Author Archive for Mike DeBonis

Dirty Tricks in Ward 5?

Another sign that campaign season is well underway: A D.C. Council candidate says he's been victimized by political dirty tricks.
In the above YouTube video, candidate Delano Hunter, who is challenging incumbent Harry Thomas Jr. in Ward 5, says that his signs have been damaged and stolen—evidence of the "dirty politics that continue to distract from [...]

Too Little, Too Late: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—'Obama Backs Voting Rights Bill'; 'CFSA To Cut 54 Employees'; 'Rhee, Evans Release Statements On Principal's Death'; and tweets galore!
Greetings all. On Friday, President Barack [...]

Obama Backs Voting Rights Bill

President Barack Obama issued a statement this Emancipation Day morning urging passage of the D.C. House Voting Rights Act, by far his most full-throated and concrete effort in support of congressional voting rights for the District. It reads;
On this occasion, we remember the day in 1862 when President Lincoln freed the enslaved people of Washington, [...]

The Magic Disappearing Surplus: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—'Gandhi Tells Rhee That $34M Surplus ‘Does Not Exist’'; 'Sinclair Skinner Not Backing From Fenty Ties'; 'Nuclear Summit Annoys More Drivers Than Previously Thought'; and [...]

Gandhi Tells Rhee That $34M Surplus ‘Does Not Exist’

Yet another 180-degree twist in the teacher contract saga.
Two days after Chancellor Michelle Rhee told D.C. Council members that she would pay for a groundbreaking teacher contract, in part, with $34 million in surplus funds, Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi today posted a letter to Rhee telling her there is in fact no such [...]

Sinclair Skinner Not Backing From Fenty Ties

More than two hours into Sinclair Skinner's long-anticipated D.C. Council testimony, the controversial friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is shying away from his association with Hizzoner.
Skinner, implicated in a shadowy parks contracting scheme that shifted tens of millions across the District government, was questioned today by lawyer Robert Trout, engaged by the council to [...]

Skinner Speaks: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—'Marion Barry Again Disapproves'; 'First Vincent Gray Fundraiser Is Set for Next Week'; 'Nine Shot. Four Dead. Was It All Really Over A Bracelet?'; 'WaPo: [...]

First Vincent Gray Fundraiser Is Set for Next Week

Invitations are circulating for Vincent Gray's first mayoral fundraiser, set for next Wednesday at the home of Ward 4 socialite Judith Terra.

WaPo: D.C. Voting Rights Bill Headed for House Vote

Ann Marimow of the Washington Post is reporting that Democratic leadership plans to bring a D.C. voting rights bill to the House floor "as early as next week."
The catch: Marimow reports the measure will include some sort of amendment constraining the District's gun-control laws—an idea massively unpopular among the city political establishment.
The bill would grant [...]

Marion Barry Again Disapproves

Marion Barry is back to his disapproving ways.
That is to say, the Ward 8 councilmember's old habit of obstructing city contract awards and internal funding shifts, once thought cured, is back with a vengeance.

Surplus Shocker: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—'DCPS Surplus Revelation Threatens to Blow Up Teacher Contract Deal'; 'Charter School Pledges To ‘Not Coerce’ Unionizing Teachers'; and tweets galore!
Morning all. And everything was [...]

DCPS Surplus Revelation Threatens to Blow Up Teacher Contract Deal

UPDATED 6:05 P.M.
A week after a new D.C. Public Schools teacher contract proposal was rolled out with great fanfare, fiscal revelations aired today leave its ultimate implementation very much in doubt.
Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Washington Teachers' Union head George Parker appeared at a D.C. Council administrative meeting earlier today to brief councilmembers on the agreement. [...]

Show Vince the Money: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—'D.C. General Is Still Crowded, And May Stay That Way' and tweets galore!
Morning all. In his yearly appearance before the D.C. Council dais, Mayor Adrian [...]

Fenty Makes His Case: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—'Fenty on WAMU-FM: 'I'm the One Making the Tough Decisions''; 'Major Fire at Eastern High School'; and tweets galore!
Morning all. In his State of the [...]

Major Fire at Eastern High School

UPDATED 5:55 P.M.
Smoke billowed this afternoon from the roof of Eastern Senior High School, which is nearing the end of a $76 million renovation.
According to D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, firefighters responded to reports of heavy black smoke coming from the building's roof shortly before 4:30 p.m. By 4:45, a second alarm had been [...]

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