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D.C. Wire: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

Mayoral campaigns strike political note at tribute to late go-go great Lil' Benny

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray on Saturday unveiled Lil' Benny Way, an alley named in honor of one of the city's go-go greats, at an event off U Street that blurred the lines between ceremony and campaigning.

By Nikita Stewart  |  August 7, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  City Life , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray  
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Fenty and Gray brawl at Ward 4 forum

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray were drawn into personal exchanges at Wednesday night's Ward 4 Democratic Committee mayoral forum, setting the stage for a nasty conclusion to this year's race. During the rowdy event, Fenty opened up a new line of attack against Gray, accusing...

By Tim Craig  |  August 5, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , vincent gray  
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Fenty says he is 'disappointed' by showing in home turf

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty appeared in good spirits the morning after his defeat in the Ward 4 Democrats straw poll as he cut the ribbon on a new Joe Cole Community Center in the Trinidad neighborhood. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray beat Fenty in the poll, 581 to 401. With...

By Ann Marimow  |  August 5, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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Fenty-Gray race wasn't the only draw in Ward 4 straw poll

The heated mayoral race between incumbent Adrian M. Fenty and chief rival Vincent C. Gray wasn't the only contest that drew nearly 1,000 Ward 4 residents to a straw poll Wednesday night. The event at St. George Ballroom and Conference Center drew so many people that police were called in...

By Tim Craig  |  August 5, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Tim Craig  
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Gray wins straw poll on Fenty turf

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray beat Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in a Ward 4 Democrats straw poll, 581 to 401 -- an embarrassing loss for the mayor in his home base.

By Nikita Stewart  |  August 5, 2010; 1:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Gray ad goes after Fenty

It's not airing on television, but D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) appears to have launched the hardest-hitting ad thus far in the mayoral race. In a Web video produced by the Gray campaign and distributed to the media, Gray goes after Mayor Adrian M. Fenty for failing...

By Tim Craig  |  August 3, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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UPDATED: Council rejects GOP nominee to elections board

The D.C. Council voted 7 to 4 to reject Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's nominee to the Board of Elections and Ethics on Tuesday, meaning there remains one vacancy on the panel.

By Tim Craig  |  August 3, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Jim Graham , Kwame Brown , Marion Barry , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  
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Council rejects Fenty's bid to extend summer jobs

In a 9 to 2 vote Tuesday, the D.C. Council rejected a plan by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to extend a summer jobs program for seven days for about 20,000 youths, by diverting $4.3 million from a federal poverty program. With the Sept. 14 primary election weeks away, several council...

By Nikita Stewart  |  August 3, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Vince Gray launches his first radio ad

D.C. Council Chairman and mayoral candidate Vincent C. Gray (D) launched the first radio ad of his campaign Tuesday, telling voters he would unite the city by focusing on job creation. In the 60-second spot called "One City," a female narrator says Gray is the "only" candidate with a plan...

By Tim Craig  |  August 3, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  
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Barry undecided in mayor's race

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) said Monday he hasn't decided whether, or when, he will endorse a candidate in the mayoral election between Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and his lead opponent, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. Given recent public statements and his frequent sparring with the Fenty...

By Tim Craig  |  August 2, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Marion Barry  
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Barry admonished but cleared in contract to girlfriend

The Office of Campaign Finance has admonished Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) but has cleared him of violating city laws in giving then-girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt a $5,000-a-month contract in 2009. Barry's colleagues censured him and stripped him of his committee in March after Washington lawyer Robert S. Bennett concluded...

By Nikita Stewart  |  August 2, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Marion Barry , Nikita Stewart  
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Gray, Obama meet at Mystics game

It wasn't the lunch date at Ben's Chili Bowl that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) enjoyed, but D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray got a chance Sunday to make small talk with President Obama.

By Tim Craig  |  August 2, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race , 2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  
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