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D.C. Wire: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

D.C. Vote: Obama should veto any bill that weakens District gun control

D.C Vote, which suffered a setback this week when the voting rights bill stalled in Congress, publicly called on President Obama today to state he will veto any legislation that includes provisions to roll back the city's gun control laws. "We have started swinging back," said Illir Zherka, executive director...

By Tim Craig  |  April 23, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Tim Craig , Voting Rights  | Tags: District of Columbia voting rights, Eleanor Holmes Norton  
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Evans 'unlikely to run' for D.C. council chair

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), whose candidacy for the council chairman's race has been in doubt, said Friday in an interview on WAMU's "The Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi" that he is "unlikely to run" for the position. For weeks, Evans has been saying that he may bow out...

By Nikita Stewart  |  April 23, 2010; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Jack Evans, Kojo Nnamdi, Kwame R. Brown  
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D.C. audit finds unpaid parking fines for cars assigned to Fenty, Rhee

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee are among city employees whose assigned vehicles have racked up unpaid parking and traffic fines, according to a new D.C. Auditor's report that found poor monitoring of the city's fleet, the employees authorized to drive city vehicles and fuel cards....

By Nikita Stewart  |  April 23, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , transportation  
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Was Fenty trying to avoid victims' family members?

Our Washington Post colleague Paul Duggan reports this stand-off Thursday between Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) and the press: After the story of the 14-year-old wrongly arrested in last month's quadruple homicide broke Thursday morning, the mayor's office sent out an advisory at 4:24 p.m. saying that Fenty, Police Chief Cathy...

By Paul Duggan  |  April 23, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Mayor Fenty  
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Gray wants statehood, not just voting rights

Under a still-hypothetical-Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), would the District abandon its push for voting rights in Congress and instead decide to go all-in to achieve statehood? It sure sounded that way Wednesday night when Gray addressed a crowd of supporters at a fundraiser.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 22, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray , Voting Rights  | Tags: D.C. statehood, District of Columbia Council, Vincent C. Gray, d.c. voting rights  
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Gray holds first major fundraising party at Terra home

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, a Democratic candidate for mayor, held his first major fundraiser last night at the Northwest home of Judith Terra, a socialite and philanthropist who four years earlier was raising money for Gray's rival, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). At times, the fundraiser appeared more...

By Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart  |  April 22, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Tim Craig  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Vincent C. Gray, Washington DC  
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Sulaimon Brown protests exclusion from D.C. mayoral forum

Sulaimon Brown, a former Fenty volunteer turned opponent, said in an email that he is upset about his absence from the guest list of a June 3 mayoral debate planned by civic associations for Palisades, Cleveland Park and Foxhall. Brown was one of the first to say he would challenge...

By Nikita Stewart  |  April 22, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Vincent C. Gray  
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D.C. Republicans to appeal decision to clear Gray in campaign finance case

The D.C. Republican Committee will file an appeal Thursday to the Office of Campaign Finance's decision to clear Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) of allegations he improperly used his council stationery to solicit a campaign contribution for the local Democratic Party. In August 2008, Gray wrote Comcast asking that...

By Tim Craig  |  April 22, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. civic associations team up to hold mayoral campaign forum

Civic associations for the Palisades, Cleveland Park and Foxhall are teaming up to hold a mayoral forum between Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and challengers Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Leo Alexander. Gray and Alexander have already committed to attending. The Fenty campaign said it is still considering the request...

By Nikita Stewart  |  April 21, 2010; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Adrian Fenty, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty  
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Rivals Fenty, Gray team up on Capitol Hill to seek federal money

Mayor Adrian Fenty and Council Chairman Vincent Gray may be rivals on the political field, but they were playing for the same team Wednesday morning, sitting side-by-side and sharing a microphone as they made the case for federal dollars during a budget oversight hearing on the Hill. House Appropriations subcommittee...

By Ann Marimow  |  April 21, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , Mayor Fenty  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Jose E. Serrano, United States House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government  
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Gray announces veteran campaign team for D.C. mayoral bid

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray has announced his campaign team, a list that includes numerous veterans of local and national political efforts. Gray, who so far doesn't have a big campaign account, appears to be sending a signal that he has quickly put together a real campaign that will be...

By Tim Craig  |  April 21, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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420 vote a 'coincidence,' Catania says

If you have ever come in contact with a heavy marijuana user, you probably know that 420 is the international street term for the drug. For at least a few decades, high school and college students would get high at 4:20 p.m., when presumably classes are over. The date April...

By Kendra Nichols  |  April 21, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Is Orange running for D.C. council chairman? Kwame Brown would like to know

Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) caused a bit of a stir at the John A. Wilson Building Tuesday when he asked Donna Cooper, a Pepco senior public affairs manager, whether former council member Vincent Orange, now a vice president at the utility, would challenge him in the council...

By Nikita Stewart  |  April 20, 2010; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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UPDATE: D.C. Council approves medical marijuana bill

The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill today to allow chronically ill patients to receive a doctor's prescription to use marijuana and buy it from a city-sanctioned distribution center. Under the bill, which passed without debate, a patient who suffers from HIV, glaucoma, cancer or a "chronic and lasting disease"...

By Kendra Nichols  |  April 20, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Barry-Catania feud continues over contracts, health care

The feud between Council members Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and David A. Catania (I-At large) could come to head this afternoon when Barry tries to get his colleagues to disapprove three contracts that Catania had a role in crafting. It does not appear as if Barry has the votes to...

By Tim Craig  |  April 20, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Tim Craig  | Tags: David Catania, Marion Barry  
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Gray plans Saturday kickoff for mayoral campaign

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), who announced his candidacy for mayor three weeks ago, will hold his official campaign kickoff on Saturday at the Historical Society of Washington on K Street. Adam Clampitt, a former U.S. Navy Reserve lieutenant and local political activist, announced Gray's kickoff in an...

By Tim Craig  |  April 20, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, District of Columbia Council  
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Fenty orders flags lowered for Height

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is honoring Dorothy Height with a with a proclamation and lowering the flag. Here's his statement: "To honor Dr. Dorothy I. Height, I hereby declare today, April 20, 2010, "Dr. Dorothy I. Height Day" in the District of Columbia. I have also ordered that the flags...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 20, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  City Life , Nikita Stewart , Voting Rights  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, African American, Dorothy Height, Martin Luther King, Mayor, Washington DC  
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D C. region's three leaders agree: Metro needs to be safer.

It was sort of like the Three Tenors of Washington politics, the way that the leaders of the Washington metropolitan area's three principal jurisdictions met Tuesday morning in Alexandria, and then appeared in front of cameras and spotlights to harmonize on the subject of regional cooperation. Their theme was making...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 20, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  transportation  | Tags: Metro, Metro oversight, Metrorail, Northern Virginia, Virginia, WMATA funding  
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Hoyer: D.C. voting rights bill likely dead for this session

The Washington Post's Ben Pershing reports that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has announced that a D.C. voting rights bill will not come up this session, in part because of opposition to an amendment that would have eliminated most of the District's gun-control laws. "At this point in time I...

By Ben Pershing  |  April 20, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray , Voting Rights  | Tags: Congress, District of Columbia voting rights, Marion Barry  
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Cora Masters Barry on death of Dorothy Height

Cora Masters Barry, former first lady of the District, said Dorothy Height "was an integral part" of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center since its beginning. The civil and women's rights icon died this morning at 98. Height attended a "Blacks in Wax" program at the center, a Ward 8...

By Kendra Nichols  |  April 20, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Brown, Alexander back off voting bill support over gun control issue

Council members Kwame Brown (D-At large) and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) are stepping back from their previous statements in support the D.C. rights bill, which currently includes a provision that would strip the city of most of its gun control laws. On Friday, when President Obama issued a statement in...

By Tim Craig  |  April 19, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray , Voting Rights  | Tags: District of Columbia voting rights, Eleanor Holmes Norton  
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UPDATED: League of Women Voters won't back D.C. voting rights bill

The League of Women Voters, which has championed D.C. voting rights for the past five decades, announced today that it will not support the pending bill to give the District a vote in Congress because it would also weaken the city's gun laws. In a sign that the opposition to...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 19, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  City Life , Eleanor Holmes Norton , Tim Craig , Voting Rights  | Tags: District of Columbia voting rights, Eleanor Holmes Norton, League of Women Voters, United States House of Representatives, Vincent C. Gray  
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Gray: Voting rights bill unacceptable without changes in gun provision

D.C. Council chairman Vincent C. Gray, a Democratic candidate for mayor, said today he will not support the D.C. voting rights bill pending before Congress unless substantive changes are made to the provision that restricts the city's ability to set its own gun control laws. Gray, whose position puts him...

By Tim Craig and Ann E. Marimow  |  April 19, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , Tim Craig , Voting Rights  | Tags: District of Columbia voting rights, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Vincent C. Gray  
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SEIU endorses incumbent council members

The Service Employees International Union, which says it represents 40,000 workers in the Washington region, announced Monday that it is endorsing all five D.C. council members up for reelection this year.

By Washington Post editors  |  April 19, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, District of Columbia Council, Harry Thomas Jr, Jim Graham, Phil Mendelson, Service Employees International Union  
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