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D.C. Wire: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Mayor praises postal workers after package incident

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) praised postal workers who quickly contacted police Friday after discovering an incendiary package similar to two in Maryland on Thursday

By Nikita Stewart  | January 8, 2011; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Biddle sworn in as newest D.C. Council member

Sekou Biddle was sworn in Friday as a D.C. Council member, less than 24 hours after prevailing in a close vote among Democratic party activists.

By Mike DeBonis  | January 7, 2011; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council, Jim Graham, Kwame Brown, Mike DeBonis, Sekou Biddle, Vincent C. Gray  
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D.C. Democrats secretly select Biddle

Despite national party rules forbidding "secret ballots," District Democrats may never know what members of their party's leadership are responsible for Sekou Biddle's temporary appointment to the D.C. Council.

By Tim Craig  | January 7, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. Council, D.C. Democrats & Republicans, Kwame Brown, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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Rep. Jo Ann Emerson tapped to head subcommittee for D.C. appropriations

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) has been named chairwoman of the Appropriations subcommittee that handles the District budget, a widely expected move that will make her a leading congressional voice on D.C. issues.

By Ben Pershing  | January 7, 2011; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Congressional Oversight  
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Gray makes more appointments

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) nominated a former commissioner of public health and a former adviser to two Virginia governors to oversee health and health-care finances in his new administration Friday.

By Nikita R. Stewart  | January 7, 2011; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Employees, Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray  
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Gandhi warns D.C. bond rating might fall

Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi welcomed Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown to their new posts with a letter warning that District's hard-earned bond rating is in danger of falling with the depletion of reserves and any subsidy of United Medical Center. Gray (D) repeatedly...

By Nikita R Stewart  | January 6, 2011; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Budget, City Finances, Kwame Brown, Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray, vincent gray  
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Former AG Peter Nickles returns to private practice

Nickles said the new practice would be a one-stop shop for clients who need "one person to lead them through the maze of government, regulatory processes and the court and to provide public relations." A longtime friend of Fenty's family, Nickles role in the administration stretched beyond that of attorney general. He was often the mayor's de facto spokesman, wading into controversial issues, including questions about the mayor's foreign travel and the city's donation of an ambulatnce and firetruck to a town in the Dominican Republic.

By Ann Marimow  | January 6, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow, Mayor Fenty  
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Former Kaine aide to run D.C. Health Care Finance Agency

Wayne Turnage, former chief of staff to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), will be named head of the D.C. Health Care Finance Agency, according to sources close to Kaine and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 6, 2011; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Employees, Mike DeBonis, Vincent C. Gray  
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Mayor stops just short of endorsing Sekou Biddle

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said in an interview Thursday that he is supporting Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown's efforts, including his endorsement of state Board of Education member Sekou Biddle for his vacated at-large seat.

By Nikita R Stewart  | January 6, 2011; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Vincent C. Gray  | Tags:  Kwame Brown, Sekou Biddle, Vincent C. Gray, vince gray, vincent gray  
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Norton fails in effort to prevent loss of Committee of the Whole vote

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) failed Wednesday in an effort to forestall the new Republican majority's plan to strip her and her fellow delegates of the right to vote on the floor in certain circumstances.

By Ben Pershing  | January 5, 2011; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Voting Rights  
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Cheh, Thomas, Bowser support Biddle in at-large race

Three D.C. Council members said Tuesday they are supporting Sekou Biddle's bid to win the vacant at-large seat on the council, aligning themselves with Council Chairman Kwame Brown's (D) views on the race. In interviews with the Washington Post, Council members Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4)...

By Tim Craig  | January 4, 2011; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Gray, Norton protest loss of 'Committee of the Whole' House vote

Vincent Gray made his first public trip to Capitol Hill as mayor Tuesday, joining D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) at a pep rally to protest the new House GOP majority's plan to strip the District of the one voting right it has in Congress.

By Ben Pershing  | January 4, 2011; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Congressional Oversight, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Vincent C. Gray, Voting Rights  
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Robinson withdraws, endorses Orange

Kelvin J. Robinson is withdrawing from the race for the vacant at-large seat on the D.C. Council and throwing his support behind former council member Vincent Orange, he announced Monday night.

By Tim Craig  | January 3, 2011; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, Tim Craig  | Tags:  Kelvin Robinson, Vincent Orange  
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Sekou Biddle picks up another endorsement

Hours after D.C. Council member Kwame Brown (D) endorsed his candidacy, Sekou Biddle snagged another high-profile supporter in his campaign for the vacant at-large seat on the D.C. Council.

By Tim Craig  | January 3, 2011; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council, Kwame Brown, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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Excerpts: Marc Fisher on how Gray should govern

Post columnist-turned-editor Marc Fisher was online earlier today to take readers' questions about his piece in this past Sunday's Outlook section setting goals for the new D.C. mayor's administration. Excerpts follow. Q: What kind of role will Kwame Brown play as the new Council chairman in the coming term? Mayor...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | January 3, 2011; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Vincent C. Gray  
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Kwame Brown endorses Sekou Biddle for at-large council seat

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown (D) is endorsing Sekou Biddle in the race for the vacant at-large seat on the council, providing a sizeable boost to the school board member just days before the D.C. Democratic State Committee names a replacement.

By Tim Craig  | January 3, 2011; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Mayor Gray goes to work

Mayor Vincent C. Gray began his first day as the leader if the nation's capital by working at home and arriving at the John A. Wilson Building at 2 p.m. Monday.

By Nikita R. Stewart  | January 3, 2011; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Vincent C. Gray  
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Brown replaces Evans with Cheh as D.C. Council No. 2

In one of his first official acts, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown (D) on Monday removed member Jack Evans as council chairperson pro-tempore and replaced him with Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3)

By Tim Craig  | January 3, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. Council, Kwame Brown, Tim Craig  
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White House aide delivers statement of support for new D.C. mayor

Though President Obama did not personally attend the swearing-in of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, but the White House did have a presence. David Agnew, Obama's director of intergovernmental affairs, attended the ceremony, sitting on the dais next to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. Attorney General Eric Holder also attended, swearing...

By Michael DeBonis  | January 2, 2011; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Obama, Vincent C. Gray  
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Brown sworn in as Council chairman, pledges 'world-class' city, schools

Kwame R. Brown was sworn in Sunday as the seventh chairman of the D.C. Council, vowing to work closely with Mayor Vincent C. Gray while also providing "robust oversight" of the administration. Brown, a former at-large council member, was joined by his wife, Marcia, and two children when he was...

By Tim Craig  | January 2, 2011; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 District Election, D.C. Council, Kwame Brown, Tim Craig  
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'Phil' Graham sworn in as Council member

As D.C. Council members lined up to be sworn in this morning, one encountered a hiccup. U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler had a bit of trouble with the name of member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who is beginning his fourth term. Kessler, who had previously sworn in Council member...

By Michael DeBonis  | January 2, 2011; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election, D.C. Council, Jim Graham, Mike DeBonis  
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Gray kicks off inauguration day with inclusive prayer service

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray started his inauguration day Sunday with a prayer service attended by several hundred well-wishers and supporters. The Rev. Dr. Henry Y. White of Brown Memorial AME Church led the service, which featured Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu leaders, as well as a gospel choir. "Thank you...

By Michael DeBonis  | January 2, 2011; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Marion Barry, Mike DeBonis, Vincent C. Gray  
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