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All Opinions Are Local: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010

A chance to learn from Rhee's mistakes

By Mark Simon Washington Post editors and reporters appear to have latched on to every possible explanation for the public’s rejection of Mayor Adrian Fenty. Racial politics this week. Fenty’s personality. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s failure to communicate. But Fenty’s...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 18, 2010; 8:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, schools  
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Offending for the greater good

By Noel Fritsch Washington Regarding Robert McCartney’s Sept. 15 column “Vincent Gray should find a way to keep D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee”: McCartney tried to straddle the fence, and perhaps maintain some readership, by including a few dull barbs...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 18, 2010; 8:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Mayor Fenty  
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Where we'll be in 2014

By David Jasinski Washington The consensus seems to be that Adrian M. Fenty accomplished more for Washington than any other recent mayor, yet he lost to someone who ran on a platform focused on consensus-building. While D.C. Council Chairman Vincent...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 18, 2010; 8:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Mayor Fenty  
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D.C.'s problem with 'describing without a license'

By Robert McNamara Washington The streets of Washington are being stalked by criminals. In broad daylight, these dangerous scoundrels roam the city streets, flouting the laws that keep us safe. Their heinous crime? They describe things. The District makes it...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 17, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic  
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What Fenty needed to hear

By Sally G. Kranz Washington As someone who has spent years as a public relations and public policy professional in Washington, I’ve been mystified over these past months as to why there wasn’t someone in D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 17, 2010; 7:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Mayor Fenty  
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'Young Gun' Cantor -- Main Street Republican

Bereft of ties and jackets, the three, trim congressmen, coyly glancing this way and that, stride purposefully toward the camera. "These are, The Young Guns!," says the announcer in an authoritative voice. It might have been a frat house...

By Peter Galuszka  | September 17, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy, education, energy, environment, faith, guns, health care, housing, immigration, media, military, public health, real estate, taxes, traffic, transportation  
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Some truthiness on the way

When I got the chance to sit down with Eleanor Holmes Norton last weekend, I knew that I'd end the interview with a question about Stephen Colbert and the rumors that he'd host a rally on the Mall in...

By Aaron Morrissey  | September 17, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What I meant by 'devastating'

By Michelle Rhee Washington This week I used the word “devastating” to describe the potential effects of the D.C. mayoral election [front page, Sept. 17]. I want to be very clear: In using this word I was not criticizing D.C....

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 17, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty, schools  
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An absent absentee ballot

By Hal Plotkin, Washington I just missed voting for the first time in more than 30 years. According to the District’s Board of Elections and Ethics Web site, my absentee ballot was “issued” on Sept. 3, about a week after...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 16, 2010; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Mayor Fenty  
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Government wasn't created to provide jobs

By David R. Hoffman, Harrisburg, Pa. So defense cuts could slow the Washington region’s economy [“Va. to fight Defense moves,” Metro, Sept. 10]. Any cut in defense acquisitions or closing of a base will slow the economy wherever the manufacturer...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 16, 2010; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., DMV, Fairfax County, HotTopic, Maryland, Montgomery County, Virginia, development, economy  
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Run for office, attend the symphony?

Holding elections in odd instead of even years allows Virginia delegates and state senators to sit back and watch the congressional candidates hash it out. But that doesn't mean they're not digging into their own campaign funds. Del. Onzlee...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | September 16, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia  
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Is Phase Two of Dulles Metro the right investment?

Phase One of the Metrorail Silver Line is one of the most promising infrastructure investments in America. Tysons Corner has more office space than downtown Baltimore and Richmond combined but has developed in a haphazard, dysfunctional way. The arrival...

By Dan Malouff  | September 16, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Local blog network, Metro, Virginia, traffic, transportation  
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Rhee just keeps digging a bigger hole

Just because you can say it, doesn't mean you should. That's a lesson that D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee might want to take to heart. But one day after Mayor Adrian Fenty lost his bid for re-election and Democratic...

By Martin Austermuhle  | September 16, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network  
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What does Gray's win mean for Georgetown?

On Tuesday, Vincent Gray soundly beat Adrian Fenty for the Democratic nomination for mayor. Given the one-party state that we live in, Gray can for all intents and purposes be considered the mayor-elect. So what will his mayoralty mean...

By Topher Mathews  | September 16, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Georgetown, HotTopic, Local blog network  
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What's in store for Michelle Rhee?

As soon as it became clear that D.C. voters had rejected incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty in favor of D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray, the talk of the town turned to someone not on Tuesday's primary ballot: D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle...

By Washington Post editors  | September 16, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Sifting the Montgomery returns

The abysmal turnout was the big news of Tuesday's primary election in Montgomery County. Pending counting about 10,000 absentee ballots, only 18.6 percent of registered voters cast ballots, and registered voters make up only about half of the county’s...

By Keith Berner  | September 15, 2010; 9:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, Montgomery County, Takoma, economy, education  
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Campaign behavior that should be retired

By Grace Karmiol, Rockville I received enough mail from candidates in the local primaries to fill a recycling bin. What did all these mailings and canvassings accomplish beyond wasting valuable natural resources? If candidates were seeking name recognition, they got...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 15, 2010; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, DMV, HotTopic, Maryland, Mayor Fenty, Montgomery County  
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Why Phil Mendelson can breathe a sigh of relief

Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large) may have been the single most relieved person to show up at Vince Gray's victory party in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Not only did the guy he endorsed win the city's highest...

By Martin Austermuhle  | September 15, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The yellow mailbox revolution

Revolution is in the air. In Delaware, Tea Party activists propelled conservative Christine O'Donnell to victory over Republican establishment favorite Mike Castle. In D.C., aloof Adrian M. Fenty is out as mayor. And in the Richmond suburb of Brandermill,...

By Peter Galuszka  | September 15, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Riemer's success and other good news

While the primary defeat of D.C.'s sitting mayor is the main headline in nearly every news outlet this morning, another significant and very exciting challenger victory is Hans Riemer placing third second in the Montgomery County Council at-large race....

By David Alpert  | September 15, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, Montgomery County, Prince George's County  
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The case for keeping Michelle Rhee

By Raymond Coleman, Rockville With all due respect to Colbert I. King [“Time for Rhee to go,” op-ed, Sept. 11], Michelle A. Rhee should be retained as D.C. schools chancellor. She has effectively tackled the issues of infrastructure and school...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 14, 2010; 8:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Adams Morgan, D.C., D.C. politics, Fenty, Georgetown, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty, education, schools  
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Privatization proves difficult in two Va. deals

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's plan to privatize the state-owned Alcoholic Beveral Control stores has finally emerged as a complicated scheme involving fees, excise taxes and six-figure purchases of state licenses. But it's not the only privatization plan in the...

By Peter Galuszka  | September 14, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Where are Georgetown's food vendors?

Georgetown Metropolitan has received several requests lately asking, What’s the deal with food vendors and Georgetown -- more specifically why aren’t there any food vendors in Georgetown? Well, there are several reasons, and despite changes on the horizon to...

By Topher Mathews  | September 14, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia's elderly prisoners: Set them free

By Mimi Verdonk Silver Spring If you can’t feed yourself, can you hold a gun? If you’re confined to a wheelchair, can you hijack a car? If you’re too weak to get out of bed, are you a legitimate threat...

By Mimi Verdonk  | September 13, 2010; 8:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Fenty vs. Gray: My urbanist choice

Four years ago I was worried about Adrian Fenty. I feared that he lacked vision and would cave to parochial concerns. I feared he would be a NIMBY mayor. I’m glad to say I was wrong. With the streetcar...

By Dan Malouff  | September 13, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Fenty, HotTopic, Local blog network, Mayor Fenty, traffic, transportation  
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Fenty defends his 'tough decisions'

Mayor Adrian Fenty is sorry. Well, kind of. Over the course of an interview with DCist on Friday, Fenty -- who is in the midst of a tight battle that may result in him being thrown out of office...

By Martin Austermuhl  | September 13, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Fenty, HotTopic, Local blog network, Mayor Fenty, schools  
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Don't dismiss D.C.'s shadow representatives

By Billie Day, Washington We are concerned about how a Sept. 3 editorial characterized the role of the city’s shadow representatives in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. The editorial, “For D.C. delegate to Congress,” endorsed Del. Eleanor...

By Billie Day  | September 13, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, DC Vote, HotTopic  
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