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D.C. Wire: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

House Republicans propose deep cuts to District, Metro budgets

House Republicans unveiled a spending resolution Friday night that would cut federal payments to the District by nearly $80 million and slash Metro funding by $150 million over the next eight months, as the GOP seeks to fulfill its campaign pledge to rein in government outlays.

By Ben Pershing  | February 11, 2011; 9:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Budget, City Finances, Congressional Oversight  
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Pushing to privatize hospital, Gray wants to expand United Medical Center board

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) is pushing to expand the governing board of United Medical Center after four members appointed by his predecessor, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), refused to resign as he asked. The new mayor wants to return the Southeast hospital to private ownership, a position at odds...

By Nikita Stewart  | February 11, 2011; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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DC Vote activists ejected from House abortion bill hearing after protest

Eleven District activists were ejected from a House subcommittee hearing on a controversial abortion bill Tuesday after they staged a silent protest at the start of the session.

By Ben Pershing  | February 8, 2011; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Congressional Oversight, Eleanor Holmes Norton  
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Gray nominates friend and others to convention center, airport boards

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) nominated friend and confidant Lorraine Green to be a member of the Washington Convention and Sports Authority, the independent agency that owns the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Nationals Park and RFK Stadium. Gray also nominated city administrator Allen Y. Lew, who formerly oversaw the...

By Nikita R Stewart  | February 8, 2011; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray, transportation, vincent gray  | Tags:  Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Vince Gray; Vincent Gray; Mayor Adrian M. Fenty; Lorraine Green; Allen Lew; Shirley Hall; Warren Session  
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Gray reacts to Post article on guns

At a news conference Tuesday, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) recalled how his older brother accidentally fired their father's gun while cleaning it when they were children -- a near miss that helped shape his support of gun-control laws.

By Nikita Stewart  | February 8, 2011; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Gun Ban Case, Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray  
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Council candidate Joshua Lopez blasts Gray on spending, GOP's city funding cuts

Joshua Lopez is emerging as the first candidate in the April 26 special election for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council to come out swinging against Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), saying that the mayor for not doing enough to control city spending or fight the Republicans on Capitol Hill.

By Tim Craig  | February 8, 2011; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  D.C. Council, Tim Craig  
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Developers and labor gave big to Kwame Brown's transition fund

Developers, real estate big wigs and business leaders largely funded D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown's transition, showering him with more money than he needed to pay his staff and fund his inaugural activities

By Tim Craig  | February 7, 2011; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Kwame Brown, Tim Craig  
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