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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

How will Vince Gray handle the DCPS teacher firings?

The numbers are in: Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is seeking to immediately fire 241 teachers, including 165 "ineffective" teachers, with another 737 teachers rated "minimally effective" and thus at risk for termination within a year. In other words, nearly...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 23, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Vincent Gray wins ballot lottery, will top Democratic candidate list

Talk about a bad year for incumbents. Not a single current officeholder facing a challenge in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary will appear at the head of his or her respective ballot. The starred-and-striped hat used for the Board...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 23, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: July 23, 2010

TODAY IS JULY 23, 2010 -- 53 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY A "sizable number" of D.C. Public Schools teachers will be handed pink slips in the coming days after earning "ineffective" ratings on new IMPACT evaluations, WAMU-FM's Kavitha Cardoza and...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 23, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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Another way to handle a big-city budget crisis

D.C. isn't the only city with some mayor-council tensions. Check out what's going down right now in Newark, N.J., where Mayor Cory Booker and legislators are at odds over the city budget. Booker, a co-fundraiser with and near-doppelganger for D.C....

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 22, 2010; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: July 22, 2010

TODAY IS JULY 22, 2010 -- 54 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Strong lede from Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart on the sudden resignation of Errol Arthur as Board of Elections and Ethics chair. His move, they write, "threatens to weaken...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 22, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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Independent fundraising could aid Vince Gray's campaign effort

Mayoral candidate Vincent Gray is thus far facing an almost 10-to-one fundraising disadvantage compared with incumbent Adrian Fenty. But some Gray supporters have drummed up a way to help bridge that gap by taking a page from the big-time federal...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 21, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: July 21, 2010

TODAY IS JULY 21, 2010 -- 55 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY The lottery contract just isn't going away. The lucrative and politically sordid deal that has for lingered three years is now very much a campaign issue. Last week, Mayor...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 21, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Chairman candidates keep debate away from Brown's debt

Last night, in the auditorium of the sparkling new St. Elizabeths Hospital, Democratic candidates for D.C. Council chairman talked about seniors, libraries, economic development, taxes, poverty and school cosmetology programs.

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 20, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , Kwame Brown , The District , Vincent Orange  
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DeMorning DeBonis: July 20, 2010

TODAY IS JULY 20, 2010 -- 56 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY How's this for an election-year personnel move: Marc Schindler is out as director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, replaced by Robert Hildum -- heretofore a top deputy...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 20, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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District's top lobbyists are top fundraisers, too

Earlier this year, my Post colleague Dan Eggen showed how Capitol Hill lobbyists -- surprise, surprise -- play a major role in fundraising for the politicians they lobby. Well, surprise, surprise -- the same thing happens in the John...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 20, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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Why Kwame Brown's boat is called 'Bullet Proof'

"Monkey Business." "Duke-Stir." And now "Bullet Proof." Woe to the boat-owning politician, who must withstand the scrutiny of owning such a luxury indulgence. Further woe to those -- like Gary Hart and Randy "Duke" Cunningham -- who feel they...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 19, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , Kwame Brown , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: July 19, 2010

TODAY IS JULY 19, 2010 -- 57 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY If you haven't already, you might want to check out my Sunday story on D.C. Council chairman candidate Kwame Brown's personal debts. Here's the meat: "Since December, three credit...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 19, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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