District of DeBonis: Politics


Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 04/25/2014

Twenty years of downtown D.C. development in one GIF

The new State of Downtown report depicts the economic engine for the city’s boom.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:30 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Development, Politics

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 04/24/2014

D.C. tattoo waiting period is rejected, health department says

Health department says mandatory 24-hour wait will not be part of final package of “body art” rules.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:59 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Health, Politics

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/24/2014

Et tu, Irv?

Advocates for D.C. budget autonomy wish Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan would call off his dogs.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Law

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 04/23/2014

Jim Graham is considering run for D.C. education board

The outgoing Ward 1 council member says he’d be “running for the sake of further public service.“

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:27 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Education, Politics

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 04/23/2014

Full steam ahead on firefighter shift changes, Vincent Gray says

D.C. mayor brushes off lame-duck concerns, says he’ll implement controversial deployment proposal.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:15 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Congress is always watching

House panel’s interest in marijuana legislation shows that there’s no escaping the curiosity of Capitol Hill.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:29 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 04/22/2014

House subcommittee will examine D.C.’s move to decriminalize marijuana

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) will put his subcommittee’s spotlight on D.C. decriminalization measure.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:43 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 04/22/2014

West End project is a go

Six years of preparation and two years of litigation have come to an end.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:47 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Development, Politics

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 04/21/2014

Charles Willoughby, D.C. inspector general since 2005, will retire

Willoughby has been criticized in recent years for a lack of urgency and adequacy in addressing political controversies.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:17 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 04/21/2014

Budget autonomy lawsuit goes to federal court

Lawyers representing mayor, CFO say U.S. District Court is better equipped to resolve inter-branch dispute.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:51 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Law

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 04/21/2014

In Clinton trove, a glimpse at the dawn of a new D.C.

A newly released memo shows Bill Clinton’s role in approving District revitalization measures.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:53 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitol Hill, History, Politics, The Feds

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 04/21/2014

Fire shifts fight goes on

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said the savings from proposed shift changes would help beef up paramedic corps.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:10 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 04/18/2014

Illegal immigrants can soon apply for D.C. driver’s licenses

‘Limited purpose’ credentials carry indication they may not be used for ‘official federal purposes.’

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:47 PM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Transportation

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 04/18/2014

It’s official: D.C. primary turnout was historically bad

Pre-certification tally shows that 2014 had lowest mayoral primary turnout percentage since dawn of home rule.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:52 PM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Not enough homes

A day after two men were found dead of exposure, Mayor Gray highlighted ‘rapid rehousing’ efforts for the homeless.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:09 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Budget autonomy goes to court

Council chairman will file a lawsuit Wednesday against the mayor and CFO, challenging their refusal to recognize referendum.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:12 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Law

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 04/16/2014

The gay Democrat’s dilemma

David Catania’s independent bid to be D.C.’s first openly gay mayor presents hard choice to gay Democrats.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:54 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 04/15/2014

D.C.’s Emancipation Day parade will go on

Funding impasse is settled after mayor and D.C. Council chairman reach deal.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:14 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 04/15/2014

Emancipation Day isn’t free

The John A. Wilson Building’s two leading Vincents have a day to resolve parade funding tiff.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:22 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/14/2014

So long to the neighborhood school?

Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s effort to change school boundaries and enrollment policies would accelerate trends long underway.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education, Politics

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Anti-Bowser Web site will disappear soon, Gray camp pledges

MurielNotReady.com depicts the Democratic nominee as an inexperienced manager and unreliable ally of school reform.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:07 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/10/2014

‘Predictability,’ please

Mayoral candidates lambaste Gray school admission proposals, saying it would undermine parents’ expectations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Education, Politics

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 04/09/2014

‘NIMBYism’ could keep D.C. General shelter open, Gray says

Community concerns would make it difficult to open enough smaller facilities across the city to compensate for its loss, he said.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:57 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Housing, Politics

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Yvette Alexander, Tommy Wells among those exploring at-large D.C. Council bids

Strong bids also expected from progressive champion Elissa Silverman and activist minister Graylan Hagler.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Transportation disintegration

Top DDOT officials announce their exits as vast restructuring proposal is unveiled.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:49 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, Transportation

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Leaders of D.C. transportation, licensing agencies leave Gray administration

Exodus heralds ‘brain drain’ for lame-duck Gray administration.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:07 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, Transportation

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 04/08/2014

D.C. Council will not resurrect attorney general election

Council members balk at plan to put top legal office on November ballot.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:35 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Council, Politics

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Muriel Bowser won’t debate David Catania until late summer

Democrat Muriel Bowser says she’ll debate independent David Catania -- just not till August.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:30 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 04/07/2014

There could be a Republican mayoral candidate after all

No GOP candidate declared for the primary, but party has power to put a name on November ballot.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:12 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/07/2014

David Catania issues battle cry to LGBT donors

Sunday address to prominent LGBT donors left little doubt about his resolve to run for mayor.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, LGBT, Politics

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/07/2014

The border war begins

City officials release first concrete proposal to redraw public school boundaries and change admission policies.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education, Politics

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 04/04/2014

At Unity Breakfast, Vincent Gray hesitates to embrace Muriel Bowser

Bad blood continues at D.C. Democrats’ “Unity Breakfast” as Gray nearly snubs the new mayoral nominee.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:21 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 11:26 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Vincent Gray makes light of his pending unemployment

Hizzoner appeared on WTTG-TV to read a Top 10 list in honor of David Letterman’s retirement.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:26 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 04/03/2014

The lamest duck

Muriel Bowser may be acting mayoral, but Vince Gray remains mayor for nine more months.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:19 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Top D.C. Democrat wants national party’s help against David Catania

Top local party official says she plans to ask Democratic National Committee for “thousands, whatever it takes.“

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:40 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Why it was Muriel Bowser, not Ron Machen, who beat Vincent Gray

Why the Jeffrey Thompson plea did not cause Gray to lose his reelection bid.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Muriel Bowser wins

In the end, it wasn’t even close. Voters “ready for a fresh start” flocked to Bowser.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:43 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 02:09 AM ET, 04/02/2014

What went wrong with the D.C. election count

Full election returns were not tabulated until nearly six hours after polls closed Tuesday.

By Julie Zauzmer and Mike DeBonis  |  02:09 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Your guide to the D.C. Democratic party slates

Beyond the mayor and D.C. Council races are a slew of obscure party seats.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:14 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 03/31/2014

A dampened D.C. mayoral race

Incessant rain kept this weekend’s last-ditch campaigning fairly low-key.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:37 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 03/28/2014

Muriel Bowser attracts big money in campaign’s final days

The Ward 4 council member has attracted more than 10 times the cash of incumbent Vincent Gray.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:18 PM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/28/2014

The Debate Watcher: Bowser, Gray show up late to final forum

The Debate Watcher: The campaign’s final forum was hosted Thursday by the Jewish Community Relations Council.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCforum, DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 03/28/2014

The final weekend

Vincent C. Gray is preaching to the choir, hoping they’ll stand up again and sing his tune.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:23 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 03/27/2014

D.C. budget autonomy could soon get Senate consideration

Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss says he has commitment from key Alaska senator to move on D.C. priorities.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:33 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Vince Gray targets his base in new radio ads

The incumbent mayor is targeting his base of black voters in “five-figure” ad buy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:01 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Media, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Vince vs. Muriel

It is increasingly clear that only two candidates have a reasonable chance of victory in next week’s Democratic mayoral primary.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 03/25/2014

In new polls, good news and bad news for David Catania

New polls show Catania matches up well against incumbent Vincent Gray. But he would lag another leading Democrat.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:11 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 03/25/2014

The music-video campaign against Vincent Gray returns

Promoter and activist Ronald Moten reprises his Blackstreet-inspired video campaign.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:48 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Music, Politics

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Mayoral race hits TV broadcasts: Police union hits Gray; Bowser touts ‘trust’

Fraternal Order of Police goes on air with critique of incumbent mayor’s record.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:56 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Ron Machen feels the heat

With allegations against the mayor on the table, no indictment forthcoming, and an election just a week away, the U.S. attorney is now feeling some pressure.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Early voting sites open across D.C. on Saturday

Twelve new early voting sites open Saturday at 8:30 a.m., remaining open through March 29, Sunday excepted.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:45 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 03/20/2014

The day ‘One City’ died

Vincent Gray gives up on conciliation, embraces the District’s most divisive politician.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/19/2014

DCdecoded.org offers better public access to D.C. laws

The new website is part of a project that has already put the legal codes of three states and four cities in a free, modern and accessible format.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:45 AM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Technology, The Law

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 03/18/2014

D.C. elections board acknowledges error on Spanish-language electronic ballots

Electronic voting machines cannot be reprogrammed before Election Day to fix a translation error, officials said Tuesday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:07 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Marion Barry will formally endorse Vincent Gray

The four-term mayor will deliver his nod Wednesday at a Ward 8 church.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:38 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Does Muriel Bowser have a Sharon Pratt problem?

The one-term former mayor may have poisoned the well for a generation of female mayoral candidates.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:20 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Tommy Wells picks up police, fire union endorsements

The union nods could give Wells, who is underfunded relative to his foes, a late-breaking boost.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Some D.C. Council candidates have spotty voting records

Ward 6 hopeful Darrel Thompson has missed most local D.C. elections since registering in 2000.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:59 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Let the voting begin

Early voting begins at 10 a.m., delayed 90 minutes due to the snowfall.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:08 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Hakim Sutton, charged with campaign theft, surrenders to authorities

The former campaign treasurer to ex-lawmaker Michael A. Brown turned himself in two days after charges were unsealed.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:22 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Virginia Williams memorial service set for March 22

The ubiquitous mother of the former mayor died in January, will be remembered on March 22.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:12 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obituary, Politics

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 03/14/2014

‘Put it on the table’

Mayor Vincent C. Gray challenged his leading mayoral foes Thursday night to present evidence of his wrongdoing.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:47 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Adrian Fenty’s name is being erased from D.C. athletic fields

The city is removing logos bearing the ex-mayor’s name from three city fields.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:08 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Parks, Politics, Sports

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Is Vincent Gray dog-whistling to black voters?

Administration responds to claims he is trying to rally base through divisive rhetoric.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:25 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, Race

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Report: D.C. is among most unequal U.S. cities by income

Analysis of Census data says only Atlanta, Boston and Miami have higher income disparities.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:47 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Demographics, Economy, Politics

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 03/13/2014

Hook, line and sinker

Vincent Gray continues to muscle his way toward Election Day, possibly against his own lawyer’s advice.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:04 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 03/12/2014

The Current newspapers retract Vincent Gray endorsement

It is first major public defection from Gray since the Jeffrey Thompson allegations were aired.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:12 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Media, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014

‘Who do you believe?’

In his State of the District address, Mayor Vincent Gray impugned accuser Jeffrey Thompson.

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Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Say ‘Uncle’?

The primary race has started anew, with this question: Do you believe “Uncle Earl,” or do you believe Vince Gray?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:08 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Five things to know about the Jeffrey Thompson charges

The D.C. businessman was charged Monday after a three-year investigation.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:47 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 03/10/2014

Down the stretch they come

Early voting for the April D.C. primary elections begins in one week.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:08 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 03/07/2014

The Debate Watcher: Gray wins support, but not endorsement, from gay Dems

The Debate Watcher: The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club gave Hizzoner a vote of confidence but not a formal endorsement.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:08 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCforum, DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Nurses endorse Vincent Orange; Vincent Gray picks up more support

Backing of nurse legislation pays off for Orange; meanwhile, Gray wins more support from city employees.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:47 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Health, Politics

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/06/2014

Trayon White, D.C. education board member, will step down

Ward 8 rep Trayon White quits State Board of Education after accepting city job.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:19 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Education, Politics

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/06/2014

The mayor-for-life lives

Marion Barry was released from medical care Wednesday, and pledged to remain in politics.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/05/2014

Bowser campaign cancels event hosted by controversial Fenty ally

Sinclair Skinner, criticized for role in parks contracting, was set to host Bowser on Saturday night.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 03/05/2014

The Debate Watcher: Vincent Gray gets comfortable on ‘home turf’

The Debate Watcher: Ward 7 Democrats hear all eight candidates talk crime, education, development and more.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:29 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCforum, DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 03/04/2014

Nurse-staffing bill remains stalled in D.C. Council

A year after introduction, nurses’ union has not found victory on bid to increase staffing levels.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:06 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 03/04/2014

Vincent Gray wins key business endorsement

D.C. Chamber of Commerce cites “solid record of economic development” in delivering second nod to Gray.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:13 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 03/04/2014

The D.C. mayoral candidates on the issues

An interactive guide to where the Democratic candidates stand on education, economic development, crime and more.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:09 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 03/04/2014

DeMorning decriminalization

The D.C. Council is expected to finalize a marijuana decriminalization bill Tuesday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:25 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 03/03/2014

Jack Evans continues attacks on Muriel Bowser, decrying ‘code words’

Evans accused his Ward 4 colleague of mentioning Georgetown, his home neighborhood, in a derogatory way.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:22 PM ET, 03/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Firefighters did not fight for Cecil Mills

Internal report raises questions about basic training for firefighters.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:52 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 07:13 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Paul Zukerberg lodges final appeal in bid to restore D.C. attorney general election

Paul Zukerberg has one last chance to convince a court the first AG election should take place this year.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:13 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, The Law

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 02/27/2014

The Debate Watcher: Candidates take to the airwaves

The Debate Watcher: The prospect of two nearly interrupted hours on top-rated WAMU-FM brought out all eight Democratic hopefuls.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:03 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCforum, DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 02/26/2014

To pitch economic development plan, Jack Evans goes to Muriel Bowser’s back yard

To pitch his economic development plan, Jack Evans visited a Ward 4 retail corridor.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:52 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Economic Development, Politics

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Responding to fire department criticism, Vincent Gray stands by his men

Responding to fire department criticism, the mayor says calls for resignations are rooted in politics, not performance.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Bowsermentum?

New polling indicates mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser may be making headway with her campaign strategy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:32 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 11:58 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Poll: Gray maintains lead, but Bowser closes gap

First mayoral survey in five weeks is released by WRC-TV, WAMU-FM, The Washington Informer and Marist College.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:58 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 08:07 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Appeals court won’t revisit AG election ruling

Would-be candidate Paul Zukerberg may continue his lawsuit seeking to overturn delay, however.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:07 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, The Law

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 02/25/2014

After surgery, taxi czar Ron Linton says he’ll be back

Ron M. Linton is at home after undergoing a double coronary bypass and says he’ll return to work next month.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:44 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Labor council won’t endorse in key D.C. races

Wal-Mart positions worked against Vincent Gray and Anita Bonds, says AFL-CIO president.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:45 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Don Graham speaks

The former owner of The Post has strong opinions on what is necessary to continue education reform progress in D.C.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:15 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education, Politics

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 02/24/2014

District could reap $60 million in back taxes under settlement with travel firms

Online travel companies reserve right to appeal but agree to pay settlement sum if they lose.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:44 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Law

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 02/24/2014

The Debate Watcher: Candidates go hyperlocal in Southwest forum

The Debate Watcher: Saturday forum at Arena Stage forced candidates to drill down on neighborhood concerns.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:05 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Grocery workers back Vincent Orange for D.C. mayor

Vincent Orange’s support of failed living-wage bill pays off with union nod.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:21 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Union endorsements keep coming for D.C. races

Incumbent Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) continues to receive more labor support ahead of April 1 primary.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:17 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Muriel Bowser gets the Post nod

The endorsement is fuel for the narrative that Bowser is the leading challenger to Vincent Gray.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:37 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 02/13/2014

The Debate Watcher: ‘Young voters’ in focus at AU forum

The Debate Watcher: Mayoral candidates discussed whether they would give college students free Metro passes.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:01 PM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCforum, DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 02/12/2014

The Debate Watcher: ‘Achilles heels’ revealed in Ward 3

The Debate Watcher: Six of eight primary candidates gathered in Tenleytown Tuesday night.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  09:38 AM ET, 02/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCforum, DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 02/10/2014

Vincent Gray picks up more labor endorsements

Unions representing service employees and city workers give the incumbent their support.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:06 PM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 07:49 PM ET, 02/07/2014

Gray moves to fire judge accused of ethics breaches

Mary Oates Walker, top administrative law judge, is placed on leave; her lawyer vows to fight.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:49 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Not bad for a day’s work

For a one-day conference, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education paid nearly $90,000 to a Chicago consulting firm.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Politics

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 10/30/2013

D.C. Working Families coalition launches, targets minimum wage hike

D.C. group is part of national effort that has promoted social justice issues in New York, Connecticut and Oregon.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:02 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Labor, Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Where’s the cycletrack?

The city said work would commence on the long-delayed M Street bike lane by October. So where is it?

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Transportation

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 10/29/2013

At private meeting, supporters tell Vincent Gray to run again

The meeting of about 20 included prominent business figures and others active in voting rights and Democratic politics.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:13 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Boundary war

City officials are will redraw public school boundaries and feeder patterns for the first time in decades.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:26 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Politics

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 10/28/2013

D.C.’s minimum wage: How much higher?

The D.C. Council’s attention turns to an across-the-board minimum wage hike

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:56 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 10/25/2013

The $25 noncriminal high

City officials on Thursday floated reducing marijuana possession penalties to a $25 fine.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:56 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Streetcars won’t run in 2013, city finally admits

City official finally admits end-of-year target was unworkable.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:34 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Transportation

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 10/23/2013

The post-mayor

In Silicon Valley, Adrian Fenty has found a culture more tolerant of his way of doing business.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:36 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Jeff DeWitt, CFO nominee, prepares for public grilling

Jeffrey S. DeWitt goes under the klieg lights as an unknown quantity to District lawmakers and residents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:05 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 10/22/2013

‘Uber Wars’ featured in new documentary short

The roughly two years of high-profile battle between Uber and the District government have been distilled into 11 minutes of film.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:32 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Transportation

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Budget autonomy efforts still stuck after shutdown, Gray says

Shutdown battle may have changed the public’s minds, the mayor says, but not Congress’s.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:20 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Hill

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Pot bust?

Business has hardly been gangbusters in the first three months of the District’s medical marijuana industry.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Health, Politics

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Plan to bury D.C. power lines remains sketchy

District and Pepco officials remain upbeat, but still no answers on which neighborhoods can expect relief.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:08 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Infrastructure, Politics

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Wrestling with re-election decision, Jim Graham polls Ward 1

The longtime D.C. Council member is exploring ethics controversies have harmed his re-election chances.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:13 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Vincent Gray revives denials of campaign wrongdoing

The mayor says he “did nothing wrong” during his messy 2010 election campaign, his most unequivocal statement in months.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:50 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 07:35 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Campaign finance reform bill heads toward D.C. Council vote

A draft bill circulated by Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) could go to a committee vote as soon as next week.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:35 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Here’s to small victories

The shutdown is over, and the city ended up with a token of congressional appreciation in the end.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 10/16/2013

Election-year legislating in D.C.

Among bills introduced Tuesday is bid to provide up to $50 million in annual tuition grants to D.C. public school graduates.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:15 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Why Hillary Clinton probably won’t help Vincent Gray

There are key differences in the help each candidate got from businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Vincent Gray’s big decision

Vincent Gray has roughly a month left to decide whether to run for a second term.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:10 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 10/14/2013

No changes planned for D.C. government as shutdown enters third week

Offices will be open and most services will be available, but outgoing payments continue to be handled on a case-by-case basis.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:58 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Andy Shallal says he will formally explore mayoral run

Restaurateur says he will start raising funds, while former deputy mayor says he is also considering a run.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:43 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 10/11/2013

Shutdown halts D.C. Lottery prizes

Starting Saturday and until further notice, no winning lottery tickets will be cashed.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:02 PM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 02:37 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Address unknown

The D.C. tax office failed to notify thousands of property owners about debts, leading them into the treacherous tax sale process.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:37 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Days after hearing, D.C. watchdog spat continues

Council member accuses Inspector General of reneging on promise to work out dispute.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:27 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013

‘Don’t screw it up’

District leaders’ confrontational approach to the federal shutdown finally resulted in some confrontations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 10/09/2013

'Severely negative consequences' at hand?

Mayor Gray shifted his shutdown tone Tuesday, moving from it's-business-as-usual to warnings of 'severely negative consequences.'

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:40 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Feds, The Hill

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Vincent Gray demands meeting with Obama, congressional leaders on shutdown

D.C.'s mayor hopes to prod Obama, Reid and Boehner into exempting the city budget from the federal impasse.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:09 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 10/07/2013

D.C. government is open, but payments remain in flux

The shutdown means a wide variety of payments have been suspended to conserve the city's cash.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:15 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Inspector general, ethics board bring records fight to D.C. Council hearing

A long-simmering battle between D.C. ethics board and chief investigator got heated in front of D.C. Council panel.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:40 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 10/07/2013

America's garbagemen

District taxpayers are now subsidizing trash removal on property owned by the world's most powerful government.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:43 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Feds, The Hill

Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 10/03/2013

D.C. Council will hear minimum wage testimony as regional effort emerges

The announcement comes after minimum wage bills are introduced in Montgomery and Prince George's county councils..

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:02 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economy, Politics

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Shutdown will halt D.C. Medicaid payments

Delayed checks mean another setback for D.C. medical providers, particularly those serving low-income residents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:51 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 08:49 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Democrats were for a D.C. shutdown exception before they were against it

More than 100 House Democrats signed a letter Monday urging congressional leaders to hold the District harmless.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:49 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 10/02/2013

D.C. revenues modestly upgraded in new estimates

CFO Natwar M. Gandhi says city will take in more even as a federal shutdown cuts into tax collections.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:45 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economy, Politics

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Immigrant driver's license bill delayed for at least two weeks

Mary M. Cheh says she will address concerns that license measure could run afoul of federal law.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:16 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Longer library hours, lower sales tax herald new fiscal year in D.C.

A host of legislative initiatives take effect today, the first day of the D.C. government fiscal year.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:42 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Their shutdown, not ours

D.C. government is open but that doesn’t mean the federal shutdown will leave the District unscathed.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:22 PM ET, 09/30/2013

D.C. Council is sued as it prepares to delay AG election

Lawmakers appear poised to put off the first-ever attorney general election for four years.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:22 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 09/30/2013

D.C. government will be open Tuesday, employees are told

District workers will be on the job regardless of whether or not Congress extends federal appropriations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:41 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Hill

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 09/30/2013

How the D.C. government is exempting itself from a federal shutdown

The move to keep the city government open came after two crucial determinations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:38 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Shutdown threat ebbs for D.C.

It is increasingly clear the District government won't be shutting down with the feds — at least, not at first.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:32 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 09/27/2013

D.C. primary date may still be changed

Phil Mendelson renews efforts to push election back to June after efforts earlier this year failed.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:42 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Shutdown showdown inches closer

A federal shutdown gotten more likely, raising the stakes on the District's moves toward defying it.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:21 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Meet the new D.C. CFO

At noon, Mayor Vincent C. Gray is set to introduce Jeff DeWitt, his nominee for chief financial officer.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:08 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Shutdown showdown

District leaders had their mad-as-hell-and-not-gonna-take-it moment during a breakfast meeting Tuesday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:08 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Beverley Wheeler, Robert White seek D.C. Council seats

As the 2014 city elections edge closer, the candidate menagerie continues to expand.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:45 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 09/18/2013

D.C. CFO candidate is in final vetting

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said he expects to announce his pick for chief financial officer “very soon.“

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:41 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 09/18/2013

A pivot to the minimum wage

D.C. lawmakers killed a narrow ‘living wage’ bill Tuesday but expressed broad support for an across-the-board wage hike.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:48 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 09/17/2013

D.C. Council debates ‘living wage’ and Wal-Mart

LIVEBLOG: Lawmakers debate whether to override mayor’s veto of Large Retailer Accountability Act.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:10 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Emergency tax sale reforms pass D.C. Council

Lawmakers address system that has allowed homeowners to lose their properties over small tax debts.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:09 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Another censure for Marion Barry?

Panel members also likely to recommend loss of Barry’s committee chair after ethics board finding.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:38 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Michael Brown sentencing pushed to January

The delay comes as the federal investigation into D.C. corruption expands to national dimensions.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:25 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Tax lien reforms top D.C. Council agenda

Legislators will be dealing with several other notable measures, including reforms to the collection delinquent property taxes

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:06 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 09/13/2013

The veto comes at last

A 64-day fait accompli came to an end Thursday morning with Gray veto.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:35 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Vincent Gray discusses his ‘living wage’ veto

Gray said the veto was consistent with his campaign promises and his “one city” vision.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:19 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 09/12/2013

The Hillary connection

Jeffrey Thompson’s alleged “shadow” spending went well beyond the District line, it appears.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 09/06/2013

The Wal-Mart debate jumps the shark

It's a week after the Large Retailer Accountability Act was delivered to Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and his decision on the bill can't come soon enough.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:13 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Tiff between D.C. watchdogs appears to be over

Ethics board and Inspector General had clashed over access to investigative files.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:18 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Donations to Jack Evans constituent fund are under probe

The inquiry involves "contributions from three entities that appear to be affiliated with same primary ownership," an agency lawyer said.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:38 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Decision time for Vincent Gray

The transmittal of the Large Retailer Accountability Act sets up the highest-stakes veto decision of Gray's tenure

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:15 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 06:49 PM ET, 08/29/2013

D.C. marijuana program looks kosher under new Justice Department policy

The new guidance should offer assurance to the District's medical marijuana industry that it can do business without fear of federal raids.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:49 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Who is DC 2024?

Details on which regional interests are thus far backing the Olympics effort remain sketchy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:20 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 08/28/2013

Mayor Vincent Gray’s remarks at the Lincoln Memorial

"Full freedom and democracy were and are still denied to the people who literally live within sight of the Capitol dome."

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:22 PM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 08/27/2013

D.C. attorney general takes new aim at gas mogul Joe Mamo

Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan files suit against Virginia businessman Eyob "Joe" Mamo in bid to lower gas prices.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:25 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Transportation

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Vincent Gray has White House meeting with Obama, Holder

Today's meeting was Gray's first private encounter with Obama since a December 2010 lunch.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:24 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Kenneth Ellerbe is here to stay, Gray says

Mayor Vincent Gray put to rest rumblings he might abandon Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, who has deeply criticized.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:11 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 08/19/2013

Carlos Gray, mayor's son, is partner in ballpark-area venture

Carlos Gray is a partner is a planned entertainment complex that has encountered opposition from neighbors and police.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:31 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 08/15/2013

How a downtown bike lane has become a political headache

Longstanding plan to build a new crosstown bicycle lane on M Street NW has pitted two influential factions against each other.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:45 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 08/15/2013

Clergy have their say with Vince Gray on 'living wage' bill

The faith-based faction of 'living wage' supporters said the 90-minute Tuesday meeting was positive but occasionally testy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:28 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 08/15/2013

Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys & Poets, is pondering a mayoral run

Andy Shallal convened a meeting of potential supporters and advisers Wednesday at his 14th Street NW restaurant.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:45 AM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 08/15/2013

Civil war in the fire department

Relations between D.C. fire brass and its rank-and-file are "deteriorating," and that is putting it kindly.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:18 AM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013

What is the deal with Vernon Hawkins?

What sort of cooperation has Hawkins offered or agreed to provide to earn his seemingly favorable plea deal?

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 08/12/2013

Campaigning in the shadows

Before there was a "shadow campaign," there was other unreported political spending from Jeffrey E. Thompson.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:23 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 08/09/2013

Federal City Council, Ralph Nader wade into 'living wage' debate

A powerful lobby is urging Mayor Gray to veto the bill, while the legendary activist is telling him to sign away.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:36 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 08/08/2013

With appeal denied, West End redevelopment project will proceed

A D.C. Court of Appeals panel declined to intervene on behalf of activists who questioned the city's deal with a Georgetown developer.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:34 PM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Development, Politics

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 08/08/2013

A soccer-stadium scrap

After property questions emerge, city leaders threaten to use eminent domain to take stadium properties.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:17 AM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Politics, Sports

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 08/07/2013

No amphitheater for Chuck Brown Park

The city scaled back the plans announced by Mayor Vincent C. Gray at Brown's May 2012 funeral.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:17 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arts, Music, Neighborhoods, Politics

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 08/06/2013

D.C. leaders react to Washington Post sale

Sentiments include fond appreciation for the Graham family and some apprehension about new owner Jeff Bezos.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:04 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 08/05/2013

D.C. mayor poll: Vincent Gray has small lead, but many remain undecided

A recent poll shows the electorate is closely split among four potential candidates.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:36 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 08/05/2013

A stadium deal's past and future

The tentative D.C. United deal has an interesting past and implications for the future of the city and team.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:16 AM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Development, Politics, Sports

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 08/02/2013

Mayoral moneybags

What can be divined about the young mayoral race from the first batch of campaign finance filings?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:09 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Some D.C. taxis get another month to install credit card readers

The decision effectively pushes back, yet again, a longstanding project to make plastic a universally accepted form of taxi payment.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:21 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Transportation

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 07/31/2013

The wait continues for D.C. 'living wage' bill

Three weeks after the council's vote, the bill still hasn't arrived on Mayor Vincent Gray's desk.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:06 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 07/31/2013

D.C. medical marijuana: Is it worth the price?

There are indications that Capital City Care's prices for legal marijuana are competitive with street prices.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:07 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 07/31/2013

'Haters are going to hate'

New test scores show the most dramatic year-over-year gains for D.C. public school students since 2008.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:01 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education, Politics

Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Jack Evans snags early union endorsement thanks to 'living wage' vote

A machinists' union leader cited Evans's recent vote in favor of a controversial "living wage" bill as the "primary reason" for the early nod.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:04 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Labor, Politics

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 07/30/2013

Medical marijuana is on sale in D.C.

A 51-year-old HIV-positive Northwest resident was first person to purchase legal medical marijuana.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:27 AM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Health, Politics

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 07/29/2013

Can soccer save Buzzard Point?

The hope is that an investment around a new pro soccer stadium will finally turn Buzzard Point around.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:19 AM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Development, Politics, Sports

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 07/26/2013

Softball injury puts Vince Gray in a boot

A mayoral aide not authorized to discuss the matter publicly said the injury was a minor strain.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:45 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 07/26/2013

Vamos United stadium

Nothing could have been more encouraging to the stadium deal's architects than seeing Barry chanting "Vamos United."

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:05 AM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Read the D.C. United stadium deal

Behold the 17-page document putting the city and the team on a path toward building a 20,000-seat soccer stadium.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:34 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 07/25/2013

D.C. United stadium: The political pitfalls

The soccer stadium deal is predicated on land swaps, tax abatements and other legal maneuverings that will require council approval.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:01 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013

D.C. United stadium deal approaches reality

The terms are simple, but the execution is going to be supremely complicated and full of political pitfalls.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Lawmakers won't weigh in on Chartered Health Plan settlement

The plan is to pay the District's share out of the city's contingency cash reserve, a maneuver which does not require D.C. Council approval.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:36 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Christian Carter, mayoral candidate, is being sued for unpaid office rent

The long-shot mayoral candidate's business issues go beyond his contracting disputes with the city.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:29 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Just keep walking

The problems continue for the Fire and Emergency Medical Services department, and so do Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe's peevish reactions to being questioned about them.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:01 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, Public Safety