Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Politics’

District Line Daily: A Woman’s Place

Women in politics is tradition in D.C.

“Easy Money”: Former Council Candidate Sues Over Audio Saying She Stole ANC Money

It's a damning admission—or just a case of too-subtle sarcasm. Either way, Ward 8 politico and frequent D.C. Council candidate Sandra Seegars is suing another Ward 8 resident for circulating two recordings in which she says she stole from the Advisory Neighborhood Commission she chaired.
"Yup, I stole ANC money and bought me a new car," [...]

Wal-Mart Opposition Needs Stronger Talking Points

From today's McCartney column in WaPo, two anti-Wal-Mart residents made this argument against the chain:
"'There'll probably be a lot of shoplifting going on. They'll need a lot of security,' Terriea Sutton, 35, said.
Brenda Speaks, a Ward 4 ANC commissioner, actually urged blocking construction of the planned store in her ward at Georgia and Missouri [...]

DYRS Chief Suggests Agency Had Considered Letting Absconders Go

In an e-mail obtained by Washington City Paper, DYRS Chief Robert Hildum suggests that the agency may want ease up on going after juveniles who've absconded from the system. You can read the full story on the Loose Lips blog.

Mary Cheh Didn’t Authorize Gray-Cheh Firetruck Parade Chants

What is it about firetrucks and District politics?
If you happened to mosey on by the antique firetruck parked outside the Palisades Park recreation center on July 4, you might have gotten the sense that Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh has come out in support of D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray’s mayoral bid over incumbent Adrian [...]

Kojo: “What’s With The Hatred of Adrian Fenty?”

Must watch commentary from Kojo. Is Fenty anti-poor people? Or is Kojo right that the anti-Fenty anger is a little over the top?
My two cents: When you spend $400,000 on a dog park while D.C. General's emergency shelter is overcrowded, a case can be made that Fenty's priorities lean a little in the anti-poor people [...]

Fenty Admin Loves Its FOIA Denials: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—"Strasburg Arrives: Let the Gouging Begin!," "D.C. Schools Now Model For West Virginia," "Fenty Booed At Dunbar Commencement," "How The Gun Lobby [...]

Vincent Gray: Here’s How You Defend Sharon Pratt Connection

City Paper’s Unsolicited Political Advice of the Week

The candidate: Vincent Gray, mayoral hopeful

The challenge: Your opponent is trying to tie you to the early 1990s, one of the most ignominious periods in modern D.C. history, when you served in the failed administration of Mayor Sharon Pratt. Expect this to be a recurring theme [...]

The Meaning Behind Today’s Human Safety Net Protest

At 8:30 this morning, Save Our Safety Net organizers will be surrounding the Wilson Building with what they are calling a "human safety net." City Desk reached out to the Net's media rep Joni Podschun to explain the meaning behind their latest protest. She responded via e-mail with the details.
So how many humans [...]

Where Does Vincent Orange Stand On Gay Marriage?

Update: 8 p.m.
Today, Vincent Orange formally announced he will be running for D.C. Council Chair. From the D.C. Wire:
"Orange said chairman Vincent C. Gray's decision to run for mayor has created a leadership void and that he has the experience to fill it. He also questioned how his Democratic rival, at-large council member Kwame R. [...]

True Love: Big Business Wears Support Of Graham On Its Sleeve

One Barry Lesson: How Not To Run A Nonprofit

"I am a different kind of council member. I ran to get resources, to uplift people of Ward 8 to do everything I can to empower them."–Councilmember Marion S. Barry Jr. on the dais yesterday in response to Robert Bennett's testimony.
By resources, Barry means the thousands of dollars in city funds he funneled to a [...]

What Were The District’s Biggest Civil Rights Victories?

Since pretty much everyone has the day off except journalists, the downtime has been enormous.  I got lunch (a first in a long time). I paid off a cellphone bill and changed my cellphone plan. I even faxed some healthcare paperwork to a lab that was a week late. And I talked for a good [...]

Fenty Continues Brilliant Media Strategy

Today, the Washington Post published a nice little good news story about how the District's population is starting rebound and is expected to pass 600,000 residents for the first time since 1991. Post reporters were able to beef up their story with interviews from Councilmembers Jack Evans, Jim Graham, and Kwame Brown, a demographer at [...]

Pershing Park Case: Bring On The Forensic Examiner

In this morning's hearing in U.S. District Court, Judge Emmet Sullivan edged ever closer to referring the Pershing Park case to the Department of Justice—signaling he's close to handing the matter over to Attorney General Eric Holder.
But first, Sullivan wants to order up one more investigative tool at his disposal: some serious tech support.
Following up [...]