Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Council’

What Happens in Vegas…Causes a Local News Twitter Spat in D.C.

Journalist vs. journalist FOIA death match!

Council Wants to Change Street Names to “DC No Taxation Without Representation Way”

Here's a clunky mouthful: The D.C. Council introduced legislation today to change the names of the streets surrounding the U.S. Capitol to "D.C. No Taxation Without Representation Way."
The change, fortunately for cabdrivers and other city navigators, is only symbolic and would not formally change any addresses. The legislation designates 1st Streets NE and SE between Constitution and Independence Avenues with [...]

Yogis Go Mad Over Proposed Yoga Sales Tax

The peace has temporarily been disrupted in yoga studios throughout the District, as the D.C. Council mulls passing a proposal that would levy a sales tax on gyms, yoga studios, and health clubs.
Although the proposal doesn't just target fitness studios, the tax has been dubbed the "Yoga Tax" by people who oppose it. The Council gave preliminary approval this [...]

D.C. Council Supports Minimum Wage Hike, Paid Sick Leave for Tipped Workers

It was a good day on the dais for wage workers in the District.
The D.C. Council unanimously passed legislation that would raise the city's minimum wage to $11.50 an hour and another that would expand paid sick leave to include workers who earn tips, like waiters and bartenders.
The minimum wage bill was expected to pass, [...]


The Washington Pigskins front office had a plan to quash the D.C. Council's pending legislation to call on the team to change its racist name: have fans contact their lawmakers and use the Twitter hashtag #[Pigskins]Pride to show their support for the team name.
The only problem is that at least some people are using the hashtag [...]

The Council Network

Ward 6 Councilmember and would-be Mayor Tommy Wells will take his campaign to Reddit this week, with an Ask Me Anything discussion scheduled for Sunday. Which got us thinking: What would be the social networks of choice for other local political figures?

Who: Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry
What: Twitter
Why: From old SNCC photos to live updates [...]

Could Gmail’s New Three-Tab System Hurt LivingSocial?

The latest challenge for LivingSocial—the cash-strapped, lay-off heavy D.C.-based company—could come from the omnipresent Google.
As Washington Business Journal first pointed out, the online coupon company seems wary of Gmail's new organizational system that automatically categorizes LivingSocial emails as promotional messages, filing the emails in a tab separate from the user's primary inbox.
Last week, the company [...]

Roll of the Vice

A board game aficionado recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a D.C.-specific version of Risk. From the fact that everything east of the river is labeled "Anacostia" to the improbability of Columbia Heights and Chevy Chase teaming up to declare war on Tenleytown, the game has its share of flaws. Fortunately, there are several [...]

The Needle: April Fool’s Day Edition

Voting is for Fools: Primary elections for mayor, D.C. Council chairman, and other District offices look likely to remain on April 1—April Fool's Day—next year. Lawmakers had talked about making it a bit later, but they can't get consensus on a new date. No word on whether the results of the elections will be treated [...]

The Needle: Calm Before the Storm Edition

Derecho II: Electric Boogalo: Call it another derecho or not, but tonight and tomorrow could bring damaging thunderstorms to the region. (Even the congressional baseball game could be canceled!) Those of you who went without power for days last summer may just want to leave town now. -3

The Needle: Again? Edition

Corruption R Us: A day after federal prosecutors warned District politicians last summer that they'd be caught if they broke the law, then-D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown allegedly took the first of what would be $55,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. Oops. At least Brown managed to lose his seat before facing federal felony charges; [...]

District Line Daily: Good News for Gio Gonzalez

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Major League Baseball may be about to suspend players like Alex Rodriguez over connections to a [...]

The Needle: Catnapped No More

Meow: The cat stolen from a D.C. animal shelter over the weekend has been found alive by D.C. police. +1
Closing Time: What a time we've had, City Desk, but now it's time for me to go. Your next blogger will be picked soon. It could be you. +1

Jack Evans Launching Mayoral Campaign on June 8

The 2014 mayoral field just got a little more crowded. Following D.C. Council colleagues Muriel Bowser and Tommy Wells, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans is set to announce his own mayoral campaign on June 8.
Evans will launch his campaign at the corner of 14th and Q streets NW in front of Logan Circle's new Le [...]

District Line Daily: Bold Burglar Busted

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Police stopped a bold burglary suspect in Capitol Hill yesterday evening. The burglar's alleged crime was [...]