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D.C. Wire: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Video: Fenty delivers 2010 State of the District Address

11 a.m.: And the speech is over. What did you think? 10:35 a.m.: In his pageboy cap, Burberry trench, navy suit and blue tie, Fenty appears more dapper than usual. 10:32 a.m.: In delivering his annual address at Deanwood, Fenty appears to be dismissing concerns that his administration favored...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 9, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Gray seeks budget document from Fenty

On Monday, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will go before the council to answer questions about his fiscal 2011 budget proposal.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 8, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, D.C. mayor's race, Fenty to attend council meeting, Vincent Gray, gray asks Fenty for budget document  
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D.C. Obama supporters gear up for 2010 elections

More than 100 Obama enthusiasts packed Local 16 restaurant on U Street on Wednesday night to celebrate the passage of health-care reform. The event was sponsored by America's Impact, the D.C. Democratic Party, D.C. for Democracy, D.C. for Obama, D.C. Latino caucus, Generation Obama, the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, Montgomery County Young Democrats, Organizing for America, South Asians for Opportunity and Young Lawyers for Obama.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 8, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , D.C. Democrats & Republicans , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: 2010 elections preparations, D.C. activists prepare for election, obama backers get ready for 2010  
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D.C. Democratic committee has $27,000 more in penalties than in funds

By nearly any measure, the District is one of the most Democratic jurisdictions in the nation. But if the D.C. Democratic Committee doesn't start raising money fast, it's going to go broke. The Office of Campaign Finance recommended Wednesday that the local Democratic committee be fined $18,000 after it failed...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 8, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Democrats & Republicans , Tim Craig  
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Ray's opening brings nearly every pol out

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was in full campaign mode Wednesday afternoon, passing out green stickers to potential volunteers and nibbling on a juicy porterhouse steak and at the soon-to-open Ray's: The Steaks at East River in Ward 7. "When I am campaigning, I try to work as hard as...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 8, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Tags: Adrian Fenty, Kwame R. Brown, Vincent C. Gray  
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D.C. campaign finance office clears Gray of wrongdoing

The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance has cleared Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) of wrongdoing for his decision to allow a company owned by friend and mega developer William C. Smith to perform improvements at his home, according to a ruling released this afternoon. The office, part of the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 7, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, D.C. office clears Gray of wrongdoing, campaign finance, vincent gray cleared  
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Evans mum about impending marriage

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) announced last week that he will run for council chairman. But Evans, the longest continuously serving member of the council, is staying tight-lipped about his engagement to interior designer Michele Seiver. They have been dating for about three years and have three children each....

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 7, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Gray quiet about marriage, Jack Evans, Michele Seiver  
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D.C. denied end to lawsuits

The District was dealt another setback Wednesday in its effort to end the class action lawsuits covering three of the city's social services agencies. In an 84-page decision issued Wednesday morning, U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle rejected the city's argument that under a recent Supreme Court decision, the city...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 7, 2010; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Fenty, Gray to attend Ward 7 steakhouse opening Wednesday

Ray's: The Steaks at East River will open with fanfare Wednesday when Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) joins eccentric restaurateur Michael Landrum to unveil his latest addition.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 6, 2010; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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D.C. officials announce expansion of food stamp program

District officials announced Tuesday that they greatly expanded the city's food stamp program recently, allowing up to 5,000 residents to be added to the rolls to help fight poverty and boost the local economy. At a news conference this afternoon, council member Michael Brown (I-At Large) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 6, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  | Tags: food stamp program expansion, officials announce expansion of food stamp program  
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Peaceoholics downsizing, forced to give up its headquarters space

Peaceoholics, the nonprofit as well known for its politics as working with at-risk youths, is severely downsizing after losing millions of dollars in earmarks. About 50 part-time and full-time workers have been laid off, and the group has until the end of the month to move out of its headquarters...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 6, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  City Life , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Ronald Moten, peaceoholics forced to downsize, peaceoholics leaves headquarters  
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Gray called on to give specifics

In case you missed it, Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles wasn't too kind to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) this morning. Sketching an unflattering depiction of Gray, Toles picked apart Gray's brief speech when he declared his candidacy for mayor last Tuesday. Despite the general decline in influence...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 6, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Gray called on to offer specifics, Gray taken to task, gray needs to give specifics  
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Battle lines forming over wards 4 and 7

Are wards 4 and 7, the respective homes of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, shaping up to be the battlegrounds for the September primary? Fenty, who has been spotted door-knocking in Ward 7 the past few months, is making plans to deliver his state of...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 6, 2010; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Government, Kwame R. Brown, Mayor, Politics, Washington DC  
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Fenty hopes to attend funerals for Southeast massacre victims, sources say

The word around the John A. Wilson Building is that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will try to attend several, if not all, of the funerals for the men who were fatally shot last week in Southeast. Mafara Hobson, a Fenty spokeswoman, did not immediately respond to questions about the...

By Tim Craig  |  April 5, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Judge rips Fenty on Child and Family Services leadership

Mayor Adrian Fenty and his administration took quite a tongue-lashing Monday from U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan in his long-awaited opinion on the District's effort to end the long-running class-action case against the city's child welfare agency. Not only did Hogan reject the city's legal argument for ending the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 5, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Mayor Fenty  
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