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D.C. Wire: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

Council to Cut Another $50 Million from Budget

The D.C. Council is developing a plan to slash the District's budget by an additional $50 million above the $131 million in cuts proposed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, warning that the city must create a reserve fund to prepare for more bad economic news. The proposal, details of which...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 7, 2008; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances  
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Norton on Inaugural Tickets, Part 2

D.C. Wire reported yesterday that Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's office had been overwhelmed by calls from people looking for tickets to the Inauguration. By the afternoon that number was up from 1,000 to more than 2,000 calls and more than 1,000 emails. Norton's office has tried to emphasize that no...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 7, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race , Inauguration  
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What's Next for Tene Dolphin?

Dolphin and her boss in August on the day he moved her to the employment agency. Now that Mayor Fenty has hired Joseph Walsh as his new director of the Department of Employment Services, speculation has begun as to the future of Tene Dolphin. She is mayor's former chief...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 7, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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A Third Way: Other Voices on School Reform

A new group has organized around the proposition that fixing D.C.'s schools will require nurturing and developing teachers -- not just threatening them with dismissal for failing to raise student test scores. Teachers and Parents for Real Education Reform, which gathered at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church last night, was co-founded...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 6, 2008; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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New Employment Chief Has Communications Background

Mayor Fenty named Joseph P. Walsh, a state government official from Massachusetts, as the new head of the city's Department of Employment Services today. Walsh has worked for two years in Gov. Deval Patrick's Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Here's the story. Upon reviewing Walsh's complete biography, D.C. Wire...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 6, 2008; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Update: Son Votes For Father With Waiver

Republican Nelson F. Rimensnyder, who ran for shadow senator, lost his race Tuesday. But he did get the satisfaction of having his son vote for him. James Rimensnyder, an Army captain currently at an Army base in Germany, was not mailed a local ballot despite requesting one from the D.C....

By Nikita R Stewart  |  November 6, 2008; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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No Obama Tickets and Little Information in Norton's Office

The office of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton was flooded with more than 1,000 calls yesterday from people looking for tickets to the presidential inauguration. But answers to those questions are going to have to wait, the office said, until the party planners get seriously underway. Even then, Norton staffers said,...

By Hamil Harris  |  November 6, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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Fishwrap No More: People Seek Obama Newspaper

Folks have been showing up outside the Washington Post building for a couple hours, lining up to get a copy of the paper to commemorate Obama's big win. As has been reported, the Post ran out of papers, but is preparing a special press run. Don't call up your...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 5, 2008; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Schwartz Concedes To Michael Brown

D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz, who waged an ambitious write-in campaign to keep her seat, conceded today. Michael A. Brown, her main competitor for an at-large seat that must go to a non-Democrat, handily beat her with a strong ground operation and endorsements from found council members, including the chairman....

By Nikita R Stewart  |  November 5, 2008; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Norton Sees Path for D.C. Voting Rights

With the Democratic sweep last night, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is buoyed about the prospects of the D.C. Voting Rights bill, which last year fell three votes short of reaching the Senate floor for a vote, after being approved by the House. The bill would give the District a House...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 5, 2008; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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D.C. Celebrates Obama Victory

From outside the White House to U Street, Obama's victory sparked one big street party that had folks honking horns, racing through the streets and chanting across the city. Video by Hamil Harris...

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 5, 2008; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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History Meets Future at U.S. Monuments

From sightseers to World War II veterans, the Lincoln Memorial was a crossroads of uncertainty Tuesday afternoon as people speculated about the next president and what it will mean for the country. Video by Hamil Harris...

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 5, 2008; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. Council At-Large Race: Brown and Brown Pulling Away

With 80 of 143 precincts counted, Democratic incumbent Kwame Brown and independent candidate Michael A. Brown are extending their leads in the race for the two at-large D.C. Council seats. In other open seats, council incumbents are cruising, as are Barack Obama and Eleanor Holmes Norton. Complete results here....

By David A Nakamura  |  November 5, 2008; 12:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Faces of Celebration on Election Day

More scenes from the D.C. Dems celebration at the Madison Hotel. Ilir Zherka, head of D.C. Vote. Mafara Hobson, mayoral spokeswoman. Kwame Brown, D.C. Council member....

By David A Nakamura  |  November 4, 2008; 11:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. Dems Party for Obama

After Barack Obama was declared president-elect, the D.C. Democrats erupted in cheers at the Madison Hotel tonight. D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray (glasses) and former council member Vincent Orange (in hat) were at the center of a dance celebration....

By David A Nakamura  |  November 4, 2008; 11:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Partial Results: Brown and Brown in Lead for At-Large Council Seats

Democratic incumbent Kwame R. Brown and independent candidate Michael Brown have taken early leads in the race for two D.C. Council at-large seats tonight. With 20 of the District's 143 voting precincts reporting, Kwame Brown was comfortably ahead of the pack with 18,200 votes, while Michael Brown was in second,...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 4, 2008; 10:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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D.C. Elections Board: Results Slow Because We're Cautious

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics had not released any election results as of 10 p.m., two hours after polls closed in the District. At board headquarters in Judiciary Square, officials had fed an initial batch of cartridges into machines to be tabulated at about 9:30 p.m., said D.C....

By David A Nakamura  |  November 4, 2008; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tempers Flare at D.C. Board of Elections

No results yet from the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, but there has been a bit of a verbal throwdown between government watchdog Dorothy Brizill and election officials, according to the Post's Stephen Lowman, who is on the scene. Brizill was angered when officials said that they could not...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 4, 2008; 9:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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D.C. Polls Close

D.C. Elections Board spokesman Daniel Murphy announced the polls have closed. Any residents still standing in line after 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote, but Murphy's email cites board Chairman Errol Arthur as saying most precincts do not have lines. D.C. Wire is going to go out on a...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 4, 2008; 7:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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School Board: In Ward 5, a Mystery Sample Ballot

Ward 5 Democrats sent out sample ballots for the election that listed only one of the three candidates running for Ward 5 state board of education. Robert Vinson Brannum was the only candidate listed on the sample ballot, while Mark Jones and Angel Alston were left off. Jones, who became...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election , Education  
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At Polls: Voting Winds Down Across City

Elissa Silverman: Bertie Mackus Middle School in NE: At 6:30, there were no lines at the school where local candidates usually make their last pushes because it's one of the city's largest. By that time, 3,000 ballots of the 5,100 registered voters had been cast. Precinct Captain Cosby Hunt, said,...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election , 2008 Presidential Race  
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Reflection At The Lincoln Memorial

From World War II veterans from Texas to Secret Service agents in training, the Lincoln Memorial was a crossroads of tourism and uncertainty today as people snapped photos and speculated about the next president. George and Melanie Trail brought their 5-year-old son from their home in Manassas to the Lincoln...

By Hamil Harris  |  November 4, 2008; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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At-Large: Schwartz on the Trail

D.C. Council Member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) had plenty to ask of voters today. She needed more than a checkmark or a single computer-screen touch. She was asking them to write or type her name, the result of a primary election loss that didn't deter the feisty candidate. "A lot...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A D.C. Native Casts His Vote in A Swing State

What does it feel like to finally cast a vote in a swing state after living in the deep blue District for most of one's life? Erik Linden, a former reporter and a former aide to Mayors Adrian Fenty and Anthony Williams, now lives in Pennsylvania and filed this report...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 4, 2008; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clowning Around at Polling Place

Howard University's news service reports today that a clown was arrested outside a polling place for selling American flags without a permit. We don't mean to make too light of things, but the incident reminded some of us of a certain age of the character Homey D. Clown, made famous...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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At-Large: Just In Case You Forgot Who He Was...

Few candidates are sitting in as sure a seat as at-large council Democrat Kwame R. Brown. His post is one of two at-large seats up for grabs today. Under District law, one of the two seats must go to a non-majority party. But given that Brown is the Democrat in...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election , 2008 Presidential Race  
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D.C. Obama Watch Party...

... is tonight after the polls close at 8 p.m. at the Madison Hotel, 1177 15th Street NW. Hosted by Mayor Fenty and other D.C. politicos. Same location as the presidential primary watch party in February. (And convenient location for D.C. Wire, which is located across the street, to provide...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 4, 2008; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cheh: Real Test of Election Board Comes After Polls Close

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) said she felt voting was going smoothly in the District, especially given some precincts had more than 50 percent turnout by midday. "It's phenomenal," she said. Cheh, a constitutional law professor who chairs a special committee investigating what caused the initial release of...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Wire on the Radio

D.C. Wire reporter David Nakamura was on Leonard Lopate's National Public Radio show today on WNYC to talk about all things District-related: schools, public safety, politics and gun ban. It was the final segment of Lopate's States of the Union series. You can listen by going here and scrolling down...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 4, 2008; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Youth Turn Out for Obama After All

Mayor Fenty rallied some young Obama supporters after he voted this morning in Ward 4....

By David A Nakamura  |  November 4, 2008; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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At-Large Race: Polls Are Political Pencil-Free Zone

By all accounts it seems that Carol Schwartz has had an army of volunteers working the polls across the city today. The workers, clad in black and yellow T-shirts, have been handing out literature and posting the Republican incumbent's yellow and black signs. Some of them have also been handing...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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At the Polls: Seniors Flocking to Vote

The school buses rolled up to the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Northeast Washington and dropped off senior citizens from a nearby retirement community. As Lee Etta Robinson, 79, got closer to the door of the polling place, she cried out, "Oh Lord." There are more than 1,000 senior...

By Hamil Harris  |  November 4, 2008; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Photo Essay: At Precinct 48, Fenty Casts His Vote

At Sharpe Health School in Ward 4, where residents in Precinct 48 cast their votes, a long line formed before 7 a.m. and was still 100 people deep (below) by 10:45 a.m., when Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) arrived to do his civic duty. Colorful lawn signs advertising candidates...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 4, 2008; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Chair of Election Board Visiting Polls

Errol Arthur, chairman of the DC Board of Elections and Ethics, spent the day visiting polling places. In an interview at Banneker Recreation Center in Northwest, Arthur said the response for volunteer workers for this election was overwhelming. Normally the board trains about 1,500 poll works for an election but...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Early Morning Campaigning

The line in Precinct 7 in Ward 5 was snaking around the corner and down the block by 7:15 a.m. And by 8:45 a.m, nearly 300 residents had voted at Slowe Elementary School, said precinct captain T.W. Anderson. Anderson said she wasn't going to make any predictions about what the...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Early Morning Efforts Are Busy and Quiet

At 6:30 a.m., there were a dozen or so people in line at Elliott Elementary School. By half an hour later, there were more than 150. The wait was about 30 minutes as people stretched into the wide open field of the school. There was a family of five, all...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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At-Large Contest: Mara Votes, Looks for Support

Patrick Mara, who upset Republican Carol Schwartz in the primary, waited patiently in line at his polling place at Bruce Monroe Elementary school in Northwest Washington around 7:15 a.m. He said that he knew that most voters were enthralled by the presidential contest and may not have focused on local...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today, We Write History

Today history will be made. It will be a day when the first African American president is elected to office, in Sen. Barack Obama, or the day when the nation will elect the first woman to the vice presidency, in Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin. In the District, incumbent Democrats seeking...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 4, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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"He Can't Even Vote For His Own Father"

Problems with absentee ballots have hit home for Republican Nelson F. Rimensnyder, a candidate for shadow senator. Rimensnyder knew he could count on one vote. That of his son James, a captain in the Army currently stopped at a base in Germany before heading to Iraq in two weeks. James...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  November 3, 2008; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Church and State: UCC in District Reflects on Obama

Sen. Barack Obama's name was never spoken from the pulpit at the People's Congregational United Church of Christ in Northwest Washington yesterday. But People's Rev. Rubin Tendai couldn't resist making one reference to Tuesday. "I don't have to tell you to get out and vote, just take someone with you....

By Marcia Davis  |  November 3, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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