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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

In praise of boring license plates

In my column thingy today, I take a look at the new Maryland license plates and wonder whether the most ubiquitous pieces of state-sponsored public art -- potentially hundreds of thousands of 6-inch-by-12-inch metal canvases -- are too important...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 18, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland  
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D.C. unemployment dips, but will it affect mayoral race?

The District's unemployment rate, officials announced today, dropped significantly in May -- six-tenths of a point, from 11 to 10.4 percent. That's as good an excuse as any to talk about how the jobs issue is playing in the mayoral...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 18, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Kojo asks: Do D.C. city voters prefer style to substance?

UPDATED WITH VIDEO 1:55 P.M. On his Politics Hour Friday, WAMU-FM host Kojo Nnamdi took a page out of the Keith Olbermann broadcast playbook to offer a special comment on the mayoral race. He asks a hard question, one...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 18, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Anthony Williams, Kojo Nnamdi, Sharon Pratt, dc mayor, race, racial politics  
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Ray faces gay backlash after taking minister's endorsement in D.C. race

UPDATED, 1:30 P.M. It was a classic strange-bedfellows moment: Earlier this week, Clark Ray stood at the Benning Road Denny's with the Rev. Willie F. Wilson, accepting the minister's endorsement of his Democratic primary run for an at-large council...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 18, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Clark Ray , DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 18, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 18, 2010 -- 88 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Vincent Gray's hot streak on the mayoral hustings continues: Last night, he was declared the winner of the Ward 3 Democrats' straw poll, held a week ago, by a...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 18, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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War of 1812 license plates for D.C., too?

The state of Maryland, to some consternation, has chosen to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 in license-plate form -- an issue I explore in some depth in my not-a-column this week. A similar token may...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 17, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The District  
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Don Peebles: Not a mayoral candidate 'at this point right now'

R. Donahue Peebles's long dance with a mayoral run is nearing an end. The D.C.-born developer, based in Florida for more than a decade now, appeared on Jonetta Rose Barras's WPFW-FM show Thursday morning, promising to answer whether or...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 17, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , Don Peebles , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 17, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 17, 2010 -- 89 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Who says the unions hate Mayor Adrian Fenty? At least one loves him! That's Laborers International Local 657, which, Nikita Stewart writes at D.C. Wire, "represents about 3,000 construction...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 17, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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Circulator changes might address Webb's Mall traffic concerns

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) Wednesday wrote Mayor Adrian Fenty and the National Park Service, asking them to fix traffic problems on the National Mall "Particularly during the springtime, the increased presence of school and tour buses in the Mall...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 16, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 16, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 16, 2010 -- 90 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Anywhere from $3 million to $6 million in life insurance premiums paid by city employees has gone missing, Attorney General Peter Nickles announced Tuesday, and he's asked the city...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 16, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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Goodbye D.C. WASA; hello 'D.C. Water'

What had become a tarnished brand is no more: The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority is now simply "D.C. Water," with a minimalist logo to match the minimalist moniker. The water utility has been the object of public enmity...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 15, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 15, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 15, 2010 -- 91 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY There are people in this town -- I've talked to a few -- who think any day now Mayor Adrian Fenty will wake up, end the petty distractions, and...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 15, 2010; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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Gay marriage? Check. Now legalized prostitution?

Last weekend saw the first Capital Pride festival where same-sex couples were free to marry within city limits. That's more than enough reason to celebrate for the potent gay and lesbian activist community, which was able to cap decades...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 14, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  The District  
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Before campaign switch, Robinson had ballot petitions stolen

D.C. Council candidate Kelvin Robinson abruptly switched races last week, abandoning his bid for an at-large council seat in order to challenge incumbent Ward 6'er Tommy Wells in the Democratic primary. Robinson's since explained that he wanted to focus more...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 14, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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Michelle Rhee marches with Fenty at Capital Pride

The annual Capital Pride parade traditionally marks the coming-out of the political campaign season. (Sorry, couldn't help myself.) With several uber-competitive races on tap, there was plenty to note at this year's parade. Tops on the list was who...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 14, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , The District , Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 14, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 14, 2010 -- 92 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Mayor Adrian Fenty is getting booed -- a lot. But does it matter? On today's A1, Nikita Stewart looks at the "chorus heard 'round some parts of the District,"...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 14, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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