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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: August 29, 2010 - September 4, 2010

New Fenty Web ad plays up Gray's 'mistakes'

During a WTTG-TV debate Friday morning, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray was asked about mistakes he'd made as council chairman. He didn't come up with much. Now Mayor Adrian Fenty's campaign has whipped together a Web ad mocking the...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 4, 2010; 7:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Graham protests anonymous Ward 1 robocalls

Numerous Ward 1 residents today received a nasty, anonymous robocall attacking Ward 1 council member Jim Graham, currently running in the Democratic primary for a fourth term. The calls involved personal allegations regarding his former chief of staff, Ted Loza,...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 4, 2010; 7:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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Gray releases public safety plan ... to my mailbox

UPDATED 5:45 P.M. Vincent Gray pledged at the outset of his campaign to roll out a comprehensive platform that would put some poundage on his thin claim that "we can do better." So far, we've gotten education and jobs plans....

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 3, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Michael D. Brown on the issues

My not-a-column today concerns Michael D. Brown, the shadow senator and at-large D.C. Council candidate who is being accused of trading on his name -- which he shares with a sitting at-large council member -- to earn a lead in...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 3, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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Gray, Fenty debut new TV ads

TV viewers will be hearing plenty from both mayoral candidates in the coming 11 days. On Thursday, Mayor Adrian Fenty released his latest ad, a spot that again takes aim at chief opponent Vincent Gray's record as director of the...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 3, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Sept. 3, 2010

TODAY IS SEPT. 3, 2010 -- 11 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY So what does Mary Cheh's public embrace of Vincent Gray mean? In Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart's horse-race story today, they call it a "potentially key endorsement ... [that]...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 3, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Sept. 2, 2010

TODAY IS SEPT. 2, 2010 -- 12 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Happenings in Silver Spring may have stolen the news cycle away from the mayoral candidates, but not here at DeBonis: We begin with yesterday's epic Washington Post/WAMU-FM/WRC-TV debate at...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 2, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Excerpts: Mike DeBonis on mayoral debate, campaign

The Washington Post's Mike DeBonis was online this afternoon to answer readers' questions today's Washington Post mayoral debate between incumbent Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, as well as other aspects of their campaign. Excerpts follow....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 1, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live Tweeting from the Post's mayoral debate

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By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 1, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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DeMorning DeBonis: Sept. 1, 2010

TODAY IS SEPT. 1, 2010 -- 13 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY The most anticipated event of the campaign season is upon us! The Washington Post debate between Adrian Fenty and Vincent Gray is today! At noon! At the Newseum! I...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 1, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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National teachers union debuts pro-Gray radio ads, as Rhee denounces anti-union campaign

A major national teachers union started running ads Tuesday supporting Vincent Gray's mayoral run. The American Federation of Teachers, parent of the local Washington Teachers' Union, has produced a 30-second radio spot scheduled to run on 10 stations, including ratings...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 31, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , Michelle Rhee , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Where you live doesn't much affect how fast your pothole gets filled, data show

The American Political Science Association is holding its annual meeting in Washington this weekend, and Daniel Hopkins, a government professor at Georgetown University, thought he'd lend some academic perspective to our local mayoral race to mark the occasion. Hopkins...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 31, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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DeAfternoon DeBonis: Aug. 31, 2010

TODAY IS AUGUST 31, 2010 -- 14 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Two weeks to go, and there's more results from The Washington Post poll this morning: Kwame Brown has a "commanding double-digit lead" over Vincent Orange in the race for...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 31, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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With TV and print ads, group takes aim at WTU

TV viewers this week will see a political attack ad that -- surprisingly, given the season -- doesn't feature a candidate. Rather, it takes aim at the Washington Teachers' Union.

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 30, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Early voting begins

About 75 voters arrived at a downtown office building early this morning to cast the city's first-ever early ballots. Polls opened at One Judiciary Square, home of the city election board offices at 8:30 a.m. and balloting continues until 7...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 30, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DCision 2010  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Aug. 30, 2010

TODAY IS AUGUST 30, 2010 -- 15 DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY The primary election is upon us: At 8:30 this morning, voters will begin lining up at One Judiciary Square to cast the first-ever early ballots. So how will they...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 30, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Vincent Gray opens commanding lead on Fenty, Washington Post poll finds

Five months after launching a mayoral challenge once thought unlikely, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray has built an imposing lead over incumbent Adrian M. Fenty. Among registered voters surveyed by The Washington Post, Gray leads Fenty 49 to...

By Mike DeBonis  |  August 29, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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