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D.C. Wire: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

Obama 2, Fenty -2

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today that he is losing city administrator Dan Tangherlini to the Obama administration. Tangherlini is going to the U.S. Treasury Department as Assistant secretary for management, chief financial officer and chief performance officer. He's the second member of Fenty's cabinet to join the president's team....

By Vanessa Williams  |  May 15, 2009; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Obama  
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Shifting Answers on Same-Sex Marriage

Are some D.C. Council members delivering different messages to different audiences on the question of same-sex marriage? The Washington Blade published a story today that reported 10 of 13 council members have told reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. they would support a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District. The...

By Tim Craig  |  May 15, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Will Singer leaving

Will Singer, the mayor's fiscal whiz kid, is leaving the administration to attend law school at Northwestern University in the fall. As soon as D.C. Wire talks to him, you can read his comments here. But Singer, the chief of budget execution, will be added to an increasingly long...

By Vanessa Williams  |  May 15, 2009; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Nickles Slows Down Probe into Fire Truck

Two D.C. Council committees were scheduled to hold closed-door meetings today to depose two Fenty administration officials as part of the ongoing Council investigation into how a surplus fire truck ended up, temporarily, in the Dominican Republic. But Attorney General Peter J. Nickles, following through on a promise he made...

By Tim Craig  |  May 15, 2009; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Gray vs. Rhee: About More Than Numbers

Is it personal or just business? The escalating dispute between Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee over budget dollars and enrollment projections seems to resonate on both levels. Rhee has been pushing back in an unusually public manner since the Council voted Monday to slice...

By Bill Turque  |  May 14, 2009; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Tangherlini To The White House?

Is city Administrator Dan Tangherlini jumping from 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue to 1600 Pennsylvania? Former colleagues say they have received calls from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which vets candidates for the Obama administration. No word on what he might do, but Tangherlini knows his way around local and federal government,...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 14, 2009; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Gray Wants His Tickets; Says Fenty Took Them

One month after Opening Day, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) is renewing his hunt for those missing baseball tickets. Gray sent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty a letter yesterday asking him to turn over the Council's allotment of tickets. "You have 67 tickets for your use. The Council has just...

By Tim Craig  |  May 14, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Committees: Bring A Bag Or Pay A Nickel

Two D.C. Council committees approved legislation today that would require consumers to pay 5 cents for paper or plastic bags at grocery stores, convenience stores and other retail outlets where food is involved. The Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act of 2009 could end up being the toughest law on...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 14, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Rhee Visits CIA

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee keeps a robust schedule of speaking engagements but this one was not a typical gig: across the river to CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. The occasion was the agency's celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. No text was available, but CIA spokesman George...

By Bill Turque  |  May 13, 2009; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Nickles Says He's All Moved In

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles, whose residency has been a controversial issue, said he has lived in the city for a week now. D.C. Council members and critics frequently asked about the attorney general's continued residence in his longtime Great Falls home despite a city law requiring mayoral appointees to...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 13, 2009; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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D.C. Budget: More Reader Thoughts

With the council passing its version of the budget on to the mayor (full changes listed in this pdf), it seems like a good time to check out how readers remade city taxes and spending in washingtonpost.com's D.C. budget game. Below is a table that shows what percentage of readers...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  May 13, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Budget , D.C. Council  
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"Deputy Youth Mayor" Vouches For Fenty

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty got dinged at a Senate committee hearing this morning for his wobbly support of the District voucher program. Fenty was one of several figures who declined invitations from Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) to testify on the future of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. Lieberman,...

By Bill Turque  |  May 13, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Fenty's new paparazzo

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has a new photographer to replace the recently fired Lateef Mangum, a longtime City Hall fixture who had documented the careers of Fenty's predecessors. Ronald W. Thomas, a former Washington Post photographer, will now be shadowing the mayor. "For now," he said. Thomas, who was shooting...

By Vanessa Williams  |  May 13, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Rhee Fires Back at Council; Warns Teachers Will Be Cut

Chancellor Michelle Rhee has quickly responded to the Council's decision this morning to reduce the schools budget by $27.5 million until enrollment projections for the 2009-2010 school year can be verified. In a letter to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), Rhee said the decision will "negatively impact school opening...

By Tim Craig  |  May 12, 2009; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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School Enrollment Figures Don't Add Up, Council Says

The D.C. Council voted today to strip, at least temporarily, $27 million from the city school system budget for next year because it has been unable to justify enrollment projections. According to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), the city schools budget was predicated on its enrollment increasing by about...

By Tim Craig  |  May 12, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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30th Annual Police Memorial Service (Photos)

Six police officers from the Washington region and two civilians who worked to support law enforcement were killed last year: Officer Todd Allen Bahr from Fredricksburg police; Sgt. Richard Scott Findley from Prince George's County Police; Lt. Michael Patrick Howe from Baltimore County Police; Trooper First Class Mickey Charles Lippy...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 11, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cheh Demands Fifth Name From Fenty for Board

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) said today she's still contemplating whether to push to override Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's (D) veto of a bill that would allow the Public Employee Relations Board to operate with one member. Due to longstanding vacancies on the board, the Council approved...

By Tim Craig  |  May 11, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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D.C. Hosts National Police Week

If you see a lot more police around the city this week, you're not just imagining things. Officers from departments around the country -- and the world (D.C. Wire spotted London and Poland) -- are in town for National Police Week. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 11, 2009; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Browse By Writer , Crime and Public Safety , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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