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D.C. Wire: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

D.C. Obama Volunteers Rally, Canvass

Mayor Fenty rallies Obama supporters Saturday. Hundreds of Barack Obama volunteers rallied at the Democratic National Committee headquarters today in downtown Washington, then left in cars and buses to canvass and make phone calls in Virginia. With just over a week remaining before the Nov. 4 election, a diverse...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 25, 2008; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fenty Files for 2010 Reelection Bid

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty filed paperwork on Friday with the Office of Campaign Finance for Fenty 2010, his reelection campaign committee. Fenty's operative, John Falcicchio, emailed a two-paragraph announcement about Fenty's plans early this morning. The statement noted that Fenty's filing occurs as he approaches his administration's midpoint and is...

By Marcia Davis  |  October 25, 2008; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Cheh Continues To Look Into Misprinted Ballot

Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), chairman of the special committee investigation the elections board, and her staff have found that the absentee ballot received this week by a voter was misprinted. The DC Republican Committee was all over the latest local election debacle when a Republican voter, who lives...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  October 24, 2008; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Parking Scofflaws

In today's Post, we brought you details of a new Congressional report that found federal and D.C. government workers have ignored hundreds of parking tickets on government-issued vehicles. (The top federal violators in the District were recruiters at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center near 13th and L Streets NW.)...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 24, 2008; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Another Ballot Blunder

Nov . 4th isn't even here. But the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, already under fire for thousands of unexplained, phantom votes that appeared in initial results during the September primary, may have another big problem on its hands. And wouldn't you know? The DC Republican Committee is all...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  October 23, 2008; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Health Officials Looking for Teen Exposed to Rabies

The District Department of Health is trying to locate a male teenager who was seen holding a rabid raccoon on or about Oct. 12. Metropolitan police officers found the raccoon in an alley unable to walk and sneezing in the 700 block of Kennedy St. NW, said Lashon Beamon, spokeswoman...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  October 23, 2008; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. Wire Video: Eleanor Holmes Norton at the Office

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) is cruising toward reelection for her 10th House term. The Post's Hamil R. Harris caught up with her recently in her office to talk about what the Civil Rights Era figures who still inspire her today....

By David A Nakamura  |  October 23, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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No Phones? No Problem

No more desk phones in the city administrator's office. (Photo courtesy of William Singer for D.C. Wire) How is the D.C. government's budget crunch affecting city workers? Look no further than City Administrator Dan Tangherlini's office on the fifth floor of the John A. Wilson Building. That's where you'll...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 23, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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City Leaders Unveil St. Elizabeth's Redevelopment

District officials unveiled plans today to partner with the federal government on a major redevelopment of the St. Elizabeth's campus in Southeast Washington, which they said will turn the walled-off mental hospital into a thriving neighborhood center. Under the proposal, the city, which controls173 acres on the east campus, would...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 22, 2008; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Budget Woes: Are Tax Breaks for D.C. Small Businesses in Jeopardy?

The D.C. Council delayed a vote last week on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's plan to close a $130 million budget gap because Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi said he could give only conditional certification to about $20 million of revenues the mayor hopes to use. Most of that comes from...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 22, 2008; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances  
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Sitting On Another Nomination?

The D.C. Council's vote to block the appointments of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's five recent nominees to the board of trustees at the University of the District of Columbia isn't the only legislative action irking the mayor lately. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), chairman of Public Services and...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  October 22, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Department of Disability Services Faulted for Rejecting Disabled Man

The Post's Petula Dvorak is reporting that the city is taking critcism for failing to help a 65-year-old disabled man, who later died. Here's how the story begins: "Mr. Johnson" badly burned himself trying to cook. He showed up at his medical appointments with roaches on him. He had difficulty...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 21, 2008; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Norton to Rally D.C. Obama Supporters Saturday

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's office said she will join Barack Obama supporters from D.C. at a rally Saturday at 1 p.m. in the parking lot at the Democratic National Committee, at 430 South Capitol Street, S.E. The rally will bring together groups that are canvassing in Virginia, which is consider...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 21, 2008; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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Gray Legislation Would Block Fenty Appointments to UDC Board

(*Updated at 2:20 p.m. with resumes of mayor's appointees.) Council Chairman Vincent Gray has drafted legislationthat would extend the term of the University of the District of Columbia's Board of Trustees for 180 days, thereby blocking Mayor Fenty's appointments of several new board members. Gray says in the legislation that...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 21, 2008; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Read the Stadium Rent Dispute Settlement in Full

Some D.C. Council members are criticizing the city's settlement with the Nationals over the team's refusal to pay ballpark rent. They complain that the city is paying $4 million to the team but only getting back $3.5 million. Acting D.C. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles sent the three-page agreement to...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 21, 2008; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Nationals  
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Affordable Housing Funds in Jeopardy, Report Finds

A special account the District government uses to pay for affordable housing has been caught in the national economic slowdown and is projected to generate $29 million next year, the lowest amount in six years and only half of what it raised last year, according to a report released today...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 20, 2008; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. Sports Commission: Stadium Cost is $688 Million

Remember the heady days when the cost to the District to build a baseball stadium would be $435 million? Or $535 million? Or $585 million? Or $611 million? Okay, so maybe you lost track from the first figures, touted as the initial estimate by then-Mayor Anthony Williams in 2004 to...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 20, 2008; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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