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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: June 27, 2010 - July 3, 2010

Mayor's new lawyer needs to join D.C. Bar

On Thursday, a personnel shuffle prompted by the departure of Office of Risk Management Director Kelly Valentine promoted Kai Blissett, a longtime policy aide to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, to become his interim general counsel. But before Blissett can start...

By Mike DeBonis  | July 2, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty, The District  | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, Chip Richardson, Kai Blissett, Peter Nickles, attorney general, general counsel  
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City Paper hires new Loose Lips columnist

Turns out I am not irreplaceable after all: Washington City Paper has hired a new Loose Lips columnist, selecting Washington Examiner reporter Alan Suderman to write the most fabulous column about city politics that does not appear in the Washington...

By Mike DeBonis  | July 2, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The District  
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Mary Cheh still staying out of mayoral race

On WTOP's Politics Program this morning, Ward 3 council member Mary Cheh was pressed on her preference in the mayoral race. The popular incumbent refused to bite, handing host Mark Plotkin a well-worn cop out: "At the moment, I'm...

By Mike DeBonis  | July 2, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DCision 2010, The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: July 2, 2010

TODAY IS JULY 2, 2010 -- 74 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Lots of outlining going on! Vincent Gray "outlines his agenda for education in District," Bill Turque and Nikita Stewart write Friday. And Bill also writes about how Mayor Adrian...

By Mike DeBonis  | July 2, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning Mike, The District  
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Rep. Jared Polis endorses Fenty at gay campaign event

If Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's facing dwindling support in the city's gay and lesbian community, it certainly wasn't apparent on the upper floor of the Halo nightclub Wednesday night. Well over 100 Fenty supporters packed the Logan Circle club...

By Mike DeBonis  | July 1, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty, DCision 2010, The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: July 1, 2010

TODAY IS JULY 1, 2010 -- 75 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY An obvious truth about the mayoral race is now an open truth: Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is telegraphing as clearly as ever that if voters don't return Mayor Adrian...

By Mike DeBonis  | July 1, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Morning Mike, The District  
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Before raiding streetcar funds, Gray was against raiding streetcar funds

It's been about a month since Vincent Gray's first big stumble as a mayoral candidate -- his late-night move to cut funding for city streetcars, then restore it under pressure by borrowing more money. Gray has recovered well in...

By Mike DeBonis  | June 30, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Unions, construction lobby wage war over D.C. Council bill

At the John A. Wilson Building, a little-noticed but highly contentious war between labor unions and construction business is playing out on Wednesday in a packed council hearing, with the upcoming city elections as a backdrop. The battle has...

By Mike DeBonis  | June 30, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 30, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 30, 2010 -- 76 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY The D.C. government took another step Tuesday toward entering the hospital business, when the Council voted to set up a nonprofit corporation intended to take control of United Medical...

By Mike DeBonis  | June 30, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning Mike, The District  
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Fenty, Gray split business group endorsements

UPDATED 4:50 P.M. Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) picked up the endorsement of the Greater Washington Board of Trade Tuesday -- winning backing from a key regional business group that supported his opponent four years ago. But in a reflection of...

By Mike DeBonis  | June 29, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty, DCision 2010, Kwame Brown  
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Mayoral candidates put on their dancing shoes

Mayor Adrian Fenty isn't really known for letting it all hang out. See, for instance, his refusal to indulge in a yearly cannonball dive to open city pools each summer -- a tradition inaugurated by predecessor Tony Williams. But...

By Mike DeBonis  | June 29, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty, DCision 2010, The District, Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 29, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 29, 2010 -- 77 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY "I'm delighted to be here," Vincent Gray said last night. "I'm not delighted to be here alone." That's pretty much how the other 100 or so folks who showed...

By Mike DeBonis  | June 29, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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D.C. gun suit could herald an 'avalanche' of litigation

The Supreme Court ruling Monday in McDonald v. City of Chicago places the District of Columbia at the vanguard of answering a new and crucial question: Just what kinds of gun regulations are constitutional in the United States? The McDonald...

By Mike DeBonis  | June 28, 2010; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The District  
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Nickles takes public aim at Gray's DHS record

Attorney General Peter Nickles, long known as Mayor Adrian Fenty's prime governmental attack dog, is emerging as an aggressive surrogate for Fenty (D) on the campaign trail. In a morning interview with NewsChannel 8's Bruce DePuyt, Nickles unleashed fierce criticism...

By Mike DeBonis  | June 28, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty, DCision 2010, The District, Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: June 28, 2010

TODAY IS JUNE 28, 2010 -- 78 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Where's the beef? That's the key question about DCision 2010 prompted by Tim Craig's Sunday B1 piece covering Adrian Fenty's and Vincent Gray's performances on the campaign stump. "Gray...

By Mike DeBonis  | June 28, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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