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D.C. Wire: July 20, 2008 - July 26, 2008

Rhee Tells 'NewsHour' Union Deal Almost Done

Washington Teachers Union President George Parker took pains this week to tell his members that no tentative agreement has been reached on a new labor contract with the D.C. schools system. He said that the big-pay-for-seniority proposal pitched by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee--which would require current teachers to spend a...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 25, 2008; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Education  
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Children's Group Pressing City on CFSA

Children's Rights Inc., the group behind a nearly 20-year-old class action lawsuit that forced the District's child welfare system into receivership, said today it will ask a federal judge to hold the city in contempt for continuing to fail children....

By Marcia Davis  |  July 24, 2008; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. Delegation Convention Agenda? Voting Rights, Stupid

One month left until Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Democratic State Committee Chair Anita Bonds lead the city's delegation to Denver for the Democratic National Convention. They'll set up headquarters at the Crowne Plaza (and a few overflow hotels for the roughly 100 delegates, staff, voluteers and other hangers-on)....

By David A Nakamura  |  July 24, 2008; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race , David Nakamura  
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Log Cabin Republicans Support Schwartz

District Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) picked up the endorsement of the DC Log Cabin Republicans last night, the group announced this afternoon. It also endorsed Christina Culver, candidate for Ward 2 DC Council for the November General Election. "Our members made a good choice by endorsing Carol and...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 24, 2008; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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In Today's District Extra

D.C. officials plan a renovation of the plaza in front of Union Station to make it easier for pedestrians to navigate the area.... Three council members attend the National Conference of State Legislatures to make the case for District voting rights in Congress.... Local woman traces her great-grandfather's Civil War...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 24, 2008; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Moneme Gets $40,000 Pay Increase

Amid rumors that he was frustrated by long hours and micromanaging by the Fenty administration, here's one good reason why Emeka Moneme is leaving for Metro: He will earn $185,000 a year in his new gig, according to sources, up from the $145,000 he earned at DDOT. Moneme, 35, has...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 23, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  David Nakamura , transportation  
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Pendleton, Brown Withdraw Challenge To Pannell

It was anti-climatic but filled with drama. Shadow Sen. Michael D. Brown and former shadow Sen. Florence Pendleton withdrew their challenges today to the nominating petitions of Philip Pannell in his effort to become an official candidate for shadow senator. Pannell is trying to unseat Paul Strauss, a 12-year incumbent....

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 23, 2008; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Lawyer Seales Named Interim Transportation Director

Frank Seales Jr., general counsel for the D.C. Department of Transportation, was named today as interim director of that agency to replace Emeka Moneme, who is leaving for Metro. Seales has worked there since 2001, after serving as chief counsel for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to a...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 23, 2008; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  David Nakamura , transportation  
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D.C. Transportation Director Departs for Metro

D.C. Department of Transportation Director Emeka C. Moneme is heading back to Metro. (Photo courtesy of District of Columbia Department of Transportation) He was among a young group of new leaders that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty touted as the "best and the brightest" when he created his cabinet, but...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 23, 2008; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  David Nakamura , transportation  
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Hotel Association Endorses Council Incumbents

The Hotel Association of Washington has endorsed a clean sweep of incumbents in the D.C. Council races, putting its clout behind Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) and Democrats Kwame R. Brown (At Large), Jack Evans (Ward 2), Muriel Bowser (Ward 4), Yvette Alexander (Ward 7) and Marion Barry (Ward 8). The...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 23, 2008; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 District Election , David Nakamura  
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For Pannell, It's Getting Personal

Now, it's personal, said Philip Pannell, wannabe candidate for shadow senator. "It's very personal," he said. The longtime Democrat, who wants to unseat shadow Sen. Paul Strauss, will go before the Board of Elections and Ethics at a public hearing tomorrow to fend off challenges to his nominating petitions. He...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 22, 2008; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Another Road Trip For Voting Rights

D.C. Council members are in New Orleans this week for the 34th annual legislative summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan group that, according to its website, was founded "to improve the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures." Well, the organization serves all 50 states, plus territories...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 22, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Barry Demanding Answers on Payroll Pandemonium

District youth are getting a tough lesson about the working world, thanks to the District government. Hundreds of young workers in the city's summer jobs program are frustrated because they have been underpaid, and worst, not paid at all. (Some have actually been overpaid, too, and that, of course, is...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 22, 2008; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council  
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Board of Trade Endorses Mara Over Schwartz

Republican D.C. Council hopeful Patrick Mara, a government relations consultant who lives in Columbia Heights, got a boost today when the Greater Washington Board of Trade endorsed him in his campaign to unseat four-term incumbent Carol Schwartz in the September primary. The board's Political Action Committee cited Mara's support for...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 21, 2008; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2008 District Election , David Nakamura  
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Teacher Union Infighting Intensifies

The civil war inside the leadership of the Washington Teachers Union continues to rage. WTU general vice president Nathan A. Saunders told the D.C. Wire today to "expect civil disobedience" at this evening's union executive board meeting when it takes up president George Parker's plan for membership to hear from...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 21, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Education  
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CFSA Interim Director Was Sued in Sex Case

Roque Gerald, interim director of the troubled Child and Family Services Agency, has arrived face to face with his past. As Post reporter Ian Shapira reports, it seems that in 1989, Gerald had sex with a suicidal and depressed patient who ended up suing him for damages. It's a fact...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 21, 2008; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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