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D.C. Wire: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Bill on Resale of Inauguration Tickets Fails

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation that would make the resale of inauguration tickets a federal crime died in the Senate last night when an effort to gain unanimous support for the measure failed, officials said. The Inauguration Watch blog has the details....

By Marcia Davis  |  December 12, 2008; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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GOP Files Legal Brief Against Brown's Council Seat

The District Republican Party has filed its brief to the D.C. Court of Appeals over Michael Brown's Nov. 4th victory in the D.C. general election as an independent at-large member of the D.C. Council. The party is arguing that Brown is a political independent in name only, and really remains...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 12, 2008; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Department of Full Disclosure

Last week, we brought you in the Post's Metro section a story about The Park at 14th nightclub, the upscale dance club owned by nightlife impressario Marc Barnes. The story detailed the scene at the club and explored how much money Barnes stood to make thanks to the D.C. government's...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 12, 2008; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Life at TWP  
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Special Education Hearing: Gray's Opening Statement

The D.C. Council is holding a Committee of the Whole hearing today on reforming the city's special education system. DCPS's special-ed program has been broken for years, with hundreds of students still waiting for services, and others attending private schools at enormous cost to the city. Council Chairman Vincent C....

By Marcia Davis  |  December 12, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Education  
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Looking to Obama White House for Financial Help

The District is planning to seek more funds from the incoming administration of Barack Obama, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said yesterday. The city is hoping, like many of states around the country, to benefit from the stimulus package the administration will prepare to help ease the financial crisis that...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 12, 2008; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Economic Development  
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Bulletin: Duke Ellington Is the Man

Duke Ellington's likeness will grace the District's quarter. It was Ellington's likeness, by the way, that won a D.C. Wire poll in the contest for who would be on the city's quarter....

By Marcia Davis  |  December 11, 2008; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  City Life  
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Wells Aims to Amend Extended Bar Hours for Inaugural

A D.C. Council member filed formal notice today that he intends to propose a new emergency law that would alter the terms of the council's legislation that extended the hours of operation for bars and nightclubs during inauguration week. Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) was among the 9-4 majority that last...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 11, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Appleseed Report Calls on Incoming Obama Administration to Help the District Finances

Despite 11 consecutive balanced budgets and remarkable progress that city officials have made to be fiscally responsible, the District of Columbia still does not have a revenue base for it to become "a truly great city." This is the conclusion of a report that will be released today by the...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 11, 2008; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances  
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Fenty: I Will Sign Law to Extend Bar Hours

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) reiterated his intention to sign the legislation approved by the D.C. Council last week that would allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and stay open all night from Jan. 17-21. This despite the objections of Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Bob...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 10, 2008; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Fenty Planning Inauguration Party With ... Kanye West?

Everyone's trying to line up big names for inauguration week and sources tell Inauguration Watch that D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) is planning an inaugural party for Sunday, Jan. 18, at the D.C. Armory and that hizzoner has invited hip-hop superstar Kanye West to perform. Isn't everyone pursuing Kanye,...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 10, 2008; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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D.C. Church Leaders Join Fight Against Extended Bar Hours

A day after Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Bob Bennett called on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and D.C. Council members to rescind the emergency law that will let bars and nightclubs stay open around the clock from Jan. 17-21 for the inauguration, District church leaders have joined the opposition. The...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 10, 2008; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Cheh Moves a Step Closer on Subpoena for Sequoia Voting Systems

The inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama may be around the corner and the District of Columbia's Board of Elections and Ethics may have certified the Nov. 4th vote, but the business of the District's election problems are far from over. And when we say election problems, we're not even talking...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 10, 2008; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election , D.C. Council  
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Fenty Doles Out $51 Million in Health Funds

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Department of Health Director (DOH) Pierre N.D. Vigilance doled out $51 million to bolster primary and emergency care in the District today. The grants were issued based on the Rand report, issued in June, and is based on money from the city's tobacco settlement. The...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 10, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Fenty Announcing $50 Million in Health Grants from Tobacco Fund

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and DOH Director Pierre N.D. Vigilance, along with Councilmember David Catania, are announcing the recipients of more than $50 million in grants to improve the primary and emergency care facilities this morning. The money is from the city's tobacco settlement fund. The news conference will be...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 10, 2008; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Sens. Feinstein, Bennett Object to D.C. Inaugural Nightlife Legislation

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah) are objecting to the emergency law approved by the D.C. Council last week that would allow city nightclubs, bars and restaurants to remain open all night and serve alcohol until 5 a.m. from Jan. 17-21. In a letter to Mayor Adrian...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 9, 2008; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Barry to Hold Roundtable to Discuss Freeze in Housing Funds

Developers, potential homebuyers and housing advocates are still smarting over the council's decision to suspend the city's popular Homeowner Purchase Assistance Program a few weeks ago, and Councilmember Marion Barry (Ward 8) has scheduled a roundtable meeting tomorrow so they can air their grievances. The rountable, to be held at...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 9, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Affordable Housing  | Tags: http://hpap.wordpress.com/  
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Barry to Hold Roundtable on Poverty Thursday

Council member Marion Barry, (D-Ward 8) and chair of the committee of housing and urban affairs, has set up a roundtable for 10 a.m. on Thursday at the John A. Wilson Building, room 500, on resolution PR17-1175, the "Sense of the Council in Support of Reducing Poverty in the District...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 8, 2008; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Newspaper Notes Rhee's Frequent Trips to Sacramento, Ties to Kevin Johnson

In November, the D.C. Wire reported that School Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee was a member of the transition team for newly elected Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson. Over the weekend, the Sacramento Bee published a story about Rhee's frequent trips to Sacramento....

By Marcia Davis  |  December 8, 2008; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Education  
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Delaney Resigns From Alcoholic Beverage Agency

Maria M. Delaney, director of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, has tendered her resignation, effective Dec. 31. The director sent out a short statement in an email about 2 p.m. "I have tendered my resignation to the ABC Board effective December 31, 2008. I would like to thank all of...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 8, 2008; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Life  
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Destination DC: 10 Official Inaugural Balls

At a briefing this morning by Destination DC, a tourism organization, officials said that the Presidential Inaugural Commitee is planning on announcing 10 official inaugural balls. They also said they have a list of 45 unofficial inaugural balls so far. Read the full item on Inauguration Watch....

By Marcia Davis  |  December 8, 2008; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Broomsticks and Baseball Bats

Rhee on the cover of Time magazine. (Courtesy Time.) Michelle Rhee's broomstick-wielding presence on the cover of last week's Time begs the question about her national image versus her local one, an issue examined in a Washington Post story today. The Time cover also got D.C. Wire curious about...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 8, 2008; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Education  
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Gray Has to Answer to Baltimore

Yesterday wasn't a great day for Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, at least in the betting department. D.C. Wire told you last month about the bet the chairman made with his Baltimore counterpart Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The two legislators exchanged letters and talked a lot of trash about which team was...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 8, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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