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D.C. Wire: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

Cheh wants D.C. salary probe, council pay cut

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D) plans to look into the salaries that Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) is paying his top staffers, sending an email to the Department of Human Resources requesting the records of all administration officials being paid more amounts higher than the allowable range.

By Tim Craig  | February 25, 2011; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  D.C. Council, Mary Cheh, Tim Craig  
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Okay to put friends in city jobs, Barry says

The head of the D.C. Primary Care Association is warning Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and other city leaders not to stack the agency that controls District health-care spending with political appointees who may not be skilled in health matters.

By Tim Craig  | February 25, 2011; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Marion Barry, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray, vincent gray  
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At-large council candidates debate budget, pay cuts, taxes and education

D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle (D-At large) said Wednesday night the city should get rid of taxpayer funded SUV's for top-ranking city officials and cut council members pay to help close a budget shortfall.

By Tim Craig  | February 24, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Bryan Weaver, Budget, Josh Lopez, Joshua Lopez, Kwame Brown, Sekou Biddle, Tim Craig  
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Update: Sulaimon Brown was 'disorderly'

Sulaimon Brown, the former mayoral candidate recently hired as a $110,000 special assistant in the Department of Health Care Finance, was escorted out of that office Thursday after he became disorderly when told he would be fired, according to a Metropolitan Police Department source. "He became disorderly and made some...

By Nikita R Stewart  | February 24, 2011; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Sulaimon Brown escorted out of D.C. office by police

Former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown, whose hiring by Mayor Vincent C. Gray's administration caused an uproar this week, was escorted by police out of the office of the Department of Health Care Finance on Thursday, the Gray administration has confirmed. The Washington Post reported Sunday that Brown was among new...

By Nikita Stewart  | February 24, 2011; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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For Jim Graham, 'Gagagate' ends

In an effort to, as he said, "put Gagagate to an end," D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) said he's decided to donate his final two tickets to tonight's Lady Gaga concert at the Verizon Center to the Sitar Arts Center in Columbia Heights.

By Tim Craig  | February 24, 2011; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Jim Graham's Lady Gaga dream remains alive

After being mocked by some voters and media outlets, D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) donated two tickets to tonight's Lady Gaga concert to charity, but said he's "unexpectedly" received two additional tickets to tonight's show so he may still attend the event.

By Tim Craig  | February 24, 2011; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Jim Graham, Tim Craig  
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Allen West to keynote GOP dinner

U.S. Rep. Allen West, the hard-charging freshman congressman who is a making waves in conservative circles, will deliver the keynote speech at the D.C. Republican Committee gala March 31.

By Tim Craig  | February 23, 2011; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  GOP, 2010 District Election, D.C. Council  
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Gray defends controversial hires and salaries

Mayor Vincent C. Gray denied cronyism in hiring a former mayoral candidate and children of two top aides and a confidant.

By Nikita R Stewart  | February 23, 2011; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray  
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Gray retains three Fenty directors, adds others

Mayor Vincent C. Gray continued to nominate a mix of current agency directors and newcomers to build his administration.

By Nikita Stewart  | February 23, 2011; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Employees, Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray  
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HBO, Showtime filming shows in D.C.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) announced Wednesday that several new television productions will be filmed in the District this year, including an HBO comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as vice president, and an ABC pilot by "Gossip Girl" creator Josh Schwartz. The drama is called "Georgetown." Showtime also is filming a...

By Nikita Stewart  | February 23, 2011; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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Gray to lift $19 cap on fares, says taxicab chairman

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) has ordered the Taxicab Commission to lift a $19 cap on taxicab fares, according to commission Chairman Leon Swain, who testified at D.C. Council oversight hearing Tuesday. Gray's instructions to adjust the city's rulemaking to lift the cap is in keeping with the D.C. Council's...

By Nikita R Stewart  | February 22, 2011; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  D.C. Taxis, Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray, vincent gray  | Tags:  Leon Swain, Vincent C. Gray, cap, fares, mayor, meters, taxicabs, zone  
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Height honored with celebration of post office renaming

Dorothy Height, the civil rights and women's rights icon who died last year, was honored Tuesday with a celebration marking the renaming of a District post office after her. The post office, attached to the National Postal Museum and known previously as the National Capital post office, is the first...

By Nikita R Stewart  | February 22, 2011; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray, vincent gray  | Tags:  Dorothy Height, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, post office  
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