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D.C. Wire: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

Gray reaches out to D.C. ministers

A week before he is expected to win his bid for mayor, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, the Democratic nominee for mayor in the Nov. 2 election, is hosting a lunch for ministers and other members of the faith-based community in his effort to create what he calls "One City."...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 23, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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D.C. Attorney General launches probe of council member Harry Thomas

The D.C. Attorney General's Office is requesting that council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) voluntarily turn over documents and other information about a non-profit organization he operates that is not registered with the Internal Revenue Service or in good standing with city regulators. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles and...

By Tim Craig  | October 22, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Voters can stamp 'Fenty' on ballots

Voters who plan to write in Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on their ballots in the Nov. 2 general election won't even have to write. With early voting starting tomorrow at five satellite sites in D.C. neighborhoods, The Write Fenty In Campaign has armed volunteers with "stampers" that they are giving to to those who want to cast their vote for Fenty even though his name is not on the ballot.

By Tim Craig  | October 22, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  2010 District Election, D.C. Taxis, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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In mass e-mail, D.C. Fire Chief Rubin announces he'll leave when Gray takes office

Fire Chief Dennis L. Rubin announced his resignation this week via e-mail, saying that he will be working as consultant and will leave his post effective Jan. 2, 2011, when the "new Administration takes over." Rubin is the second high-profile cabinet member to definitively declare that he is leaving following...

By Nikita Stewart  | October 22, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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City officials looking at allegations of fraud in jobs program

The Department of Employment Services is looking into allegations that a staffer embezzled funds after stealing the identities of up to a half-dozen youths in the city's jobs program, according to city officials. WUSA9 broke a story Thursday night that "tens of thousands" of dollars may have been stolen through...

By Nikita Stewart  | October 22, 2010; 12:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  City Finances, D.C. Council, Nikita Stewart  
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Orange Claims Lead; Patterson Fighting Back

Former D.C. Council member Vincent C. Orange, who recently lost his bid for chairman, has been telling local Democratic leaders he has secured nearly all the votes he needs from the D.C. Democratic State Committee to win appointment to the soon-to-be vacant council at large seat.

By Tim Craig  | October 21, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Donations to Gray transition fund to be capped at $25,000

Presumptive mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray (D) will cap donations to his transition fund at $25,000 and regularly report the donors to the public.

By Tim Craig  | October 21, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election, vincent gray  
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Top Gray aide tried to help white-collar criminals

Reuben C. Charles II, a businessman who runs D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's mayoral campaign, helped launch a local company created to assist white-collar criminals who had been sentenced to prison. The disclosure, reported on by the Washington City Paper and later by the Web site DC Watch, comes...

By Tim Craig  | October 21, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Vincent C. Gray  
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D.C. sues to get back errant payment to Historical Society

The District Office of the Chief Financial Officer made a mistake in June when it sent the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., a check for $249,771.08. The check was the last payment in a $1 million earmark given to the nonprofit to help develop exhibits. But the CFO's office had...

By Nikita R Stewart  | October 20, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Hundreds turn out at Gray's Ward 1 forum

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, the Democratic nominee for mayor in the Nov. 2 election, continued his mass meet-and-greets with a stop in Ward 1's Carlos Rosario International Charter School. Hundreds of residents turned out, causing organizers to initially fret about fire hazards as they scurried to move people out...

By Erica Johnston  | October 19, 2010; 9:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Robo calls push Fenty write-in campaign

Numerous District Republicans received an automated phone call over the weekend urging them to write-in Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's name on their ballots in the Nov. 2 general election. The caller told Republicans they should support Fenty (D) instead of D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, the Democratic nominee for...

By Tim Craig  | October 18, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Tim Craig  
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Graphic campaign ads are headed for local TVs -- but not YouTube

The graphic television ads created by Missy Reilly Smith, a GOP candidate for the District's congressional delegate seat, will probably start hitting television sets across the region this week.

By Washington Post Editor  | October 18, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  GOP, 2010 District Election, Tim Craig  
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Fenty says he won't 'personally' ask write-in campaign leaders to stop

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said Monday he will not ask leaders of the "Write Fenty In" campaign - many of whom worked on his primary bid -- to cease their efforts to get voters to write in his name on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Fenty said it...

By Tim Craig  | October 18, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Tim Craig  
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