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D.C. Wire: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Fenty: Stay off the city streets tonight

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) is urging motorists and pedestrians to stay off city streets tonight because snowfall rates could exceed 3 inches an hour. At an 11 a.m. storm briefing in Logan Circle, Fenty noted the city could approach its all-time record snowfall of 28 inches, recorded in...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 5, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Tim Craig  
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D.C. government closing at 2 p.m. for storm; residents must move cars off snow routes

Because of the impending Snowmageddon, the D.C. government will close at 2 p.m. Friday, and all government agencies will be closed Saturday. Essential personnel still will have to report. All Department of Parks and Recreation centers and programs also will stop at 2 p.m. and remain closed through at least...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  February 5, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Employees , Tim Craig , transportation  
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Elections and Ethics board rules against referendum on same-sex marriage ... again

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics ruled Thursday, for the third time this year, that a proposed referendum on whether the city should legalize same-sex marriage cannot move forward. The board said that city law does not allow a referendum or initiative on a matter covered by the Human...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 4, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  City Life , Congressional Oversight , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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Fenty seeks to modernize D.C. purchasing rules

It's certainly not as sexy as subpoenas, but how the District spends its money on goods and services is something all taxpayers should care about. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) held court this morning in the lobby of the hulking One Judiciary Square building to announce a complete rewrite of...

By Ann Marimow  |  February 4, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  
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Mayor Fenty on Post poll: 'I haven't had a chance to read it'

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said Thursday that he still has not read The Washington Post poll published Sunday. The poll shows a dramatic slide in his popularity in the past two years, notably among African Americans. During his weekly appearance on NBC4's "Connecting with the Mayor" segment in the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  February 4, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Utah senator tries to block D.C. same-sex marriage

Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) has introduced legislation that would require the District to put same-sex marriage on the ballot before issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as planned next month. The proposed District of Columbia Referendum on Marriage Act, similar to legislation already introduced in the House by Rep. Jason...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 3, 2010; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart , same-sex marriage  
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Council targets Fenty's pal Skinner in parks probe

The Council made it crystal clear today that they do not take kindly to those who "thumb their noses" at the government. In this case, the absence of one of their star witnesses -- Sinclair Skinner -- in the ongoing probe into the mayor's parks and recreation contracts. The council...

By Ann Marimow  |  February 2, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  
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Jim Graham leads in fundraising among D.C. council members

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) leads the way in fundraising among the D.C. Council members who are up for reelection this year. Graham, who is seeking a fourth term, raised $171,391 from Oct. 1 through Jan. 31. Graham, who has been battered by a wave of bad news in...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 2, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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Coming soon, to a theater near you: Fenty, the $3.6 million man

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has fortified his re-election war chest considerably, posting nearly $3.6 million in his latest campaign finance filing. And he did it with a little help from Hollywood.

By By Nikita Stewart  |  February 2, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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D.C. "Most Democratic Spot in Nation"

Washington Post Polling Analyst Jennifer Agiesta posted the following entry on DC Wire's sister blog, Behind the Numbers. If you didn't catch it, you can read it below. It shows that President Obama remains wildly popular in the District, a city he carried with 93 percent of the vote in...

By Tim Craig  |  February 1, 2010; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2008 District Election , 2008 Presidential Race , Obama  
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Jim Graham campaign questions challenger's 'pledges'

What's a pledge? That's what Chuck Thies, spokesman for Council member Jim Graham's re-election bid, asked when he looked at potential challenger Jeff Smith's campaign finance report Monday. The Citizens for Jeff Smith Exploratory Committee filed an exploratory report showing contributions and "pledges," according to Thies who checked out the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  February 1, 2010; 7:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: 2010 election, councilman graham, dc council, jeff smith, jim graham, ward 1 council, washington city council  
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Mendelson challenger Clark Ray behind in fundraising

Clark Ray, former director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, is not yet competitive with D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson in the hunt for campaign cash in this year's battle for an at-large seat on the council. Mendelson, who is seeking his fourth term, has $130,000 in the bank,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 1, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Tim Craig  
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Gray: Fenty administration has overspent by $200 million

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) on Monday accused Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's (D) administration of overspending by $200 million, risking the city's ability to balance its budget. Last week, Chief Financial Natwar Gandhi briefed council members on what Gray called the "very alarming fiscal condition of the city." Gandhi's...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 1, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Fenty deflects questions on poll showing approval rating drop

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) on Monday deflected questions about a new Washington Post poll that showed his approval rating had slipped significantly in the last two years. "I just haven't read it yet, so I am at a loss to be able to comment. But once I have I...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 1, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Excerpts: Reporters discuss D.C. poll

Post staff writers Bill Turque and Nikita Stewart took readers questions online earlier today regarding The Post's poll showing plummeting approval ratings for Washington Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, despite increasing satisfaction with city and school services. Excerpts follow. DC 20009: While I'm generally pleased with...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  February 1, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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About Ann E. Marimow

I am new to writing about the District, but not to politics. I rode the bus with McCain in New Hampshire the first time, saw Schwarzenegger smoking stogies in Sacramento and now Fenty apparently jogs by my house in Ward 4. Politics is driven by personality and we've got plenty...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  February 1, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  About This Blog , Ann E. Marimow  
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D.C. Poll: What are your answers?

The Post today releases some of the results from a poll it did in the city this past week (full results). Responses showed that support for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has plummeted in the city, particularly among black voters, and that he is not in a strong position in his...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 31, 2010; 2:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Questions  
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