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D.C. Wire: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

Fenty gets praise on 'Real Time with Bill Maher'

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty continued his reinvention tour with a stop at HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," getting praise from Maher and his panel for charging ahead with education reform at the expense of his political career. Fenty told Maher and guests that "maybe people weren't ready for change...

By Terri Rupar  | November 5, 2010; 11:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Obama invites Gray to lunch

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray (D) said he is scheduled to have lunch with President Obama on Dec. 1 -- an invitation that will bring the city's new leader closer to the city's most high-profile resident.

By Nikita Stewart  | November 3, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Nikita Stewart, Obama, Vincent C. Gray  
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Gray to name transition team

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray is scheduled to announce his transition team Wednesday -- a mix of national and local leaders, including former Mayor Anthony A. Williams, public education advocate Katherine Bradley and local Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Lang -- to help him shape policy and to build his Cabinet.

By Nikita Stewart and Tim Craig  | November 3, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Nikita Stewart, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray, vincent gray  
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Too early to tell if GOP-controlled House will meddle with D.C. affairs, Norton says

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said Tuesday night that it was too early to tell whether the new GOP majority in the House of Representatives will take aim at the District's same-sex marriage, medical marijuana or needle exchange laws.

By Washington Post Editors  | November 2, 2010; 10:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life, Congressional Oversight, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Tim Craig, same-sex marriage  
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Board of Elections struggles with reporting again

The D,.C. Board of Elections has only counted 7 percent of precincts at of 10 p.m. Tuesday, but The Associated Press is projecting D.C. Council chairman Vincent C. Gray the city's next mayor. The slow-pace count at the board of elections on Tuesday night is reminiscent of the Sept. 14...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | November 2, 2010; 10:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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AP: Gray, Holmes Norton, Brown win

Vincent Gray has been elected D.C. mayor, Kwame Brown chairman of the D.C. Council, and Eleanor Holmes Norton as the District's U.S. delegate, according to the Associated Press. All three won the Democratic primary held in September....

By Terri Rupar  | November 2, 2010; 10:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Chat with us as results come in

Members of The Post's coverage team will be online to answer your questions about the D.C. area elections and the local impact of national elections tonight at 8 p.m. D.C. area election returns...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | November 2, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Family legacy boosts Thomas in Ward 5

The after-work crowd was filing into the Langdon Park Recreation Center, located at 2901 20th St. In Northeast. John McDermott, 60, said he supported Eleanor Holmes Norton because she supported federal funding for housing initiatives. He also supported Harry Thomas, Jr. for council. "I've been living in this area for...

By Christy Goodman  | November 2, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Water main break halts electronic voting at Brookland elementary school

An afternoon water main break has interrupted voting at a polling place in Northeast Washington, officials said. Rokey W. Suleman II, executive director of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, said the break caused fire officials to turn off electrical service at Precinct 67, Bunker Hill Elementary School in...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | November 2, 2010; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election  | Tags:  Mike DeBonis  
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Judge gives Thomas 3 weeks to turn over documents to Nickles

A D.C. Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that council member Harry Thomas Jr. has three weeks to comply with a subpoena from Attorney General Peter Nickles for documents related to a charitable organization that has so far operated largely out of public view.

By Tim Craig  | November 2, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election, D.C. Council, Kwame Brown, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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In Ward 7, backing Holmes Norton and a chance to pick AG

Erica White, 36, made sure to vote today at River Terrace Elementary School on 34th and Eads streets in Northeast. She said she was moved to make sure Eleanor Holmes Norton kept her office. "It is my duty to come out and vote," she said. She also v oted for...

By Christy Goodman  | November 2, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Eleanor Holmes Norton  
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Fenty write-in voters: Please don't stamp electronic voting screens

Supporters of a write-in campaign for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, aiming to make the process as simple as possible, have made ink stamps bearing Fenty's name, which voters can take into the polls to stamp their ballots. But it wasn't so simple for one Fenty supporter Tuesday afternoon. That voter,...

By Mike DeBonis  | November 2, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Mayor Fenty, Mike DeBonis  
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Trio of Ward 6 voters voice strong support for elected AG

Catherine Bego, a 68 year-old minister with Word Evangelistic Church Ministry, said the Fenty write-in campaign was "terrible." "They tried to squash the Democratic process," he said. "The people had spoken ... to create that level of disturbance in the city was uncalled for." She said Gray should "live mercy,...

By Christy Goodman  | November 2, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Mayor Fenty, Vincent C. Gray  
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Gray visits Ward 6, hears Rosedale concerns

Democratic candidate for mayor Vince Gray greeted voters at Myrtilla Miner Elementary School, his last stop in Ward 6. He said he'd been to more than a dozen polling places in wards 6, 7, and 8 already. "Today is just about getting out, being at the polls and talking to...

By Christy Goodman  | November 2, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Vincent C. Gray  
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Fenty backs Gray but supports 'democratic process'

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is still behind Democratic nominee Vincent C. Gray, who beat him in the primary in September. But the mayor, who often talks about the power of voters, also is not quelling the spirited write-in campaign that is supporting him. D.C. Wire asked Mafara Hobson, the mayor's...

By Nikita R Stewart  | November 2, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Mayor Fenty, Vincent C. Gray, vincent gray  
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Court orders Thomas to turn over documents

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D- Ward 5) to comply with a subpoena from Attorney General Peter Nickles to provide fundraising information on Thomas's nonprofit.

By Washington Post editors  | November 2, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council, Tim Craig  
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Write-in supporters ordered to stop using Fenty signs

The write-in campaign for Mayor Adrian Fenty must stop using the signs left over from Fenry's primary race, city campaign finance authorities have ruled. A complaint Separate complaints filed by civic watchdog Dorothy Brizill and attorney Brian Lederer, representing the Vincent Gray campaign, alleged that the write-in group, aka "Save...

By Mike DeBonis  | November 2, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Campaign Finance, Mayor Fenty, Mike DeBonis  
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No problems so far, elections officials say

The city's 143 polling locations each opened on time this morning, said Rokey W. Suleman II, executive director of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. That represents a much-improved showing from the Sept. 14 primary, when issues with new equipment led to late openings in a handful of precincts....

By Mike DeBonis  | November 2, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Mike DeBonis  
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Two votes for Fenty -- and one against Cheh -- in Ward 3

UPDATE 9:13 a.m.: Josh Rodriguez, 32, an environmental scientist, was waiting outside the voting station at Oyster Elementary and said he was voting for Mary Cheh but writing in Fenty. He wanted to vote a straight Democratic ticket and to show support for Fenty. "We were a little bit concerned...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | November 2, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election, D.C. Council, Mayor Fenty, Vincent C. Gray  | Tags:  Ian Shapira  
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Welcome to Election day, Washington

Good morning! The Capital Weather Gang forecast says it'll be a crisp but sunny day at the polls today in the District, where residents will be voting for their city council and mayor, board of education, delegate to Congress and a ballot initiative on whether their attorney general should be...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | November 2, 2010; 4:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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Nickles, Thomas will battle in court

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) has been ordered into court Tuesday morning for a hearing on if he has to comply with a subpoena from Attorney General Peter Nickles over his fundraising activities.

By Tim Craig  | November 1, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Where the party's at

But if you are looking to hit the party circuit, here is a run-down of where local candidates plan to hold their election night parties.

By Tim Craig  | November 1, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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D.C. Democrats reach across Potomac to help Connolly

The D.C. Democratic State Committee, which has largely been on the sidelines in the battle for control of Congress, sent out an "urgent" appeal late Sunday night seeking volunteers who can travel to Virginia to help U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va). Connolly is locked in a close race with...

By Tim Craig  | November 1, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Tim Craig  
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