Posts Tagged ‘Kwame Brown’

District Line Daily: Chunk of Change

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Councilmember Michael Brown's campaign has revealed how much is missing from his November war chest—and [...]

District Line Daily: Smelly Metro Stations

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Welcome to the working week, readers, and what better way to kick it off than [...]

Vacations and Other Casualties of Kwame Brown’s Resignation

The news out of the Wilson Building last week was of the real earth-shaking variety. And no, we don't mean the resignation and guilty pleas by former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown—but rather, the drama encountered (or ginned up?) by the press corps covering it all.
In the rush to squeeze more news out of Brown [...]

How Much Chuck

What if you went to a go-go funeral and a political meeting broke out?
That was the vibe last week when D.C. officialdom helped say farewell to Chuck Brown. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton touted her efforts to establish a national Chuck Brown Day on Aug. 22. Mayor Vince Gray proposed renaming a city park after the [...]

Kwame Brown Wound Up On Twitter About Go-Go

There's some grousing that Kwame Brown's most recent tweets are surprising, since they don't reference his criminal charges or resignation. Rather, he's still defending his statements about go-go and its detractors at Chuck Brown's funeral.
@IMGoph @mffisher it had nothing to do with Marion Barry's comments of the pastIt was not targeted to offend anyone.
— Kwame [...]

Kwame Brown Offers Booze Compromise

The Examiner reports that the D.C. Council is considering a compromise on later bar hours. Previously, Mayor Vince Gray floated a proposal that would allow bars to stay open an hour later. That set off a lot of grousing from Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, who suggested a higher tax on booze instead. Now Council [...]

Mayor Vince Gray, Chairman Kwame Brown Condemn Barry’s Statements On Asian-Owned Businesses

Two days after former mayor-for-life Marion Barry's victory-night pledge to "do something about" the Asian-owned businesses in Ward 8, which he characterized as "dirty," city leadership is stepping forward to decry his comments.
Today on WPFW, Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells told Barry what he said was "deplorable," after Barry said his Council colleagues wouldn't [...]

Wheelchair Accessible Cabs Could Be On The Street By The End Of The Year

Yesterday's presser on wheelchair accessible cabs at the Wilson Building was held in front of a handicapped sign: One that indicated the accessible entrance to the building was around the corner. Not to lay too much importance on symbolism, but if D.C. Council chairman Kwame Brown gets his way, taxicabs that wheelchair users can roll themselves [...]

The Needle: Go to School Edition

College For All—Or Else: For better or worse, a college degree is becoming an essential credential if you want to get the kind of job that can provide a middle class standard of living (before it's eventually outsourced somewhere else and/or your employer goes out of business). So when D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" [...]

Kwame Brown to Rep. Darell Issa: “We’ve Got This”

At WAMU, Patrick Madden reports that Rep. Darrell Issa is pumping the brakes on his plan to make more rules for people who don't live in his home district:
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has agreed to set aside a bill that would require background checks for top-level D.C. government appointees, according to D.C. government officials. Issa [...]

The Needle: Pot Plans Aplenty Edition

You Put Your Weed Application In There: Selling medical marijuana in the District will be risky; applicants have to sign a waiver that seems all but designed to be used as an exhibit by the U.S. Attorney in a future federal narcotics case, after all. But that didn't deter everyone—city officials allowed more than 50 [...]

The Needle: Beef Futures Edition

Doin' It In The Park: Rock Creek Parkway runs, as its name implies, through Rock Creek Park, which is, of course, a national park. So it might be reasonable to expect that the National Park Service, which manages it, would follow environmental regulations when performing work on the parkway. Reasonable, that is, but apparently not [...]

The Needle: Walmart Doesn’t Kill People, People Kill People Edition

Always Low Prices On Guns: It turned out Walmart didn't need much of a hard sell to get D.C. government officials to welcome them to town; the only argument the city's really putting up so far is about whether they'll deign to give us four stores, or five, not about whether they'll do things like, [...]

The Needle: Washington Bullets Edition

This is Not a Test: District residents who are so inclined can sign up for emails or text messages about emergency alerts. (Yes, sometimes the system announces things like the mayor's State of the District address.) Soon enough, though, the alerts will come automatically, unless you opt out; D.C. and New York are the first [...]

This Is the Book of Affliction

The hot new book in Washington circles this spring isn’t a policy tome, or a government exposé; it’s Our Haggadah, the Passover story as written by Cokie and Steve Roberts. The journalist power couple, both mainstays of NPR and Sunday morning shows, combine a memoir of their rise to elite status with a guide to telling [...]