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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: December 19, 2010 - December 25, 2010

Nickles pushes to extend United Medical Center CEO's contract

In one of his last acts before leaving D.C. government, Attorney General Peter Nickles is pushing to sign the CEO of United Medical Center to an extended contract -- a move that would complicate any efforts to sell the hospital...

By Mike DeBonis  | December 23, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DeMorning DeBonis: Dec. 23, 2010

TODAY IS DEC. 23, 2010 -- 11 DAYS UNTIL INAUGURATION PREVIOUSLY -- Scott Kubly, DDOT streetcar maven, exploring D.C. Council run -- Michael A. Brown ponders entry to D.C. Council special election as Democrat What's perhaps most notable about Chairman-elect...

By Mike DeBonis  | December 23, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Scott Kubly, DDOT streetcar maven, exploring D.C. Council run

Another interesting development in the upcoming race for the at-large D.C. Council seat being vacated by Chairman-elect Kwame Brown: A member of Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration is quietly exploring a run for the seat, meeting with potential supporters and gauging...

By Mike DeBonis  | December 22, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Michael A. Brown ponders entry to D.C. Council special election as Democrat

D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown (I-At large) is exploring whether to run for another at-large council seat. If that doesn't make any sense, then you must not be familiar with the political-existential quandary of Michael Brown. Brown won his...

By Mike DeBonis  | December 22, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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DeMorning DeBonis: Dec. 22, 2010

TODAY IS DEC. 22, 2010 -- 11 DAYS UNTIL INAUGURATION PREVIOUSLY -- Brown 'fully supports' Sekou Biddle, but no endorsement yet -- Council votes to allow its staffers to fundraise; exempts committees from sunshine law -- Brown keeps education oversight,...

By Mike DeBonis  | December 22, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brown 'fully supports' Sekou Biddle, but no endorsement yet

At last week's debate among the candidates vying to fill the soon-to-be-vacant at-large seat on the D.C. Council, it became increasingly clear that this is a battle of orange vs. Orange. Candidates such as Kelvin Robinson and Stanley Mayes are...

By Mike DeBonis  | December 21, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Kwame Brown, The District  
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Council votes to allow its staffers to fundraise; exempts committees from sunshine law

At the last meeting of its term today, the D.C. Council took up a pair of bills that govern its own standards and practices. One bill governs the political activities of government employees and elected officials. The District's political activities...

By Mike DeBonis  | December 21, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brown keeps education oversight, hires Board of Education member

D.C. Council Chairman-elect Kwame R. Brown has made his first organizational move, announcing that he will retain oversight of the city's public schools in the next term rather than hand the responsibility to a committee run by one of his...

By Mike DeBonis  | December 21, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Kwame Brown, The District, Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Dec. 21, 2010

TODAY IS DEC. 21, 2010 -- 12 DAYS UNTIL INAUGURATION PREVIOUSLY -- Peebles files countersuit against Nickles, claims defamation -- Ward 7's Yvette Alexander launches fitness challenge -- With Chaffetz out, identity of D.C.'s GOP overseer in doubt -- Mary...

By Mike DeBonis  | December 21, 2010; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Peebles' company files countersuit against Nickles, claims defamation

Megadeveloper R. Donahue Peebles has struck back at outgoing Attorney General Peter J. Nickles, who accused Peebles of committing fraud last month in leasing an Anacostia building to the city government.

By Mike DeBonis  | December 20, 2010; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty, Don Peebles, The District  
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Ward 7's Yvette Alexander launches fitness challenge

Most people wait until the end of the holiday indulgence season before embarking on personal fitness resolutions. Not D.C. Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7). Today, Alexander's kicking off a "health fitness challenge" outside the new Yes! Organic Grocery...

By Mike DeBonis  | December 20, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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With Chaffetz out, identity of D.C.'s GOP overseer in doubt

The identity of the District of Columbia's next congressional overseer is still very much up in the air. On Friday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chair of the House Oversight Committee, announced that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) -- heretofore the ranking...

By Mike DeBonis  | December 20, 2010; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mary Cheh breaks arm severely, will miss council meeting

A warm-weather getaway turned excruciating for D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh over the weekend. Cheh (D-Ward 3) was visiting Miami with her daughter, a law student who was interviewing for an internship with a firm there, when she went...

By Mike DeBonis  | December 20, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DeMorning DeBonis: Dec. 20, 2010

TODAY IS DEC. 20, 2010 -- 13 DAYS UNTIL INAUGURATION PREVIOUSLY -- How bad school buildings happen -- Happy holidays from D.C. Water D.C. Council Chairman-elect Kwame Brown announced the first members of his staff Friday evening, not long after...

By Mike DeBonis  | December 20, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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