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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

Orange says he's not interested in filling at-large vacancy

Last night, council chairman hopeful Vincent Orange hosted a cookout at his house for members of the Ward 5 Democrats. That got tongues wagging: Is Orange already looking past his primary battle with Kwame Brown? That's because if Brown...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 27, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Orange  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Aug. 27, 2010

TODAY IS AUGUST 27, 2010 -- 18 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Tim Craig's B1 story today on Vincent Gray's personal relationships contains a whole bunch of fabulous detail -- about his crossing of the color line at George Washington University,...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 27, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Out-of-town money funds mailer warning voters about out-of-town money

Some Ward 5 residents today found a message in their mailbox from council candidate Delano Hunter: "Thousands of dollars from homosexual activists outside Ward 5 are attacking Delano Hunter because he supports our right to vote on whether the...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 26, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Aug. 26, 2010

TODAY IS AUGUST 26, 2010 -- 19 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Take a break from the campaign back-and-forth for a moment and read Jonetta Rose Barras's City Paper cover story on Michelle Rhee's campaign to bring white parents back to...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 26, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Can Vince Gray compare his Rhee punt to Fenty's Ramsey punt?

At last night's debate at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, a recurring conflict between mayoral combatants Adrian Fenty and Vincent Gray flared up yet again: Fenty slammed Gray for refusing to say what he'd do about schools chancellor...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 25, 2010; 9:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Graham, Mendelson, Gray top gay activists' candidate ratings

UPDATED 10 A.M. The Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, famous for conducting what are arguably the most thorough candidate reviews in town, has come out with its 2010 ratings. Only two candidates -- incumbent Democrats Jim Graham (Ward 1) and...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 25, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Aug. 25, 2010

TODAY IS AUGUST 25, 2010 -- 20 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY The most important news story of the day, bar none: The Michelle Rhee-Kevin Johnson wedding planned for Sept. 4 has been postponed and the venue changed, the Sacramento Bee...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 25, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gandhi responds to my Chicken Little accusations

On Friday, I tossed off a few paragraphs basically accusing D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray and Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi of playing Chicken Little when it comes to the state of city finances. David Umansky, Gandhi's quite personable...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 24, 2010; 7:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Natwar Gandhi , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Mendelson camp ponders ways to address Michael Brown confusion

This much we know: Phil Mendelson has a "Michael Brown" problem. As I've mentioned before, name confusion between Michael D. Brown, who wants an at-large council seat, and Michael A. Brown, who already has an at-large council seat, is very...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 24, 2010; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , Phil Mendelson , The District  
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Barry claims Fenty wanted his support

Marion Barry would like the world to know that he is very much in demand. The former mayor and current Ward 8 council member buttonholed this reporter last night outside the Ward 5 straw poll, where Barry was playing...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 24, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , Marion Barry , The District , Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Aug. 24, 2010

TODAY IS AUGUST 24, 2010 -- 21 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Three weeks to go! The 2010-11 school year got off to a relatively uneventful start, meaning a spate of positive coverage for Mayor Adrian Fenty -- do read back-to-school...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 24, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Orange ekes out straw poll win in his own backyard

D.C. Council chairman hopeful Vincent Orange had everything going for him at Monday night's Ward 5 Democrats straw poll: The balloting attracted more than 1,000 voters from the ward he represented as council member from 1999 through 2006. To...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 24, 2010; 6:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , Kwame Brown , The District , Vincent Gray , Vincent Orange  
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Your D.C. candidates, in 100 words or less

If you're a registered District voter, you should have had an official D.C. voter guide delivered to your mailbox last week. The guide, which contains brief statements from each candidate on the primary ballots, represents each hopeful's most direct...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 23, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ward 3 Republican attacks Cheh by endorsing Fenty

Dave Hedgepeth, a Republican who is challenging incumbent Democrat Mary Cheh for the Ward 3 council seat, will endorse Mayor Adrian Fenty's re-election tomorrow at a press conference in front of the John A. Wilson Building. So why does...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 23, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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As Fenty softens, Peter Nickles offers no quarter

Mayor Adrian Fenty might have spent the last couple of weeks pledging to change how he does business, but his most powerful aide seems not to have gotten the memo. "I don't know if I need to be more humble;...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 23, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Aug. 23, 2010

TODAY IS AUGUST 23, 2010 -- 22 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Regular DMDB readers will be quite aware of Mayor Adrian Fenty's contrition tour of the past couple of weeks. What Nikita Stewart reveals in her Sunday A1 piece is...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 23, 2010; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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