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D.C. Wire: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

Board to Certify Brown's Election on Monday

The D.C. Board of Election and Ethics has notified officials from the D.C. Republican Party that their challenge to Michael Brown for the at-large D.C. Council seat doesn't have merit. The party said this week that Brown's victory in the Nov. 4th election is uncertifiable because Brown violated D.C. law...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 22, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 District Election , D.C. Council  
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Obamas Choose Sidwell for Their Girls, No DCPS

The Obamas have chosen Sidwell Friends as the school for their young daughters, Sasha and Malia. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee have wished them well as the First-Family-in-Waiting continues its transition to the White House. Michelle Obama's spokesperson said that security was a major factor in...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 22, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Education  
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City Releases Sample Housing Lease Agreement for Inauguration

District government officials promised yesterday to draw up a sample lease for those looking to rent out their apartments or houses for the inauguration. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has released this form for residents to use as a template. Attorney General Peter Nickles said yesterday that people...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 21, 2008; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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City May Owe Feds Millions for Bad Medicaid Claims

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today that the District may owe millions of dollars to the federal government because of improper documentation to support Medicaid claims filed on behalf of the city's neediest residents. Julie Hudman, director of the city's newly formed Department of Healthcare Finance, said that according to...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 21, 2008; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Rhee Talks About School Violence to D.C. Council

The D.C. Council got a chance to hear from Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee yesterday, one day after another incident of school violence. As Bill Turque reports, Rhee told the Council there needs to be a new approach to dealing with school violence, including a stronger security force and helping students...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 21, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Education  
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DC Republicans: Brown Not Qualified to Serve

The D.C. Republican Party is challenging Michael Brown's victory for the At-large seat on the D.C. Council because he didn't officially change his party affiliation from Democrat to Inpendent to comply with election laws that one of the winning candidates has to belong to a minority party. "We are filing...

By Hamil Harris  |  November 20, 2008; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Fenty to Suspend Housing Rental Regulations for Inauguration

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty signed an executive order today to suspend District regulations and allow residents to rent their properties for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama without obtaining a business license or a certificate of occupancy. The move is aimed at satisfying the record demand for housing from out-of-town...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 20, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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DC Republicans Plan to Challenge Election Results

Just when the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics thought it had made it through the November election without any catastrophic problems, members of the D.C. Republican Party said they plan to present evidence today to show that the general election was riddled with major problems and should not be...

By Hamil Harris  |  November 20, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election , Voting Rights  
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Rhee: More Principals Facing the Ax

About a third of D.C.'s school principal corps has turned over on Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's 17-month watch, through firings, resignations and retirements. She's replaced at least three since the beginning of the school year, and has put out the word that she is not done. Her draft "action plan,"...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 19, 2008; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Education  
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Quotes From the Vote Over Nickles

One of the most interesting votes in yesterday's fight over the confirmation of Peter J. Nickles as attorney general belongs to At-Large member Kwame R. Brown. The council voted 7 to 5 for Nickles, as Nikita Stewart and Hamil R. Harris report in today's Washington Post. Brown, however, voted present....

By Marcia Davis  |  November 19, 2008; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Setting the Record Straight on DPR Summer Jobs Fair

D.C. Wire doesn't like to eat crow for breakfast, but this morning that's the only thing on the menu. Yesterday, the Wire reported that the Department of Parks and Recreation is holding its summer job fair on Nov. 26 at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE, from 10...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 19, 2008; 6:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life  
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Bulletin: Nickles Is Confirmed

The D.C. Council voted to confirm Peter J. Nickles as the attorney general today in a 7 to 5 vote. Chairman Vincent C. Gray supported Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's nominee, and Democratic At-Large member Kwame Brown voted present. The battle over Nickles's future began with a dramatic development in the...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 18, 2008; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  
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Council Gives $50 Million to Housing Program

After much debate, the D.C. Council passed preliminary legislation to stabilize funding for the city's first-time home-buyers program, providing $50 million to fund it. "I can't imagine anyone on this council being against this issue," said D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. "We need to recognize that we are going...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 18, 2008; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Votes Lining Up in Fight Over Nickles

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) told D.C. Wire that if Peter J. Nickles is not confirmed as the District's Attorney General this afternoon "It will be the equivalent to political nuclear war between the mayor and the D.C. Council." But Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At-large) rebuffed Graham's dooms...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 18, 2008; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Looking for a Summer Job--Again?

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting its Summer 2009 Job Fair on Nov. 26 at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you're looking for a summer job as a camp counselor, life guard, pool manager, or a...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 18, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Fenty, CFSA Head to Discuss Agency's Progress

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is conducting business as usual today, though the fate of his acting attorney general hangs in the balance, as the council considers the confirmation. Fenty, Acting Attorney General Peter J. Nickles and Dr. Roque Gerald, interim director of the city's Child and Family Services Agency, plan...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 18, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stage Is Set for a Battle Over Nickles Today

The D.C. Council is set to vote today on the confirmation of the Acting Attorney General Peter J. Nickles, who finds himself the focus of controversy. The judiciary committee's 3-2 vote against Nickles has set the stage for an interesting day, as Hamil Harris notes in this morning's news story....

By Marcia Davis  |  November 18, 2008; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Council Panel Votes Against Nickles as Attorney General Nominee

UPDATE: 4:10 D.C. Councilmembers Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), each voted in support of Nickles in committee this morning. Despite the report strongly criticizing the acting attorney general on issues ranging from his lack of a D.C. residence to his close relationship with Mayor Adrian M....

By Marcia Davis  |  November 17, 2008; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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American Federation of Teachers President Reaches Out to Rhee in Contract Talks

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten said today she has asked for a meeting with D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee in an effort to reach agreement on a contract between the District and the Washington Teachers' Union (WTU). "I've reached out to the chancellor," said Weingarten, who heads...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 17, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Education  
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Strauss Due in Court on Drunk Driving Charge

D.C. Shadow Senator Paul Strauss is due in court today for a preliminary hearing on drunk driving charges. Strauss, who was arrested on drunk driving charges on Oct. 1, said he has no intentions of giving up his seat, despite new calls by the D.C. Republican Party that he step...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 17, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Clampitt To Afghanistan

Adam Clampitt, the at-large council candidate who dropped out of the race and endorsed Michael A. Brown, has been called to duty. Clampitt, a U.S. Navy Reserve lieutenant, said he will report to processing in Norfolk on Jan. 2 and should be in Kabul by Feb. 1. "I guess I...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  November 17, 2008; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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City Goes After Bad Used Car Dealerships

The city is on the offensive against questionable used car dealerships in the District. Today Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is announcing plans to close 23 illegal dealerships, as part of an effort close 100 such dealearships in the city. In a news release this morning, the administration said it is...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 17, 2008; 6:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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