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D.C. Wire: April 25, 2010 - May 1, 2010

Gandhi rejects teacher contract until city proves it can afford it

The District's chief financial officer told the D.C. Council Friday that he cannot certify the proposed teachers' contract as fiscally sound because the city has yet to demonstrate that there is enough money to pay for it. Gandhi told the council that city officials face a $28 million gap in...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 30, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Gay rights leaders unsatisfied with Fenty apology

Local gay rights leaders are not satisfied with the apology Mayor Adrian M. Fenty issued after it was discovered he awarded a certificate of appreciation honoring the leader of the "ex-gay" movement, which believes homosexuals can be "rehabilitated. Earlier today, Fenty (D) blamed a "staff-level error" for his decision to...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 29, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  2010 District Election , City Life , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Gay Lesbian and Bisexual, Gay community, Homosexuality, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, Same-sex marriage, adrian fenty, apology for certificate, gay rights  
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Fenty apologizes for honoring leader of 'ex-gay' movement

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty apologized today over his decision to issue a certificate of appreciation honoring

By Tim Craig  |  April 29, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  | Tags: Ex-gay, Gay Lesbian and Bisexual, Gay community, LGBT, LGBT rights by country or territory  
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Fenty, other D.C. politicians honor Dorothy Height

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) praised civil and women's rights icon Dorothy I. Height, who died last week, at a celebration of her life Wednesday night at Shiloh Baptist Church. Fenty invited D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, his chief rival in the Democratic primary, to join him in the...

By Nikita Stewart  |  April 29, 2010; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Marion Barry , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Dorothy Height, Marion Barry, Shiloh Baptist Church, Vincent C. Gray  
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At Dorothy Height viewing, Fenty, feminist leaders offer plaudits

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was among the political figures who came to the headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women this morning to pay their final respects to Dorothy Irene Height. Her body has now been taken to Howard University, where she is being remembered by sisters of...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 28, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris , Mayor Fenty  
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Skinner to testify again before D.C. Council

Businessman Sinclair Skinner is scheduled to reappear before the D.C. Council on Wednesday afternoon for additional testimony in the ongoing special investigation into recreation construction contracts awarded to his and another firm with ties to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D).

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  City Finances , City Life , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Construction, Sinclair Skinner, Skinner, Superior court  
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Orange quits Pepco to run for council chairman

Former Ward 5 council member Vincent Orange resigned Tuesday from his job as a vice president at Pepco, signaling that he is preparing to run for D.C. Council chairman in the Democratic primary in September.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 27, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: D.C. council chairman, Jack Evans, Kwame R. Brown, Vincent C. Gray, Vincent Orange, d.c. council  
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McCain, Tester plan Senate bill to repeal most D.C. gun laws

Two U.S. senators plan to introduce legislation Tuesday that would repeal most of the District's gun laws and restrict the D.C. Council from regulating firearms. The bill comes one week after District officials dropped efforts to secure a voting member in the House because of similar pro-gun language attached to...

By Ann E. Marimow  |  April 27, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , Gun Ban Case  | Tags: Council of the District of Columbia, D.C. Council, John McCain  
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Hispanic leaders to ask for D.C. resolution boycotting new Ariz. immigration law

Hispanic leaders are preparing to ask the D.C. Council to take up a resolution calling for a city boycott of Arizona over its tough new immigration law.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 27, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  | Tags: Arizona, Civil and political rights, Human rights, San Francisco, San Francisco Board of Supervisors  
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Ex-Jim Graham aide pleads not guilty in taxi cab scandal

(Cross-posted from our good friends at the Crime Scene blog) Ted G. Loza, former chief of staff for D.C. Council member Jim Graham, Tuesday morning pleaded not guilty to charges that he accepted or solicited bribes in exchange for pursuing legislation favorable to the taxicab industry. Loza, who was arrested...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 27, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , transportation  
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Fenty gathers get-out-the-vote data at Dupont Circle

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) spent more than two hours pressing the flesh and taking names this morning in as he took his one-on-one campaign skills to the heart of Dupont Circle. Greeting pedestrian commuters at the base of the Dupont Circle fountain, a relaxed Fenty reached out to...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 27, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Albright to appear at Ray fundraiser for D.C. council campaign

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will appear next month at a fundraiser for at-large council candidate Clark Ray. Ray, a Democrat who was raised in Arkansas and worked on campaigns for President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, has been tapping high-powered friends to help him get...

By Nikita Stewart  |  April 27, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Madeleine Albright, Phil Mendelson  
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Sources: Orange could announce run for council chairman seat this week

Former D.C. Council member Vincent Orange could announce his candidacy for council chairman as early as this week, according to sources who have been in contact with him. Orange, who was on the council from 1999 to 2006, has long indicated he could get into the race if Council member...

By Tim Craig  |  April 27, 2010; 6:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  | Tags: Jack Evans, Kwame Brown, Vincent Orange  
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Gray: School reform and Rhee not 'inextricably tied'

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) says Chancellor Michelle Rhee and ongoing city school reform efforts are not "inextricably tied," but he's not ready to say one way or another whether he would keep her on the job if he is elected mayor this year. Gray, who held his...

By Tim Craig  |  April 26, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Education , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Michelle Rhee  
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New library opens in Anacostia, as part of citywide effort

The District on Monday opened the new $14.7 million Anacostia Public Library, part of an effort by the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to complete the construction of long-awaited libraries throughout the city. The new library, which can hold 80,000 books, DVDs, CDs and other materials and features 32...

By Nikita Stewart and Tim Craig  |  April 26, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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Gray's campaign manager in D.C. mayor's race has unexpected background

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) is taking an unorthodox approach when it comes to his choice for a campaign manager for his mayoral race. Many campaigns managers have extensive previous political experience, using each win or loss in the trenches to refine their skills. But Gray selected Adam Rubinson,...

By Tim Craig  |  April 26, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Vincent C. Gray  
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