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D.C. Wire: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

'Big G' to blame Gray for his firing from WKYS

Actor and singer Anwar "Big G" Glover has scheduled a news conference for Sunday to allege that he was fired from his job as a radio personality for supporting Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's reelection, saying WKYS (93.9 FM) was pressured by Fenty's rival, Vincent C. Gray. Glover, one the city's...

By Tim Craig  |  August 28, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  
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Former Rep. Floyd Flake rallies Fenty supporters

D.C .Mayor Adrian M. Fenty campaigned in Northeast Washington Thursday night where a New York City preacher and former congressman blasted the Washington Teachers' Union and chastised residents for not standing by Fenty, who he said has been forced to make tough decisions. Rev. Floyd Flake, who spent a decade...

By Hamil R. Harris  |  August 27, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Gay Republicans protest GLAA ratings

Two gay Republicans running for the D.C. Council this year are protesting the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance candidate rankings that were released Wednesday, which rate the Democratic incumbents higher than their GOP challengers on gay rights issues. The election rankings, distributed to gay voters through the Washington Blade and...

By Tim Craig  |  August 26, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , same-sex marriage  
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Current newspapers endorse Gray

The Current, which publishes several newspapers in Northwest, has endorsed D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. The editorial board of The Current, an influential publication that focuses on neighborhood news, wrote Wednesday that it had a difficult time choosing between Gray and incumbent Adrian...

By Tim Craig  |  August 25, 2010; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  
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Moten tries to boost Fenty with music video

Ever wonder what Peaceoholics co-founder Ronald Moten does all day? Here's a partial answer. Mayor Adrian Fenty's No. 1 booster has put the mayor's campaign message to music with a new theme song that hits on all of his opponent's perceived weaknesses. The video includes children holding up four...

By Tim Craig  |  August 25, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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No reregistering as Democrat on primary day, board rules

On Aug. 12, the board adopted emergency regulations to clarify the new laws that went into effect in February. Voters registered as "no party" cannot declare a party at the last minute to vote in the Sept. 14 primary, according to the regulations.

By Nikita Stewart  |  August 25, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty  
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Fenty hammers Gray on education at debate

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who has tried to gain traction in his campaign with humilty and by attacking his main opponent's record, stayed on message during a debate Tuesday night, focusing on the progress the city's schools have made under him and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. Earlier Tuesday, officials had...

By Nikita Stewart  |  August 25, 2010; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2010 District Election  | Tags: dc mayoral candidates, dc mayors race, fenty campaign  
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Elections board to decide on unaffiliated voters today

Togo West, chairman of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, announced during a special meeting this morning that the body will make a decision today on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's petition to allow unaffiliated voters to register as Democrats same day under new elections laws. On Aug. 12, the...

By Nikita Stewart  |  August 25, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 District Election  | Tags: dc mayors race, fenty campaign  
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Gray unveils first TV ad

D.C. Council chairman Vincent C. Gray will unveil the first ad of his mayor campaign Wednesday. The ad attacks Fenty regarding his ties to fraternity brothers Sinclair Skinner and Omar Karim, as well as Peaceoholics founder Ronald Moten. The ad will air on cable, but not network television....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  August 24, 2010; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Vincent C. Gray  
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Things get heated between Fenty and Gray supporters

With the Sept. 14 Democratic primary three weeks away, things are getting a bit heated on the streets as supporters for Vincent C. Gray and incumbent Adrian M. Fenty (D) clash outside forums, debates and straw polls. The rough-and-tumble politics were on display over the weekend when, Gray said, Peaceoholics...

By Tim Craig  |  August 24, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Barry says Fenty would 'love to get' his support

Marion Barry would like the world to know that he is very much in demand, the Post's Mike DeBonis reports. DeBonis writes that Barry buttonholed him at the Ward 5 straw poll Monday night to talk about how "emissaries" for Fenty had courted his support. "They had at least a...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 24, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Council committee already knocked down idea of unaffiliated voters

The D.C. Council Committee on Government Operations and the Environment knocked down amendments that would have allowed unaffiliated voters to register with a party and vote in the Sept. 14 election at the last minute.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 24, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray  
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Gray cancels unveiling of public-safety plan

D.C. Council chairman and mayoral hopeful Vincent C. Gray has canceled his announced plans to release a public-safety plan Tuesday afternoon. Gray, who is challenging Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, was scheduled to hold a press conference and release the proposal at the Boys &...

By Tim Craig  |  August 24, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Crime and Public Safety , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  
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Fenty brings new, contrite tone to appearance at Ward 6 school

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty spent more than an hour at J.O. Wilson Elementary in Northeast Washington on Monday morning, squatting to talk with small children, encouraging teachers and talking like a repentant sinner regarding the persistent charge that he doesn't listen residents from all segments...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  August 24, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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Gray attacks Fenty on Sinclair Skinner contract

(Click to see a larger version) Updated at 12:25 p.m. with response from Fenty D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray has sent out his toughest campaign mailer to date in his bid to unseat Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, taking aim at Fenty friend...

By Tim Craig  |  August 24, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  
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Elections board to hear Fenty request for unaffiliated voters

UPDATED: 9:53 a.m. The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to hear a request from the campaign of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary. Marc Elias, an attorney for the...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 24, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, Vincent C. Gray  
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Fenty campaign trying to include unaffiliated voters in primary

The campaign for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is trying to get the Board of Elections and Ethics to reverse a recent decision and allow "no party" voters to cast ballots in the Democratic primary.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 23, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, Democratic primary, Vincent C. Gray, no party  
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Who do you endorse?

(Cross-posted from the All Opinions Are Local blog) The Post's editorial board has had its say in the Democratic primary for D.C. mayor. Now it's your turn. Make the case for your candidate in 200 words or fewer, and e-mail it to letters@washpost.com with "My Endorsement" in the subject line....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  August 23, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Alexander asks auditor to look at Peaceoholics

Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) is asking D.C. Auditor Deborah Nichols to conduct an audit of the nonprofit Peaceoholics - the group co-founded by Ronald Moten, who said he stepped down from his duties to help Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's campaign. Alexander said she is growing increasingly concerned...

By Nikita Stewart  |  August 23, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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GOP Candidate Set to Endorse Fenty

Dave Hedgepeth, the Republican candidate for council in Ward 3, will announce tomorrow that he's endorsing Democrat Adrian M. Fenty in the mayor's race.

By Tim Craig  |  August 23, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Democrats & Republicans , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  
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Heated mayoral politics in Ward 8

For those who can't get enough of the almost-daily drama surrounding Peaceoholics co-founder Ronald Moten and his support for incumbent Adrian M. Fenty in the mayor's race, enter Moten's father, Ronald Starks El. At Saturday's Ward 8 Democratic Committee endorsement vote, Starks El was roaming around the room snapping pictures...

By Tim Craig  |  August 23, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Marion Barry , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray , vincent gray  
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Talib Karim breaks from Fenty

Talib I. Karim, chairman of the Muslim Democratic Caucus of D.C., is speaking out about why he's supporting Vincent C. Gray in the mayor's race, even though his brother, Omar Karim, is one of the mayor's closest friends.

By tim craig  |  August 22, 2010; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig , Vincent C. Gray  
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To Mendelson, 'a picture tells a thousand words'

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) is stepping up his efforts to tell voters that one of his opponents, Michael D. Brown, is not the same person as Michael A. Brown, a member of the council.

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 22, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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