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District of DeBonis: February, 2013

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Power players line up behind Michael Brown

Lobbyists David Wilmot and Bruce Bereano are among hosts of March 7 fundraiser for the former at-large council member's comeback bid.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:04 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Youth job training contracts are again on hold

The $1.1 million in grants, held up for two years now, are meant to get at-risk youth through high school and onto a career path.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:11 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Michael Brown mounts his comeback

Brown, seeking to retake an at-large D.C. Council seat, says he's been exonerated of campaign allegations. Is he?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:07 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Jeffrey Thompson loses bid to derail D.C. Medicaid contracts

Contracting board rejects protest of city's ongoing effort to award new Medicaid contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:09 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Law, Politics

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Protester is free to roam

Rives Miller Grogan, who protested the recent presidential inauguration from a tree, is now free to roam the greater portion of the District of Columbia without fear of incarceration.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:29 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Jeffrey Thompson fights Chartered Health Plan sale

The embattled business is mounting a last-ditch effort to prevent the dismantling of the firm he built into the city's dominant manager of government-funded health care.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:43 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Money, Politics

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 02/26/2013

City will study fiscal impacts of FBI move

Mayor and D.C. Council members have asked city finance officials to do a rigorous cost-benefit analysis of FBI relocation options.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:07 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Money, Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Jim Graham is reprimanded

Graham mounted a measured but vigorous defense of his record and said voters will render the ultimate judgment.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Federal cutbacks could worsen D.C.'s affordable housing crunch

Should federal 'sequestration' proceed, cuts in housing assistance to D.C.'s lowest-income residents could make an already difficult problem even worse.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:37 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Housing, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Natwar Gandhi says he'll stay until successor is confirmed

Gandhi cited the possibility that the time necessary to complete a search would outstrip the timeframe he had originally contemplated.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:13 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law, Politics

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Judgment day for Jim Graham

What started as "two minutes of conversation nearly five years ago at the end of an hour[-long] meeting" ends today in a likely reprimand for the four-term Ward 1 Democrat.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:27 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 02/22/2013

City leaders have $190 million in new revenue to spend

The growth gives Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Council its most significant pot of new revenue since at least 2008.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:02 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Chartered Health Plan sale could leave significant unpaid bills

Buyer AmeriHealth Mercy is not expected to assume Chartered's liabilities, which include unpaid medical claims that could total $40 million or more.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:51 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Move the FBI to Poplar Point?

City leaders have long made big plans for the 110-acre tract, and now Mayor Vincent C. Gray is ready to pitch the site as the next location of FBI headquarters.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:21 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 02/21/2013

'Yes on 8 campaign kicks off push for D.C. budget autonomy

Budget autonomy referendum backers have launched an effort to ensure the measure's success on April 23.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:30 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Hill

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Jim Graham may face D.C. Council reprimand

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson proposes reprimanding Graham and reassigning oversight of liquor licensing to another member's committee.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:28 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/21/2013

D.C.'s pre-K model for America

When President Obama called for a massive expansion of pre-kindergarten education, he was taking a page out of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's old playbook.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Money, politics and a Sustainable D.C.

Willingness to tackle green initiatives may have less to do with costs or technical feasibility, and more to do with political will.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:38 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment, Politics

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Vince Gray's 'sustainable' tomorrow

Mayor Vincent C. Gray aims to make the District the "the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States" by 2032.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:33 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Environment, Politics

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Anthony Williams and Alice Rivlin will lead CFO search

Mayor Vincent C. Gray is turning to a pair of reliable allies to lead the national search for the District's next chief financial officer.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:58 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Marion Barry's mayoral house is for sale

The house at 3607 Suitland Road SE, where Barry lived during his first three terms as mayor, is on the market for the first time since 1993.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:21 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/19/2013

The golden rule of D.C. politics

Jim Graham's lawyers ask his D.C. Council colleagues to consider how they would like to be treated themselves.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Four more years?

Vincent Gray's first campaign might have been a mess, but he believes he can run for reelection on his record as mayor.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:22 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Medical marijuana in D.C. by April?

Dispensary is aiming for an April opening the most definitive plans yet in the city's 15-year battle over medical marijuana.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:26 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Jeffrey Thompson, traffic cameras and you

A D.C. government contracting dispute resolved itself Wednesday, one that revealed a campaign financier's erstwhile role in the city's lucrative traffic camera program.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:35 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/14/2013

The Green Wave recedes

Spingarn may never play again, but its basketball legend will endure.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 02/13/2013

D.C. taxis should be red, panel recommends

The move to go with one color comes as a relief to cabbies and riders, who balked at several multi-colored proposals.

By Annys Shin  |  01:42 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Who deserves a vote?

There was a lot of voting talk in Tuesday's State of the Union address, but no mention of the District.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:18 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Jack Evans is now the D.C. Council's longest-serving member

With 7,945 days in office, Evans has overtaken Hilda Mason in legislative longevity.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:08 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Mendelson expresses frustration with Jim Graham ethics probe

Mendelson ended five days on silence on the ethics report, lamenting that the board did not take more definitive action.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:55 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Tommy Wells is hiring a campaign manager

Wells's "exploratory campaign" for mayor looks likely to become a real campaign.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:10 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 02/12/2013

All eyes on Mendo

Pressure is mounting on the D.C. Council to move on the ethics charges against member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1).

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:06 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Vincent Gray vetoes controversial contracting bill

The mayor disapproved a measure that aimed to make sweeping reforms to the way the government does business with small and local contractors.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:13 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Incinerator study riles D.C. environmental activists

A wide-ranging group of environmental advocates are questioning the wisdom of a study of building a "waste-to-energy" facility here.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:42 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment, Politics

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Is it time for a charter school hiatus?

A key official says a "momentary pause" in charter school growth might be wise. But charter advocates are wary of limit on new schools.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:23 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Vincent Gray has low expectations for the State of the Union

The mayor said he thought it was unlikely President Obama would indulge his request to mention a local D.C. issue in his address next week.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:02 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Hill

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Jim Graham: 'I am not resigning'

A Washington Post editorial published Friday called on Graham to resign, saying he "violated basic standards of how public officials are supposed to behave in the public's interest."

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:46 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/08/2013

Vincent Gray backs off Redskins name-change comments

The mayor explained his original remarks were meant to acknowledge that the likely site of a new Redskins stadium is federal property.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Sports

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 02/08/2013

A stern admonition for Jim Graham

While the D.C. ethics board determined it is constitutionally unable to sanction Graham, it said it would have sanctioned him if it could.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:44 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Jim Graham is scolded but not penalized in ethics probe

Board of Ethics and Government Accountability finds Graham "abandoned his impartiality and demonstrated inappropriate preferential treatment" for a development firm.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:23 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 02/07/2013

A 'highly unusual financial relationship'

Why Jeffrey Thompson's money ended up in a top lobbyist's bank account is a fascinating mystery.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:36 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Homeless families still struggle to find shelter, nonprofit says

Nonprofit says it is difficult for a family to claim a bed unless a lawyer intervenes with city officials.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:58 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Needy

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Auditors identify ongoing problems with D.C. financial controls

Whoever replaces Natwar Gandhi will have some unfinished business to attend to.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:18 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Money

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/06/2013

'Prosperity dividend' reinvestment plan

In his third State of the District address, Mayor Vincent Gray laid out how he plans to spend as much as $200 million in anticipated tax revenue.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 02/05/2013

When it comes to D.C. employee raises, money isn't everything

When it comes to D.C. employee raises, money isn't everything

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:24 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 02/05/2013

And they're off

DCision 2014 is officially underway, with D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) launching his mayoral exploratory campaign Monday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:43 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Natwar Gandhi calls it a day

Gandhi will end 13 years managing the D.C. fisc on June 1.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:52 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 02/01/2013

Georgetown Cupcake has a big tax bill

Georgetown Cupcakes has a big tax bill

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:42 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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