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D.C. Wire: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008

D.C. Vote Leader Slams Pelosi, House

The head of D.C. Vote is outraged that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may allow a vote on a bill that would "repeal the district's ban on semi-automatic pistols, the requirement that handguns be registered, and allow District residents from traveling to Virginia or Maryland to buy guns," as the Hill...

By David A Nakamura  |  August 1, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gun Ban Case  
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Bowser's Boosted By Birthday Bash

Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) drew a few hundred people to the one-acre backyard of the Takoma home of Daniel and Loretta Neumann Smith last night for a birthday party aimed at raising money for her reelection campaign. But she got more than cake and a bundle of checks....

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 1, 2008; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Message On A Bottle

Ward 7 council candidate Villareal "VJ" Johnson said he knows he will touch 2,016 people was he campaigns to unseat incumbent Yvette M. Alexander (D). How? He has 2,016 bottles of natural spring water shipped all the way from Chatsworth, Ga., and now getting into the hands of residents as...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 1, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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D.C. Government: Customer Unfriendly?

Dealing with the D.C. government's Web site may be more trouble than it's worth. (D.C. Wire thanks Post reader Mary Margaret, an spiritual Web master event organizer from Maryland, who sent us the screen shot. Margaret reports that she was using Google to try to find a phone number...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 31, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Party Protest

Candidates and supporters from The Party That Shall Not Be Named. (David Nakamura - TWP) A group of about 15 protestors and candidates from a Certain Political Party That Will Go Unnamed gathered outside the Washington Post building today to protest their belief that the company "routinely ignores or...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 31, 2008; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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So You Think You Can Dance? Or Vote?

DC Vote, the advocacy group that pushes for Congressional voting rights for the District, is looking for residents to appear in a music video "that sheds some light on DC's denial of democracy," according to a call for extras. Shooting will take place Saturday at School Without Walls, the steps...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 31, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Fenty Injured in Bike Accident

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty flipped over the front of his high performance road bike while training yesterday on Whitehurst Freeway near the Kennedy Center, aggravating an injury to his left foot suffered early this month, his spokeswoman said. Fenty (pictured above, second from left, in a training ride in...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 30, 2008; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Local AFL-CIO Sticks With Incumbents

The Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO has announced its endorsement of council members Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) in their respective races in the Sept. 9 primary. "These leaders, recommended by our COPE Committee,...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 30, 2008; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Schwartz Gets Teary Eyed

Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large), who faces a tough challenge from newcomer Patrick Mara, wiped tears away today when she accepted the endorsement of four locals of the Service Employees International Union. Schwartz said she was moved by union leader Jaime Contreras, who called her "an irreplaceable voice" on...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 30, 2008; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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D.C. To Democratic Party: We're More Than Monuments

On Aug. 28, Barack Obama will stand on a stage at Denver's Mile High Stadium and delegations from across the country will read into the record their support for the Democratic Presidential nominee. On giant scoreboards and television screens, images of each state will play as the party leaders have...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 30, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Praying Away Violence in Trinidad

Violence in Trinidad is being fought on all fronts. First Police Chief Cathy Lanier instituted checkpoints, restricting who could enter parts of the neighborhood. Then Ronald Moten and the Peaceoholics declared the burial of the "myth of snitching," encouraging residents of the community to be more willing to speak against...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 29, 2008; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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Denver's Teacher-Pay Experiment Struggling

As D.C. teachers debate a proposal by Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee for big pay increases tied to improved student achievement, one of the nation's most ambitious experiments with teacher pay-for-performance may be floundering. The new edition of Education Week reports that Denver's teachers union and school officials are digging...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 29, 2008; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Education  
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Rhee Wants to Hear From You

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who has taken some heat from critics for not listening as closely as she might to the public, is starting a monthly series of meetings on aspects of education in the District. The "Chancellor's Community Forum Series" will launch 5 p.m. Wednesday evening at...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 29, 2008; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Education  
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Nickles's Statement on Heller's Second Gun Battle

Dick Heller's decision to file a second gun suit against the District doesn't come as a surprise. The security guard, who already beat the District in the land's highest court, has come back for more. This time, as Post reporters note, to go after the city's new registration process and...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 29, 2008; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Gun Ban Case  
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Fenty To Weigh In on Summer Jobs Program

The mayor has been away, so he missed all the payday pandemonium for the summer jobs program, when thousands of student workers got underpaid, not paid at all---and in some cases, reportedly overpaid. As Michael Birnbaum writes this morning, it was City Administrator Dan Tangherlini who got the pleasure of...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 28, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Scheduling Conflict: Fenty, Gray to Arrive Late to DNC

As the D.C. Democractic Party gears up for the Democratic National Convention in Denver next month, several elected leaders, including titular party head Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, will be forced to arrive a day after the official start of the convention on Aug. 25. That's the same day that D.C....

By David A Nakamura  |  July 28, 2008; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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