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D.C. Politics Web Roundup

Here's what's going on in District politics right now.

The Washington Times reported yesterday that Mayor Fenty already has outraised himself in preparation for his re-election campaign next year. Not only has he already raised more for his 2010 campaign than he did for his entire 2006 run, but he still lacks a major opponent.

The District failed to collect nearly $750,000 in gas taxes in the past three years, says a report released just days before the D.C. council voted to raise gas taxes in the area, according to a Washington Examiner article. That's more than a fifth of the the nearly close to $3.5 million that the city hopes to raise with the tax increase as it tries to fill a $666 million budget gap.

The council also voted to raise cigarette and sales taxes last week to make up for three-year shortfall, and promptly took a summer recess. They will hold a public hearing about the ever-growing fire hydrant/WASA controversy when they return on September 16.

Former Mayor and current D.C. Council member Marion Barry will be the subject of an upcoming documentary entitled "The Nine Lives of Marion Barry." According to HBO, the film will look at the various phases of Barry's life in the public sector and try to reconcile them, focusing not only on his public embarrassments but also on his years as an activist and political star. The Post's Marc Fisher reviewed the documentary, which will premier on HBO on Monday, last month. See the trailer here

By Sarah Mimms  |  August 5, 2009; 3:10 PM ET
 | Tags: Adrian Fenty, D.C. Council, Marion Barry, WASA, taxes  
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ARE YOU SERIOUS???? is this ALL thats going on in DC Politics? That first sentence doesn't even make sense. WaPo, what a joke!

Posted by: boo2 | August 5, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

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