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Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Leon Swain Jr. to run as an independent for D.C. Council

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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)
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Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Need a Social Security number to drive? Maybe not in D.C.

Two D.C. Council members have introduced a bill to allow drivers licenses to be issued to residents who cannot provide a social security number, which could make it easier for undocumented immigrants to drive around the city.

By Tim Craig  |  01:43 PM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Gray faces first snow test as mayor

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is gearing up for his first test as the commander in chief of the city's snow-removal effort.

By Tim Craig  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Lopez files signatures, gets endorsement for at-large race

Joshua Lopez, who worked as a political aide to former mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), said he has filed enough signatures to be a candidate in the April 26 special election for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council.

By Tim Craig  |  04:07 PM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 01/10/2011

D.C. Democratic Committee head says her Biddle vote 'is private'

The head of the D.C. Democratic State Committee is refusing to publicly state who she voted for in last week's party vote on an interim at-large council member, calling the matter "private."

By Tim Craig  |  01:51 PM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/07/2011

D.C. Democrats secretly select Biddle

Despite national party rules forbidding "secret ballots," District Democrats may never know what members of their party's leadership are responsible for Sekou Biddle's temporary appointment to the D.C. Council.

By Tim Craig  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:35 PM ET, 01/03/2011

Robinson withdraws, endorses Orange

Kelvin J. Robinson is withdrawing from the race for the vacant at-large seat on the D.C. Council and throwing his support behind former council member Vincent Orange, he announced Monday night.

By Tim Craig  |  07:35 PM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 01/03/2011

Sekou Biddle picks up another endorsement

Hours after D.C. Council member Kwame Brown (D) endorsed his candidacy, Sekou Biddle snagged another high-profile supporter in his campaign for the vacant at-large seat on the D.C. Council.

By Tim Craig  |  06:20 PM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 01/03/2011

Kwame Brown endorses Sekou Biddle for at-large council seat

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown (D) is endorsing Sekou Biddle in the race for the vacant at-large seat on the council, providing a sizeable boost to the school board member just days before the D.C. Democratic State Committee names a replacement.

By Tim Craig  |  03:03 PM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/03/2011

Brown replaces Evans with Cheh as D.C. Council No. 2

In one of his first official acts, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown (D) on Monday removed member Jack Evans as council chairperson pro-tempore and replaced him with Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3)

By Tim Craig  |  11:50 AM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Brown shakes up council committees

D.C. Council member Kwame Brown (D-At Large), the incoming council chairman, shook up the committee chairmanships Wednesday, forcing Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) to swap committees.

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:33 PM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 12/21/2010

Council modifies welfare proposal

The D.C. Council is stepping away from its position to gradually remove all long-term welfare recipients from the rolls, instead embracing a proposal to punish only those families who do not take advantage of job training and placement programs.

By Tim Craig  |  11:26 AM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 12/07/2010

Council poised to enact unpaid furlough for city workers

The D.C. Council is poised to approve a revised 2011 budget today that calls for all non-essential city employees to take four furlough days on holidays, meaning they will not get paid time off on those days.

By Tim Craig  |  01:59 PM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 12/07/2010

D.C. Council rejects tax increase

The D.C. Council voted 8 to 5 on Tuesday to reject a pair of proposals to raise income taxes to prevent deep cuts to many social service programs, including those that help low-income residents pay for childcare and rent.

By Tim Craig  |  01:07 PM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 12/02/2010

City water director says monitoring shows no current lead problem

At a new conference Thursday morning in front of the Blue Plains Advanced Water Treatment Plant, the head of the city's water and sewer authority said the CDC report "is not new news." George S. Hawkins, the director, said the report merely confirms previous findings that partial lead replacements, which...

By Tim Craig  |  11:38 AM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 11/22/2010

David Catania seeks education panel chairmanship

D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At large) is vying to become the next chairman of the city's Education Committee, saying he wants to take his "skill set and apply it to school reform.

By Tim Craig  |  10:27 AM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 11/18/2010

'House blessing' canceled after fraud conviction comes to light

The leaders of the Washington Interfaith Network have abruptly canceled a ceremony celebrating the D.C. Weatherization Initiative after it was discovered that a benefactor of the program had defrauded the federal government.

By Tim Craig  |  06:20 PM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Sources: Fenty might propose doubling residential parking fees

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) may propose doubling residential parking permit fees as he attempts to close a $185 million budget shortfall before he leaves office Jan. 2, according to administration officials.

By Tim Craig  |  04:46 PM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Bicycle, transit advocates fire back in support of Tregoning, Klein

Advocates for bicyclists and more mass transit options are firing back at the Committee of 100 on the Federal City over its opposition to Gabe Klein, director of the D.C. Department of Transportation, and Harriet Tregoning, who heads up the planning office.

By Tim Craig  |  04:07 PM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:39 PM ET, 11/02/2010

Too early to tell if GOP-controlled House will meddle with D.C. affairs, Norton says

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said Tuesday night that it was too early to tell whether the new GOP majority in the House of Representatives will take aim at the District's same-sex marriage, medical marijuana or needle exchange laws.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:39 PM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 11/02/2010

Court orders Thomas to turn over documents

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D- Ward 5) to comply with a subpoena from Attorney General Peter Nickles to provide fundraising information on Thomas's nonprofit.

By Washington Post editors  |  11:24 AM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 11/01/2010

D.C. Democrats reach across Potomac to help Connolly

The D.C. Democratic State Committee, which has largely been on the sidelines in the battle for control of Congress, sent out an "urgent" appeal late Sunday night seeking volunteers who can travel to Virginia to help U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va). Connolly is locked in a close race with...

By Tim Craig  |  10:18 AM ET, 11/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 10/15/2010

Fenty write-in camp wants Gray to launch probe of Harry Thomas

The "Write Fenty In" for mayor campaign is stepping up efforts to try to prove it's a credible effort, releasing a statement today calling on opponent Vincent C. Gray to launch an investigation into council member Harry M. Thomas (D-Ward 5).

By Tim Craig  |  02:28 PM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 10/05/2010

City's critters win protections

The raccoons, opossums and foxes that roam District neighborhoods can breathe a bit easier. The D.C. Council gave tentative approval Tuesday to a bill that would implement tough new standards for how animal and pest control companies rid District homes and properties of unwanted wild animals. The bill, which does...

By Tim Craig  |  12:18 PM ET, 10/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 10/04/2010

Wild animals and their fans await key Council vote

Several D.C. Council members appear skeptical of a bill by Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) that would give additional protections to wild animals that wander into homes or yards of District residents. The "wildlife protection" bill, which the council will hold a preliminary vote on Tuesday, would toughen...

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:47 PM ET, 10/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 10/04/2010

Mendelson defends D.C. police for pot bust

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), chairman of the Committee Public Safety and the Judiciary, is defending D.C. police for obtaining a search warrant that resulted in the arrest of a veteran CBS News radio reporter and his wife on charges that they were growing marijuana in the yard of their Georgetown home.

By Tim Craig  |  01:44 PM ET, 10/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 09/29/2010

Gray: It feels like country is in a 'depression'

Responding to news the District is facing a budget shortfall of $175 million, presumptive mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray (D) said it feels like the nation is in a "depression."

By Tim Craig  |  12:20 PM ET, 09/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 09/23/2010

Gray: Rhee's future not discussed in 'philosophical' meeting

Update: A number of readers have questioned my suggestion that Rhee was close to tears. After reviewing the video, I've thought about it and have removed the reference. Video: Rhee grim-faced after meeting | Photos: The press conference D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee...

By Tim Craig  |  01:48 PM ET, 09/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 09/01/2010

Gray exceeds fundraising goals, sources say

D.C. Council Chairman and mayoral candidate Vincent C. Gray, surging in the polls, has already exceeded the $1.5 million fundraising goal he established when he launched his campaign, according to sources familiar with his fundraising.

By Tim Craig  |  09:08 AM ET, 09/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 08/25/2010

Current newspapers endorse Gray

The Current, which publishes several newspapers in Northwest, has endorsed D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. The editorial board of The Current, an influential publication that focuses on neighborhood news, wrote Wednesday that it had a difficult time choosing between Gray and incumbent Adrian...

By Tim Craig  |  06:03 PM ET, 08/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 08/10/2010

Amount spent to defeat soda tax a mystery

The American Beverage Association spent $313,000 to directly lobby against Council member Mary M. Cheh's proposal to assess a 1-cent per ounce tax on soda, according to records filed with the Office of Campaign Finance. But lawmakers and voters may never know the full extent of the beverage industry's successful...

By Tim Craig  |  04:01 PM ET, 08/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 08/03/2010

UPDATED: Council rejects GOP nominee to elections board

The D.C. Council voted 7 to 4 to reject Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's nominee to the Board of Elections and Ethics on Tuesday, meaning there remains one vacancy on the panel.

By Tim Craig  |  01:37 PM ET, 08/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:13 AM ET, 07/27/2010

Medical marijuana now legal

Medical marijuana is now legal in the District after the Democrat-controlled Congress declined to overrule a D.C Council bill that allows the city to set up as many as eight dispensaries where chronically ill patients can purchase the drug. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said in a statement the bill...

By Erica Johnston  |  12:13 AM ET, 07/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 07/25/2010

D.C. Latino Caucus endorses Gray in mayor's race

D.C Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray scored a landslide victory in an endorsement vote held Saturday night by the D.C. Latino Caucus, the official voice of Hispanics within the D.C Democratic State Committee. The vote means the caucus is working on Gray's behalf against incumbent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)...

By Tim Craig  |  01:05 PM ET, 07/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 07/15/2010

Moten to speak to media, challenge Gray

D.C. Councilman Vincent C. Gray may be running against Adrian M. Fenty in the mayor's race, but it might seem Thursday as if Gray is running against Fenty-ally Ronald C. Moten, the co-founder of Peaceoholics. Moten has alerted the media to a noon press conference he is holding outside of...

By Tim Craig  |  09:38 AM ET, 07/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 07/08/2010

Gray calls on Fenty to fire Nickles

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) Thursday called on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to fire Attorney General Peter Nickles, arguing Nickles has become "the mayor's political hatchet man" instead of the city's top lawyer. Gray, who is challenging Fenty in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, accused Nickles of "protecting...

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:24 PM ET, 07/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 06/30/2010

Gray snags endorsement of NFL star Vernon Davis

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) may have local go-go stars in his camp, but his main opponent, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, has the support of NFL star Vernon Davis. Davis, a tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, will be hosting a fundraiser for Gray's mayoral campaign...

By Tim Craig  |  02:49 PM ET, 06/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 06/23/2010

Thieves hit Vincent Gray's home

First, apparent thieves steal two bikes from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's garage, despite round-the-clock police protection at the mayor's Crestwood home. Now, burglars have tried to break into the Hillcrest home of D.C. Council Chairman and mayoral candidate Vincent C. Gray. Gray's campaign reports someone tried to gain access through...

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:25 AM ET, 06/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 06/18/2010

Gray wins over Fenty in Ward 3 straw poll

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray edged past Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in the Ward 3 Democratic straw poll, eking out a victory in a part of town that had been widely believed to be the mayor's strongest base of support.

By Tim Craig  |  10:13 AM ET, 06/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 06/15/2010

Fliers urge voters to 'Slap' Fenty

For two consecutive weeks, people attending candidates forums in the D.C. mayor's race have been greeted with fliers urging them to "slap" Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). "Slap This Brat," states the flyer, which includes a photo-shopped image of Fenty's face attached to a baby sitting on a rocking...

By Tim Craig  |  12:56 PM ET, 06/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 06/15/2010

Fenty's debate notes become D.C. campaign issue

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's heavy reliance on notes and briefing books during candidates forums appeared to undermine his efforts Monday night to keep the Gertrude Stein Democratic club from endorsing Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray in the mayor's race. Democrats Fenty and Gray spent more than an hour answering questions...

By Tim Craig  |  10:54 AM ET, 06/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 06/10/2010

Fenty seems ill-prepared in TV interview

Appearing on set with the morning anchors, Fenty appeared ill-prepared to answer questions about the triple shooting last night near Howard University, the Washington Post story this morning about questionable DUI arrests in the city, or his views on the Office of Campaign Investigation into whether D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee improperly solicited private money to fund the teachers' contract.

By Tim Craig  |  02:56 PM ET, 06/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 06/08/2010

Nickles wants reply time extension for FOIA requests

The D.C. government is unable to handle the crush of Public Information Act requests it is receiving from unions, disgruntled employees, taxpayers, citizens, journalists and others trying to obtain information from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration, according to Attorney General Peter Nickles.

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:22 PM ET, 06/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 06/07/2010

D.C. to auction off former Greater Southeast Hospital

The District will auction off the United Medical Center property in Southeast Washington next month unless an agreement can be reached with the current owner, Specialty Hospitals of America, over how best to salvage the troubled facility.

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Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 06/04/2010

In Ward 3, the Gray-Cheh ticket (not exactly)

Over the past week, Gray volunteers have been near the Van Ness Metro station handing out campaign materials for both the chairman and Cheh. And if you see someone putting up a Gray yard sign in Ward 3, it's a safe bet they are also putting up Cheh signs nearby.

By Tim Craig  |  01:20 PM ET, 06/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 05/28/2010

Nurses announce support for Gray in D.C. mayor's race

The District of Columbia Nurses Association, which represents 2,000 nurses and health professionals who work in the city, announced today it is supporting Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) over incumbent Adrian M. Fenty (D) in the mayor's race. "Unlike the current mayor, Vincent Gray has a track record of...

By Tim Craig  |  01:10 PM ET, 05/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 05/27/2010

Police, firefighters expected to endorse Gray

District firefighters and police officers are expected to announce shortly that they are supporting Vincent C. Gray over incumbent Adrian M. Fenty in the September Democratic primary for mayor. Gray will endorsed by the local fraternal order of police lodge and the Firefighters Association of D.C at 11 a.m. Like...

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Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 05/26/2010

Gray: Street car program will move forward in future

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), who orchestrated a $50 million cut to the city's proposed street car program late Tuesday night without public input, is vowing he will move forward with the program at a later date. Earlier Wednesday, the council agreed with Gray to cut most of...

By Tim Craig  |  02:04 PM ET, 05/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 05/26/2010

Council rejects higher taxes for wealthy residents

The D.C. Council Wednesday rejected a proposal to raise income taxes on residents who earn $350,000 or more annually. Although the council continues to debate the budget, it has now all but ruled out property or income tax increases next year. But the council plans to extend the city's 6...

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:19 PM ET, 05/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 05/26/2010

Protest by social service advocates disrupts D.C. council breakfast

Dozens of advocates stormed into a closed-door D.C. Council breakfast meeting this morning to protest spending cuts in the fiscal year 2011 budget that members plan to vote on later today. Organized by a group called Save Our Safety Net, the advocates pushed into the meeting shortly before 10 a.m....

By Tim Craig  |  10:41 AM ET, 05/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 05/24/2010

Brown, social service advocates press for D.C. tax on rich

Council member Michael Brown (I-At large), backed by social service advocates, has launched a final push to try to convince his colleagues to raise taxes on the wealthy to preserve additional funding for human services. On Thursday, a majority of the council appeared to signal during budget deliberations that they...

By Tim Craig  |  05:27 PM ET, 05/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 05/24/2010

New FBI crime stats likely to be an issue in D.C. mayor's race

Washington Reporter Jerry Markon reports this afternoon that violent crime was down in the District and nationally in 2009. With crime shaping up a possible issue in this year's race for mayor, look for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to quickly latch onto the numbers to try bolster his argument...

By Tim Craig  |  03:21 PM ET, 05/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 05/24/2010

Due to "billing issues," D.C. running low on free condoms

Even as the D.C. Department of Health tries to broaden its condom distribution program by offering more expensive Trojan products, city officials have been struggling recently to supply condoms to non-profit organizations that partner with the city to battle HIV/AIDS, officials said Monday. Michael Kharfen, a spokesman for the D.C....

By Tim Craig  |  11:20 AM ET, 05/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 05/20/2010

Council all but kills soda tax

A majority of D.C. Council members signaled their opposition Thursday to a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on soda, probably killing the proposal.

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Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 05/20/2010

Penn. Ave. bike lanes delayed

Update, 4:45 p.m.: Gabe Klein, director of the Department of Transportation, called to clarify that the delay in the opening of the bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue might not result in the lanes growing tighter. But Klein said the lanes need to be "redesigned" to enhance the safety of...

By Tim Craig  |  01:40 PM ET, 05/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 05/20/2010

Cafritz supports Gray for mayor -- but also wants school reform continuity

Former D.C. School Board member Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a well-known socialite and patron of the arts, said Wednesday night she is supporting Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) in the mayor's race. But if you were one of the 250 people who attended the D.C. Appleseed dinner that night, you...

By Tim Craig  |  10:42 AM ET, 05/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 05/19/2010

D.C. budget talks to be televised

If you want to see your District government at work, tune into the local government access channel (Channel 13 for Comcast cable subscribers in the city.)

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Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 05/17/2010

Ads aim to persuade D.C. council on contracting reform, soda tax

Two interest groups are aiming election-year advertising campaigns at the D.C. Council members who are racing to complete work on the budget this week. The Service Employees International Union will begin airing an ad Tuesday in the City Paper calling on the council to enact "strong" contracting reform. Although the...

By Tim Craig  |  07:11 PM ET, 05/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 05/12/2010

Restaurants band together to defeat D.C. soda tax

More than three dozen local restaurants and businesses are joining forces to try to defeat Council member Mary M. Cheh's proposal for a citywide soda tax. In today's edition of the Northwest Current, a group called NoDCBeverage Tax took out a full-page ad opposing the proposed tax. "Listen up D.C.,"...

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Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 05/07/2010

D.C. Democratic committee wants to tax the rich

The D.C. Democratic State Committee approved a resolution Thursday night calling on the city council to raise taxes on city residents who earn $200,000 or more a year, about 5 percent of the population. The resolution, which comes as some liberal advocates are pushing for higher taxes to stave off...

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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 04/21/2010

Gray announces veteran campaign team for D.C. mayoral bid

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray has announced his campaign team, a list that includes numerous veterans of local and national political efforts. Gray, who so far doesn't have a big campaign account, appears to be sending a signal that he has quickly put together a real campaign that will be...

By Tim Craig  |  01:29 PM ET, 04/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 04/16/2010

Obama: Congress needs to pass D.C. voting rights

President Obama is urging Congress to approve a D.C. voting rights bill, just as one is scheduled to come before the U.S. House of Representatives next week. Although Obama has long indicated he supported giving District residents a vote on Congress, some advocates have accused him of being too silent...

By Tim Craig  |  01:18 PM ET, 04/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 04/14/2010

Backlash builds over Fenty parking fee increase plan

The backlash is building against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's (D) proposal to use increased parking fees and traffic tickets to help close the city's budget shortfall, including raising the cost to park at some meters to $3 an hour. At a news conference this morning, the leaders of AAA Mid-Atlantic...

By Tim Craig  |  12:32 PM ET, 04/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 04/07/2010

D.C. campaign finance office clears Gray of wrongdoing

The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance has cleared Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) of wrongdoing for his decision to allow a company owned by friend and mega developer William C. Smith to perform improvements at his home, according to a ruling released this afternoon. The office, part of the...

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Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 04/06/2010

D.C. officials announce expansion of food stamp program

District officials announced Tuesday that they greatly expanded the city's food stamp program recently, allowing up to 5,000 residents to be added to the rolls to help fight poverty and boost the local economy. At a news conference this afternoon, council member Michael Brown (I-At Large) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward...

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Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 04/05/2010

Fenty hopes to attend funerals for Southeast massacre victims, sources say

The word around the John A. Wilson Building is that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will try to attend several, if not all, of the funerals for the men who were fatally shot last week in Southeast. Mafara Hobson, a Fenty spokeswoman, did not immediately respond to questions about the...

By Tim Craig  |  03:24 PM ET, 04/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 04/02/2010

New indictment details Loza conversations

In a superseding indictment filed Thursday, Ted G. Loza was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, an additional count of bribery, a count of extortion and a count of making false statements. The charges are in addition to the two bribery charges that were brought in September against Loza, who worked as D.C. Council member Jim Graham's chief of staff for more than a decade.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:32 AM ET, 04/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 04/01/2010

UPDATED: Former Graham chief of staff faces new charges

The U.S. attorney's office added additional charges against Ted G. Loza, who was D.C. Council member Jim Graham's chief of staff before he was arrested last fall.

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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 04/01/2010

Fenty proposes to use bag tax money for street sweeping

As part of the budget that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) unveiled this morning, the city would spend "$2.6 million in disposable bag fee revenue to pay for street sweeping programs to keep litter out of the river," according to a summary of the budget distributed by the mayor's office.

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Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 03/31/2010

Evans in chairman's race

D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) said Wednesday that he's "definitely running" for council chairman in the September Democratic primary, a race he said he has been "preparing for years."

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:19 AM ET, 03/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/29/2010

Bag tax raises $150,000, but far fewer bags used

The District's 5-cent bag tax generated about $150,000 during the month of January to help clean up the Anacostia River, even though residents have dramatically scaled back their use of disposable bags, according a report city officials issued Monday.

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Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/26/2010

If California legalizes pot, will D.C. follow?

If they aren't already, elected officials in the District should be keeping close tabs on this year's election in California. On Wednesday, advocates for legalizing marijuana officially secured enough signatures to put a referendum on the California ballot this November asking voters to legalize and tax pot. And, judging by...

By Tim Craig  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 03/26/2010

D.C. school lunch bill has a California twist

Chef Alice Waters, a pioneer of "California Cuisine" and owner of Chez Panisse Café and Restaurant in Berkley, Calif., says it's time District schools become more like ones in her town.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:23 AM ET, 03/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 03/25/2010

Senate rejects attempt to block D.C. same-sex marriage

In its first direct vote on the issue, the U.S. Senate has rejected an amendment to the health care reconciliation bill that would have stopped same-sex marriage in the District until a referendum could be held. Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) had introduced that amendment; the full Senate rejected it early...

By Tim Craig  |  12:28 PM ET, 03/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 03/24/2010

Thune: Republicans can win in local D.C. races

If District Republicans work hard enough, the overwhelmingly Democratic capital city can be just like Massachusetts. That was message U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) delivered Tuesday night at the D.C. Republican Committee's annual Lincoln-Douglass Dinner. Noting the GOP is fielding a record four candidates for council seats this year, Thune...

By Tim Craig  |  01:19 PM ET, 03/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 03/24/2010

Utah senator again tries to block D.C. same-sex marriage

The District's new same-sex marriage law could become entangled, at least briefly, in the U.S. Senate debate over changes to the health care reform act that President Obama signed into law Tuesday. Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) has introduced an amendment that would suspend the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex...

By Tim Craig  |  12:18 PM ET, 03/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 03/23/2010

Union decries Fenty, Cheh procurement plans

The politically influential union is pushing for provisions to the bill that would guarantee that the city only contracts with companies that are bonded.

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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 03/18/2010

How many black voters in D.C. opted for McCain? Here are three.

Here something to ponder today: How many African Americans in the District voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz. ) over President Obama in the 2008 presidential elections? No one knows that exact answer, but there are at least three. The D.C. Republican Committee announced this week that it will be...

By Tim Craig  |  11:16 AM ET, 03/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 03/17/2010

Baltimore says 'no thanks' to D.C. plastic bag approach

It appears, for now, Baltimore will not be joining the District in implementing a bag tax. After the District's 5-cent bag tax law took effect, Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry proposed a 25-cent bag tax for Charm City. But the Baltimore Sun reports a Baltimore City Council committee instead endorsed...

By Tim Craig  |  02:36 PM ET, 03/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 03/16/2010

D.C. council debates: What's best for jail inmates?

D.C. Council members spent about 90 minutes today debating whether it is better and more humane to release inmates from the city jail during the day or during the overnight hours. The lengthy discussion, which sparked some tense moments among members, stemmed from a proposal by Council member Phil Mendelson...

By Tim Craig  |  02:23 PM ET, 03/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 03/16/2010

Gray backs bill to let more sunshine into council proceedings

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), a potential candidate for mayor, has signed on as a co-sponsor to a bill that would open up more city government and council meetings to the public. The legislation, introduced by council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), would probably end the council practice...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:57 AM ET, 03/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 03/12/2010

Republican DeMartino plans run against Wells in D.C. council race

In the first of several expected announcements from Republicans hoping to break the Democratic Party's grip on the D.C. Council, Jim DeMartino says he will file Friday afternoon to challenge Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) in the November election. A lawyer and former Marine Corps officer, De Martino is...

By Tim Craig  |  01:06 PM ET, 03/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 02/19/2010

A third D.C. judge rules against same-sex marriage opponents

Another Superior Court judge has denied a request by same-sex marriage opponents to overturn D.C. Board of Elections rulings against a referendum on the issue.

By Tim Craig  |  04:53 PM ET, 02/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 02/19/2010

D.C. fire officials defend snow storm response

D.C. fire officials are pushing back against accusations by Kenneth Lyons, president of the union that represents some city paramedics, that the fire department and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) did not take the recent snowstorm seriously enough. Lyons and Kristopher Baumann, the head of local police union, have raised...

By Tim Craig  |  03:19 PM ET, 02/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/16/2010

Cheh: Council should 'condemn' Barry's actions

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) is the first council member to respond to today's release of Attorney Robert S. Bennett's investigation into how Council member Marion Barry managed tax dollars. In a statement, Cheh is urging her colleagues to "condemn" Barry's actions and refer Bennett's findings to...

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/16/2010

Bennett report: Barry benefited from city contract obtained for ex-girlfriend

D.C. Council Member Marion Barry personally benefited from the contract he obtained for his former girlfriend and directed earmarks that "provided substantial financial benefits to some of his close friends and supports," according to a report by attorney Robert S. Bennett (pdf file). In the report, Bennett stated Barry violated...

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Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 02/12/2010

Fenty highlights plowing at newly cleared Ward 4 street

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), who is up for reelection this year, appeared to be in full campaign mode during an afternoon update on the city's snow-removal efforts. Fenty called the media to the 1400 block of Buchanan Street NW, near the intersection of 14th Street, in Ward 4. He...

By Anne Bartlett  |  06:32 PM ET, 02/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 02/11/2010

Lending a helping (and self-helping) hand

D.C. Council members are taking advantage of this week's consecutive snowstorms to help out their neighbors - and score some political points in the process. On Tuesday, during whiteout conditions, council member Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5) sent out a statement calling on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to request more...

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:23 PM ET, 02/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 02/11/2010

Graham sets hearings on snow response

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) announced Thursday he will hold a series hearings to evaluate how the city responded to consecutive blizzards this month. Graham, chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, wants to figure out why snow-removal efforts appear worse this month than they did...

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Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 02/10/2010

D.C. council members call for National Guard clean-up help

Several D.C. Council members are calling on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to ask President Obama to declare the District a federal emergency and send in the National Guard to help clean up the snow The council members, some of whom have been feuding with Fenty over various issues in...

By Anne Bartlett  |  05:22 PM ET, 02/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 02/10/2010

Fenty: D.C. will call in extra snow plowing equipment

Describing Wednesday's blizzard as "outrageous," D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said the city will be calling in extra equipment to start digging out snowbound residents.  At a mid-morning update, Fenty said the District will likely have its all-time snowiest winter this season, and he urged residents to be patients...

By Anne Bartlett  |  11:23 AM ET, 02/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/09/2010

Fenty snow briefings move around D.C., shutting out some media

During an emergency, government leaders often huddle at the emergency command center, which can serve not as only the nerve center for government but also a one-stop shop to get information out to the public through the media. Over the weekend, for example, Maryland Gov. Martin J. O'Malley (D) was...

By Anne Bartlett  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 02/05/2010

Fenty: Stay off the city streets tonight

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) is urging motorists and pedestrians to stay off city streets tonight because snowfall rates could exceed 3 inches an hour. At an 11 a.m. storm briefing in Logan Circle, Fenty noted the city could approach its all-time record snowfall of 28 inches, recorded in...

By Anne Bartlett  |  12:23 PM ET, 02/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/02/2010

Jim Graham leads in fundraising among D.C. council members

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) leads the way in fundraising among the D.C. Council members who are up for reelection this year. Graham, who is seeking a fourth term, raised $171,391 from Oct. 1 through Jan. 31. Graham, who has been battered by a wave of bad news in...

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:00 PM ET, 02/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 02/01/2010

Gray: Fenty administration has overspent by $200 million

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) on Monday accused Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's (D) administration of overspending by $200 million, risking the city's ability to balance its budget. Last week, Chief Financial Natwar Gandhi briefed council members on what Gray called the "very alarming fiscal condition of the city." Gandhi's...

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:42 PM ET, 02/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 01/29/2010

Gandhi will continue contract payments while seeking court ruling

Chief Financial Natwar Gandhi announced Friday afternoon he will continue payments on the contracts that were not voted on by the D.C. Council, but he plans to ask a judge to sort out the ongoing feud between the mayor and the council over the issue. In recent weeks, Gandhi has...

By Anne Bartlett  |  04:14 PM ET, 01/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 01/28/2010

Brother of Graham's chief of staff fatally shot

Calvin Lavonne Woodland, the younger brother of D.C. Council member Jim Graham's chief of staff, was killed Wednesday night in a shooting in the 800 block of Barnaby Place SE. Woodland, 18, is the son of the late Calvin Woodland Sr., a prominent community activist with deep ties to the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:24 PM ET, 01/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:54 PM ET, 01/27/2010

Utah congressman seeks to block D.C. same-sex marriages

U.S. Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced a disapproval resolution today in Congress to block the city's attempt to legalize same-sex marriage. If approved by the House and Senate, as well as signed by President Obama, the resolution would override the same-sex marriage bill signed by Mayor Adrian M Fenty (D)...

By Anne Bartlett  |  06:54 PM ET, 01/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 01/27/2010

Elections board holds a third hearing on same-sex marriage challenge

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics is holding another hearing today to decide whether same-sex marriage opponents can hold an referendum to overturn the D.C. Council bill legalizing those marriages. The hearing marks the third time this year that elections board has been called on to decide whether voters...

By Anne Bartlett  |  12:05 PM ET, 01/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 01/18/2010

Barry Vows to Raise $100,000 for Quake Victims

D.C. Council member and former mayor Marion Barry (D) vowed Monday to spearhead an effort to raise $100,000 in the coming weeks for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Barry, who said he has already donated $1,000 of his own money to relief efforts, is also calling on Mayor...

By Tim Craig  |  06:29 PM ET, 01/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 01/12/2010

Chamber leader wants vigorous mayoral race

With the Distirct gaining population and with homicides in the city at a 43-year low, one could assume that Washington business leaders would be pleased to see Mayor Adrian. M. Fenty (D) easily glide into a second term. The leaders of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, however, think it would...

By Anne Bartlett  |  12:21 PM ET, 01/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/11/2010

D.C.'s same-sex marriage bill now before Congress

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) announced Monday that the countdown to legalized same-sex marriage in the District has begun. In a statement, Norton said a bill approved by the D.C. Council last month has arrived on Capitol Hill. Congress will have 30 legislative days to review it. The bill becomes...

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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 01/11/2010

Gray: I wouldn't campaign for or against Rhee, Lanier

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, a possible challenger to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), said he would not campaign on a platform that includes either replacing or retaining schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee or Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier if he runs for mayor this year. In an interview with...

By Anne Bartlett  |  11:47 AM ET, 01/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 01/05/2010

Council gives preliminary nod to elected attorney general plan

The D.C. Council unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday for voters to select the city attorney instead of allowing the mayor to fill the position. But the decision, which still must reaffirmed with a second vote later this month, does not mean there will be an elected attorney general anytime soon....

By Anne Bartlett  |  02:19 PM ET, 01/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 01/05/2010

Gray: D.C. residents paid $3.6B in federal taxes last year

The tally is in, and D.C. residents shelled out $3.6 billion in federal taxes last year. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) unveiled that number at Tuesday's council meeting to highlight the District's lack of voting rights in Congress. A year ago, just as more than 1 million visitors were...

By Anne Bartlett  |  11:07 AM ET, 01/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 01/04/2010

Sources: Catania is leaning toward re-election bid

D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At large) is strongly leaning towards seeking a fourth full term this year, according to sources familiar with his thinking. Catania, who most recently pushed through the proposal to legalize same-sex marriage, is said to have made his decision over the holiday break. A...

By Anne Bartlett  |  11:45 AM ET, 01/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 12/23/2009

Nickles comments on Fenty's security detail

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has no plans to refund the cost of his security detail while on personal business, but the mayor spends less on his protection than previous mayors did, Attorney General Peter Nickles told council leaders today. Responding to a WTOP radio investigation that that found...

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:43 PM ET, 12/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 12/16/2009

Mendelson backs off Fenty security probe -- for now

At least for now, D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At large) has backed away from his plan to launch an official investigation into how Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) uses his security detail. In the aftermath of a WTOP radio story that revealed Fenty used police escorts on some of...

By Anne Bartlett  |  04:49 PM ET, 12/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 12/16/2009

Bill would allow no-smoking signs near businesses

A D.C. Council committee approved a bill Wednesday that would allow business owners in the District to post "no smoking" signs within 25 feet of the front door of their property. But the bill, designed to break up the clusters of smokers who crowd around some doorways, does not...

By Anne Bartlett  |  04:24 PM ET, 12/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 12/07/2009

Council members to celebrate same-sex marriage bill passage

The date for the final vote on the D.C. Council bill to legalize same-sex marriage has been set, and council members are ready to celebrate. The council and the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group, are teaming up to throw a party next Tuesday at the Long View...

By Anne Bartlett  |  12:11 PM ET, 12/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 12/02/2009

Excerpts: Post reporter answers gay marriage questions

Washington Post reporter Tim Craig was online earlier today to answer readers' questions about the D.C. Council's vote to legalize gay marriage in the city. Excerpts follow; read the full discussion here. Southeast D.C.: So if all goes well, when can I marry my partner here in D.C.? Tim Craig:...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  06:16 PM ET, 12/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 11/18/2009

Same-sex marriage opponents file lawsuit

Bishop Harry Jackson, represented by attorneys from a conservative legal organization, filed suit today against the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics over its refusal to allow an initiative to ban same-sex marriage. Attorneys for the Alliance Defense Fund said the suit was filed today in D.C. Superior Court. On...

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:16 PM ET, 11/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 11/10/2009

D.C. council committee approves same-sex marriage bill

A DC Council Committee voted 4 to 1 this afternoon to send a bill legalizing same-sex marriage to the full council for debate. Council member Phil Mendelson, chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and Judiciary, said the legislation was "both simple and monumental." With the committee vote, the full...

By Anne Bartlett  |  02:02 PM ET, 11/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 11/09/2009

Committee unveils changes to same-sex bill

A D.C. Council committee will probably approve major changes Tuesday to the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District, including a provision that will make it easier for churches to avoid having to participate in gay weddings and receptions. In preparation for the "mark up" hearing before the Committee...

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:39 PM ET, 11/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:56 AM ET, 11/09/2009

Marion Barry's mother dies

D.C. Council member Marion Barry's mother, Mattie Cummings, died early Sunday morning in her hometown of Memphis, Tenn. She was 92.

By By Tim Craig  |  05:56 AM ET, 11/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 11/06/2009

D.C. youth agency names interim director

The board of the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation announced Friday that Ellen London will be the organization's interim president and CEO while it undertakes a national search for a permanent director. London replaces Millicent Williams, who has been nominated by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to serve...

By Anne Bartlett  |  05:09 PM ET, 11/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 10/28/2009

Words Matter in Hartsock Feud

In the battle over whether Ximena Hartsock remains interim director of the parks and recreation department, words matter. First, Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) insulted Latinos by stating Hartsock didn't understand "black and brown" culture. After the council voted 7 to 5 to reject Hartsock, she responded to Barry...

By Tim Craig  |  04:15 PM ET, 10/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 10/27/2009

Council will send delegation to meet Fenty

The D.C. Council plans to send a five-member delegation to meet with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to discuss how the two sides can end the showdown over the reappointment of the director of parks and recreation. Fenty reappointed Ximena Hartsock on Friday as interim director, three weeks after...

By Tim Craig  |  06:56 PM ET, 10/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 10/27/2009

Council meets behind closed doors

The D.C. Council is having a meeting in Chairman Vincent C. Gray's (D) conference room, but members will not let reporters view the discussions. When a Washington Post reporter opened the door to try to enter, citing the open meetings law, Gray told the reporter to leave. Gray said the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:21 PM ET, 10/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 10/27/2009

Another vote for same-sex marriage

There may be another vote on the D.C. Council in support of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District. Nine council members are co-sponsoring council member David A. Catania's (I-At Large) same-sex marriage bill. Council members Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Harry Thomas...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:36 AM ET, 10/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/26/2009

Brown wants Nickles to apologize to Cheh

Did D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles take his political battle with the D.C. Council a bit too far when he referred to council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) as an "angry woman?" Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) thinks so. Brown, a potential candidate for mayor next year,...

By Tim Craig  |  12:06 PM ET, 10/26/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 10/23/2009

Hundreds plan to testify at same-sex marriage hearing

More than 250 people have signed up to testify for or against a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in the District, setting the stage for what may be one of the biggest hearings ever conducted by the D.C. Council. So many people have signed up to testify that the hearing,...

By Tim Craig  |  03:36 PM ET, 10/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 10/19/2009

Graham gives up taxicab industry oversight

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is giving up his oversight of the city's taxicab issues after his chief of staff was arrested last month for allegedly taking a bribe from a member of the industry. Graham sent council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) a letter Monday asking that...

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:31 PM ET, 10/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 10/15/2009

Evans: I'll Run for Chairman if Gray Runs for Mayor

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) confirmed today he plans to run for council chairman if incumbent Vincent C. Gray (D) decides to run for mayor next year. Evans, who has held ambitions to ascend to the chairman's office since his unsuccessful mayoral bid in 1998, made his remarks during...

By Anne Bartlett  |  06:18 PM ET, 10/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 10/14/2009

Brown Confronts Nickles Over Tone of Hartsock Debate

D.C. Council Kwame Brown (D-At large) confronted Attorney General Peter Nickles on the steps of city hall this evening and accused him of needlessly fanning racial tensions surrounding the council's decision not to confirm Ximena Hartsock as the director of Parks and Recreation. "You should be ashamed of yourself," Brown...

By Tim Craig  |  06:42 PM ET, 10/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 10/12/2009

Marion Barry Released From Hospital

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward) 8 was released from Howard University Hospital Monday after a week of treatment for dehydration and a "mild infection," a Barry spokeswoman said. Barry, 73, who had a kidney transplant in February, drove himself to Howard last Monday because he was not feeling well and...

By Vanessa Williams  |  06:16 PM ET, 10/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 10/08/2009

Barry Remains in Intensive Care

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) remains hospitalized in intensive care at Howard University Hospital. Barry, who underwent a kidney transplant in February, was admitted to the hospital early Tuesday for dehydration. His condition was initially described as stable, but he was transferred to the intensive care unit Tuesday...

By Anne Bartlett  |  03:52 PM ET, 10/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 10/08/2009

Excerpts: Post Reporter Discusses Gay Marriage Bill

Washington Post staff writer Tim Craig was online earlier today to discuss the gay marriage bill to allow same-sex couples to wed in the District, which was introduced by City Council member David Catania (I-At Large) on Tuesday. Read the full transcript here. Excerpts: Washington, D.C.: Why do you think...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  02:29 PM ET, 10/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 10/08/2009

Graham Aides Won't Be Testifying After All

The two staffers for D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) who were subpoenaed as part of the federal investigation of the city's taxicab industry will not be testifying before the grand jury, according to sources in Graham's office. David Vacca and Steve Hernandez, both of whom work for the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:55 PM ET, 10/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/06/2009

Local GOP Leaders Support Same-Sex Marriage

Two leading Republicans leaders in the District announced their support Tuesday for efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in the District. Robert J. Kabel, the chairman of the D.C. Republican Committee, and Patrick Mara, an unsuccessful Republican council nominee last year, both pledged to lobby Republicans on Capitol Hill to stay...

By Anne Bartlett  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 10/06/2009

Council Rejects Hartsock Nomination

The D.C. Council voted Tuesday afternoon to reject Ximena Hartsock as the next director of the department of parks and recreation, delivering a setback to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). After nearly an hour of debate, the council voted 7 to 5 in support of a disapproval resolution. Council Chairman...

By Anne Bartlett  |  02:43 PM ET, 10/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 10/02/2009

Graham E-mails Constituents

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who is facing intense political pressure after his chief of staff was arrested on bribery charges last week, sent a note to his constituents late last night explaining why he once paid for a woman to have an abortion. Graham said in the e-mail...

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:24 PM ET, 10/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 10/01/2009

Cabdrivers Vent Anger at Graham, Fenty

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) withdrew his taxi industry reform bill on Wednesday, but that didn't stop about 50 cabdrivers from picketing City Hall on Thursday morning. A coalition of taxicab associations also called today for Graham's resignation. The protestors, who gathered in Freedom Plaza across from the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:39 PM ET, 10/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:52 PM ET, 09/30/2009

Moten, Gray Meet on Budget Cuts

Ronald Moten, a co-founder of Peaceaholics, is continuing his campaign to get the D.C. Council to restore earmarks for some social services and anti-crime organizations. Moten has showed up, often accompanied by high school students, at the John A. Wilson Building for three consecutive weeks demanding to speak to council...

By Anne Bartlett  |  06:52 PM ET, 09/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 09/30/2009

Graham Withdrawing Taxicab Bill as FBI Probe Continues

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) said today he is withdrawing his legislation to overhaul the city's taxi industry, a proposal that is at the center of an ongoing FBI investigation into alleged corruption within the industry and at City Hall. But Graham said his decision to pull the bill...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:57 PM ET, 09/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 09/29/2009

Two Graham Staffers Receive Grand Jury Subpoenas

Two staffers for D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) have been subpoenaed to appear next week before a federal grand jury investigating the city's taxicab industry. David Vacca and Steve Hernandez, both of whom work for the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, are scheduled to appear before...

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:59 PM ET, 09/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 09/28/2009

SCLC Leader from L.A. Speaks Out for Same-Sex Marriage in D.C.

The Rev. Eric P. Lee, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, will be in the District most of this week to try to drum up support for same-sex marriage within the African-American community. Lee, who is heterosexual, has become a leading black advocate for...

By Anne Bartlett  |  05:05 PM ET, 09/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 09/28/2009

Fenty: I Can't Comment on Loza Case

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said today he is under orders from Attorney General Peter Nickles not to discuss or publicly comment on the FBI investigation into the taxi industry, which resulted in last week's arrest of Council member Jim Graham's chief of staff. After a public event this morning,...

By Anne Bartlett  |  12:52 PM ET, 09/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 09/28/2009

Fenty Praises Graham for Work on Columbia Heights

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) praised D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) at a public event in Columbia Heights this morning, even as Graham continues to be battered with questions over last week's arrest of his chief of staff. Fenty and Graham both attended the grand opening of...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:40 PM ET, 09/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 09/25/2009

GOP Happy to Tell Ward 1 About Graham Office Raid

That didn't take long. The D.C. Republican Committee sent a robo call to about 10,000 Ward 1 residents Friday afternoon seeking to implicate Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) in the legal controversy swirling around his chief-of-staff, Ted G. Loza. Loza was arrested Thursday morning on bribery charges after he...

By Anne Bartlett  |  05:36 PM ET, 09/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 09/24/2009

Gray Comments on Loza Arrest

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray said in a statement today he plans to meet with the Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) in the coming days to determine whether the arrest of Graham's chief of staff Ted Loza "will have any bearing on the broad operations of the council." Gray...

By Anne Bartlett  |  03:45 PM ET, 09/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 09/22/2009

Council Passes -- and Barry Praises -- New Ethics Code

D.C. Council member Marion Barry said today the new ethics code for council members is "a step forward" that demonstrates Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's "progressive thinking.' In an unanimous vote, the council approved emergency legislation that establishes the city's first "Code of Official Conduct" for council members. The proposal,...

By Anne Bartlett  |  02:06 PM ET, 09/22/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 09/22/2009

11th Street Bridge Plans Gets Go-Ahead

By Tim Craig Washington Post Staff Writer The D.C. Council approved a plan Tuesday to accept property from the federal government so the city can begin construction of the 11th Street bridge. The project, slated to cost $365 million, will be the largest capital improvement project ever undertaken by the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:39 PM ET, 09/22/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 09/21/2009

Compromise Hammered Out on School Board Hires

The State Board of Education will have the authority to hire three staffers selected from a list given to members by the superintendent under a compromise hammered out by D.C. Council members Monday. The education board, stripped of most of its power after the mayoral takeover in 2007, would have...

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:27 PM ET, 09/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 09/21/2009

Council Open to Compromise on Ed Board Funding

The D.C. Council appears to be backing away from its plans to attempt an override of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's veto of funding to the State Board of Education. At a press conference this morning, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said members will work with the administration today to...

By Anne Bartlett  |  12:51 PM ET, 09/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 09/21/2009

Gray Proposes Ethics Code in Response to Barry Controversy

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray unveiled a proposed unified "Code of Official Conduct" for council members today as he and other members begin work on implementing new ethics policies. Under Gray's proposal, the first step in responding to ethical questions that swirled around Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8)...

By Anne Bartlett  |  12:05 PM ET, 09/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 09/16/2009

Community Activists Protest Earmark Cuts

Ronald Moten, co-founder of Peaceoholics, and nearly a dozen other community activists staked out Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's (D) office this afternoon demanding to meet with him regarding recent budget cuts. The protest follows a series of events at the John A. Wilson Building on Wednesday where activists could...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  05:15 PM ET, 09/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 09/10/2009

Nickles Responds to Gun Suit

Attorney General Peter Nickles has filed a formal response to a lawsuit in which four gun rights activists argue they should be allowed to carry loaded handguns on the streets of the District. The individuals, backed by the Second Amendment Foundation, filed their suit last month in federal court. In...

By Anne Bartlett  |  12:05 PM ET, 09/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 09/03/2009

Update: Hawkins Chosen to Head WASA

UPDATE: George Hawkins, the respected head of the of the D.C. Department of Environment and a former official at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been chosen as the new general manager at the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority. The announcement by the authority, at a press conference attended by Mayor...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  02:24 PM ET, 09/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 09/01/2009

Ballot Initiative Requested on Same-Sex Marriage

Eight opponents of same-sex marriage formally filed a request today with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics to hold a ballot initiative to stop efforts to allow couples in the District to marry. The one-sentence initiative reads, "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:21 PM ET, 09/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 08/31/2009

Bishop Continues Fight Against Same-Sex Marriages in D.C.

Bishop Harry Jackson is refusing to relent from his campaign to stop same-sex marriage in the District, despite the drubbing he took before the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics this summer. Jackson sent out a statement Monday stating that he and other opponents of same-sex marriages will file an...

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:43 PM ET, 08/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 08/26/2009

Diving Deeper Into Aquatics Director's Firing

The District's firing of aquatics director Brendan McElroy took a new twist Wednesday, with news that the D.C. Office of the Inspector General had launched a preliminary investigation of McElroy a month before he was fired, according to sources familiar with the probe The investigation, outlined in a letter the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:16 PM ET, 08/26/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 08/25/2009

Dismissed Aquatics Director at Sea Over Firing

Former District aquatics director Brendan McElroy said Tuesday that his recent firing was "unjust and unfair," so he would like to have his job back. "I have a vision for the city and I am committed to aquatics," McElroy said in an interview. "I would love to have my job...

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:13 PM ET, 08/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 08/25/2009

D.C. Republicans: No More "Fenty Field"

The D.C. Republican Party is calling on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to immediately remove his name from the new turf soccer field at Harriet Tubman Elementary in Columbia Heights. "The administration has essentially created a Fenty Field," Robert J. Kabel, the chairman of the D.C. Republican committee, said in...

By Anne Bartlett  |  02:49 PM ET, 08/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 08/24/2009

Can't Miss Fenty's Name at New Soccer Field

Parents who take in a youth soccer game at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Columbia Heights shouldn't have any trouble remembering who the mayor is. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) held a ribbon cutting at the school today to unveil recent renovations, including a new soccer field. The field, which...

By Tim Craig  |  05:45 PM ET, 08/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 08/24/2009

Back-to-School Politicking

Thousands of District residents flooded local streets and sidewalks this morning to see their children off for the big day -- the first day of public school. With so many voters clustered in the neighborhoods at the same time, D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) decided to get a...

By Tim Craig  |  10:24 AM ET, 08/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 08/21/2009

McElroy Replaced as D.C. Aquatics Director

Brendan McElroy is being replaced as the aquatics director at the Department of Parks and Recreation, according to city officials. Numerous community sources said Ximena Hartsock, the interim director of Parks and Recreation, fired McElroy on Wednesday. McElroy was unavailable to comment today. John Stokes, a spokesman for Park and...

By Anne Bartlett  |  05:20 PM ET, 08/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 08/21/2009

D.C. Unemployment Declines Slightly

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration announced today that the District's unemployment rate nudged slightly lower in July, largely due to an uptick in hiring at federal and local government agencies. The July unemployment rate was 10.6 percent, down from 10.9 percent in June. The District continues to outpace the national...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:26 AM ET, 08/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 08/18/2009

Ray Ready to Make It Official in Council Race

Clark E. Ray, the former director of Parks and Recreation, is done exploring, and is ready to jump into next year's race for the Democratic nomination for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council. Ray launched his exploratory campaign in early May, a few weeks after Mayor Adrian M. Fenty...

By Tim Craig  |  01:44 PM ET, 08/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 08/17/2009

School Choice Advocates Step Up Campaign

School choice advocates are gearing up for a final push this week to try to get U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to reverse his decision to rescind scholarships for 216 low-income District students. The advocates, led by D.C. Parents for School Choice and DC Children First, are planning radio, newspaper...

By Tim Craig  |  11:13 AM ET, 08/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 07/31/2009

D.C. Council Nearing Budget Decision

Update 1:48 p.m.:: Read the full article. Update 12:10 p.m." The council has just voted unanimously to approve the budget changes. There was very little debate D.C. Council members and their aides are scrambling this morning to put the final touches on their proposal to slash spending and raise the...

By Tim Craig  |  01:48 PM ET, 07/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 07/30/2009

FOP Warns Police May Flee City Force

The Fraternal Order of Police is warning there will be an exodus of sworn officers if the budget currently being considered by the D.C. Council is approved tomorrow. Kristopher Baumann, chairman of the local FOP labor committee, predicted hundreds of officers would leave this year because of proposed changes to...

By Tim Craig  |  03:43 PM ET, 07/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 07/29/2009

Barry, Catania Really Don't Like Each Other

The tense relationship between Council members Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and David A. Catania (I-At Large) is getting worse. At yesterday's closed-door budget negotiations, Barry and Catania frequently sparred. When Catania raised concerns about Barry's proposal to divert some of the savings from the Summer Youth Employment Program to job...

By Tim Craig  |  01:46 PM ET, 07/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 07/28/2009

Gray Pushes to Remove All Earmarks from Budget

The D.C. Council is moving forward on a proposal to eliminate all earmarks from the 2010 budget, which would deny city funding to dozens of arts and nonprofit social organizations. At a closed-door meeting this morning, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said he wants to remove the remaining $8...

By Tim Craig  |  11:44 AM ET, 07/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 07/28/2009

Council Gets Testimony from Dominican Official

The D.C. Council deposed Vladimir Cespedes, the mayor of Sosua, Dominican Republic, last night as part of its widening probe into why a surplus city fire truck was donated to the town earlier this year, according to a source. Cespedes appeared at a closed-door hearing before Council members Mary M....

By Tim Craig  |  11:26 AM ET, 07/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 07/27/2009

Barry Ex-Girlfriend Seeking Lawyer

Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, the woman at the center of the ethical questions swirling around Marion Barry, said today that federal investigators have not yet approached her as part of their preliminary investigation into the council member. Watts-Brighthaupt, Barry's ex-girlfriend who was awarded a city contract last year, pledged she would cooperate...

By Tim Craig  |  01:29 PM ET, 07/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 07/27/2009

Ray Adds to List of Supporters

The Draft Clark E. Ray for D.C. Council Committee announced today 30 residents and community leaders were joining the committee. Ray, the former director of Parks and Recreation, appears likely to challenge Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) in next year's Democratic primary. Ray's newest supporters include Carlene Cheatam, founder...

By Tim Craig  |  01:26 PM ET, 07/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 07/24/2009

Council Leaders Appear Unfazed by Beg-a-Thon

The D.C. Council held a six-hour - and counting - beg-a-thon today so 133 witnesses representing dozens of organizations could plea for leniency when it comes to looming budget cuts. The council hopes to finalize next Friday a plan to close a $666 million revenue shortfall over the next two...

By Tim Craig  |  04:39 PM ET, 07/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 07/24/2009

Better Late Then Never?

Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) plans to file his constituent service fund report with the Office of Campaign Finance today - 23 days late. The reports were due July 1, but Thomas's never made it to the office. After he missed the deadline, Sonya Lake, a spokeswoman for...

By Tim Craig  |  03:29 PM ET, 07/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 07/22/2009

Bowser Letter Included Second Grant

In addition to expressing concern about a $300,000 city earmark to the National Association of Former Foster Care Children of America, Council member Muriel Bowser is also asking investigators to look into a $200,000 grant made last year to Cease Fire...Don't Smoke the Brothers. In this morning's paper, the Washington...

By Tim Craig  |  10:50 AM ET, 07/22/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 07/21/2009

Barry's Legal Counsel Resigns Today

Essita Holmes, who worked in Council member Marion Barry's office as his legal counsel, resigned today. Holmes dealt with legal issues in Barry's office, but did not represent him personally. Holmes resignation comes as Barry is facing mounting questions about his staff contracts and the role he played in directing...

By Tim Craig  |  04:44 PM ET, 07/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 07/20/2009

Will D.C. Residents Be Forced to Pay More?

Some members of the D.C. Council are sending out signals that they will consider higher taxes or fees to help close a $666 million revenue shortfall over the next two years. The latest council deliberations on the budget are just now getting started but members hope to approve a new...

By Tim Craig  |  05:52 PM ET, 07/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 07/20/2009

Graham Says Council Can Override Code to Rename Park

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) says the city law prohibiting a public space from being named after a living person won't hinder his proposal to rename Girard Park in Columbia Heights "Barack Hussein Obama" park. Graham offered up his proposal for the name change at Tuesday's council meeting. If...

By Tim Craig  |  01:01 PM ET, 07/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 07/14/2009

Police Release More Details on Evans Aide

D.C. Council member Jack Evans' communications director, Desi Deschaine, was last seen about 10:30 p.m Sunday at the Baltimore Harbor but was not reported missing until 12 hours later, Baltimore police said today. Deschaine, 30, was pronounced dead earlier today after he was discovered floating in the Inner Harbor. Baltimore...

By Tim Craig  |  12:22 PM ET, 07/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 07/14/2009

Aide to Jack Evans Found Dead in Baltimore

Desi Deschaine, communications director for D.C. council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has died after apparently drowning in Baltimore's Inner Harbor over the weekend, Evans said. "I am very sad as I'm sure you all are,'' Evans said during the Council's regularly scheduled breakfast meeting this morning. Council members paused...

By Tim Craig  |  10:38 AM ET, 07/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:58 PM ET, 07/13/2009

Barry Accuses Catania of 'Disrespect' as Feud Grows

Is Council member David A. Catania (I-At large) out to get Marion Barry because Barry was the only council member to oppose the legalization of same-sex marriages performed in other states? Barry (D-Ward 8) thinks so. In an unusually personal and public letter from one council member to another, Barry...

By Tim Craig  |  07:58 PM ET, 07/13/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 07/10/2009

City Asked Not To Pay Barry's Ex-Girlfriend

The D.C. Council Secretary's office was served with a court order yesterday asking it to withhold $3,938 from any future payments it makes to Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, who is Council member Marion Barry's ex-girlfriend. The writ stems from an unpaid judgment against Watts-Brighhaupt, according to court records reviewed by the Washington...

By Tim Craig  |  01:04 PM ET, 07/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 07/09/2009

Barry Will Address Controversy At Noon

Council member Marion Barry will hold a press conference at noon in front of the John A. Wilson Building. It will be Barry's first public comments since his arrest on stalking charges July 4. Last night, prosecutors dropped the misdemeanor stalking charge against Barry, who had been accused of "bothering"...

By Tim Craig  |  11:02 AM ET, 07/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 07/08/2009

Campaign Manager: Barry's Ex-Girlfriend 'Didn't Do Any Work'

Marion Barry's former campaign manager said today that he is furious the council member used campaign funds last year to pay his former girlfriend a $500 contracting fee. Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, who is at the center of recent stalking charges against Barry, has been telling reporters she worked as a political...

By Tim Craig  |  03:24 PM ET, 07/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 07/08/2009

Barry Says Ex Was Unstable; Gave Her Job Anyway

So Natalie Williams, Council member Marion Barry's spokeswoman, calls a press conference for 11 p.m. last night to respond to the Washington Post story that Barry hired his ex-girlfriend as a city contractor two months after they began dating. Williams requested that television news stations carry her remarks live...

By Tim Craig  |  10:31 AM ET, 07/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 07/07/2009

Barry's Ex-Girlfriend Receiving City Funds

D.C. Council member Marion Barry hired ex-girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt to work on his city staff shortly after they began dating last year, according to city records. Watts-Brighthaupt has been paid at least $10,000 to work as a contractor for Barry's Council office and was hired in October, two months after...

By Tim Craig  |  03:46 PM ET, 07/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 06/24/2009

Two D.C. Residents Challenge Bishop Jackson

Two District residents are challenging Bishop Harry Jackson's qualifications to lead the fight against a D.C. Council bill that legalizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Cary Silverman, president of the Mount Vernon Association, and Martin Moulton claim Jackson was ineligible to seek a referendum on the bill because he is a...

By Tim Craig  |  02:17 PM ET, 06/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 06/24/2009

Gray Warns of Tough Budget Cuts in Coming Weeks

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) will meet with City Administrator Neil O. Albert this afternoon to begin plotting a strategy for closing the District's revenue shortfall. The meeting, which will include Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's (D) budget team, comes as Gray is sending signals he doesn't want the city...

By Tim Craig  |  12:43 PM ET, 06/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 06/19/2009

D.C. Will Expand Legal Guns

The D.C. Police Department announced emergency regulations today that will greatly expand the models of handguns that District residents can own, a victory for opponents of gun control. The changes mean District residents can legally obtain at least 1,000 additional types and models of handguns that had previously been banned....

By Tim Craig  |  02:03 PM ET, 06/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 06/18/2009

Deal Near on Convention Center Hotel

City officials are close to finalizing a deal to build a new convention center hotel without having to secure an additional hundreds of millions of dollars in public financing, officials said today. Under the framework of the agreement, the city and the convention center authority will put up an additional...

By Tim Craig  |  03:57 PM ET, 06/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 06/16/2009

Council wants von Brunn Charged with Hate Crimes

An overwhelming majority of D.C. Council members got behind a resolution today calling on federal prosecutors to charge James W. von Brunn with violating the city's hate crime statue in addition to his federal charges. Federal prosecutors have charged von Brunn, the 88-year-old white supremacist accused of killing a security...

By Tim Craig  |  11:19 AM ET, 06/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 06/16/2009

FOP President Blasts Council Before Crime Bill Vote

Even before the D.C. Council takes up Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's crime bill at today's Council meeting, the chairman of the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter is taking aim at Phil Mendelson (D-At Large). Kristopher Baumann, the head of the FOP Lodge 1, said he's convinced that Mendelson has...

By Tim Craig  |  09:49 AM ET, 06/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 06/15/2009

Elections Board Blocks Marriage Referendum

The D.C. elections board blocked an effort today to hold a referendum on whether the District should recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, handing gay rights advocates a major victory. The decision by Board of Elections and Ethics removes one of the last remaining hurdles to the legislation that...

By Tim Craig  |  04:26 PM ET, 06/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 06/15/2009

Council Committee Accepts PERB Nominees

A Council committee voted this morning to confirm all five nominees to the Public Employees Relations Board, likely ending the Council's feud with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) over the issue. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), chair of the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment, said the...

By Tim Craig  |  11:20 AM ET, 06/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 06/12/2009

Can The D.C. Rap Be Far Behind?

Before you sign off for the weekend, check out Remy's latest hilarous video chronicling the lives of our neighbors across the Potomac River in Arlington. Remy's rap could also apply to any number of gentrified District neighborhoods. Thank's to Virginia's Not Larry Sabato blog for uncovering the video. Note: YouTube...

By Tim Craig  |  11:53 AM ET, 06/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 06/10/2009

Brown, Evans Push For Public's Help to Build Hotel

Council members Kwame Brown (D-At large) and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) teamed up today to announce they will hold a joint hearing later this month to consider public financing of the proposed convention center hotel. In their statement, Brown and Evans both indicated they were likely to get behind the...

By Tim Craig  |  06:08 PM ET, 06/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 06/10/2009

Hearing on Same-Sex Marriage Vote Under Way

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics is holding a hearing today on whether the City Council bill to recognize same-sex marriages performed in others states can be put to a referendum. The hearing room is packed with both supporters and opponents of the proposed referendum. At the hearing, which...

By Tim Craig  |  11:01 AM ET, 06/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 06/04/2009

Just When You Thought Budget Season Was Ending

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's legislative team and the D.C. Council budget team are trading accusations over the recently approved 2010 budget. Bridget R. Davis, director of the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, fired off a memo yesterday to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) asking why the mayor's office...

By Tim Craig  |  02:51 PM ET, 06/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 06/03/2009

Council Irons $20 Million Deal With Boys & Girls Clubs

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and 10 of his colleagues announced today they have agreed to spend $20 million in taxpayer dollars to purchase three recreation centers from the financially-strapped Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. After the purchase is completed later this year, the city will own...

By Tim Craig  |  03:55 PM ET, 06/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 06/02/2009

Attacks on Homeless Could Become Hate Crime

Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced a bill today that would add the homeless to the District's hate crimes statue. Cheh, who appeared to garner at least a half-dozen co-sponsors for her proposal, noted there have been several unprovoked attacks on the homeless in the District in recent years....

By Tim Craig  |  12:38 PM ET, 06/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 06/02/2009

Gray, Rhee Prove They Can Still Work Together

Council chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) has largely backed away from his threat to withhold $27 million from the city school system due to a dispute over enrollment figures. After a meeting with Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Gray agreed to restore most of the money but still plans to ask the...

By Tim Craig  |  12:15 PM ET, 06/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 06/01/2009

Gray Stays Silent on Marriage Referendum

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) is steering clear - at least for now - of the debate over whether to put the same-sex marriage issue on the ballot. Last week, Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) said she favored holding a referendum to ask voters whether the Council...

By Tim Craig  |  12:40 PM ET, 06/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 06/01/2009

Gray, Rhee Work Toward Compromise on School Funding

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) will be engaged in another round of high-stakes negotiations with Chancellor Michelle Rhee today over the Council's threat to withhold $27.5 million from the city school system because of a dispute over projected enrollment figures next year. When the Council preliminarily approved the 2010...

By Tim Craig  |  12:16 PM ET, 06/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 05/27/2009

Group Asks for Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage

A group of ministers and same-sex marriage opponents filed a request today calling for a citywide referendum on whether the District should recognize gay marriages performed in other states. The group, Stand 4 Marriage, said it will begin collecting signatures to try to force the issue onto the ballot. Earlier...

By Tim Craig  |  03:52 PM ET, 05/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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