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District of DeBonis: April, 2013

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Gray pulls nomination of controversial former AIDS official

Debra Rowe and her tenure as a city official were featured in a multi-part Washington Post series on waste in city AIDS programs.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:25 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Thrive Health Plan approved as Medicaid contractor

Brand-new firm won council approval of $542 million Medicaid contract, but not before a legislator accused one of the company's owners of committing perjury.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:46 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 04/30/2013

D.C. taxis, now with nifty stripe

Taxi Commission Chairman Ron Linton promises "a more stable, traditional use of color" after initial designs were panned.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:37 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Transportation

Posted at 09:41 PM ET, 04/29/2013

D.C. primary election date could be moved again

With less than a year remaining until the District's 2014 primary election, some lawmakers are proposing to move it back more than two months.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:41 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 04/29/2013

The D.C. Council election results, in maps

Maps show how dominant winner Anita Bonds was in the periphery of the city, while competitors split the votes in the rest of the city.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:45 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, Politics

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 04/29/2013

One department, two arson rates

Fire and Emergency Medical Services investigators last year seemed to close arson cases at a remarkable rate. But turns out the statistics are misleading.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:55 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Teenagers these days

Asked Thursday about the District's budget autonomy referendum, Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) opted for a paternalistic, if not patronizing, analogy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 04/25/2013

D.C. takes a small step toward municipal composting

Since April 1, the Department of Public Works has accepted 177 tons of compostable waste at its Benning Road transfer station. But don't haul your personal leftovers there just yet.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:42 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment, Politics

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 04/25/2013

Plan coming for unpaid Chartered Health claims, Gray says

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said his administration is "developing a plan to provide relief" to health providers left high and dry by Chartered Health Plan's collapse.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:14 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Whither the D.C. GOP?

The D.C. Republican Party, which saw its best hopes in a decade of electing one of its own to the D.C. Council vanish with Patrick Mara's third-place finish.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:03 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/24/2013

Patrick Mara campaign suffered 'total collapse,' D.C. GOP chair says

Patrick Mara's third-place D.C. Council finish has already prompted D.C. GOP hand-wringing.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:26 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, Politics

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Anita Bonds, council member in full

After an Election Day that saw expectedly dismal turnout, Anita Bonds will remain an at-large D.C. Council member for at least another 20 months.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:20 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:32 PM ET, 04/23/2013

D.C. special election results liveblog

Turnout was low across the city, as expected — but was it even lower than in the 2011 citywide special election? Stay tuned for results and analysis as the numbers come in.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:32 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, Politics

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 04/23/2013

How Michael Steele learned at the foot of a D.C. political legend

The former Maryland lieutenant governor and national Republican chairman was among those who eulogized the D.C. political legend Saturday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:34 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  History, Politics

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 04/23/2013

It's Election Day (again)

Residents can choose an at-large D.C. Council member and vote yes or no on a charter amendment to (maybe) give District give budgeting freedom from Congress.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:03 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 04/22/2013

D.C.'s early and absentee voting, by the numbers

A look at the 2,894 ballots cast during early voting, as well as the 6,669 absentee ballots requested, offer some insights into the shape of Tuesday's electorate.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:00 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, Politics

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Homeless residents organize for D.C. special election

Of the 2,894 who cast ballots during early voting, scores were homeless residents organized by the Washington Interfaith Network.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:45 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, Politics

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Last-minute D.C. Council drama

With less than 24 hours until Election Day polling begins, concern is rising among some candidates about splitting the "progressive" vote.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:42 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Chartered could owe D.C. health providers $85 million

It remains unclear how the once-dominant city health contractor will be able to pay the vast majority of those claims.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:53 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Chris Christie backs Patrick Mara in GOP robocall

In the call, which will reach 10,000 registered D.C. Republicans, the popular New Jersey governor says Mara will bring "balance and accountability" to the D.C. Council.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:35 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, Politics

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 04/19/2013

The things they left behind

D.C. cops may no longer work out of the old Special Operations Division headquarters, but they left plenty behind, including old but potentially sensitive documents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:36 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 04/18/2013

D.C. test cheating: Time to move on?

Can the District's standardized testing regime be trusted? That question gets a public airing today at the D.C. Council.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:10 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Forensic accountant is examining Chartered books, AG says

Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said his office is "carefully considering all of our options" — including seizing owner Jeffrey Thompson's personal assets.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:27 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Marijuana policy groups kick off D.C. legalization campaign with poll

National and local advocates are using a new poll to kick off a major push for the legalization or decriminalization of cannabis in the District — one that could include the pursuit of a ballot initiative in 2014.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:11 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Down the stretch they come

The latest chapter in the perpetual campaign is coming to a close ahead of Tuesday's special election, with some late-breaking shakeups.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:33 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013

It could happen here

Mayor Gray called on D.C. residents and visitors to enjoy today's Emancipation Day festivities but urged them to remain vigilant.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Emancipation Day means headaches for D.C. nonprofit

Holiday permitting problems have vexed Arts Enables, a Rhode Island Avenue nonprofit that serves disabled city residents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:54 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Too much democracy in D.C.?

Candidates in the upcoming D.C. Council special election are lightly grumbling about the surfeit of candidates forums in the runup to local elections.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Poll: Anita Bonds has lead in D.C. Council race

Poll: Bonds has lead in D.C. Council race

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:01 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, Politics

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 04/12/2013

Missing DCPS cheating memo is revealed

Leak of 2009 memo raises new concerns about how seriously former Chancellor Michelle Rhee took cheating allegations and whether high-stakes exams are reliable vehicles of accountability.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:07 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 04/11/2013

United Medical Center employee improperly received at least $400,000, officials say

The unnamed employee "inappropriately manipulated the IT/payroll system to be paid overtime hours" even though the person was not eligible to be paid overtime.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:31 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 04/11/2013

David Catania urges AG to pursue Jeffrey Thompson's assets

D.C. Council member David Catania wants businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson held liable for any unpaid claims once his health care firm's assets are sold.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:34 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Jack's Boathouse is now Key Bridge Boathouse

Name change follows a dispute over whether Jack's had a proper lease to do business on National Park Service property

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:50 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Recreation, The Feds

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Will DHS ever move to St. Elizabeths?

Will the red-brick buildings of St. Elizabeths hold federal bureaucrats? Or will they continue to languish?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:05 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Nine D.C. libraries close due to heat

Seven branches were older buildings that cannot quickly be converted from heating to cooling. Two branches had "mechanical issues."

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:07 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Weather

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Rand Paul is 'willing to look at' D.C. budget autonomy

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went to Howard University to discuss Republican messaging, but took a question on a proposal to give D.C. greater budgetary freedom from Congress.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:32 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Feds, The Hill

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Republicans are told Patrick Mara is a Republican

GOP-targeted mailer is sent by the D.C. Action Fund, an independent expenditure committee chaired by a former D.C. Republican Committee leader.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:31 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, Politics

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 04/10/2013

The perks of being a council member

D.C. Council member Vincent Orange summoned Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper and manager Davey Johnson to the John A. Wilson Building to receive a ceremonial resolution Tuesday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:12 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, Sports

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Smokers will pay same rates as nonsmokers in D.C. insurance exchange

Officials have voted to prevent insurers from charging higher premiums to smokers than to nonsmokers — meaning nonsmokers are likely to pay modestly higher rates.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:26 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Let's talk about race

With the prospect that the 13-member D.C. Council could see an unprecedented 8-5 white majority, racial campaigning has become somewhat more explicit.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:21 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 07:29 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Report: D.C.'s employment centers need work

Study suggests that Mayor Vincent C. Gray has significant work left to do on perhaps his top political priority — getting District residents back to work.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:29 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economy, Politics

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Mary Cheh criticizes colleague's vote on Twitter

In a rare public critique, the Ward 3 D.C. Council member lashed out at David Grosso (D-Ward 5) shortly after he helped defeat a Cheh-sponsored health care bill Monday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:57 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 04/08/2013

D.C. Council digs in to 2014 budget

As legislators take up Vincent Gray's spending plan, the mayor is holding a series of town hall meetings where residents can get more information about his proposals.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:26 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 04/08/2013

At-large D.C. Council voting is underway

Early voting began this morning at One Judiciary Square, and it will continue daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 20, with the exception of April 14 and 16.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:01 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 04/05/2013

Kenneth Ellerbe: I know my job is on the line

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe appeared on WAMU-FM's Politics Hour Friday to reassure the public of his department's ability to serve the public.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:23 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 04/05/2013

Chartered Health Plan will become AmeriHealth District of Columbia on May 1

City announcement marks the likely end of the Chartered Health Plan brand, brought to prominence by businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:28 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Vincent Gray strikes back at Muriel Bowser, says 'I enjoy the job'

Said the mayor of a possible second term: "I will make a decision on 2014 based on what I think my record is moving forward. ... It is, I think, a sterling record, to be honest with you."

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:47 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Who is Patrick Mara?

Who is Patrick Mara?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:14 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:12 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Just how useful is Grade D.C.?

The latest grades cast tremendous doubt on the utility of Grade D.C. as a gauge of public perception, let alone as an accountability tool.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:12 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 04/03/2013

Michael A. Brown takes a bow

Brown puts an abrupt end to his at-large comeback bid, one mounted as the ashes of his failed re-election campaign had barely cooled.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:26 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 04/02/2013

D.C. elections board will spend $30,000 to resend postcard

Postcard containing confusing information about the upcoming special election was sent to nearly 300,000 city households.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:52 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, Politics

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 04/02/2013

Big break for Blues Alley?

The Georgetown club is the subject of a D.C. Council proposal entitling it to 10 years worth of property tax breaks on "newly leased or purchased property in the District."

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:41 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arts, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Jack Evans is pleased by Bryce Harper's slugging prowess

Moments after Bryce Harper's mammoth fourth-inning right-field blast, MASN's cameras alighted on D.C. Council member Jack Evans.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:17 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Sports

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/01/2013

D.C. autonomy push gets April Fools treatment

The effort to give the city more freedom from congressional spending restrictions has indulged in some reverse-psychology marketing.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:50 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 04/01/2013

There's always this year

The Nationals start a new bid for a world championship today, "carrying expectations not only of winning Washington's first World Series since 1924, but of launching baseball's next dynasty."

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:36 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Sports

 

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