Chairman Phil Mendelson and his colleagues have generally backed a minimum wage increase. But will an $11.50 rate see smooth sailing? (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

It looks as if the D.C. Council could be voting on a minimum wage hike in as soon as two weeks. Vincent Orange (D-At Large) said Monday he will move a bill through his committee next week setting the city rate at $11.50 by July 2016. That would set up a first vote of the full council on Dec. 3, meaning this whole matter could be wrapped up by the holidays. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) is none too happy that his former council colleagues are moving so fast, but Orange and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) are promising a veto-proof majority. But an $11.50-an-hour rate, which would be the highest in the nation if it were in effect today, isn’t enough of a hike for some activists. The D.C. Working Families coalition is launching a push this morning to take a $12.50 rate to the ballot next November. More from APLoose Lips and WNEW-FM.

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