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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: September 5, 2010 - September 11, 2010

Michael D. Brown robocall touts Obama comments

Some city voters today received an automated call from at-large D.C. Council candidate Michael D. Brown, and it has some of them upset. A reader has been so kind as to pass the call along: A person identifying himself as...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 10, 2010; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , The District  
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Bill Slover challenges Fenty's explanation of his firing

UPDATED 9/13, 11:45 A.M. Back in June, I wrote a column about the "cronyism" allegations that have dogged Mayor Adrian Fenty through the campaign season. Fenty has long argued that the controversial parks contracts that many of those accusations center...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 10, 2010; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Michelle Rhee, Bill Gates to appear together on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'

Michelle Rhee will get a chance to spread her education reform gospel to an even wider audience: Rhee this week taped an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which kicks off its 25th and final season Monday. Joining her...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 10, 2010; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Michelle Rhee , The District  
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D.C. Jail inmates cast their primary ballots

Turnout in this year's primary election might get a boost from an unexpected group of voters: D.C. Jail inmates. Friday morning, about a dozen organizers from the Re-Entry Network for Returning Citizens huddled on 19th Street SE outside the...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 10, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DeMorning DeBonis: Sept. 10, 2010

TODAY IS SEPT. 10, 2010 -- FOUR DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Here you go, folks: An A1 story on Attorney General Peter Nickles and his sui generis relationship with Adrian Fenty, penned by Nikita Stewart and yours truly: "Nickles, 71,...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 10, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Morning Mike , The District  
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Carol Schwartz speaks: Vote for Phil Mendelson

Carol Schwartz, the former four-term D.C. Council member and grand dame of local Republican politics, has emerged from her undisclosed location -- OK, Rehoboth Beach -- to weigh in on the approaching primary election. Her mission: To save incumbent council...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 9, 2010; 10:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  DCision 2010 , Phil Mendelson , The District  
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Vote-buying charges are the risk of a big-money campaign

There's one question that seems bound to consume the final days of the mayoral campaign: Is Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's campaign buying votes?

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 9, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Sept. 9, 2010

TODAY IS SEPT. 9, 2010 -- FIVE DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Let's start with the overnight talker: WJLA-TV's Sam Ford reported allegations from a group of city youths who say a campaign driver for Mayor Adrian Fenty offered them $100-per-day...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 9, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C. mayor polls: Gray maintains advantage

Good news and bad news for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in two new polls released Wednesday. The heartening news: Both show Vincent Gray with a narrower lead in the mayoral race than was shown in the Washington Post poll released...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 8, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District , Vincent Gray  
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Fenty to run triathlon two days before primary

Fenty's hard-core training regimen -- which includes regular morning runs and swims plus midday bike rides -- continues to pay dividends in competition. But it's not clear that it's paying dividends on the campaign trail. ... [F]acing a tough challenge from [Vincent Gray], will he hang up his sneakers, put away the bike and lay off the morning swims in an attempt to win back an alienated city? This year's Nation's Triathlon is set for Sept. 12 -- two days before the primary. Asked whether Fenty will be participating, Fenty's spokeswoman did not respond. As we move closer to Election Day, the fate of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty may hang on this question: Will he be running, or will he be running?

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 8, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty , DCision 2010 , The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Sept. 8, 2010

TODAY IS SEPT. 8, 2010 -- SIX DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY Busy night last night, with campaign surrogates Ron Moten (for Adrian Fenty) and Marion Barry (for Vincent Gray) dueling on WTTG-TV shortly before the midnight deadline for the last...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 8, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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DeMorning DeBonis: Sept. 7, 2010

TODAY IS SEPT. 7, 2010 -- SEVEN DAYS UNTIL PRIMARY DAY One week to go. Already nearly 8,000 District residents have shown up to vote at early-polling sites, raising the possibility that 15 percent or more of the total primary...

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 7, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Ward 5 political sign-stealing caught on tape?

This campaign season, there's been no shortage of political sign-stealing allegations. On Sunday, one instance seems to have been caught on video.

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 6, 2010; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Kelvin Robinson wins Williams's nod in Ward 6 bid

Kelvin Robinson, running as a Democrat for the Ward 6 council seat, has gotten a key endorsement from his old boss, former mayor Anthony A. Williams.

By Mike DeBonis  |  September 6, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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