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District of DeBonis: June, 2012

Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 06/29/2012

DeEvening Links: The half-year in crime

Homicides are on pace for a historic low, but other violent crimes in D.C. are rising slightly.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:17 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Ralph Nader: Show up late to work for statehood

Ralph Nader leads a coalition suggesting a “limited general strike” for D.C. voting rights.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:55 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 06/29/2012

‘Investment immigration’ coming to D.C. following Gray’s China trip

Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to announce deals giving visas to Chinese nationals in exchange for investments.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:00 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Natwar Gandhi nomination proceeds, but not before searing critique by Catania

David Catania, the CFO’s chief critic on the council, laid into Natwar Gandhi’s 12-year record ahead of a committee vote.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:36 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Butch Hopkins, 1941-2012

Hopkins, a dominant figure in community development in the District, died Thursday at 71.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:55 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 06/29/2012

DeMorning Links: Ick

Stay cool — “[w]ater, sunscreen, shade, ice, and air conditioning” — and if you’re going to the DMV inspection station, go early.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:58 AM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:57 PM ET, 06/28/2012

DeEvening Links: They’re reoccupying!

Protesters return to McPherson Square.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:57 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:29 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Bans on corporate giving to candidates are okay, court says

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Citizens United doesn’t affect long-standing federal ban.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:29 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Michael Brown discloses ‘unauthorized disbursements’ from campaign

A campaign statement fingered an “individual who has assisted my campaigns for over five years.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:07 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 06/28/2012

No surprises in Natwar Gandhi confirmation hearing

A parade of luminaries — including a former mayor, business and labor officials — heaped praise on the CFO.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:48 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 06/28/2012

DeMorning Links: The survivor

Natwar M. Gandhi’s confirmation hearing today for another five-year term will resemble a coronation.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:24 AM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 PM ET, 06/27/2012

DeEvening Links: Parking panic!

Big-city parking stinks. But does it have to stink quite so much?

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:12 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Occupy activists map D.C’s campaign ‘bundles’

Interactive map greatly improves on the transparency tools offered by the city.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:27 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Yes, Vincent Gray is in China

Have no doubt that Gray is in China and doing important work, because there are pictures.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:25 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 06/27/2012

DeMorning Links: One way to do it

Protester succeeds in getting arrested to bring attention to long-overdue DMV fine.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:45 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 PM ET, 06/26/2012

DeEvening Links: Stuck in the Senate

Two D.C.-related bills have encountered GOP obstructions in the upper chamber.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:48 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Conflict concerns delay lobbyist’s appointment to water board

Conflict of interest concerns mean Roderic Woodson will have to wait at least two weeks before getting council’s nod.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:14 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Where are D.C.’s oldest extant political signs?

Let me know where I can find old D.C. campaign paraphernalia!

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:08 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Natwar Gandhi’s reappointment is moving quickly

The CFO could see his next five-year term approved by July 10.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:35 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 06/26/2012

DeMorning Links: Stray bullets

A shooting incident left three wounded, including two young boys.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:56 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 PM ET, 06/25/2012

DeEvening Links: The streetcar rolls on

Marion Barry has withdrawn his objection to a $50 million construction contract.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:21 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:48 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Vincent Gray gets serious about campaign finance reform

Reform proposals outlined today by Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan are sweeping.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:48 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 06/25/2012

District again moves to regain control of busing

Two and a half years after first attempt, D.C. says it can handle task of getting 3,300 special ed students to school.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:55 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 06/25/2012

McMillan site tours are on hold for now

Ethereal North Capitol Street site will remain closed to public pending “safety assessment.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:25 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Supreme Court ruling doesn’t derail D.C. effort to ban corporate campaign giving

Supreme Court’s order overruling Montana ban leaves some corporate giving bans in the clear.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:46 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 06/25/2012

DeMorning Links: Is homelessness child abuse?

Homeless parents seeking shelter from the city have been threatened with child abuse investigations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:49 AM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 06/22/2012

DeEvening Links: Forty-two cranes

Michael A. Brown is not sure how the D.C. Council can show it’s serious about ethics.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:14 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 06/22/2012

No ‘magic money’ for D.C. this quarter

Lawmakers obligated $130 million in spending for new revenue, but there is none.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:16 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Kenyan McDuffie late on campaign finance filing

The new Ward 5 D.C. Council member ran on a pledge to “enhance transparency” and “promote accountability.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:39 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 06/22/2012

Gray: No more “bully pulpit” for D.C.

“Why would we honor a bully by giving it a pulpit?” asked Gray.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:54 AM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 06/22/2012

DeMorning Links: Three years later

On the third anniversary of the Red Line crash, Metro is safer but still has work to do on safety.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:28 AM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 PM ET, 06/21/2012

DeEvening Links: Camera proof

The District Yacht Club is none too happy about its Kwame Brown-related publicity.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:47 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 06/21/2012

It’s hot outside: Time to legislate

Two D.C. Council members again want to stop Pepco from disconnecting customers when it’s super-hot.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:40 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Jeffrey Thompson is about to sell his house

The Crestwood Colonial spent six days on the market.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:01 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 06/21/2012

It’s just the D.C. Board of Elections now

The “Board of Elections and Ethics” is no more.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:58 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Harry Thomas Jr. has reported to prison

So closes a dismal chapter in D.C. political history.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:54 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 06/21/2012

DeMorning Links: Ron Machen’s way

The Post looks behind the scenes at the U.S. attorney’s office.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:04 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 06/20/2012

DeEvening Links: Done

No, Adrian Fenty is still not going to call it a comeback. Or make a comeback. Or anything.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:26 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Another libertarian critique of Capital Bikeshare

Why Bikeshare hatred is an odd polemic for lovers of freedom and limited government to undertake.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:30 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Gray to employees: Furlough repayments are coming

Memo to employees says they can expect checks by Aug. 31.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:27 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 06/20/2012

DeMorning Links: Farewell to St. Al’s

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the social-justice-minded Catholic parish, will close after 153 years.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:04 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:13 PM ET, 06/19/2012

DeEvening Links: Harry Thomas’s last interview

Thomas described his final days of freedom to Deborah Simmons of the Washington Times.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:13 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Affair allegations dogged Michael Kelly in Philadelphia

New city housing director Michael Kelly is said to have engaged in a workplace affair in his previous job.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:25 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 06/19/2012

DeMorning Links: Chuck Brown Park

Mayor Gray makes good on a promise to give the Godfather of Go-Go a proper memorial.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:12 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 06/18/2012

DeEvening Links: Sometimes you can’t stop at one

A Ward 6 ANC wants to extend single-beer ban to two- and three-packs.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:07 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Musical chairs in D.C. State Board of Education races

At-large member Ted Trabue won’t seek another term; Ward 2 member Mary Lord will seek to replace him.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:17 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 06/18/2012

DeMorning Links: Harry Thomas says goodbye

Harry Thomas tells supporters he’s been “humbled” by prosecution.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:06 AM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 06/15/2012

DeEvening Links: He’s the best!

What do Vincent Orange and the Karate Kid have in common?

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:25 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Bruce Majors, tea party figure, launches delegate run

Majors, author of a controversial D.C. travel guide, is seeking to run against Eleanor Holmes Norton as a Libertarian.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:41 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 06/15/2012

DeMorning Links: The ‘bean counter’ triumphant

Natwar M. Gandhi will be nominated for another five-year term as the D.C. chief financial officer.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:51 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 PM ET, 06/14/2012

DeEvening Links: H Street tragedy

Shop owner was shot in the neck and killed in the course of an apparent robbery.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:16 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 06/14/2012

D.C. sues workers said to have illegally cashed unemployment checks

Lawsuits brought this week by Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan collectively seek repayment of about $100,000.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:20 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 06/14/2012

D.C. administrative judges sharply criticize their boss

Junior judges in administrative hearings office rebuked the agency’s top manager in a letter to high-ranking city officials.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:40 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 06/14/2012

DeMorning Links: Let your D.C. flag fly

Today is the second annual D.C. Flag Day; festivities return to Dupont Circle this evening.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:32 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 06/14/2012

So what did Vincent Orange accomplish today?

What could have been a show of solidarity and unanimity turned into a testy scorched-earth throwdown.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:03 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 PM ET, 06/13/2012

DeEvening Links: Grade D.C.

You have a place to constructively complain online about the D.C. government.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:59 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Verizon Center renews quest for signs

Ted Leonsis is gathering council support to put lighted signs on the side of the downtown arena.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:17 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 06/13/2012

Latest D.C. campaign finance reports filed

Lost amid the recent D.C. Council hullabaloo: Yesterday was a financial reporting deadline for city campaigns.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:55 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 06/13/2012

DeMorning Links: The nitpicker cometh

A look at Phil Mendelson, the man who would lead the legislature for at least the next six months.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:49 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 06/12/2012

DeEvening Links: Out of Africa

PBS’s NewsHour reports on the District’s efforts to combat HIV and AIDS using tactics pioneered in Africa.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:58 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Vincent Orange now seeking vice chairman spot

Vincent Orange, giving up his quest for the chairmanship, is now battling Michael Brown for pro tem.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:33 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Four medical marijuana dispensaries approved

Health department says medical marijuana retailers can now pursue building permits and other final approvals.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:32 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 06/12/2012

DeMorning Links: McPherson Square is de-Occupied

Occupy D.C.’s time in the downtown park ends with a whimper.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:32 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 PM ET, 06/11/2012

DeEvening Links: V.O.’s all in

Vincent Orange tells the AP he’ll run for chairman in November special election.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:47 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 06/11/2012

Does Robert Spagnoletti have anything to worry about?

Bowser praises “good set” of ethics board nominees, but questions remain about potential chairman.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:15 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 06/11/2012

D.C. has three of America’s most-whitened Zip codes

Researcher uses the relative change in white population to gauge the impact of gentrification.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:01 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 06/11/2012

Election to replace Kwame Brown set for Nov. 6

Elections officials rule that candidates can run simultaneously for the open chairman’s seat and another office.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:22 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 06/11/2012

DeMorning Links: Mayor Mendo?

Courtland Milloy goes ahead and says it: Phil Mendelson could be the first white mayor of D.C.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:43 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:16 PM ET, 06/08/2012

DeEvening Links: Guilty

Kwame R. Brown, who 54 hours ago was chairman of the D.C. Council, pleaded guilty today to a pair of charges.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:16 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 06/08/2012

DeMorning Links: The full Kwame

Brown’s rare dual-courthouse plea might also be known as “pulling a Kwame.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:29 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 PM ET, 06/07/2012

DeEvening Links: TaxingSocial

LivingSocial executives went before the D.C. Council today to make the case for a big package of tax incentives.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:57 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Kwame Brown’s first public comments are tweets about go-go

Tweets break former D.C. Council chairman’s silence.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:16 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 06/07/2012

DeMorning Links: Down goes Kwame

We now know this: Kwame Brown isn’t much of a planner.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:00 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:19 PM ET, 06/06/2012

Kwame Brown’s resignation letter

“I have made some very serious mistakes in judgment for which I will take full responsibility.”

By Tim Craig and Mike DeBonis  |  08:19 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 06/06/2012

No Redskins facility for Hill East

Team announces it will stay put at Redskins Park in Ashburn.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:27 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 06/06/2012

DeMorning Links: Better cabs soon?

The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a reform bill that promises to seriously upgrade taxi service.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:25 AM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 PM ET, 06/05/2012

DeEvening Links: Tossed

Occupy D.C. activists failed to prevent a Capitol Hill eviction.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:49 PM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 06/05/2012

DeMorning Links: It’s ethics time, finally

Gray taps former AG Robert Spagnoletti to chair new ethics board.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:53 AM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:49 AM ET, 06/05/2012

D.C. politicians’ free tickets could be written into law

Mayor, council often tussle over who gets which free concert and sports tickets. A law could end that.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:49 AM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 PM ET, 06/04/2012

DeEvening Links: Up in his business

Feds have seized 60 boxes of documents and 23 million electronic pages from Jeffrey Thompson.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:43 PM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 06/04/2012

Dick Wolf and the changing face of community activism

Wolf’s brand of urban activism could well be on the wane.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:43 PM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 06/04/2012

Cleveland Park thief apparently not a Steelers fan

Theft of “Welcome to Steelers Country” banner caught on tape.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:17 PM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 06/04/2012

DeMorning Links: It ain’t easy being chair

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown says he isn’t worried about federal probe.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:22 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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