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D.C. Wire: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

Gandhi warns council on fee maneuver

Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi is warning D.C. maneuver Council members that its vote to table a proposal by the mayor to raise or impose hundreds of fees could cost the city $2.3 million in revenue this summer.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 21, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Budget , City Finances , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: adrian fenty, d.c. budget, fee increases, gandhi wanrs council about tabling fee increase, natwar gandhi, vincent gray  
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Neighbors sign off on Gray's problematic fence

Council Chairman Vincent Gray got some good news Thursday night when his neighbors gave their seal of approval to his controversial fence.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 21, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: D.C. council chairman's fence, Vincent gray, gray's fence, neighbors approve gray's fence, vincent gray's fence  
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Graham hires city contractor to hang campaign signs

Campaigns can post placards on street fixtures, but it takes skill and experience to affix them high on lampposts while avoiding injury and adhering to rigorous city rules on where signs can be posted. Council member Jim Graham, seeking a fourth term representing Ward 1, sought professional help, and now it's a campaign issue.

By Mike DeBonis  |  May 21, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Campaign Finance , D.C. Council , Mike DeBonis , transportation  
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D.C. gets grant for Walter Reed work

The District has won a $1.4 million grant from the Department of Defense to help defray the costs of pre-development work needed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus, city officials announced Thursday.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 20, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Economic Development  | Tags: Valerie-Joy Santos, base realignment and closure, d.c. redvelopment, walter reed army medical center  
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Council all but kills soda tax

A majority of D.C. Council members signaled their opposition Thursday to a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on soda, probably killing the proposal.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 20, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Budget , City Finances , City Life , D.C. Council , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: d.c. council opposes soda tax, majority opposes soda tax, soda tax all but killed, soda tax opposed  
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Penn. Ave. bike lanes delayed

Update, 4:45 p.m.: Gabe Klein, director of the Department of Transportation, called to clarify that the delay in the opening of the bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue might not result in the lanes growing tighter. But Klein said the lanes need to be "redesigned" to enhance the safety of...

By Tim Craig  |  May 20, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Tim Craig  
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Activists get meeting with key Senate gun-bill sponsor

A small group of activists held a "pray-in" this morning in the Senate offices of a key Democratic proponent of a bill that would discard virtually all city gun laws, earning themselves a brief meeting. The targeting of Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) was organized by D.C. Vote and featured...

By Mike DeBonis  |  May 20, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Congressional Oversight , Mike DeBonis  | Tags: D.C. Vote, Ilir Zherka, Jon Tester, gun bill, guns, local control, voting rights  
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Cafritz supports Gray for mayor -- but also wants school reform continuity

Former D.C. School Board member Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a well-known socialite and patron of the arts, said Wednesday night she is supporting Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) in the mayor's race. But if you were one of the 250 people who attended the D.C. Appleseed dinner that night, you...

By Tim Craig  |  May 20, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Education , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  
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D.C. budget talks to be televised

If you want to see your District government at work, tune into the local government access channel (Channel 13 for Comcast cable subscribers in the city.)

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 19, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Budget , City Finances , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: adrian fenty, d.c. budget negotiations televised, d.c. council to televise budget talks, vincent gray  
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Brown and Gray pick up labor endorsements in D.C. races

Council Chairman Vincent Gray picked up the backing Wednesday of the American Federation of Government Employees, a federal and D.C. government employee union that represents 600,000 workers. In announcing support for Gray in his mayoral bid, the group took aim in a statement at Mayor Adrian Fenty, who has had...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 19, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Kwame Brown , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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Kwame Brown gets cash infusion from heavy hitters

A group of the city's most prodigious political fundraisers gathered yesterday evening to give At-Large Council member Kwame R. Brown (D) a head start on his run for the Council chairmanship. Developers Herb Miller of Western Development Corp., Deborah Ratner Salzburg of Forest City Washington, Bill Alsup of Hines, and...

By Mike DeBonis  |  May 19, 2010; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Campaign Finance , D.C. Council , Kwame Brown , Mike DeBonis  | Tags: 2010 election, Jack Evans, Kwame Brown, campaign finance  
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Souder's downfall means D.C. loses congressional foe

With the resignation of Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) from the House of Representatives, the District of Columbia loses one of Congress' most determined challengers of the city's self determination. Souder announced his resignation Tuesday after it emerged that he had had an affair with a part-time staffer. He leaves Congress...

By Mike DeBonis  |  May 18, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Congressional Oversight , D.C. Council , Mike DeBonis  | Tags: Congress, David Catania, Larry Craig, Mark Souder, Walter Smith  
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D.C. council refuses to act on Fenty plan to raise fees, fines

The D.C. Council agreed Tuesday to raise or impose 680 fines or fees starting June 1 to help the city balance its budget. Responding to a request made by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), the council approved emergency legislation requiring residents to pay more for business licenses, building permits and dozens of traffic infractions.

By Tim Craig  |  May 18, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Budget , City Finances , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Budget, adrian fenty, council raising fees to increase revenue, higher fees, new fees, new fees to close budget gap, vincent gray  
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Economic development at play in the council chairman's race

With the rumbling of Metro as a backdrop, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty broke ground Tuesday morning on a mixed-use development at the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood station that is expected to bring new life to a gritty stretch of Ward 5. But there were politics at play as well beneath the...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 18, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Economic Development  
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Update: D.C. gay Democrats back Harry Thomas in Ward 5 council primary fight

Gay Democrats are rewarding D.C. Council member Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5) for his vote last year in favor of the city's same-sex marriage law. Thomas was endorsed by the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club at a meeting Monday night. In the weeks leading up to the historic council vote in December,...

By Tim Craig and Mike DeBonis  |  May 18, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  | Tags: Harry Thomas, Same-sex marriage  
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Gray gets endorsement of labor group

The Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, which boasts 150,000 members in the region, voted Monday night to endorse Vincent C. Gray in the mayor's race.

By Washington Post editors  |  May 18, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , vincent gray  | Tags: AFL-CIO, Labor, Vincent C. Gray, Washington D.C.  
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Ads aim to persuade D.C. council on contracting reform, soda tax

Two interest groups are aiming election-year advertising campaigns at the D.C. Council members who are racing to complete work on the budget this week. The Service Employees International Union will begin airing an ad Tuesday in the City Paper calling on the council to enact "strong" contracting reform. Although the...

By Tim Craig  |  May 17, 2010; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Budget , City Finances , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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Gray campaign hits the phones to find votes

Mayoral hopeful Vincent C. Gray may have already made a big publicity splash, but when it comes to the nuts and bolts of campaigning, he's got some catching up to do. Gray's nascent operation has to contend with a well-established, well-organized Fenty election apparatus, the vaunted "Green Machine," which prides...

By Mike DeBonis  |  May 17, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mike DeBonis , vincent gray  
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Fenty flags Angelou letter in Southeast rec center controversy

Months later, Mayor Adrian Fenty is still being dogged by questions about why he did not meet with poet Maya Angelou and civil rights leader Dorothy Height. But this time, the mayor is pointing to fresh evidence that there were no hard feelings between the parties, citing a letter from...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 17, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , Mayor Fenty  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Dorothy Height, Maya Angelou  
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Who won the Ward 8 straw poll?

The Ward 8 Democrats held the first straw poll for the mayor's race in this election season on Saturday. Although Jacque Patterson, the group's president, called it a test of the city's new same-day registration law, it appeared to be a test of how Mayor Adrian M. Fenty can mobilize his support.

By Kendra Nichols  |  May 17, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Nikita Stewart  
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