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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Post editorial board endorses Adrian Fenty

The Washington Post's editorial board has endorsed Adrian Fenty for a second term as mayor, more than six weeks ahead of the Sept. 14 primary. "The District of Columbia today is a better place to live and work than it...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 30, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , The District , Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: July 30, 2010

TODAY IS JULY 30, 2010 -- 46 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Quietly yesterday evening, the House subcommittee on financial services and general government passed budget language that could hand the District its "biggest advance in home rule in 30 years."...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 30, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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WTU says DCPS fired far fewer teachers than it announced

UPDATED 5:50 P.M. Last week, D.C. Public Schools announced it was firing 241 teachers -- 165 of them for poor performance, the rest for certification and other problems. Now the Washington Teachers' Union is claiming that the number of teachers...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 29, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  The District  
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Superlawyer Bob Bennett hosts Vincent Gray fundraiser

Gotta love the Google Alert-assisted reporting: Earlier this afternoon, my inbox alerted me to this YouTube clip -- what appears to be cell-phone video of Vincent Gray doing his usual policy spiel at a campaign fundraiser. What's interesting is that...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 29, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , Morning Mike , Vincent Gray  
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Fenty campaign challenges independent Gray fundraising

UPDATED 8:25 P.M. Last week, I wrote about "Friends of Vince Gray for Mayor" -- the independent fundraising committee that, according to founder Clinton LeSueur, stands to significantly aid Gray's effort to unseat Mayor Adrian Fenty (D). Yesterday, the Fenty...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 29, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: July 29, 2010

TODAY IS JULY 29, 2010 -- 47 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY "Some politicians rule by fear, others through persuasion. Vincent C. Gray governs by process," writes Mike Grass in this week's City Paper cover story -- a piece that well...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 29, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Inside the 'Nickles Report' on juvenile justice

UPDATED 4:30 P.M. Examiner reporter Freeman Klopott today published details from a review of the District's juvenile-justice agency. On Saturday, Post columnist Colby King also published details from the report. Both indicate, no surprise, serious problems with how the city...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 28, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: July 28, 2010

TODAY IS JULY 28, 2010 -- 48 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY It was indeed a "wild night of politicking and fighting" yesterday at Eastern Market, where the Ward 6 Democrats hosted a mayoral forum and straw poll that devolved into...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 28, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Rapper Stinky Dink has 'five for Fenty'

UPDATED 7/28, 7:25 A.M. This much we now know: There is at least one rapper out there capable of working affordable housing, homeless policy, and the Summer Youth Employment Program into his flow. That would be none other than Stinky...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 27, 2010; 9:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: July 27, 2010

TODAY IS JULY 27, 2010 -- 49 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY The requisite 30 legislative days have passed, Congress has kept its mouth shut, and now medical marijuana is theoretically legal in the District of Columbia -- though not actually...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 27, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Togo West, elections board nominee, sails through D.C. Council hearing

"Mayor Fenty made an excellent choice" -- how often have you heard those words come out of Phil Mendelson's mouth in the last three years? But Monday's confirmation hearing for emergency elections-board nominee Togo D. West Jr. gave the often-critical...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 26, 2010; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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Superior Court judge orders newspaper not to publish details of legal dispute

What should have been a boring trade-paper article about a pomegranate-juice company's legal-fee dispute got a whole lot, er, juicier last week. Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff took the rare step of ordering a newspaper not to publish information ahead...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 26, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Adrian Fenty, anti-incumbent fervor, and the 'pundit delusion'

Venerable Financial Times reporter Jurek Martin weighed in Friday on the D.C. mayoral race. His column argues that while Adrian Fenty might be in the same trouble as other incumbents across the country, he's in trouble for unique reasons.

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 26, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: July 26, 2010

TODAY IS JULY 26, 2010 -- 50 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY No fewer than 165 D.C. Public Schools teachers were fired last week for poor performance. That's a stunning number -- combined with the 76 pink-slipped for other reasons and...

By Mike DeBonis  |  July 26, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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