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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

Don Peebles: Still thinking

Your daily R. Donahue Peebles mayoral decision update: Still thinking! Friday night, he addresses graduates of Hospitality High School at the Renaissance Hotel....

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 4, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Will Marion Barry get his committee back?

This morning, my cubiclemate, Ann Marimow, reported on allegations that Kwame Brown, running for chairman of the D.C. Council, secured an endorsement from Ward 8 council member Marion Barry in return for promising him the chair of the powerful...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 4, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Kwame Brown , Marion Barry , The District , Vincent Orange  
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Fenty reads forum response from BlackBerry

Two ways to look at this one: Either Mayor Adrian Fenty's done so much for affordable housing, he can't remember it all. Or the issue is so low on his list of priorities that he can't memorize his basic...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 4, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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Adrian Fenty's gloves finally come off

If, in the past 18 months, you asked Mayor Adrian Fenty about his active reelection campaign -- his strategy, his opponents, and the increasing amounts of criticism he was taking from them -- he's given pretty much the same response:...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 4, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 4, 2010

Amid a well-attended mayoral debate last night, the unthinkable happened: Mayor Adrian M. Fenty went negative on opponent Vincent Gray.

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 4, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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Alice Rivlin, former control board chair, backs Gray

If Vincent Gray's budgetary reputation took a hit last week, here's some news that might go some way toward restoring it. Ace WRC-TV reporter Tom Sherwood reports in his column in the Current newspapers [warning: massive PDF] that Gray has...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 3, 2010; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Don Peebles: Still thinking

Your daily R. Donahue Peebles mayoral decision update: He's still thinking....

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 3, 2010; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , Don Peebles , The District  
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How your water bill affects your commute

Yesterday's monstrous traffic backups, caused by a water main that broke under New York Avenue NE, highlights a nasty reality: Our pipes, in Washington and across the country, are getting very old. The pipe that broke was 79 years...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 3, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. WASA , The District  
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Vince Gray and streetcars: What do you think?

Sorry to be slow on the posts this morning. That's because, besides the big blog here, I'm also doing a weekly analysis piece -- which my editor has taken to calling a "thing." Works for me. Here's where you come...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 3, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Gore split shocks former aide, current D.C. Council hopeful

The stunning dissolution of the Gore marriage reverberates even in local political circles. Clark Ray, the former D.C. parks and recreation director now running for an at-large D.C. Council seat, has worked for both Gores -- as an advance man...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 3, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  | Tags: Al Gore, Clark Ray, Gore divorce, Gore separation, Tipper Gore  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 3, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 3, 2010 -- 104 103 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY It wasn't even close: D.C. public schoolteachers voted overwhelmingly to ratify the landmark teacher contract -- 1,412 votes to 425, according to the tally conducted by independent auditors...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 3, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  | Tags: debonis  
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Sheriff Michael Jackson: Still tough on unwitting accomplices

Prince George's County Sheriff Michael Jackson, now running for county executive, appeared on WAMU-FM's Kojo Nnamdi Show on Friday. There he was asked once again about a topic still very much on the minds of county voters: his department's...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 2, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Maryland , Michael Jackson , Prince George's County , Rushern Baker  
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Gray outguns Fenty in the social media battle

Mayor Adrian Fenty's reelection campaign, for its many millions, hasn't much invested in social media -- the much ballyhooed online tools such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube that allow candidates to find supporters and harness their enthusiasm.

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 2, 2010; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , Vincent Gray  | Tags: 2010 election, Adrian Fenty, Facebook, Twitter, Vincent Gray, blogs, dc mayor, engagement, social media, streetcars dc  
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When will Don Peebles make up his ever-loving mind?

Allow this to be my first public service as a Washington Post blogger: I will get R. Donahue Peebles to declare his mayoral intentions once and for all.

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 2, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , Don Peebles , The District  
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Breaking: DCPS teachers ratify contract

The contract will now go to the D.C. Council for approval, where it will run into the maw of election-year politics. But woe to the politico who stands between a teacher and a 20 percent raise.

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 2, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Schools , The District  
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Morning Mike: June 2, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 2, 2010 -- 104 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Just not enough to get you to the polls in November, District voter? Well, the D.C. Council sweetened the deal yesterday. You'll get to vote on whether the city...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 2, 2010; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The District  
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This Is DeBonis

Local politics, that's where the action is. I figured that out early on, growing up in Northwest Indiana -- the gritty political culture of which can rightly take its place among those of North Jersey, Louisiana and Providence, R.I., for...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 2, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  About DeBonis  
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