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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: June 20, 2010 - June 26, 2010

Albert aide is new Fenty flack

Another member of Mayor Adrian Fenty's mayoral administration is moving over to help his reelection effort. Sean Madigan, 32, is taking leave from his post as a top aide to City Administrator Neil Albert to handle media inquiries for Fenty...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 25, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010  
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Make sure you can still vote in D.C.!

Concerned you might no longer able to participate in the partial franchise extended to you as a registered District of Columbia voter? This month, the city Board of Elections and Ethics moved to expunge 93,773 persons from the voter rolls,...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 25, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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Mayor Triathlete: Positive or negative?

For my column thingy this week, I looked at one notable fact about Mayor Adrian Fenty: While his re-election campaign might have had a recent stumble or three, he's still very much on solid footing when it comes to...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 25, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 25, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 25, 2010 -- 81 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Michelle Rhee's Silverdocs star turn is the subject of a Bill Turque story today on the Metro section front page: "After countless newspaper and magazine profiles, television time with...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 25, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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Congressman boasts of being targeted by D.C. voting rights protesters

A Mississippi congressman targeted by D.C. voting rights activists is actually touting the protests in his reelection campaign. Members of D.C. Vote stood outside the Capitol South Metro station Thursday morning distributing fliers featuring an illustration of Rep. Travis Childers...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 24, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The District  
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Behold Bob Ehrlich's fake news clips

If you haven't read John Wagner's piece from earlier this week on Bob Ehrlich's "faux news" YouTube clips -- featuring TV reporter turned campaign flack Andy Barth -- you should. And if you haven't seen the latest iteration --...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 24, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 24, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 24, 2010 -- 82 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY City candidates Wednesday night traipsed up to Howard University, where the lovely and accomplished ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha hosted an all-comers forum. With candidates for council chairman, at-large,...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 24, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House Republicans move to block medical marijuana law

Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced Wednesday afternoon that they've introduced a resolution to disapprove the city law legalizing medical marijuana. That is, of course, their right as members of Congress: City laws must undergo 30 legislative...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 23, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  The District  
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Orange takes aim at Kwame Brown's vote on Nickles

Another citywide campaigner is shining bright lights on the lowlights of his opponent's record. Vincent Orange's campaign for D.C. Council chairman is distributing a YouTube clip of rival Kwame Brown explaining his infamous "present" vote on the confirmation of...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 23, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , Kwame Brown , The District , Vincent Orange  
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D.C. school vouchers -- the last word?

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education issued its final evaluation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program -- aka school vouchers. To review, the federally funded voucher program is on life support. The Democratic Congress has thus far resisted...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 23, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 23, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 23, 2010 -- 83 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY A former personnel official at the Department of Health Care Finance "is alleging that agency leaders forced her to falsify and embellish internal documents to make it easier for...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 23, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Adrian Fenty and the politics of showing up

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty late to anniversary memorial to Red Line crash victims.

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 22, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , The District  
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No more sugary milk, cereal for D.C. Public Schools

UPDATED 7:30 P.M. Allow me to amplify a Friday scoop from Post-reporter-turned-food-maven Ed Bruske: The D.C. Public Schools will no longer offer its students sweetened, flavored milk. Where kinds once had the option of chocolate or strawberry, now they'll...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 22, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 22, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 22, 2010 -- 84 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY One year ago today, two Red Line trains collided north of Fort Totten, killing nine aboard. Ann Scott Tyson looks back at the year past and finds that "the...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 22, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gray opens 'field office' in Fenty's back yard

Talk about taking the fight to the enemy. D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray's mayoral campaign announced this afternoon that they'll be opening a "field office" on Georgia Avenue NW in Petworth -- smack in the middle of rival Adrian...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 21, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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D.C. voting rights: What's the way forward?

On Sunday, the Post's editorial board revisted an issue I wrote about earlier this month: how local elected officials, exasperated by the ongoing failure to pass a compromise measure to give the District a vote in the House of Representatives,...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 21, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 21, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 21, 2010 -- 85 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY File this one under "when it rains, it pours": "A canvasser for the campaign of D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) was fired after being arrested Friday in connection...

By Mike DeBonis  |  June 21, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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