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Mike DeBonis on Local Politics: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Poll: George Allen set up for easy primary victory

Last month, I wrote about George Allen's bid to retake the Senate seat he lost in 2006 to Democrat Jim Webb. Grass-roots conservatives, I said, could give Allen a serious challenge in the state's Republican primary if they can manage to coalesce behind a single candidate.

By Mike DeBonis  | March 4, 2011; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Campaigns, Virginia  
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Yes, Kwame Brown is really driving a mail truck

In my not-a-column about D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown's political future, I noted that he said in a recent WTTG-TV interview that he is currently driving a "1983 mail truck" -- that, in lieu of the city-paid 2011 "fully loaded" Lincoln Navigator L he once piloted.

By Mike DeBonis  | March 4, 2011; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Kwame Brown, The District  
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DeMorning DeBonis: March 4, 2011

Questions about Mayor Vincent C. Gray's vetting process continue, a day after he announced that he "is asking city police to again scrutinize senior and mid-level managers he has hired thus far, fearful that the initial vetting process was not thorough enough," as Tim Craig and I report in today's Post. "I wish we had known some of the information that has come out," Gray said Thursday. But Gray should have known plenty about at least one of the controversial hires, Sulaimon Brown. He "had been extensively investigated before he was offered the job, including a police background check," we report. Says a transition source: "Sulaimon Brown was vetted more thoroughly than a lot of people."

By Mike DeBonis  | March 4, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Did Gray give Baker CapStat's last hurrah?

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker visited the John A. Wilson Building this morning -- D.C.'s city hall -- to visit with his fellow new leader, Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

By Mike DeBonis  | March 3, 2011; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Adrian Fenty, Martin O'Malley, Natwar Gandhi, Prince George's County, Rushern Baker, The District, Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: March 3, 2011

TODAY IS MARCH 3, 2011 -- DAY 60 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION PREVIOUSLY -- Coming soon: Wilson Building baristas? -- D.C. property assessments rise modestly for 2012 Mayor Vincent C. Gray appears to have a vetting problem. A week after...

By Mike DeBonis  | March 3, 2011; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Coming soon: Wilson Building baristas?

Staffers and visitors to the John A. Wilson Building might soon be able to enjoy a grande latte with their governance. The Department of Real Estate Services has been tasked with exploring the feasibility of locating some sort of food-and-beverage...

By Mike DeBonis  | March 2, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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D.C. property assessments rise modestly for 2012

More good financial news for the District government: New property assessments show modest growth in the city's tax base, making up the ground lost by last year's declining assessments. That's bittersweet news for taxpayers, many of whom will see...

By Mike DeBonis  | March 2, 2011; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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DeMorning DeBonis: March 2, 2011

TODAY IS MARCH 2, 2011 -- DAY 59 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION Here's the number: $322 million. That is the bona fide, Nat Gandhi-certified amount of the District of Columbia's fiscal 2010 budget gap. Expect to hear that number several...

By Mike DeBonis  | March 2, 2011; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DeMorning DeBonis: March 1, 2011

TODAY IS MARCH 1, 2011 -- DAY 58 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION PREVIOUSLY -- Sulaimon Brown stands to be a thorn in Gray's side -- D.C. summer jobs program reaches capacity -- Lopez supporter to challenge Mara's ballot petitions --...

By Mike DeBonis  | March 1, 2011; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Gray heads back to Capitol Hill to talk vouchers

Mayor Vincent C. Gray will return to Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to once again answer questions regarding a possible revival of the D.C. school voucher program. Gray attended a Senate hearing this month hosted by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 28, 2011; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congress, The District, Vincent Gray  
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Biddle campaign aims to oust three competitors from ballot

A member of D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle's campaign is moving to toss four three competitors from the ballot in the April 26 special election, threatening to vastly alter the race to fill an at-large seat. Bandele McQueen, a lawyer...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 28, 2011; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lopez supporter to challenge Mara's ballot petitions

A supporter of D.C. Council candidate Joshua Lopez (D) is taking aim at the ballot petitions filed by Republican opponent Patrick Mara.

By Mike DeBonis  | February 28, 2011; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. summer jobs program reaches capacity

It's not even spring yet, and the city's popular summer jobs program is already booked. As of 11:44 a.m., 12,000 city youth had applied for jobs -- reaching the cap on this year's program set by Mayor Vincent C. Gray....

By Mike DeBonis  | February 28, 2011; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Vincent Gray  
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Sulaimon Brown stands to be a thorn in Gray's side

This much we know about Sulaimon Brown: Many, many more people now know his name than when he ran for mayor. Last week's drama -- starting with the disclosure Sunday of his hiring by the Mayor Vincent C. Gray...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 28, 2011; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Vincent Gray  
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DeMorning DeBonis: Feb. 28, 2011

TODAY IS FEB. 28, 2011 -- DAY 57 OF THE GRAY ADMINISTRATION PREVIOUSLY -- D.C. summer jobs program filling up quickly -- Potential Wal-Mart landlord accused of hosting massage parlor -- Patrick Mara is indeed a Republican, says Web site...

By Mike DeBonis  | February 28, 2011; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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