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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

Two new Fenty hip-hop tracks

Say what you want about Peaceoholics co-founder Ron Moten, but when he promises two more Adrian Fenty-themed hip-hop tracks, he delivers two new Adrian Fenty-themed hip-hop tracks. Following up on "Five for Fenty," rapper Stinky Dink's homage to west-coast classic...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 6, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Aug. 6, 2010

TODAY IS AUGUST 6, 2010 -- 39 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Mea maxima culpa: Yesterday, for the first time in nearly 21 months I missed a daily roundup. I blame the Ward 4 Democrats, whose thoroughly entertaining straw poll and...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 6, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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Michael Brown name confusion affects council race

Possibly the most shocking development to come out of Wednesday night's Ward 4 Democrats' straw poll was not in fact Vincent Gray's thrashing of Mayor Adrian Fenty on his home turf. Rather, I submit, it was that at-large council...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 5, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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With jobs proposal, Gray opens up 'plan gap' over Fenty

Mayoral candidate Vincent Gray released his plan on jobs and economic development Wednesday morning. It's a 14-pager that, more than anything else, allows Gray to say that he has a plan. That's not meant to denigrate what's in the...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 4, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Rushern Baker, like Fenty, gets early Post endorsement

Adrian Fenty is not the only local politician to get an unusually early boost from The Washington Post's editorial board. Today, the board published its endorsement of former Maryland delegate Rushern Baker for Prince George's County executive over main...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 4, 2010; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Prince George's County  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Aug. 4, 2010

TODAY IS AUGUST 4, 2010 -- 41 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Council members yesterday "soundly rejected" Mayor Adrian Fenty's request to extend the summer jobs program by a week and $4.3 million, framing the once-again-overspent Fenty jobs effort as "fiscal...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 4, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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With summer jobs vote, Gray stands up for fiscal rectitude

Today's Summer Youth Employment Program showdown was a long time coming. I was there when it started, in a fifth-floor Wilson Building conference room last summer with 13 council members figuring out how to balance a shrinking city budget. One...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 3, 2010; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Marc Barnes, club owner and political fundraiser, declares bankruptcy

Marc Barnes, owner of nightclubs Love and the Park at 14th and perhaps the city's best-known impresario, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Barnes and his corporate entities "filed Chapter 11 petitions last week to ward off their creditors and...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 3, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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Mital Gandhi proves he was not suited for the D.C. elections board

Mital Gandhi, nominee to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, got the up-or-down vote he wanted this afternoon. And down he went. The Board of Elections and Ethics, given its crucial role in conducting fair elections, demands a man...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 3, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Aug. 3, 2010

TODAY IS AUGUST 3, 2010 -- 42 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY What does it mean that Vince Gray was the sole District resident targeted for enforcement of the city fence-height restriction during Mayor Adrian Fenty's tenure, as Ann Marimow reports...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 3, 2010; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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How early voting stands to affect the mayoral election

UPDATED 6:15 P.M. In today's paper, I took a look at the many, many changes coming to the way the District of Columbia conducts its elections. No-excuse early voting, same-day voter registration, new voting equipment, and several other innovations...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 2, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Aug. 2, 2010

TODAY IS AUGUST 2, 2010 -- 43 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY The Post's editorial board has endorsed Adrian Fenty (D) for mayor: "The District of Columbia today is a better place to live and work than it was four years...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 2, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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