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D.C. Wire: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

Obama: Congress needs to pass D.C. voting rights

President Obama is urging Congress to approve a D.C. voting rights bill, just as one is scheduled to come before the U.S. House of Representatives next week. Although Obama has long indicated he supported giving District residents a vote on Congress, some advocates have accused him of being too silent...

By Tim Craig  |  April 16, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Tim Craig , Voting Rights  
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Barry's longtime spokeswoman moves on

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has lost his longtime spokeswoman, Natalie Williams. Barry's office reports that Williams has decided to pursue other opportunities, a move partially brought on by the fact that Barry has less money to spend on staff because he is no longer a committee chairman....

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 16, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , City Life , D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Tim Craig  | Tags: David Catania, District of Columbia Council, Marion Barry  
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Kwame Brown steps up chairman campaign

D.C. Council member Kwame Brown's campaign for council chairman is starting to take shape. On Wednesday, Brown (D-At Large) officially filed as a candidate with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. One day later, Brown's father, Marshall Brown, was at Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street rounding up support...

By Tim Craig  |  April 16, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  | Tags: Council of the District of Columbia, Jack Evans, Jim Graham, Kwame Brown, Service Employees International Union  
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Hoyer gives green light to D.C. voting rights bill

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has firmed up plans to bring the D.C. voting rights bill to a vote next week. Hoyer had previously said the bill could come up "as early as next week." But in a statement last night, he said voting rights supporters and Del. Eleanor...

By Ann E. Marimow  |  April 16, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Voting Rights  | Tags: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Steny Hoyer  
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Southwest waterfront welcomes Safeway, Starbucks

It's been a long time coming, but a new Safeway store with a Starbucks cafe opened on the Southwest waterfront Thursday. D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) joined executives of the grocery chain in a ceremonial ribbon cutting about 4:30 p.m. About...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 15, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags: southwest redevelopment, southwest waterfront safeway, waterfront redevelopment  
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Senator threatens to block D.C. voting rights bill

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a leading sponsor of legislation to give the District a vote in the House, dampened expectations for voting rights advocates Thursday when he announced opposition to a bill scheduled to move forward as early as next week. Hatch, whose support for the effort had been critical...

By Ann Marimow  |  April 15, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , Voting Rights  
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D.C. Council live updates: Skinner explains invoice discrepancies

UPDATE, 2:48 p.m.: Testimony continued with Trout turning his questioning to invoices for site surveys from Liberty Engineering and Design, Skinner's company. The Hill Rag was the first to report that the surveys were performed by Tony Currie at a much lower rate than is shown in the invoices. Skinner...

By Nikita Stewart  |  April 15, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Tags: Council of the District of Columbia, DC Council  
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Skinner to stay mum on Fenty political ties, other topics in D.C. council contracts probe

Expect Sinclair Skinner, the highly anticipated witness in the D.C. Council's special probe into parks contracts, to answer few questions Thursday. After months of trying to get Skinner to testify, the council finally got a court order enforcing a subpoena for him to appear. But Skinner's testimony will be limited,...

By Nikita Stewart  |  April 14, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: dc council contract investigation; fenty cronies; scott bolden, sinclair skinner, skinner testimony  
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Kelvin Robinson to run at-large for D.C. council

Kelvin J. Robinson confirmed to DC Wire this morning that he's entering the race for the Democratic nomination for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council. Robinson will face off against incumbent Phil Mendelson (D) and Clark E. Ray, the former director of the Department of Parks and Recreation. Robinson,...

By Tim Craig  |  April 14, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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Backlash builds over Fenty parking fee increase plan

The backlash is building against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's (D) proposal to use increased parking fees and traffic tickets to help close the city's budget shortfall, including raising the cost to park at some meters to $3 an hour. At a news conference this morning, the leaders of AAA Mid-Atlantic...

By Tim Craig  |  April 14, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  City Finances , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , transportation  
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Was Gray's fence built on public property? City agencies debate.

Attorneys for Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) hand-delivered this week a drawing to complete his permit application to the District Department of Transportation for a fence built around his Hillcrest home. DDOT has been threatening to fine Gray $300 a day for failing to apply for the public space...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 14, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Is Fenty caving on meter fee increases?

This year's mayor-council hearing on the budget is expected to be more tension-filled than in the past because Gray is challenging Fenty for his seat in the September primary. With revenue decreasing, advocates for low-income programs are already protesting cuts to social service programs, and residents across the city are growing frustrated with hikes in fees, such as parking meter rates and fines for moving violations.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 12, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Budget , D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Marion Barry, Vincent Gray, d.c. budget hearing, gray criticizes Fenty at budget hearing  
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