocket veto."

By Ann Marimow  |  01:15 PM ET, 09/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 08/26/2010

Gay Republicans protest GLAA ratings

Two gay Republicans running for the D.C. Council this year are protesting the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance candidate rankings that were released Wednesday, which rate the Democratic incumbents higher than their GOP challengers on gay rights issues. The election rankings, distributed to gay voters through the Washington Blade and...

By Tim Craig  |  12:00 PM ET, 08/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 08/03/2010

Council rejects Fenty's bid to extend summer jobs

In a 9 to 2 vote Tuesday, the D.C. Council rejected a plan by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to extend a summer jobs program for seven days for about 20,000 youths, by diverting $4.3 million from a federal poverty program. With the Sept. 14 primary election weeks away, several council...

By Nikita Stewart  |  12:16 PM ET, 08/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 06/29/2010

D.C. Council votes to take over beleaguered hospital

The D.C. Council voted Monday afternoon to approve emergency legislation that would create a city-run non-profit to manage the beleaguered United Medical Center in Southeast Washington. The District will auction off the hospital next week unless an agreement can be reached with the current owner, Special Hospitals of America, over...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  05:03 PM ET, 06/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 06/24/2010

Council rebuffs Nickles request for more time on public records

Attorney General Peter Nickles' request for more time to respond to public requests for government information is unlikely to gain traction in the Council, where two members -- Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) -- have introduced legislation to increase access and transparency. Nickles said the District...

By Ann Marimow  |  10:10 AM ET, 06/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 06/17/2010

Clock is ticking on Gray's fence

The clock is ticking for Council Chairman Vincent Gray to do something about his fence. He has 30 days to relocate or lower the black aluminum fence that surrounds his Hillcrest home, according to a letter dated June 9 from the District's Public Space Committee. Last month, the committee ruled...

By Ann E. Marimow  |  12:07 PM ET, 06/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 06/15/2010

D.C. council allows liquor sales on Sunday, July 4

Liquor stores in the District will be able to sell booze on July 4, which happens to fall this year on a Sunday, when such sales are usually prohibited. The council approved the exception Tuesday, but not without some protest from members, including Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), who said, "the...

By Ann Marimow  |  03:26 PM ET, 06/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 06/15/2010

D.C. council approves budget bill, but signals tough times ahead

Even as the D.C. Council signed off on budget legislation Tuesday to close a $550 million gap, members warned that the city's finances could soon worsen if revenue projections do not keep pace with spending. In a 12 to 1 vote, the council approved legislation to implement the budget blueprint...

By Ann Marimow  |  01:26 PM ET, 06/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 07:49 PM ET, 05/25/2010

Gray aims to extend sales tax in place of fizzled soda tax

Plans for a citywide tax increase on soda in the District haven't fallen flat after all. Last week, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray pulled the plug on a proposal by Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) to assess a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on soda. Diet sodas would have been excluded....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  07:49 PM ET, 05/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 04/21/2010

420 vote a 'coincidence,' Catania says

If you have ever come in contact with a heavy marijuana user, you probably know that 420 is the international street term for the drug. For at least a few decades, high school and college students would get high at 4:20 p.m., when presumably classes are over. The date April...

By Kendra Nichols  |  09:55 AM ET, 04/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 04/20/2010

UPDATE: D.C. Council approves medical marijuana bill

The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill today to allow chronically ill patients to receive a doctor's prescription to use marijuana and buy it from a city-sanctioned distribution center. Under the bill, which passed without debate, a patient who suffers from HIV, glaucoma, cancer or a "chronic and lasting disease"...

By Kendra Nichols  |  04:20 PM ET, 04/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:12 PM ET, 04/06/2010

Fenty, Gray to attend Ward 7 steakhouse opening Wednesday

Ray's: The Steaks at East River will open with fanfare Wednesday when Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) joins eccentric restaurateur Michael Landrum to unveil his latest addition.

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:12 PM ET, 04/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/17/2010

Alexander: I'll back Graham over staffer's spouse

Blood is thicker than staff blood, according to Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7). Education advocate Jeff Smith is vowing a primary challenge to incumbent Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) for his seat. Smith's wife works for Alexander. But Alexander told a crowd at Georgia Brown's restaurant Tuesday night that...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 01/20/2010

Vincent Gray supporters plan meeting, sans Gray

If Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) can't decide on whether he will run against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, a group of his supporters may decide for him. Local community activists, known for their ability to rally voters and known as part of an anti-Fenty contingent, were invited by former...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  11:19 AM ET, 01/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 01/04/2010

Early, limited reports on bag tax

It's too soon to say how quickly District residents will adapt to bringing their own bags when they shop for food or booze. The city's new law charging a fee for plastic and paper bags at certain stores went into effect on New Years' Day. But a small sampling from...

By Ann Marimow  |  04:56 PM ET, 01/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 12/15/2009

Mendelson seeks answers on deputy fire chief

In the wake of news that a D.C. deputy fire chief remains on the city's employment rolls despite having taken the top jobs at a county fire department in Florida, a D.C. Council member says he plans to seek answers in the matter and will pursue a formal investigation if...

By Anne Bartlett  |  06:37 PM ET, 12/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 12/02/2009

D.C. Council holds fourth hearing on recreation funding dispute

The D.C. Council's fourth hearing on the controversial construction contracts that were routed through the D.C. Housing Authority is underway. Jacquelyn Glover, a program manager in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, has been a highly anticipated witness. She testified that she once interviewed with...

By Anne Bartlett  |  05:12 PM ET, 12/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 10/23/2009

Unspun with Council member Mary Cheh

Check out this weekend's Washington Post Magazine for an interview with first-term Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh. Some excerpts follow. Excerpts: Tell us about your biggest goof. I wasn't always sufficiently aware of what the [D.C.] Council did before I got involved with it. On the night of...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  01:56 PM ET, 10/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 10/01/2009

Ministers Meet With Council Members, Urge Vote on Same-Sex Marriage

With Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) scheduled to introduce his same-sex marriage bill at Tuesday's council meeting, a group of ministers traveled to city hall today to step up their campaign to force a public vote on the legislation. The ministers were spotted in the John A. Wilson...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  02:18 PM ET, 10/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 09/10/2009

Mendelson Weighs in on Tony Randolph Hunter Murder Case

Councilmember Phil Mendelson doesn't like the way the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District is handling the murder case of Tony Randolph Hunter. Mendelson (D-At Large) fired off a letter to Acting U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips this afternoon saying that he is "alarmed" that the office is offering...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  04:14 PM ET, 09/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 08/05/2009

E-mails Shed New Light On Barry Contract With Ex

Newly released e-mails show that D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and his staff criticized work performed by his then-girlfriend, Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, earlier this year, and that her ex-husband accused Barry of falsifying contract documents in an angry message earlier this year. Barry's complaints included Watts-Brighthaupt's spelling, grammar, tendency...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  12:00 PM ET, 08/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 07/09/2009

Video: Watts-Brighthaupt Discusses Barry Arrest, City Contract

Post reporter Hamil Harris caught up with Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, the ex-girlfriend of Marion Barry who is at the center of his July 4 stalking arrest and questions about his use of D.C. funds, to get her perspective on the controversy....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  01:31 PM ET, 07/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 07/09/2009

Get Your Marion Barry Questions Answered

Post columnist Bob McCartney today called for an investigation into the awarding of a city contract to Marion Barry's ex-girlfriend. McCartney will be online at noon ET today to take your questions about this and other local issues. Submit your questions to the discussion or come back at noon to...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  10:43 AM ET, 07/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:25 PM ET, 07/08/2009

Barry Spokeswoman: Ex Was Qualified, Delivered the Work

D.C. city councilman Marion Barry's office has called a late press conference for the second night in a row, this one set for 9 p.m. from the Wilson Building downtown. It's not known whether the councilman himself will make an appearance (he didn't last night) or whether special guests will...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  08:25 PM ET, 07/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 07/08/2009

Ex-Girlfriend Crashes Late-Night Barry News Conference

After The Post published a story online yesterday noting that city councilman Marion Barry had put his ex-girlfriend on the city payroll, the councilman's team hastily put together an 11 p.m. press conference to address the article, saying nothing improper occurred. During the news conference, Barry's spokeswoman also offered further...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  10:11 AM ET, 07/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 07/06/2009

Get Answers About Barry

Washington Post reporters Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart will be online at 1:30 p.m. ET to discuss councilman Marion Barry's weekend arrest on stalking charges. Craig and Stewart also can address other questions you have about District of Columbia government. Submit a question now and read the discussion live or...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  12:53 PM ET, 07/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 07/06/2009

Outrage, Support in Wake of Marion Barry Arrest

The news that D.C. Council member and former Mayor Marion Barry was arrested over the weekend for stalking an ex-girlfriend has drawn an outpouring of responses from readers. Opinions range from anger to passionate defenses of the embattled politician, showing Barry still divides the region after decades in politics. Here's...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:41 PM ET, 07/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council | Tags:  Marion Barry, arrest, stalking

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 06/30/2009

Council Approves Crime Bill In 10-3 Vote

The D.C. Council approved the latest version of a crime bill today in a 10 to 3 vote after continued debate about an amendment that would allow police to arrest and detain suspected gang members. Earlier this month, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) proposed emergency crime legislation that included the...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  03:25 PM ET, 06/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 06/30/2009

Council Approves Convention Hotel Deal

The D.C. Council unanimously gave initial approval today to an agreement with developers to spend $272 million in public money to expedite the construction of a hotel and adjoining garage at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The legislation will likely get final approval next month. Though a few council...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  02:01 PM ET, 06/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 06/29/2009

DOES Director Says Summer Jobs Hiccups Being Resolved

Joseph Walsh Jr., director of the Department of Employment Services, told council members today that the agency has reassigned dozens of youths who lost their jobs last week after DOES terminated an agreement with a job placement firm. But some young people testified that they are still having problems, such...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  05:24 PM ET, 06/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 06/26/2009

Motley To Kick Off Campaign Tomorrow

Rev. Anthony Motley will kick off his campaign for D.C. Council tomorrow at Tony's Boxing Gym and Fitness Club in Southeast. The 60-year-old community activist - known most recently for being at the side of Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) during his kidney transplant - is running as an...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  05:22 PM ET, 06/26/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 06/03/2009

Wells to Probe New Beginnings, same story: Escape

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) wants to chat with officials in the Department of Youth and Rehabilitative Services. As promised, Wells today scheduled a June 10 oversight roundtable to determine how a junvenile inmate scaled a fence and fled the $46 million New Beginnings Youth Center in...

By Darryl Fears  |  05:35 PM ET, 06/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 06/02/2009

Council Okays Five-Cent Tax on Paper, Plastic Shopping Bags

The D.C. Council voted unanimously today to assess a 5-cent tax on paper and plastic bags to try to discourage their use, putting the District at the forefront of efforts nationwide to promote reusable shopping bags. The proposal, which must be voted on again later this month before it becomes...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  03:11 PM ET, 06/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 05/26/2009

Ray Seriously Considering Council Run

Though the Democratic primary for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council is more than a year away, former D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation Director Clark Ray is already sounding like a candidate in the political wake of an effort launched by a broad coalition of District residents who...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  05:58 PM ET, 05/26/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/14/2009

Committees: Bring A Bag Or Pay A Nickel

Two D.C. Council committees approved legislation today that would require consumers to pay 5 cents for paper or plastic bags at grocery stores, convenience stores and other retail outlets where food is involved. The Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act of 2009 could end up being the toughest law on...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 05/06/2009

Nickles: Fire Truck Witnesses Will Be No-Shows

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles says deputy fire Chief Ronald E. Gill Jr. and property disposal specialist Robin Booth will not be available for depositions in a D.C. Council probe into the donation of a fire truck and ambulance to a town in the Dominican Republic. The council Committee on...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  05:31 PM ET, 05/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 05/05/2009

D.C. Council Votes 12-1 to Recognize Other States' Gay Marriages

UPDATE 2: After further debate, a second vote was taken, with D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) deciding to vote against the proposal. The final count is 12-1 in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. Read the full story. UPDATE: D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  11:11 AM ET, 05/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 04/29/2009

NIF Money Becomes Council Earmarks

Controversy over the Neighborhood Investment Fund, a pool of money that is supposed to be used to better the city's neglected neighborhoods, continued today when council members ended up using $10 million of it for earmarks. Activists and some council members are now scrambling to undo the work of the...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  04:46 PM ET, 04/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 04/15/2009

Nickles and Gray Meet About Tickets

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles, the mayor's troubleshooter, said he met with Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) last night and one of the topics was, of course, tickets to the Washington Nationals' baseball games. The council is again wrestling with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) over tickets to a...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  12:54 PM ET, 04/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 04/09/2009

Council Launches New Probe Into Fire Truck

Council members Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) and Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) have launched an official investigation into the saga over how and why a District fire truck and ambulance was donated, and subsequently returned, to a small town in the Dominican Republic. In a statement, the two members described...

By Tim Craig  |  03:25 PM ET, 04/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 04/08/2009

Catania Strikes on Gay Marriage While Iron Is Hot

The decision to put the District within striking distance of legalizing gay marriage came about in a closed-door meeting Monday night between Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and members David A. Catania (I-At Large) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), sources say. Knowing Vermont legislators could overturn the governor's veto...

By Marcia Davis  |  10:07 AM ET, 04/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 04/07/2009

Upcoming Discussion: Councilman vs. Activist on Gay Marriage

At-large city councilman David Catania, who was the first openly gay member of the council, and Brian Brown, executive director of the National Organization for Marriage, will be online at 3:45 this afternoon to answer questions about today's council decision to recognize other states' gay marriages. Click here to submit...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  03:19 PM ET, 04/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/07/2009

Wells Pressing for a Delay in Property Taxes for Businesses on H Street NE and Seventh Street SE

Council member Tommy Wells ( D - Ward 6) is facing a mini-rebellion over his efforts to enact an emergency bill to give some businesses in his district additional time to pay their property taxes. At today's Council meeting, members will take up a proposal by Wells to grant the...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:55 PM ET, 04/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 04/07/2009

Council, Fenty Battling Over Labor Relations Nominees

The D.C. Council is set for another showdown with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). Though the council Committee on Government Operations and the Environment rejected the mayor's four nominees to the Public Employee Relations Board, Fenty has asked for a vote from the full council at Tuesday's legislative meeting. Council...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  11:33 AM ET, 04/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 04/07/2009

Roundtable on Vote Bill and Gun Amendment Tonight

The D.C. Council's Special Committee on Statehood and Self-Determination holds a roundtable tonight on the D.C. vote bill and the gun amendment at 6:30 at the John A. Wilson Building, room 412. About three dozen witnesses have signed up to testify, according to the office of Michael A. Brown (I-At...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:30 AM ET, 04/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/07/2009

Nickles Blocks Testimony

D.C. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles frustrated D.C. Council members yesterday after instructing Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration representatives not to testify before a budget hearing being conducted by Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3). The subjects: the fire truck controversy and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer....

By Marcia Davis  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 04/05/2009

Council Says No More (Unqualified) Friends

The D.C. Council is set for another showdown with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). Though the council Committee on Government Operations and the Environment rejected the mayor's four nominees to the Public Employee Relations Board, Fenty has asked for a vote from the full council at Tuesday's legislative meeting. Council...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  07:00 PM ET, 04/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 04/03/2009

Cheh Sets Oversight Hearing on OCTO and OCP

Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) is serious about her oversight role. She announced this afternoon that the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment budget oversight hearing is set for Monday. That includes the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) and the Office of Contracting and Procurement...

By Marcia Davis  |  05:04 PM ET, 04/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 04/03/2009

Fight Over Fire Truck Heats Up

Two District council members are calling on Fenty administration officials to detail their travel from December through February as part of a growing inquiry into how and why surplus fire apparatus was donated to a town in the Dominican Republic. In a letter to Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Ghandi,...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:25 PM ET, 04/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 04/03/2009

Round Two on OCTO Probe

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) now has subpoena power in an investigation of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer scandal, which came to light last month when the FBI made arrests--two employees and a contractor---and raided the agency's offices looking for evidence. The D.C. Council bumped...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:47 AM ET, 04/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:52 AM ET, 04/02/2009

Battle Over Bags at Wilson Building

Proposed legislation on a 5 cent tax on paper and plastic bags drew scores of supporters and opponents to the John A. Wilson Building yesterday during a hearing on the issue. Legislative sponsors say the move is an environmental effort to help clean up the Anacostia River. Opponents say the...

By Marcia Davis  |  06:52 AM ET, 04/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 03/31/2009

Opponents Try to Sack Bag Tax

Plastic bag makers are aggressively lobbying against legislation that could create the toughest restrictions in the country on plastic and paper bags. In anticipation of tomorrow's public hearing on the Anacostia River Cleanup & Protection Act of 2009, the Progressive Bag Affiliates of the American Chemistry Council have rallied some...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  05:03 PM ET, 03/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/30/2009

Standoff Continues

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) held a meeting today to get briefed on the theft from the Office of the Chief Technology Officer that has already resulted in the arrests of two city employees and a contractor. But representatives of the Mayor Adrian M. Fenty administration were...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 03/27/2009

No Meeting, No Peace

The D.C. Council and Attorney General Peter Nickles are at again - this time over the scandal at the Office of the Chief Technology Officer. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) scheduled a Monday meeting to get briefed on the latest, high-profile...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  06:28 PM ET, 03/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 03/27/2009

Shower Stalled for Evans

Workers arrived in the office of Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) this week to figure out how to install a shower in his first-floor office - a luxury anytime, but especially when the mayor has proposed layoffs, salary freezes and other cuts. A shower would be so luxurious that...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  02:15 PM ET, 03/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 03/26/2009

Barry Reacts to Lax Tax News

The Post's Del Quentin Wilber has been reporting today that D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) owes the federal government more than $277,000 in back taxes and hasn't made a payment on undisclosed taxes owed to the D.C. government since July, according to federal authorities. Now, Barry reponds: "The...

By Hamil Harris  |  05:20 PM ET, 03/26/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 03/20/2009

Gray and Cheh Call for OCTO Briefing

Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Councilmember Mary M. Cheh wrote letters to the executive branch yesterday calling for a briefing on the scandal in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer. The FBI arrested a OCTO manager and contractor last week in an alleged kickback scam. A second OCTO employee...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:32 AM ET, 03/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 03/19/2009

Michael Brown Trying to Protect Council Salary

D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown (I-At Large) is fighting efforts to garnishee his council wages to help pay a more than $1 million judgment against him, two business partners, three related companies and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Authority. Bernard Miller, owner of Miller Copying Center, has been...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  01:14 PM ET, 03/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 03/17/2009

Where Did All The Gas Stations Go?

If you think it's hard to find a gas station in the District, you're right, according to D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5). Thomas introduced legislation today to encourage the construction and retention of gas stations by giving them tax breaks. The details, he said, would be worked...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  10:41 AM ET, 03/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 03/13/2009

31 Jobs Equals $76 Million?

D.C. Auditor Deborah K. Nichols is recommending that the city end the Certified Capital Companies program, which is run by the District Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, after concluding that it created just 31 jobs after $76 million in expenditures. The program was created in 2004 to "stimulate...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  11:41 AM ET, 03/13/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 03/11/2009

Regional Group Urges Congress To Drop Gun Amendment

The Council of Governments Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution today urging Congress to support a D.C. vote bill without an amendment attached that would strip the District of its authority to restrict firearms. D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) is president of the group known as COG...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  02:43 PM ET, 03/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 03/11/2009

Barry Returns to Council Chambers

Marion Barry took his seat in the D.C Council chambers this morning for the first time since surgery to receive a new kidney on Feb. 20. Barry drew applause and then laughter when he assured the audience: "I'd just like to tell everyone that I AM following the doctor's orders."...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:38 PM ET, 03/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 03/10/2009

Mendelson Tries To Get Region Involved In Voting Rights

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) will try to get local officials in neighboring Maryland and Virginia involved in the city's fight for voting rights in Congress. Mendelson, president of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, will try to get his colleagues to sign on to a resolution that...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  02:54 PM ET, 03/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 03/10/2009

Campaign Worker Charged With Robberies

A man recently arrested and charged for a string of robberies in D.C. and a campaign worker who earned more than $5,000 on the campaigns of Adam Clampitt and now Council member Michael A. Brown (I-At Large) last year are one in the same. Ezra Mathis, 29, was arrested near...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  10:12 AM ET, 03/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 03/09/2009

In Wisdom We Trust: Media Defeats Council, 35-25, Behind Fox 5 Star

We admit it: When it comes to hoops, the D.C. Council was a lot better than the media expected. In the first annual council -media charity basketball game at Verizon Center this afternoon, the media figured we had a decided youth advantage. And with 16 players to the council's...

By David A Nakamura  |  07:15 PM ET, 03/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 03/09/2009

Council Unveils 'Revolutionary Mascot' for BBall Game

The trash talk is heating up for the big game today between the D.C. Council and media. After our post this morning about the media team, Michael Price and Charles Mason, aides to council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large), write in to D.C. Wire to detail the latest...

By David A Nakamura  |  01:17 PM ET, 03/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 03/06/2009

Birthday Cheers for Barry

Marion Barry got a rousing 73rd birthday greeting from fellow D.C. Council members and District staff this afternoon on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building after his release from the hospital. Dressed in a D.C. United warm up suit and fedora-style hat, he stepped from his car at...

By Marcia Davis  |  05:47 PM ET, 03/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/06/2009

Barry Released From Hospital

Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry (D) was released from the hospital at 1 p.m. today, Howard University Hospital spokesman Ron Harris said. Barry, who turns 73 today, had a kidney transplant on Feb. 20. The surgery was deemed a success and Barry was released from the hospital on Feb....

By Marcia Davis  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/04/2009

Brown to Fenty: 'Get D.C. Residents Job Training Now'

At-Large Councilmember Kwame Brown (D) didn't mince words when naming a bill he submitted in yesterday's D.C. Council legislative session. It's called the "Get D.C. Residents Training for Jobs Now Act." The act would compel Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to create a job training program for adults by opening certain...

By Darryl Fears  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 03/03/2009

Barry Absent From Council Meeting

Despite his plans to return to the D.C. Council meeting today, Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) was absent from the dais because of the doctor's orders. Barry was discharged last week from Howard University Hospital, one week after he under went kidney transplant surgery. "He really wanted to be here today,...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:50 PM ET, 03/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/03/2009

Council Confirms Lee For Commission

The D.C. Council voted 9 to 3 to confirm Lori M. Lee, a family friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), to be one of three members on the Public Service Commission. The mayor recently withdrew Lee from consideration to head the commission after residents, some council members, environmentalists and...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/03/2009

Giving Up Gun Laws For Voting Rights?

The D.C. Council will hold a special legislative meeting today to approve a resolution that will declare the council's opposition to an amendment attached to the District voting rights bill by Senate Republicans that would significantly loosen the city's gun laws. The amendment would prohibit the District from enacting laws...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 03/03/2009

Update On UDC

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) is expected to withdraw emergency legislation that would reverse recent controversial decisions of the board of trustees at the University of the District of Columbia. Council members learned this morning at a breakfast before today's legislative meeting that Barry would likely pull his...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  10:23 AM ET, 03/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 03/03/2009

Barry to Attend Council Meeting, Pushing UDC Bill

Marion Barry is set to attend the D.C. Council meeting today, after undergoing a kidney transplant on Feb. 20. He's charging back into the council with a bill that opposes the recent tuition increase at the University of the District of Columbia and the proposed new admission policies. As Nikita...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:45 AM ET, 03/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 02/27/2009

Barry to Launch Organ Donor Campaign

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By Marcia Davis  |  12:12 PM ET, 02/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 02/25/2009

Barry Donor Goes Home From Hospital

Kim Dickens, the 47-year-old woman who donated a kidney to D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), has been discharged from Howard University Hospital. A Howard spokesman said the donor was discharged shortly before noon Tuesday, four days after undergoing a six-hour procedure. Dickens is a District native who has...

By Marcia Davis  |  11:18 AM ET, 02/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 PM ET, 02/24/2009

Brown wants prize fighting at the Armory, but would settle for roller skating

Mixed martial arts at the D.C. Armory? That's something D.C. Councilmember-At-Large Kwame Brown could fight for. He's also for big ticket boxing and a roller rink for the kids. These potential revenue generating ideas were discussed today at a hearing of the Committee on Economic Development, which Brown chairs....

By Darryl Fears  |  08:30 PM ET, 02/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 02/23/2009

Barry Out of Intensive Care

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has been upgraded and moved from intensive care to a regular room, his doctor said this afternoon. "He's doing very well, we transferred him this morning," said Clive O. Callender, who performed a kidney tansplant on the former mayor on Friday. Barry may be...

By Marcia Davis  |  01:15 PM ET, 02/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 02/21/2009

Barry Kidney Transplant Goes Well, News Conference Set

Marion Barry's kidney transplant was successfully completed, according to doctors at Howard University Hospital. Doctors are holding a news conference about the former mayor's condition at 10 a.m. today. Barry had planned to attend that news conference, but that may be unlikely as he continues his recovery....

By Marcia Davis  |  08:27 AM ET, 02/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 02/20/2009

Thomas Hopes Barry Has Speedy Recovery

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) said he hopes colleague Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), scheduled to have a kidney transplant today, has a speedy recovery. "Councilmember Barry and I have close, personal relationship," he said in a news release. "He has been a family friend for many years."...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  01:51 PM ET, 02/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/20/2009

Gray on Barry's Operation

As Hamil R. Harris and Nikita Stewart reported in this morning's Washington Post, Councilmember Marion Barry is having a kidney transplant this afternoon. Doctors have said the operation has become fairly routine over the years, and Barry is optimistic enough to have scheduled a news conference for Saturday. D.C. Council...

By Marcia Davis  |  10:25 AM ET, 02/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/18/2009

Graham's Not In The Bag

Plenty of council members have signed on to join D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) to rid the city of plastic bags by imposing a five-cent fee on plastic and paper bags at grocery stores and other places where food is sold. Yesterday, he introduced the legislation aimed at...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 02/17/2009

Anti-Loitering or Unconstitutional?

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is once again proposing a bill that would prevent two or more people from gathering in "hot spots," areas known for criminal activity. Graham said at today's Committee of the Whole meeting that he proposed similar anti-loitering legislation in July 2005 and in...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  11:02 AM ET, 02/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 02/11/2009

Catania to Teach at GW's School of Public Health

Councilmember David Catania (At-Large) has accepted an appointment as a lecturer at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS), his office said in a statement just released. "I am very excited about the opportunity to teach at the GW School of Public Health; I look...

By Marcia Davis  |  02:03 PM ET, 02/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 02/11/2009

Council Roundtable on Stimulus Today

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray holds an oversight roundtable today to discuss the stimulus package in the District. "Priorities for the Use of Potential Funds for the District of Columbia from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Proposals Currently Under Consideration"---whew--- is set for 10 a.m. in Room 500 of...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:44 AM ET, 02/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 02/10/2009

Barry Awaiting a Kidney

Councilmember Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) told Channel 9's Bruce Johnson that he is awaiting a kidney transplant....

By Marcia Davis  |  10:00 PM ET, 02/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 02/09/2009

Breaking News: Prosecutors Want Barry Jailed

Federal prosecutors this afternoon asked a federal judge to send D.C. Coucilmember Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) to jail for not filing his most recent tax returns. By not filing his 2007 federal and D.C. tax returns on time, federal prosecutors alleged that Barry had violated the terms of his probation...

By Marcia Davis  |  02:44 PM ET, 02/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 02/09/2009

Hearing on Lead Contamination Set for Tuesday

Councilmembers Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) are holding a joint oversight hearing tomorrow at 11 a.m. with the District Department of the Environment and DC Water and Sewer Authority to discuss lead contamination and the quality of the city's drinking water. The hearing's focus is...

By Marcia Davis  |  02:27 PM ET, 02/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 02/06/2009

Wilson Building Chatter: Tangherlini In, Gandhi Out?

D.C. Wire went straight to the sources on chatter in the Wilson Building that's been circulating lately: Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi would step aside and city administrator Dan Tangherlini would take his place with the nod from Congress, which appoints the fiscal chief. Both men were amused today....

By Nikita R Stewart  |  01:56 PM ET, 02/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 02/06/2009

CFO's Office Under Fire At Hearing

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) are currently focusing on missteps of the Office of Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi at today's hearing on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Inspector General Charles J. Willoughby testified earlier that the functions of the...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  11:26 AM ET, 02/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 02/03/2009

Gray: 'Guardedly Pleased' About D.C.'s Finances

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray released the following statement about the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or the CAFR, in which the District received a "clean audit" yesterday. Nikita Stewart and David Nakamura write about the report in today's Washington Post. As the story notes, the District is counting on...

By Marcia Davis  |  09:00 AM ET, 02/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 01/29/2009

Graham Voted Chair of WMATA Board for 2nd Time

Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) today was elected chairman of the WMATA board for the second time. Councilmember Graham has been a member of the board since 1999 and previously served as chairman in 2003. He succeeds Christopher Zimmerman of Arlington County, Va....

By Marcia Davis  |  05:22 PM ET, 01/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/27/2009

D.C. Council Shuts Up

The D.C. Council Committee of the Whole meeting this morning lasted all of 30 minutes. Tops. The brevity can be attributed to new rules adopted by the council for the 18th legislative period. No more going on and on with introductions of legislation. Each council member is limited to introducing...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/27/2009

One Vote Isn't Enough, Thomas Says

Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) released a statement moments ago saying he applauded Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's efforts on The Hill, but he was quick to add that a vote is not going to be enough for representation of District residents. "While bill H.R. 157 signals a very welcomed...

By Marcia Davis  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 01/22/2009

"...Anything for Obama"

The list of swearing-in victims extends to D.C. Council members, but at least they got in. Eleven members arrived to their seats in front of the Capitol only to discover that there were none. Like trying to find a spot at a movie theater when the feature film has already...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  04:03 PM ET, 01/22/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/07/2009

Council Knocks Down Subpoena Power for Lanier

The D.C. Council started its new session in a fight with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration over the subpoena power for D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. As Hamil R. Harris reported in this morning's Washington Post, the council is concerned about protecting the civil rights of D.C. residents, but...

By Marcia Davis  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 01/05/2009

Question the Council Chairman

Vincent C. Gray, chairman of Council of the District of Columbia, will be online today at noon on washingtonpost.com to discuss the issues facing the council when it begins a new session this week. Submit questions and comments or read the discussion....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  11:42 AM ET, 01/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 12/17/2008

Marathon Council Meeting Highlights

It was more than 13 hours of legislating for the last council meeting of the year and the session. Nikita Stewart and Hamil Harris hung in until the very end, and got to see the council in full tradition mode, as members honored their departing colleague Carol Schwartz (R-At Large)....

By Marcia Davis  |  09:44 AM ET, 12/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 12/16/2008

D.C. Gun Legislation Passes; Gray Recounts a Close Call From His Youth

The D.C. Council passed the Fire Arms Registration Amendment Act of 2008 earlier this afternoon with the provision that all District gun owners be required to undergo five hours of gun safety training. The 10-to-3 vote came after a spirited discussion by council members, including a personal story from Council...

By Marcia Davis  |  04:08 PM ET, 12/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 12/16/2008

D.C. Council Holding Last Meeting of the Session

Today is a busy legislative day for the D.C. Council as it closes out this session's business. In what likely will be another marathon meeting---the last went until about 9 p.m.--the council will consider a number of critical pieces of legislation. It will take a second vote of Councilmember Marion...

By Marcia Davis  |  09:41 AM ET, 12/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 12/15/2008

Council Releases Report on OTR

Update, 4:45 p.m.: D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi said today he will adopt one of the report's key recommendations and create a new position: Chief Risk Officer. Original post: The D.C. Council today released its investigation of the Office of Tax and Revenue's nearly $50 million scandal, saying...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:43 PM ET, 12/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 12/15/2008

Drivers Sound Off on Plan to Hike Meter Rate

The D.C. Council will be considering Jim Graham's legislation tomorrow to raise the rate on parking meters. The idea gets a cold reception from residents who street park regularly....

By Mike McPhate  |  11:43 AM ET, 12/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 12/10/2008

Cheh Moves a Step Closer on Subpoena for Sequoia Voting Systems

The inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama may be around the corner and the District of Columbia's Board of Elections and Ethics may have certified the Nov. 4th vote, but the business of the District's election problems are far from over. And when we say election problems, we're not even talking...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:39 PM ET, 12/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 12/08/2008

Barry to Hold Roundtable on Poverty Thursday

Council member Marion Barry, (D-Ward 8) and chair of the committee of housing and urban affairs, has set up a roundtable for 10 a.m. on Thursday at the John A. Wilson Building, room 500, on resolution PR17-1175, the "Sense of the Council in Support of Reducing Poverty in the District...

By Marcia Davis  |  04:22 PM ET, 12/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 12/08/2008

Gray Has to Answer to Baltimore

Yesterday wasn't a great day for Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, at least in the betting department. D.C. Wire told you last month about the bet the chairman made with his Baltimore counterpart Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The two legislators exchanged letters and talked a lot of trash about which team was...

By Marcia Davis  |  09:52 AM ET, 12/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 12/03/2008

Inauguration Boozing: Change You Can Believe In?

The D.C. Council last night approved legislation allowing bars to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. -- three hours later than usual -- and serve food round-the-clock from Jan. 17 until the morning after Barack Obama's swearing-in on Jan. 20....

By Mike McPhate  |  12:11 PM ET, 12/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 12/02/2008

Council Votes for Verizon's FIOS

Update: 5:47 The Council has just voted in support of FIOS in its first vote on the legislation. The council is required to take a final vote in the coming months, but given the support it has received----though Jack Evans has voiced his concerns (see below)---it's a safe bet that...

By Marcia Davis  |  05:22 PM ET, 12/02/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 12/02/2008

Barry on the Offense Over Sex Abuse Bill

UPDATE: 5 p.m. The council voted 12-to-1 to pass the Intrafamily Offense Act of 2008, with Marion Barry casting the lone dissent. Barry had challenged At-Large Democrat Phil Mendelson, who had rejected a bill from Barry in the council's judiciary committee last week. The bill had been designed to drop...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:17 PM ET, 12/02/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 12/02/2008

Let the Good Times Roll

The D.C. Council is considering Jim Graham's legislation today to allow restaurants, bars and other establishments that sell alcohol to be open around the clock for a five-day period during the Inauguration. "This is absolutely a unique opportunity, and we want our night life to participate in all of the...

By Marcia Davis  |  10:50 AM ET, 12/02/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:22 AM ET, 11/25/2008

Turkey Day for Barry

It's turkey time and Councilmember Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) is planning to give away 1,200 birds starting at 9 a.m. This is Barry's fourth annual Thanksgiving giveaway. The council member will distribute the turkeys at Union Temple Church, at 1225 W Street, S.E., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:22 AM ET, 11/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 11/25/2008

Gray Is Taking It to the Streets

Age don't mean a thing if you are Chuck Brown and still have that go-go swing. That's the sentiment of D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, who proposed yesterday to name a street after the District's most legendary go-go groove master. Brown, still going strong in his 70s, responded by...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:15 AM ET, 11/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 11/20/2008

DC Republicans: Brown Not Qualified to Serve

The D.C. Republican Party is challenging Michael Brown's victory for the At-large seat on the D.C. Council because he didn't officially change his party affiliation from Democrat to Inpendent to comply with election laws that one of the winning candidates has to belong to a minority party. "We are filing...

By Hamil Harris  |  04:53 PM ET, 11/20/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:11 AM ET, 11/19/2008

Quotes From the Vote Over Nickles

One of the most interesting votes in yesterday's fight over the confirmation of Peter J. Nickles as attorney general belongs to At-Large member Kwame R. Brown. The council voted 7 to 5 for Nickles, as Nikita Stewart and Hamil R. Harris report in today's Washington Post. Brown, however, voted present....

By Marcia Davis  |  07:11 AM ET, 11/19/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 11/18/2008

Bulletin: Nickles Is Confirmed

The D.C. Council voted to confirm Peter J. Nickles as the attorney general today in a 7 to 5 vote. Chairman Vincent C. Gray supported Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's nominee, and Democratic At-Large member Kwame Brown voted present. The battle over Nickles's future began with a dramatic development in the...

By Marcia Davis  |  05:19 PM ET, 11/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 11/18/2008

Council Gives $50 Million to Housing Program

After much debate, the D.C. Council passed preliminary legislation to stabilize funding for the city's first-time home-buyers program, providing $50 million to fund it. "I can't imagine anyone on this council being against this issue," said D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. "We need to recognize that we are going...

By Marcia Davis  |  04:07 PM ET, 11/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 11/18/2008

Votes Lining Up in Fight Over Nickles

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) told D.C. Wire that if Peter J. Nickles is not confirmed as the District's Attorney General this afternoon "It will be the equivalent to political nuclear war between the mayor and the D.C. Council." But Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At-large) rebuffed Graham's dooms...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:38 PM ET, 11/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:11 AM ET, 11/18/2008

Stage Is Set for a Battle Over Nickles Today

The D.C. Council is set to vote today on the confirmation of the Acting Attorney General Peter J. Nickles, who finds himself the focus of controversy. The judiciary committee's 3-2 vote against Nickles has set the stage for an interesting day, as Hamil Harris notes in this morning's news story....

By Marcia Davis  |  07:11 AM ET, 11/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 11/17/2008

Council Panel Votes Against Nickles as Attorney General Nominee

UPDATE: 4:10 D.C. Councilmembers Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), each voted in support of Nickles in committee this morning. Despite the report strongly criticizing the acting attorney general on issues ranging from his lack of a D.C. residence to his close relationship with Mayor Adrian M....

By Marcia Davis  |  01:42 PM ET, 11/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 11/17/2008

Clampitt To Afghanistan

Adam Clampitt, the at-large council candidate who dropped out of the race and endorsed Michael A. Brown, has been called to duty. Clampitt, a U.S. Navy Reserve lieutenant, said he will report to processing in Norfolk on Jan. 2 and should be in Kabul by Feb. 1. "I guess I...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  09:14 AM ET, 11/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 11/11/2008

Council Approves $46 Million Budget Freeze

The D.C. Council passed its $46 million budget freeze in a heated meeting yesterday that started off with protests outside the John A. Wilson Building. Advocates of low-income residents protested, hoping to delay the vote to give time to find alternatives to the trims, but their efforts were thwarted. The...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:30 AM ET, 11/11/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 11/10/2008

Council, Activists Battle Over Budget Cuts

The fifth floor of the John A. Wilson Building was packed with hundreds of city residents as members of the D.C. Council debated whether to pass tens of millions in budget cuts for fiscal year 2009. Council Chairman Vince C. Gray found himself at odds with Council member Marion Barry...

By Marcia Davis  |  02:33 PM ET, 11/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 11/10/2008

Low-Income Advocates Protesting at Wilson Building Over Proposed Budget Cuts

Advocates for low-income residents are planning to protest in front of the John A. Wilson Building at 9 a.m. today in anticipation of the D.C. Council's budget vote set for this afternoon. The advocates say low-income residents would bear a disproportionate burden of the cuts that lawmakers are proposing for...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:30 AM ET, 11/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 10/31/2008

Wells Holds Hearing on Fenty Housing Plan for Homeless

Stefana Washington said living in a $52-a-month storage bend in Northwest Washington was a better life than living in one of the city's emergency shelters, but after four years his frustrations were building to a dangerous level. "I was either going public or postal," the 36-year-old former homeless man told...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:29 PM ET, 10/31/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 10/29/2008

Kwame Brown and Cheh Team Up For Tenley

Council members Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) issued a joint press release today that voices their opposition to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's plan for a mixed-use development for the site that includes Janney Elementary School and the former Tenley-Friendship Library. They also sent a letter...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  12:01 PM ET, 10/29/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/22/2008

Sitting On Another Nomination?

The D.C. Council's vote to block the appointments of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's five recent nominees to the board of trustees at the University of the District of Columbia isn't the only legislative action irking the mayor lately. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), chairman of Public Services and...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/22/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/10/2008

Life After the Council: Harold Brazil Arrested at Tattoo Parlor

Harold Brazil, the former D.C. council member, was arrested last night after allegedly getting into a fight with an employee at a Georgetown tattoo parlor. Yep, you read it right. Washington Post staff writer Clarence Williams reports that it took three employees to subdue Brazil, 59. Pregnant pause with stunned...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:45 AM ET, 10/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 10/07/2008

Expletives Over Easy

The controversial Franklin Shelter issue exploded into an expletive-filled argument over breakfast this morning before D.C. Council members went into a legislative meeting where Council member Marion Barry plans to introduce emergency legislation that would require beds for the homeless in the downtown business area. Downtown is in Ward 2....

By Nikita R Stewart  |  11:29 AM ET, 10/07/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 10/06/2008

Board of Elections Struggling to Mount Its Defense

In an effort to reassure voters that the Nov. 4 presidential election will be nothing like the District's voter debacle in September, members of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics have launched an unofficial campaign to restore the public's confidence in the office. Board of Elections chairman Erroll Arthur...

By Marcia Davis  |  04:15 PM ET, 10/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 10/06/2008

CM Barry Gets Stitches After Fall

D.C. Wire just got this announcement from council member Marion Barry's office: Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry was treated and released from Greater South East Hospital this morning suffering from minor injuries to his face after accidentally falling down while out walking earlier in Anacostia Park. Mr. Barry received a...

By David A Nakamura  |  12:38 PM ET, 10/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 10/03/2008

Silverman at Council Hearing: Still Don't Know If Election Results Are Accurate

"What voters expect of elections are accuracy, confidence and finality, and we didn't get that at its highest value on Sept. 9," said Cary Silverman, a candidate for the Ward 2 council seat. "We still don't know if the results are accurate today." Silverman was testifying at today's hearing on...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:04 PM ET, 10/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 10/03/2008

Cheh Opens Council Hearing on Election Problems

Saying the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics "essentially shut down" on the night of the Sept. 9 primary when thousands of phantom votes wrecked havoc with the results, Council member Mary Cheh opened a hearing this morning about the mishap with the stated goal of making sure the Nov....

By Marcia Davis  |  12:09 PM ET, 10/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 09/16/2008

Council Returns to Business

The D.C. Council resumes its business today. It returns with a full agenda, from gun lesgislation to school reform to homelessness. The council has also launched an investigation into the Board of Elections and Ethics and the problems during the vote count last week during the primary. Four council members,...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:15 AM ET, 09/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 08/16/2008

Thomas Lends Support to Postal Workers

Council Member Harry Thomas Jr. has joined in the push to get a government briefing for postal workers at the Brentwood facility contaminated by anthrax in 2001. Thomas (D-Ward 5), who represents the community where the facility is located, said the government hasn't done enough to brief the workers and...

By Marcia Davis  |  10:54 AM ET, 08/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 08/11/2008

From Foe to Friend to Fundraiser

Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large), running unopposed on the ballot in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, has already turned in his latest campaign finance report, due electronically by midnight. He has passed the half-million dollar mark with the help of lots of $1,000 contributions from developers, including Douglas...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  02:06 PM ET, 08/11/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 08/09/2008

Cheh Joins the Opposition to Tenley Project

The group of critics of the development project at the site of the former Tenley-Friendship Library has a new member: Councilmember Mary M. Cheh. She has serious reservations about the current proposal, which might reduce green space at the neighboring Janney Elementary School. Cheh (D-Ward 3) had strongly supported construction...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:00 AM ET, 08/09/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 07/16/2008

Cheh Calls for Public Forums on CareFirst

The D.C. Council's Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs would like to hear from you if you're a subscriber to CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (non-HMO) health insurance. Committee chair Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), who is leading an investigation of CareFirst's compliance with its nonprofit mission, is hosting community forums...

By Marcia Davis  |  04:00 PM ET, 07/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 07/16/2008

D.C. Council summer recess? Not Quite Yet!

For those who can't get enough of Jim Graham, Vincent C. Gray and Marion Barry, you're in luck. The D.C. Council will hold a special session on Thursday, delaying its summer recess, which was to begin today. The decision to hold the Thursday meeting came late Tuesday night, as the...

By Elissa Silverman  |  07:30 AM ET, 07/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/16/2008

Gun Legislation Wins Unanimous Vote in D.C. Council

In a meeting that went well into the night, the D.C. Council unanimously voted for emergency legislation that ended the city's gun ban and put in place new regulations to restrict guns but is also meant to honor the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling against the strict ban that had been...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 07/15/2008

Final Legislative Meeting for Council

The D.C. Council has a lot to wrap up today, its final legislative session before recessing until September. Put the emergency gun bill announced yesterday at the top of the list. That proposed legislation, which calls for residents to pass eye and written exams, complete background checks and submit their...

By Marcia Davis  |  10:00 AM ET, 07/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 07/14/2008

Hearing on Baby's Death Today

Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) is seeking answers in a hearing this morning on the death of 6-month-old Isiah Garcia, who died on June 25th. A social worker in the Child and Family Services Agency had never seen the child, who had been reported to the agency for neglect. Mayor Adrian...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:08 AM ET, 07/14/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 07/08/2008

Mendelson Introducing Emergency Gun Bill

Councilmember Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) has decided to submit his gun bill as emergency legislation, the councilmember said today. Last week Mendelson introduced a bill that would end the city's handgun ban and make it legal for residents to keep firearms in their homes without requirements that trigger locks be...

By Marcia Davis  |  05:01 PM ET, 07/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 07/02/2008

Roundtable on Guns at Council Today

District Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) is holding a roundtable at noon today to discuss last week's Supreme Court ruling that struck down the city's strict handgun ban. Yesterday Mendelson introduced a bill that would overturn the ban and give those who say their weapons are for "immediate self...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:30 AM ET, 07/02/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 06/30/2008

Mendelson to Introduce Bill to Repeal Gun Ban

Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) has decided to introduce legislation tomorrow that will address the Supreme Court ruling on the city's gun ban. The bill would repeal the prohibition on handguns. He made the announcement at the council's news briefing held in preparation for tomorrow's meeting. It would still...

By Marcia Davis  |  10:59 AM ET, 06/30/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:48 AM ET, 06/27/2008

Council Members React To High Court Ruling

Several D.C. Council members issued statements yesterday about the Supreme Court ruling on the city's gun ban. Here's what they had to say: Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) issued a statement that was a lengthy explanation about what happens now. On a personal note, he said this: "Although I am...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  12:48 AM ET, 06/27/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 06/24/2008

City Pushing Back Hard at CareFirst

The Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs voted today to investigate Group Hospitalization and Medical Services, Inc., CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (GHMSI), and its parent company, CareFirst, Inc. And in a second blow, interim Attorney General Peter J. Nickles has announced he is entering a lawsuit against CareFirst, trying to...

By Marcia Davis  |  04:45 PM ET, 06/24/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 08:07 AM ET, 06/20/2008

Gertrude Stein Gives Brown Its Support

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club has endorsed At-Large Council member Kwame R. Brown, saying Brown "has worked hard to ensure equal rights" for the District's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Brown was cited for his continued support for the rights of domestic partnerships, including co-sponsoring legislation that would allow...

By Marcia Davis  |  08:07 AM ET, 06/20/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 06/17/2008

Local GOP Endorses Schwartz

The D.C. Republican Committee endorsed D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz (At-Large) last night for both the primary and general elections, but Patrick Mara the candidate challenging Schwartz in the primary said he's pressing ahead. So far, the GOP primary is emerging as one of the more interesting races in a...

By Marcia Davis  |  04:15 PM ET, 06/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 06/16/2008

Police Checkpoints Debated at Hearing

The police are off the barricades in the District's Trinidad neighborhood--for now. But the debate over whether checkpoints in the violence-plagued area are doing more harm than good rages on. At a D.C. Council public safety committee hearing this afternoon, foes and fans of the plan continue the debate over...

By Marcia Davis  |  04:50 PM ET, 06/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 06/16/2008

Hearing on Policing Checkpoints

Council Member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) holds a hearing on the city's controversial police checkpoints today and the concerns the policy has raised about civil liberties. Last week, the Metropolitan Police Department ended its checkpoint in the Northeast neighborhood of Trinidad. The checkpoint, in which police questioned motorists trying to...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:30 AM ET, 06/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 06/15/2008

Cheh Stands Her Ground on Klingle Road

Nearly 20 advocates of reopening Klingle Road flowed through the Firehook Bakery yesterday afternoon during D.C. Council Member Mary M. Cheh's (D-Ward 3) constituent hours, which took place at a sunny pair of tables near the front. Cheh periodically holds open hours, but these were some of the more contentious,...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:50 AM ET, 06/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 06/12/2008

Cheh to Host Chat

Updated: As it turns out, Saturday's scheduled conversation with Council Member Mary M. Cheh at the Firehook Bakery is one of Cheh's occassional conversations shes hosts with constituents. (The D.C. Wire had incorrectly gave the impression that The Coalition to Repair and Reopen Klingle Road was holding the event.) It...

By Marcia Davis  |  11:18 AM ET, 06/12/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 06/09/2008

Hearing Set on Controversial Initiatives

A hearing on the D.C. police department's recent initiatives to root out crime - Safe Homes, Video Interoperability for Public Safety and Neighborhood Safety Zones - will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the John A. Wilson Building. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) , chairman of the Committee...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  04:32 PM ET, 06/09/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 06/06/2008

More Council Members Criticize Lanier Checkpoint

As Post staff writers Allison Klein and Nikita Stewart report this morning, the criticism is growing among council members for Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Mayor Adrian Fenty's decision to set up a police checkpoint on a street in the Northeast neighborhood of Trinidad, where deadly violence has been...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:15 AM ET, 06/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 06/05/2008

Gray Has Questions About Police Checkpoint

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray told the D.C. Wire late last night that he has some questions about Police Chief Cathy Lanier's plans to set up a checkpoint on a street in Trinidad, the Northeast neighborhood that has been plagued by violence in recent months. Lanier, with Mayor Adrian...

By Marcia Davis  |  11:44 AM ET, 06/05/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 06/03/2008

Council Approves Noise Bill, or Does It?

UPDATED: Full story on Noise vote... The D.C. Council gave final approval today to a heavily amended noise bill in a 9 to 4 vote after a hard-hitting lobbying campaign by labor unions that several council members described as mean-spirited and unfairly targeted at two members who are up for...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  01:59 PM ET, 06/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 06/03/2008

Gray, Wells Introduce Charter School Legislation

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) introduced a bill today that would change how charter schools are regulated. It would require members of the D.C. Public Charter School Board to live in the District, require a 15-month planning period of newly approved...

By Marcia Davis  |  01:46 PM ET, 06/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 06/03/2008

Ban On Fireworks Appears to Be Fizzling

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) said this morning that he will propose an amendment to emergency legislation that could ban fireworks a month before the Fourth of July. There would be an 11 p.m. curfew instead of the outright ban proposed by Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1)...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  10:38 AM ET, 06/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/03/2008

Mendelson May Try to Derail City's Camera Program

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) says he may propose language in the Budget Support Act today that would block the city's camera surveillance program. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced the initiative, VIPS, or the Video Interoperability for Public Safety Program, in April. The plan, which has agitated several...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 06/02/2008

No Tanzania Trip For Barry

Marion Barry was in still in town doing council business today, even though he told us last week he was headed to Tanzania for a leadership conference. When asked by the Post why he didn't go, Barry said only that there was some "emergency council business" that he did not...

By David A Nakamura  |  06:01 PM ET, 06/02/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Council

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/28/2008

Let's Go Down This Road Again

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and council members met for breakfast this morning to hear presentations on smoke detectors, pedestrian safety and other topics. But somehow, Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), still bitter about the council's decision to keep Klingle Road closed, brought the conversation around to, well, Klingle...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/28/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 05/27/2008

Gray's House Broken Into While He Was Home

District Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's house was burglarized early Monday morning while he was home, the chairman said today. Gray said he must have been asleep during the break-in because he did not hear the boulder that came through his basement window. He lost a receiver from his stereo,...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:07 PM ET, 05/27/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 05/21/2008

Toasting Kingle Road's Demise

Updated: 5:01 p.m. Environmentalists really know how to rub it in. They plan to take a hike June 1 in Klingle Valley and then drink champagne to celebrate the D.C. Council's decision to nix funding that could have reopened the controversial Klingle Road. Instead, the city will fund a hiker/biker...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:50 PM ET, 05/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 05/16/2008

Breaking News: Council Gets Tickets

Just in. Attorney General Peter Nickles personally delivered baseball tickets for the rest of the season to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. More to come. UPDATED: The council received tickets to Suite 61 at the new Nationals Park, ending the standoff with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). The suite has...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  02:08 PM ET, 05/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 05/09/2008

Age Ain't Nothin' But A Number: A Wii for You, Me

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) is donating today a Wii video game system to IONA Senior Services in her ward. Citing a Mayo Clinic report that shows that the game can help the elderly both physically and mentally, Cheh said in a media release that she wanted...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  10:36 AM ET, 05/09/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Council

Posted at 05:59 AM ET, 05/07/2008

Council Sends Mixed Signal in Noise Vote

After intense and loud debate, the D.C. Council gave initial approval yesterday to noise legislation that would quiet demonstrators in residential neighborhoods but allow them to pump up the volume downtown and in front of hotels. The controversial Noise Control Protection Amendment Act of 2008 had been tabled by a...

By Marcia Davis  |  05:59 AM ET, 05/07/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 05/06/2008

A Bottle of Red, A Bottle of White To Go

The D.C. Council just voted 12 to 1 to permit patrons of restaurants to take unfinished bottles of wine with them after several minutes of debate full of puns. Currently, diners must leave the bottles behind or down the last drops. Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) sponsored the...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  01:14 PM ET, 05/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 05/06/2008

Go, Caps!

The D.C. Council legislative meeting today kicked off with a ceremonial resolution for the Washington Capitals for a season that saw them win the Southeast Division title. Owner Ted Leonsis and player Shaone Morrisonn were on hand to accept the resolution from Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who represents...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  10:51 AM ET, 05/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 05/06/2008

Shhhh! Everybody Calm Down

The D.C. Council is set to vote today on a noise bill that has been tabled, tweaked and revived. But the council appears to still be divided despite amendments offered by Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6). There was pouting and at least one audible...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  10:03 AM ET, 05/06/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 05/01/2008

Update: Sports Commission is "alive and well"

The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission might survive after all. During a D.C. Council committee markup, today, Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) accepted a friendly amendment to nix his plans to move the maintenance of RFK stadium out of the hands of the DC Sports & Entertainment Commission and give...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  03:38 PM ET, 05/01/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:47 AM ET, 05/01/2008

What Comes Around Goes Around

Let's continue down Klingle Road by taking a trip down memory lane. For Wilson Building insiders, yesterday's move by Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) might have looked familiar. Cheh, along with Council members Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) and Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large), managed to possibly stop...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  06:47 AM ET, 05/01/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 04/30/2008

Breaking News: Klingle Road Likely to Remain Closed

The D.C. Council Committee on Public Works and the Environment just voted 3 to 2 to keep Klingle Road closed. Klingle Road, which has been the subject of debate since it closed 17 years ago, would have been reopened under Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's budget plan after an 8 to...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  03:20 PM ET, 04/30/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 04/29/2008

Breaking News: Thomas Cancels Presser After School Shooting

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), who has been tackling a recent spike in homicides in his ward, had to cancel a 3:30 p.m. news conference about his plan to address the issue to go to the scene of yet another shooting. The podium that had been set...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  03:37 PM ET, 04/29/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 04/25/2008

Updated: Budget Battles: Brought to Tears

Here is Staff Writer Nikita Stewart's final report from Friday's hearing, which lasted until after 8 p.m. 4:20 p.m. Carolyn Dallas, executive director of Youth Court, left the council chambers in tears after council members appeared as if they will not honor her $450,000 request for the program that keeps...

By Marcia Davis  |  04:20 PM ET, 04/25/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 04/24/2008

Ministers Called to Action

About 30 ministers responded to Council member Harry Thomas Jr.'s call to action this morning, as the body count continues to rise in Ward 5 (six slayings in eight days). The ministers gathered at the John A. Wilson Building to talk about ways to deal with the spike in violence...

By Marcia Davis  |  01:05 PM ET, 04/24/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/21/2008

Thomas Explains Switch From Clinton to Obama

Harry Thomas Jr. told the D.C. Wire yesterday that he decided to throw his "superdelegate" support behind Barack Obama last week to honor the "will of his constituents." Thomas, the council member for Ward 5, had gotten the pot boiling in the District when, after winning a superdelegate seat to...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/21/2008

Crossing Boundaries

Ward 1 Council Member Jim Graham called The Post's City Desk yesterday to talk about a story that was stripped across the District's metro section Sunday morning. Posties Allison Klein and Dan Keating reported that burglaries are up 21 percent in the city, and police believe that some of it...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/21/2008

D.C. Council's Retired Lawyer is Busier Than Ever

Charlotte Brookins-Hudson is joined by members of the D.C. Affairs Section of the D.C. Bar who nominated her every year since 2003 for this award. (L-R) Sally Kram, Claudia McKoin, Jim Bubar, Matthew Watson, Brian Flowers and Ester Bushman (Photo by Mazi A. Ndubisi Ucheomumu) Charlotte Brookins-Hudson retired in...

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/21/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:51 AM ET, 04/17/2008

Gray to Take Communion

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said today will be one of his most memorable. Gray, who is Catholic, will take communion directly from the Pope today at mass at Nationals Park. "It is a momentous occasion, certainly one I will never forget," he told the D.C. Wire....

By Marcia Davis  |  07:51 AM ET, 04/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/17/2008

Barry Aide Talks About Plans

Keith Andrew Perry couldn't resist the D.C. Wire's quest to learn what he plans to do this time after leaving the John A. Wilson Building. Barry's soon-to-be-former chief of staff, who will depart on Friday, called to say he's launching a consulting business. He's been toying with the idea for...

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:47 PM ET, 04/16/2008

Breaking News: Thomas Backs Obama

You heard it here first. Council member and newly elected superdelegate Harry Thomas Jr., initially a supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, is announcing in minutes that he will cast his vote at the Democratic National Convention in Denver for Sen. Barack Obama....

By Nikita R Stewart  |  09:47 PM ET, 04/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:20 AM ET, 04/16/2008

Oh, the Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!

The ruckus over the ruckus is back. The D.C. Council voted unanimously yesterday to revive legislation aimed at quieting demonstrators in residential neighborhoods after tabling the measure in a narrow 7 to 5 vote in February. The Noise Control Protection Amendment Act of 2008, which would limit noncommercial public speech...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  07:20 AM ET, 04/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:59 AM ET, 04/16/2008

Barry Top Aide Quits

D.C. Council member Marion Barry's Chief of Staff, Keith Andrew Perry, has resigned. Perry, who came to work for Barry (D-Ward 8) in April 2006, will leave the office Friday. Perry was Barry's third chief of staff since he took office in 2004. Prior to Perry, Linda Greene and E....

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  06:59 AM ET, 04/16/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/15/2008

Security Officers Get Some Love

Four security companies and the SEIU Local 32BJ have entered four-year contracts that provide raises, health insurance and other benefits to about 1,500 security officers who work at three-quarters of the District's commercial office buildings, according to the union. Security officers and other members of the union joined council members...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 04/11/2008

Nats Ticket Showdown Continues...

At noonish, 19 tickets to tonight's Nationals game were delivered by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's office to the office of Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) to distribute to council members as he saw fit. But the chairman once again sent them back. "We would like to have the entire...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  04:00 PM ET, 04/11/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/11/2008

D.C.'s Former First Lady Has Her Own Juice

Poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou celebrated her 80th birthday last weekend at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach with a few of her closest celebrity friends, including a hometown one, Cora Masters Barry. Cora Masters Barry with writer Susan Taylor. Last weekend she was with Taylor again, and...

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/11/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 04/11/2008

Countdown to the Showdown

The Washington Nationals play the Atlanta Braves at 7:35 tonight, and council members are bracing for the dance they have been doing with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) all week. Since Monday, Fenty's office has been doling out tickets to the council hours before a game. For some reason, four...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  11:05 AM ET, 04/11/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 04/10/2008

Questions Linger on Lottery Contract

D.C. Council members Jim Graham and Marion Barry had kind words for the mayor when the city pulled the proposed lottery contract to W2I. "I'm very pleased," said Graham, the contract's harshest critic. "The public's interest is being served." Barry, who also said he had "serious" problems with the contract,...

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  05:05 PM ET, 04/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 04/10/2008

Mendelson Considering Hearing on Cameras

Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) is fuming about the city's new plan to centralize the monitoring of its 5,000 security cameras around the District. But he's not sure what exactly to do about it. "It's too soon for me to know what steps should be taken," said the council...

By Marcia Davis  |  12:11 PM ET, 04/10/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:59 AM ET, 04/09/2008

A Tree Grows in Ward 5

Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. seems to be trying hard to keep the focus on a campaign against violence in his ward. He said there have been at least 10 homicides in the ward this year. Last week Thomas called for a crime emergency, but that idea was turned...

By Marcia Davis  |  06:59 AM ET, 04/09/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 04/08/2008

Knock, Knock. Who's There? MPD

District residents, police and District Council members last night debated the merits of MPD's controversial Safe Homes initiative, in which officers will offer to search homes for guns with the permission of the property owners. During a council hearing, several members warned that the initiative could violate residents' rights. The...

By Marcia Davis  |  03:55 PM ET, 04/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 04/08/2008

Lottery Bids and Battles

Washington Post reporter Yolanda Woodlee writes about the D.C. Council hearing on the city's lottery contract in today's Post. One thing you quickly see about the two companies at the center of the fight over the lottery contract is that they have similar set ups. Both the current contract holder,...

By Marcia Davis  |  01:55 PM ET, 04/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 04/08/2008

Is He or Isn't He?

Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) became the latest Democrat to be elected a "superdelegate" - that all-powerful title that could make it or break it for Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama in their bid for the presidential nomination. During the Potomac Primary in February, Thomas said...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  08:46 AM ET, 04/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 04/07/2008

A Lot of Lawyers at Lottery Hearing

You know there's a hot issue in the Wilson Building when you see these three: Fred Cooke, Scott Bolden, and a familiar face from the D.C. Council, Kevin Chavous. All three lawyers were at today's hearing before Jack Evans' Committee on Finance and Revenue. The issue: the city's lottery contract....

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  05:06 PM ET, 04/07/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 04/07/2008

Lottery Contracts: A Number of Issues

A D.C. Council committee hearing on a proposed $120 million lottery contract this morning promises to be an intense exchange. Read Yolanda Woodlee and Dan Keating's report....

By Marcia Davis  |  09:16 AM ET, 04/07/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 04/04/2008

Pressing for a Crime Emergency in Ward 5

Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. (D-Ward 5) called yesterday for D.C. police to declare a "crime emergency" in his ward, the second council member to raise an alarm about neighborhood violence this week. Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) held an emergency meeting Tuesday night to discuss the two homicides last weekend in...

By Marcia Davis  |  07:05 AM ET, 04/04/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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