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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

Clarence Carter, D.C. human services director, leaves for Arizona job

The District's human services director, Clarence H. Carter, is leaving for a job running the State of Arizona's safety net programs. Gov. Jan Brewer (R) announced Carter's appointment as head of the state Department of Economic Security on Wednesday. Carter...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 11, 2011; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Congress takes first whack at D.C. gun laws

The first concrete attempt to undo city gun laws has hit the congressional hopper: Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) have introduced the "Second Amendment Enforcement Act," which is largely the same as a measure that failed...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 11, 2011; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Congress to question Brown, Gray on voucher program

Next week, the new District governing team of Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown will make their maiden appearance together before Congress. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) has called a hearing of his Homeland Security and...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 11, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DeMorning DeBonis: Feb. 11, 2011

TODAY IS FEB. 11, 2011 -- DAY 41 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION PREVIOUSLY -- Don Peebles's award-winning, racially charged anti-Fenty mailer Someday I will stop filling this roundup with Michelle Rhee news. Today is not that day. The Post's national...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 11, 2011; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Don Peebles' award-winning, racially charged anti-Fenty mailer

Behold the mailer that helped take down Mayor Adrian Fenty. Produced by an independent expenditure committee largely funded by megadeveloper R. Donahue Peebles, the mailer this week won a prestigious Reed Award from Campaigns & Elections magazine, in the...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 10, 2011; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty, Don Peebles  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Feb. 10, 2011

TODAY IS FEB. 10, 2011 -- DAY 40 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION PREVIOUSLY -- Jim Graham scrambles to save his "green team" -- Jim Webb's exit has GOP hopefuls salivating The Informer's James Wright covers some incipient unhappiness over the...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 10, 2011; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Jim Webb's exit has GOP hopefuls salivating

Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) is not running for re-election. And his potential Republican opponents are salivating. "Obviously it makes it a lot more likely that a Republican will be elected because the Democrats don't have much of a base," said...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 9, 2011; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jim Graham scrambles to save his "green team"

UPDATED 3:20 P.M. In a fight that is sure to presage many tough funding battles to come, D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is scrambling to save a pet program -- a "green team" that roams his ward supplementing...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 9, 2011; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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DeMorning DeBonis: Feb. 9, 2011

TODAY IS FEB. 9, 2011 -- DAY 39 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION PREVIOUSLY -- Is the D.C. government funding abortions? -- Gray moves to oust United Medical Center board members, supports sale The read of the morning is Freeman Klopott's...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 9, 2011; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Is the D.C. government funding abortions?

This afternoon, a House Judiciary subcommittee is holding a hearing on H.R. 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions Act." Not only does the bill restrict federal funding for abortion, it also aims to ban the District from spending its...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 8, 2011; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gray moves to oust United Medical Center board members, supports sale

If you thought the Great Boards and Commission Wars of Mayor Adrian Fenty's term ended with his departure, you would be sorely mistaken. His successor, Vincent C. Gray (D), is seeking to remove four Fenty appointees from the governing board...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 8, 2011; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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DeMorning DeBonis: Feb. 8, 2011

TODAY IS FEB. 8, 2011 -- DAY 38 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION PREVIOUSLY -- Could Dan Snyder's lawsuit threaten Redskins' return to D.C.? -- Why does the D.C. Council have 13 members? For all you folks out there worried about...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 8, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Why does the D.C. Council have 13 members?

In the ol' not-a-column last week, I pondered whether, legislatively speaking, the District of Columbia is "overgoverned" or "undergoverned." When I say "undergoverned," I mean that there are a mere 13 legislators responsible for lawmaking and executive oversight of a...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 7, 2011; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Could Dan Snyder's lawsuit threaten Redskins' return to D.C.?

A recurring trope in District politics -- a meme, perhaps? -- is the idea of bringing the Washington Redskins back to the District of Columbia. Every few months, it seems, some city leader resurrects the notion. The team's 1997 departure...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 7, 2011; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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DeMorning DeBonis: Feb. 7, 2011

TODAY IS FEB. 7, 2011 -- DAY 37 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION The week begins on a terribly somber note, with news that D.C. government veteran Jeff Coudriet died Saturday at 48, after a battle with cancer. Jeff was a...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 7, 2011; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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