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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010

The debate on Vincent Gray's executive record begins

Since a debate last week, Mayor Adrian Fenty has continued to sharpen his focus on challenger Vincent Gray's days in the city administration as director of the human services department under Mayor Sharon Pratt from 1991 to 1994. Fenty's...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 11, 2010; 7:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Don Peebles: Still thinking!

Your not-quite-daily R. Donahue Peebles mayoral decision update: Still thinking! The Peebster emerged today to explain that checks he'd written to Council member Kwame Brown (D-At Large) weren't actually for his run for the council chair, but were to...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 11, 2010; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Don Peebles  
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Will Fenty change his tune on parks contracts?

In my weekly not-a-column in today's paper, I look at how Mayor Adrian Fenty has been handling questions about the $100 million in parks spending he sent to the D.C. Housing Authority. Vincent Gray and others have made no small...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 11, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 11, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 11, 2010 -- 95 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Hmm. Where to start, the late campaign finance numbers or last night's Ward 3 mayoral forum? Let's start with the money: Vincent Gray put up a very respectable showing...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 11, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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Campaign finance reports start rolling in

Candidates began filing campaign finance reports today -- the first disclosures since March 10. Much, of course, has happened in the interim. It's the first report for several major candidates, starting with mayoral candidate Vincent Gray (D). As of 6...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 10, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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Robinson switches races, says he will challenge Wells for Ward 6 seat

Kelvin Robinson, a Democrat who waged a short-lived campaign for an at-large council seat, has announced that he's dropping out of that race and will instead challenge Tommy Wells for the Ward 6 seat. A press release from Robinson's campaign...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 10, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 10, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 10, 2010 -- 96 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY A new report from D.C. Auditor Deborah Nichols is certain to rekindle the debate over the District government's efforts to guarantee jobs for D.C. residents. Council-implemented programs that require...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 10, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fenty fills out Gray critique in TV interview

In an extended one-on-one interview with NewsChannel 8's Bruce DePuyt this afternoon, Mayor Adrian Fenty again took aim at contender Vincent Gray and his service in the early '90s administration of Sharon Pratt. "In the early to mid '90s, the...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 9, 2010; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 9, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 9, 2010 -- 97 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY A setback for Mayor Adrian Fenty: His HIV/AIDS czar, Dr. Shannon Hader, leaves under mysterious circumstances, and his top public health priority is left without its well-regarded and widely...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 9, 2010; 1:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Don Peebles: Still thinking

Your daily R. Donahue Peebles mayoral decision update: Still thinking! As noted last week -- sorry to miss yesterday -- Peebles addressed graduates of Hospitality High School on Friday night. But did he take the opportunity to lay out...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 8, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  About DeBonis , Campaigns , D.C. WASA , DCision 2010  
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Fenty turns to focus groups to focus his message

As mayor, Adrian Fenty has made it clear that he loves hard data. He's been stalwart about collecting and analyzing city agency performance numbers --through the CapStat program, the new trackDC.gov Web site, and an online data catalog. But...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 8, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 8, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 8, 2010 -- 98 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Is the city campaign finance office right to probe Chancellor Michelle Rhee's private fundraising, or is this just Brannum's Folly? Colleague Bill Turque takes a look at the complaint...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 8, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fenty booed by Dunbar High grads

In the annals of non-news, an incumbent politician getting booed by a large crowd is right up there with dog bites man. So you might not want to look to the reaction of Dunbar Senior High School graduates this...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 7, 2010; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Gray fills out transportation policy, wants to 'get people out of automobiles'

The now-infamous streetcar reversal, besides raising questions about Vincent Gray's commitment to transparency and fiscal responsibility, also raised questions for many about his views on transportation. Critics may say what they will about how Mayor Adrian Fenty gets things done,...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 7, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Former D.C. chief Ramsey calls union boss unprintable name

It's been more than three years since Charles Ramsey left the helm of the D.C. police, but bygones, it appears, have not yet become bygones. Old animosities were rekindled in a Philadelphia Daily News story published today on the...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 7, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ex-mayor Pratt says she welcomes questions about Gray's cabinet service

As Mayor Adrian Fenty sharpens his campaign rhetoric, it's clear he wants the press and public to pay attention to opponent Vincent Gray's last stint as a government executive -- as human services director under Mayor Sharon Pratt from 1991...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 7, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 7, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 7, 2010 -- 99 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY That's right -- less than 100 days till DCision 2010 is upon us. I'll be on NewsTalk With Bruce DePuyt at 4 p.m. Monday to talk about how the...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 7, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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