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District of DeBonis: March, 2014

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 08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Who lost Relisha?

Unraveling the heartbreaking tale of a missing 8-year-old.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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 08:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014

The search for Relisha continues

Police released new photos Monday of 8-year old Relisha Rudd and the 51-year-old man believed to have abducted her.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

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 09:21 AM ET, 03/21/2014

Where is Relisha?

Police are frantically searching for 8-year-old Relisha Tenau Rudd, said to be in the care of a D.C. General shelter janitor.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:21 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

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)
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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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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 05:32 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Biggest takeaways from Jeffrey Thompson’s court hearing today

By Debbi Wilgoren  |  05:32 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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)
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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

 

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