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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: January 9, 2011 - January 15, 2011

Is Michelle Rhee becoming a Republican darling?

In her post-D.C. Public Schools career, former Chancellor Michelle Rhee has had no trouble whatsoever attracting attention to her new education reform ventures. And she's been getting the most attention from prominent elected Republicans. Since leaving DCPS, Rhee has...

By Mike DeBonis  | January 14, 2011; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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DeMorning DeBonis: Jan. 14, 2011

TODAY IS JAN. 14, 2011 -- DAY 13 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown (I-At Large), a prime advocate for raising income taxes on wealthy residents, is having some issues with his own tax burden. As...

By Mike DeBonis  | January 14, 2011; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DeMorning DeBonis: Jan. 13, 2011

TODAY IS JAN. 13, 2011 -- DAY 12 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION PREVIOUSLY -- William Lockridge, D.C. school board member, dies at 63 -- The problem with the D.C. Democratic State Committee State Board of Education member William Lockridge, 63,...

By Mike DeBonis  | January 13, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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William Lockridge, D.C. school board member, dies at 63

William O. Lockridge, a longtime Ward 8 political activist, education advocate and sitting member of the D.C. State Board of Education, died Wednesday evening at George Washington University Hospital. He was 63. Natalie Williams, a spokeswoman for the Lockridge family,...

By Mike DeBonis  | January 12, 2011; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The problem with the D.C. Democratic State Committee

In the run-up to last Thursday's vote to appoint an interim at-large D.C. Council member, a high-ranking member of the D.C. Democratic State Committee asked me how he thought the DCDSC could improve its reputation. It was a question that...

By Mike DeBonis  | January 12, 2011; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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DeMorning DeBonis: Jan. 12, 2011

TODAY IS JAN. 12, 2011 -- DAY 11 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION PREVIOUSLY -- Irv Nathan keeps mum on Team Thomas probe Fast Company's Jeff Chu is back with a new interview with ex-schools chief Michelle Rhee. The last time...

By Mike DeBonis  | January 12, 2011; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Irv Nathan keeps mum on Team Thomas probe

UPDATED 5:30 P.M. Make no mistake: There's a new attorney general in town. And he's much quieter than the last one. In contrast to his voluble predecessor, Acting Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan is keeping mum about the hot topics...

By Mike DeBonis  | January 11, 2011; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DeAfternoon DeBonis: Jan. 11, 2011

TODAY IS JAN. 11, 2011 -- DAY 10 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION PREVIOUSLY -- D.C. special election isn't going to be cheap It's not often that a U.S. cabinet secretary weighs in on a mayoral appointment, but in D.C., not...

By Mike DeBonis  | January 11, 2011; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. special election isn't going to be cheap

Back in November, I wondered whether the District's special election to fill an at-large D.C. Council seat could be done on the cheap -- that is, less than the $500,000 the Board of Elections and Ethics estimated it would cost...

By Mike DeBonis  | January 10, 2011; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DeMorning DeBonis: Jan. 10, 2011

TODAY IS JAN. 10, 2011 -- DAY 9 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION PREVIOUSLY -- Biddle sworn in as newest D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle is now an at-large member of the D.C. Council, having been sworn in Friday evening by...

By Mike DeBonis  | January 10, 2011; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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