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D.C. Wire: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

D.C. Democratic committee wants to tax the rich

The D.C. Democratic State Committee approved a resolution Thursday night calling on the city council to raise taxes on city residents who earn $200,000 or more a year, about 5 percent of the population. The resolution, which comes as some liberal advocates are pushing for higher taxes to stave off...

By Tim Craig  |  May 7, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Budget , D.C. Democrats & Republicans , Tim Craig  
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Proposal to tax more D.C. services meets with protests

Health club members and Yoga lovers flooded D.C. Council members with e-mails Thursday after word spread that the council might consider a new tax on health club memberships to help fill a $550 million budget gap.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 6, 2010; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Budget , City Finances , City Life , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Tim Craig  | Tags: d.c. council, emails protest services tax, proposal to tax services protested, taxes, taxing services  
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CFSA workers laid off as part of budget cuts

More than 100 employees of the District's child welfare agency lost their jobs Thursday in a wave of layoffs prompted by citywide budget cuts and plans to restructure some jobs at the Child and Family Services Agency.

By Washington Post editors  |  May 6, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Tags: Child and family services, Child protection, Social work  
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Could drug offenders work in D.C. medical pot dispensaries?

Is the District Human Rights Act so progressive that it protects the rights of drug offenders to work in the city's proposed medical marijuana dispensaries? Nikolas Schiller, a local medical marijuana activist, thinks so. Schiller, who lives in Ward 1, fired off a mass e-mail to numerous city officials this...

By Tim Craig  |  May 6, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig  | Tags: Human Rights Act, Same-sex marriage  
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UPDATED: Nickles demands Barry apologize for racism accusation against city official

Attorney General Peter Nickles is demanding that Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) apologize to a top Fenty administration official for accusing her of having racist hiring practices. In a letter sent to Barry last night, Nickles said the council member verbally attacked Julie Hudman, the director of the Department of Health...

By Tim Craig  |  May 6, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Marion Barry , Tim Craig  | Tags: Marion Barry, Racism  
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Fenty taps Tulou to be D.C. environmental director

Christophe Tulou, a former Delaware cabinet secretary overseeing environmental issues, has been tapped by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to be the city's new director of the Department of Environment. Fenty (D) is expected to unveil Tulou at a Thursday news conference at the Aquatic Resources Education Center at Anacostia Park....

By Nikita Stewart  |  May 6, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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D.C. Court of Appeals hears arguments for and against same-sex marriage

Lawyers for and against same-sex marriage in the District outlined their arguments Tuesday before the nine D.C. Court of Appeals judges in one of the latest efforts surrounding same-sex marriages being performed in the District. It was one of the first times all nine judges sat for an initial...

By Terri Rupar  |  May 4, 2010; 8:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Statehood: a D.C./Puerto Rico double bill?

Could the District and Puerto Rico achieve statehood as a package deal? The electoral plights of both regions have been in the news of late. Last week, the House approved a bill giving residents of Puerto Rico a chance to vote on whether to become a state, among other options....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  May 4, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Council approves medical marijuana bill

The D.C. Council gave final approval to legalized medical marijuana today, but only after members agreed to make it easier for qualified patients to obtain larger quantities of the drug.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 4, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  | Tags: AIDS, Cancer, Department of Health, Jim Graham, Medical cannabis, d.c. council passes medical marijuana bill, medical marijuana bill passes  
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D.C. council: Boycott Arizona, don't share arrest data with feds

The D.C. Council waded into the fight over illegal immigration today, as all 13 members sponsored a bill forbidding the police chief from sharing arrest data with federal immigration officials and also announced their unanimous support for a resolution calling on the city to stop doing business with Arizona. Responding...

By Tim Craig  |  May 4, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig  | Tags: Arizona, Illegal immigration, Immigration  
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D.C. petitions for receiver to run two group homes

The District, which is trying to end a long-standing class-action suit over its care of people with developmental disabilities, is taking aim at another of the group home operators that that the city contracts with to provide care.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 3, 2010; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Employees  | Tags: D.C. Superior Court, D.C. group homes, Developmental disability, Group home, Individual Development Inc., Peter Nickles, Westview Medical & Rehabilitation Services  
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Proposed soda tax could be derailed

D.C. Council member Jack Evans, chairman of the Committee on Finance & Revenue, plans to slow efforts on the council to enact a citywide soda tax to pay for stringent new school nutrition standards.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 3, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Budget , City Finances , D.C. Council , Education , Tim Craig  | Tags: Budget, Jack Evans, Vincent C. Gray, mary cheh, soda tax  
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Pro-pot forces launch last-ditch lobbying effort

Advocates for legalized medical marijuana are launching a last-minute appeal to the D.C. Council to make major changes to its proposal to legalize the drug for medical purposes. On Tuesday, the council is scheduled to give final approval to a bill that establishes as many as eight medical marijuana dispensaries...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 3, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Questions , Tim Craig  | Tags: Cannabis, Department of Health, Drugs, Medical cannabis, Phil Mendelson, medical marijuana  
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D.C. Council holds off on Arizona boycott -- for now

The D.C. Council is holding off on taking a public stand on Arizona's controversial new immigration law that makes it easier for police to stop those believed to be in the country illegally.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 3, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Arizona, Immigration law, Michael A. Brown, Washington DC  
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