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D.C. Wire: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

Gray Works for Votes in Northeast

D.C. Council member Vincent C. Gray is out to prove he won't be out-hussled on the campaign trail by the energetic Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). Gray and several dozen of his supporters held a sign wave this morning at the corner of 12th and Monroe streets in the...

By Tim Craig  |  May 14, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Fenty, Gray get early start on ballot signatures

The city's two prime mayoral combatants wasted no time this morning in trying to get on this fall's primary ballot. Today is the first day that candidates may begin gathering the voter signatures necessary to get their names on Sept. 14 ballots. The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics opened...

By Mike DeBonis  |  May 14, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Mike DeBonis , Vincent C. Gray  
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Gray, Vilsack Serve Up 'Healthy Foods'

D.C. Council member Vincent C. Gray, a Democratic candidate for mayor, joins U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in serving steamed kale and roasted garlic cauliflower to students at Alice Deal Middle School on Thursday. Gray and Vilsack joined Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) at the school to...

By Tim Craig  |  May 13, 2010; 7:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Brown pitches tax plan to D.C. wealthy

Council member Michael A. Brown met Thursday morning over breakfast with the city's elite: the wealthy residents who would be affected by the "millionaire's tax" being pushed by several council members in an effort to generate revenue for the fiscal 2011 budget.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 13, 2010; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Budget , City Finances , City Life , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Chief financial officer, Michael A. Brown, Revenue, Taxation  
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Anti-tax group uses Fenty street-sweeping plan for national campaign against bag tax

An anti-tax group is pointing to a plan by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to rally opposition to proposals in at least 15 states for a bag tax similar to the one enacted in the District earlier this year. The Tax Foundation issued a release Wednesday noting Fenty wants to...

By Tim Craig  |  May 13, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Anacostia River, Council of the District of Columbia, Tax Foundation  
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Restaurants band together to defeat D.C. soda tax

More than three dozen local restaurants and businesses are joining forces to try to defeat Council member Mary M. Cheh's proposal for a citywide soda tax. In today's edition of the Northwest Current, a group called NoDCBeverage Tax took out a full-page ad opposing the proposed tax. "Listen up D.C.,"...

By Tim Craig  |  May 12, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  City Finances , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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Nickles excited about appointment of Nuss

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty introduced Laura Nuss on Wednesday morning as the new director of the D.C. Department on Disability Services. But it was D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles who seemed especially jazzed about the news. "I'm EXCITED!" Nickles shouted into the microphone set up outside DDS headquarters on 15th...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 12, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cheh pulls prank on D.C. council members

Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) proposed spending $500,000 to put a Starbucks in the John A. Wilson Building and $2 million to help enter residents in The Washington Post's annual Peeps Contest. She also wants to require the mayor to immediately deliver any sporting events tickets to the...

By Nikita Stewart  |  May 12, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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Orange is in race for D.C. council chairman

Former D.C. Council member Vincent Orange, surrounded by supporters, announces on Wednesday his candidacy to succeed mayoral candidate Vincent Gray as chairman. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post) The sprint to the District's September primary is underway. Surrounded by about a dozen supporters and campaign workers who chanted his name, former D.C....

By Ann E. Marimow  |  May 12, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, District of Columbia Council, Kwame R. Brown, Vincent C. Gray  
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D.C. council finance chair Evans opposes soda tax proposal

Council member Mary M. Cheh plans to continue to push for citywide soda tax proposal, even though the chairman of the Finance Committee is refusing to hold a hearing on it and doesn't want it enacted. Cheh is proposing the 1-cent per ounce tax to fund her Healthy Schools Initiative,...

By Tim Craig  |  May 12, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Tags: Jack Evans, Tom Vilsack  
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Nuss to be named new head of D.C. disability services agency

The Washington Post's Henri Cauvin reports that D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is installing a new leader at the city's long troubled developmental disabilities agency, which has been the subject of a class action lawsuit for more than three decades. The appointment of Deputy Director Laura Nuss to head the...

By Henri E. Cauvin  |  May 11, 2010; 7:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Tax on D.C. sports team tickets?

Wizards, Caps, United and Mystics fans may have to pay a little more to watch their teams next fiscal year. Nationals fans, you're exempt. A D.C. Council committee is recommendiing the adoption of a new tax on sporting events to generate an estimated $3.7 million in revenue to fund city...

By Nikita Stewart  |  May 11, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Tags: Adrian Fenty, Council of the District of Columbia, District of Columbia Council, Washington DC, Washington Nationals  
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Orange takes on Brown to succeed Gray for council chairman

It's official: There will be fresh oranges again on the campaign trail. Former D.C. Council member Vincent Orange is set to enter the chairman's race Wednesday, his campaign said Monday. Orange will face Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) in the primary contest to succeed Chairman Vincent C. Gray, who has...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 10, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council  
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Group urges residents to fight fee hike on phones

A consumer advocacy group is encouraging District residents to fight a proposal by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to increase a fee on phone lines by 39 cents to generate $7 million in his fiscal 2011 budget plan.

By Jennifer Abella  |  May 10, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  City Finances , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Brian Johnston, Committee on Public Safety, DC Council, Phil Mendelson, phone tax  
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