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D.C. Wire: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

D.C. Chamber of Commerce Affirms Mara Endorsement

The D.C. Chamber, which endorsed Patrick Mara over D.C. Council incumbent Carol Schwartz in the Republican primary for an at-large council seat, has affirmed its endorsement for the general election. Mara beat Schwartz in the primary, and he will face Democrat incumbent Kwame R. Brown, as well as several independents,...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 25, 2008; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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D.C. Wire Video: Fenty Opens Obama Office, Will Campaign in Cleveland and at Oberlin College

Mayor Fenty opened a D.C. campaign office for Barack Obama today, rallying about 200 Obama supporters near the intersection of 8th Street and Florida Avenue NW. The office is located in a three-story townhouse, which now features a mural of Obama painted by a volunteer hanging on the outside...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 25, 2008; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Fenty to Open New Obama Campaign Office

D.C. Wire just got the following invitation. (Didn't we see this someplace before?) This Thursday, September 25th, please join the Obama campaign and Mayor Adrian Fenty at the grand opening of the Washington, DC headquarters. Come check out the new office, meet local staff and fellow Obama supporters, and hear...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 24, 2008; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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One Bright Spot to Budget Woes

CFO Natwar Gandhi gave the media a briefing this morning about the $131 million budget shortfall the city faces for fiscal 2009. The main culprit in the diminished revenue estimates was income taxes, which took a hit because of capital gains declines in the stock market. However, there was a...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 24, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances  
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Disorganized Labor

D.C. teachers didn't bring their indoor voices to last night's three-hour union meeting at McKinley Technology High School. A number of participants said the session, called to discuss Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's two-tier salary proposal, was plagued by shouting matches, interruptions and long, irrelevant speeches. As the meeting grinded on,...

By Marcia Davis  |  September 24, 2008; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Education  
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Gandhi: Gustus Won't Get Job Back

Diane Gustus, who recently had federal fraud charges against her dropped in the D.C. Tax Office embezzlement scandal, has said she wants her job back so she can retire with a pension. Don't count on it, D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi said today. "We have a lower standard...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 24, 2008; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Finances  
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Suspicious Package Trips Up Fenty

Mayor Fenty doesn't like to wait. His State of the District address was titled "Moving Forward Faster." Council members regularly complain that he avoids the legislative process when he can if it means getting his initiatives going. Some blame his frenetic pace for the meltdown of the summer youth jobs...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 24, 2008; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Union Chief: Teachers Don't Trust Rhee

Staff writer Bill Turque reports today on the level of distrust between teachers and Michelle Rhee: Senior D.C. teachers' fear and mistrust of Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's intentions are a major obstacle to approval of her potentially lucrative salary proposal, Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker said last night after...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 24, 2008; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Education  
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Gandhi: D.C. Facing $131 Million Revenue Shortfall

The District has identified a $131 million revenue shortfall, which will force the city to cut funding for programs in fiscal year 2009, said sources who have been briefed on the matter by D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi. The shortfall is due largely to income taxes, which have...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 23, 2008; 7:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  City Finances  
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A Vigil For Franklin

At a time when Mayor Adrian Fenty continues to move residents out of the city's Franklin Shelter, leaders of the effort to keep the downtown facility open are holding a vigil tonight. They say that most residents from that facility are being forced into the streets because other shelters are...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  September 23, 2008; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Brown And Brown On Top

Many bettors on the November at large council race put incumbent Kwame R. Brown (D) solidly in first place with independent Democrat Michael A. Brown coming in second - returning the incumbent to a second term and finally giving the other Brown (no relation) a win after unsuccessful run for...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  September 23, 2008; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Maryland: D.C. United Stadium Would Bring Jobs, Revenue

A new soccer stadium in Prince George's County for D.C. United would create up to 1,300 jobs and bring up to $6 million in tax revenue for the county and state, according to a feasbility study released today by the Maryland Stadium Authority. The study, which will be presented to...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 23, 2008; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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School Facilities Plan Gets Airing

D.C. residents who want to learn more about the plan for renovating and rebuilding public schools can attend two meetings this week. The first is 6 p.m. tonight at Francis-Stevens Education Education Campus, 2425 N Street N.W. The second will be 6 p.m. tomorrow at Fletcher-Johnson School, 4650 Benning Rd....

By Marcia Davis  |  September 22, 2008; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Education  
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