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D.C. Wire: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

Monday is last day to change party affiliation

The District's new same-day voter registration law comes with a catch. Current registered voters can't change parties to vote in an election. In other words, if you're already a Republican, you can't register to vote as a Democrat at the last-minute. Monday is the last day to change party affiliation...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 13, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Nikita Stewart  
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Drinks, bars and go-go in the D.C. campaign

It will be a day of partying Saturday on the D.C. campaign trail. D.C. Council member Kwame Brown (D-At large), a candidate for council chairman, plans to hit 10 gay bars in six hours Saturday night in a bar crawl sponsored by the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. Brown, who participated...

By Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart  |  August 13, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Kwame Brown , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  
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Fenty debuts negative ads targeting Gray's DHS record

Mayor Adrian Fenty's re-election campaign is debuting a pair of television ads taking direct aim at challenger Vincent Gray, the Post's Mike DeBonis reports. Both ads begin with a Gray quote taken from a July 15 WPFW-FM radio debate: "I put my record up against his on any day." What...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 11, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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GOP candidate goes after 'divas' vote

It's not everyday that a Republican candidate for office surrounds himself with a group of scantily-clad drag queens to try to raise money for his campaign. But, hey, this is the left-leaning District. And Marc Morgan say's he proud to court the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community....

By Tim Craig  |  August 11, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Tim Craig  
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Brown outpaces Orange in fundraising for final primary stretch

In the Democratic contest to lead the D.C. Council, at-large council member Kwame Brown collected more than four times as much money in the last two months as former council member Vincent Orange. Brown raised nearly $257,000, and has $181,000 in the bank for the final month before the Sept....

By Ann E. Marimow  |  August 11, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Kwame Brown  
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Gray again distances himself from a campaign volunteer

For the second time this week, Vincent C. Gray is being forced to distance himself from the actions of one of his campaign volunteers, raising questions about whether his extensive campaign network will help or hurt him on Election Day. On Monday, Gray spokeswoman Traci Hughes blamed an "overly zealous"...

By Tim Craig  |  August 11, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  
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Fenty spends more than $1.8 million in two months to fend off Gray

By Nikita Stewart Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, finding himself in a contentious race with Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, spent more than $1.8 million - mostly in television advertising - in June and July. The rapid spending after months of sitting on millions of dollars leaves Fenty with $1.9 million...

By by Nikita Stewart  |  August 11, 2010; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Campaign Finance , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  
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Gray alleges dirty tricks

With the District mayoral race still more than a month away, the dirty tricks and last-minute games that often cloud political campaigns may be getting underway a bit early this year. D.C. Council chairman Vincent C. Gray, who is challenging Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), issued a statement Tuesday night...

By Erica Johnston  |  August 10, 2010; 10:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Amount spent to defeat soda tax a mystery

The American Beverage Association spent $313,000 to directly lobby against Council member Mary M. Cheh's proposal to assess a 1-cent per ounce tax on soda, according to records filed with the Office of Campaign Finance. But lawmakers and voters may never know the full extent of the beverage industry's successful...

By Tim Craig  |  August 10, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Campaign Finance , Tim Craig  
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D.C. Republicans target Gray

D.C. Republicans may not be fielding a candidate for mayor this year, but it's becoming increasingly clear they are aligning with incumbent Adrian M. Fenty (D) over Vincent C. Gray in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. The D.C. Republican Committee filed a complaint today with the Office of Campaign Finance...

By Tim Craig  |  August 10, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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FOP sues Fenty administration over FOIA request

The D.C Fraternal Order of Police, which is backing Vincent C. Gray in the mayor's race, filed suit Tuesday against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration for its alleged failure to respond to an information request about how the city police department works with Peaceoholics. In the suit, filed in D.C....

By Tim Craig  |  August 10, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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Candidates scramble for checks in advance of midnight deadline

Candidates for mayor and City Council were racing to collect and count campaign checks Tuesday in anticipation of the critical midnight deadline for filing August finance reports. The numbers will reveal how much money Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray have banked for their final sprint...

By Ann Marimow  |  August 10, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Ann E. Marimow , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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