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D.C. Wire: February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

Neil Albert joins law firm as public policy adviser

Neil Albert, who served as city administrator under Mayor Adrian Fenty, has found a home in the private sector. He will join the law firm Holland & Knight as a senior public policy advisor beginning Feb. 28.

By Jonathan O'Connell  | February 18, 2011; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Employees, Mayor Fenty  
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New deputy mayor introduces himself to affordable-housing developers

Victor Hoskins made one of his first public appearances as the District's new deputy mayor for planning and economic development Thursday when he spoke for about an hour to more than 100 members of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, an association of affordable housing builders and community...

By Jonathan O'Connell  | February 18, 2011; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Economic Development  
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Plea hearing scheduled in case against Ted Loza

Word comes this morning that a plea hearing has been scheduled for Friday afternoon in the corruption case against Ted G. Loza, a former top D.C. Council staffer accused of accepting bribes, according to court officials. Loza was indicted in 2009 on charges of accepting bribes and free trips from...

By Del Quentin Wilber  | February 18, 2011; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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DC Vote activists protest outside Boehner's house

Seeking to make a point about what they see as congressional Republican meddling in District affairs, local activists staged a protest Thursday outside Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) house. Yes, that's "house" with a lowercase "h."

By Ben Pershing  | February 17, 2011; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Congressional Oversight  
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Biddle walks back from taxing the rich

D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle now says he does not support raising taxes on six-figure District residents, seeking to clarify comments he made earlier in the week to the Washington Post.

By Tim Craig  | February 17, 2011; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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D.C. council member Sekou Biddle eyes tax hike for $125,000-plus wage earners

The District's newest council member, Sekou Biddle (D-At large), said Tuesday he will likely support a tax increase on the wealthy this year to help balance the budget, perhaps even on those who make as little as $125,000 per year.

By Tim Craig  | February 16, 2011; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Budget, Josh Lopez, Joshua Lopez, Sekou Biddle, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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Council extends the party for daylight savings day

The D.C. Council has approved emergency legislation giving bars and nightclubs the option of staying open until 4 a.m. on the day daylight savings time begins.

By Tim Craig  | February 15, 2011; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Jim Graham, Tim Craig  
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Gray looks to compromise on hospital board

Mayor Vincent C. Gray is expected to withdraw emergency legislation Tuesday that would have expanded the board of trustees at United Medical Center after current board members agreed to step down. Gray (D) wants the Southeast hospital, now under government control and at government expense, to be privatized while Council...

By Nikita R Stewart  | February 15, 2011; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Kwame Brown, Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray, vincent gray  | Tags:  Vincent C. Gray; David A. Catania; United Medical Center; board of trustees;  
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Barry wants more men in DOES leadership

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) publicly lashed out at Council member Marion Barry Monday after her colleague demanded during a hearing that the head of the Department of Employment Services name a man to her senior leadership team.

By Tim Craig  | February 14, 2011; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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