Posts Tagged ‘Paul Strauss’

Who to Vote for (and Who Not to Vote for) in D.C.’s 2014 Democratic Primary

Another election, another set of would-be leaders who mostly seem determined to test just how willing District voters are to keep showing up and voting no matter how lousy their choices are.
What better explanation is there for the field that confronts D.C. Democrats? Four of 13 members of the D.C. Council are seeking the nomination [...]

Pennsylvania Avenue By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

Settling on the latest strategy for highlighting the District's lack of voting representation in Congress was easy: The D.C. Council wants to rename the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
Figuring out what to rename the street, though, may turn out to be a little harder.

Paul Strauss Wants To Move Past Drunk Driving Arrest

At the end of May, Shadow Senator Paul Strauss suddenly decided to plead guilty to charges stemming from his drunk driving arrest. It was an interesting move considering that he had long fought the charges, even delaying his proceedings in D.C. Superior Court so he could hunt down an expert witness. The incident had proven [...]

Shadow Senator Paul Strauss Pleads Guilty To DUI

Last Friday, Paul Strauss entered a guilty plea to his DUI charge in D.C. Superior Court. The guilty plea amounts to a swift change in tactics–some might suggest an erratic change—for the shadow senator. Strauss had maintained his innocence ever since his arrest on October 1, 2008. At a previous court hearing, his attorney successfully [...]

Budget Proposal Includes Changes to Property Tax Appeals Board

Buried in budget legislation [PDF, p.121] submitted today to the D.C. Council are a number of changes to the District's property-tax appeals process.
The Board of Real Property Assessment Appeals (BRPAA—pronounced "BURP-uh") has had its share of trouble over the years. The board came in for a harsh review last fall from D.C. Auditor Deborah K. [...]

Paul Strauss DUI Trial Postponed to June

LL was all pumped and ready for the Trial of the Century—that, of course, being the adjudication of Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss' October drunk-driving arrest.
The trial was scheduled for Monday morning in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Marisa J. Demeo, but alas, the drama must wait: Strauss' lawyer filed a motion Monday to postpone [...]

Michael Steele: D.C. Vote an “Important Civil Right”

Michael Steele, chair of the Republican National Committee, expressed full-throated support this afternoon for the D.C. House Voting Rights Act and said he was gratified that the bill passed cloture earlier today. He was buttonholed by LL as he entered the Senate wing of the Capitol with former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman.
"I think it's an [...]

Paul Strauss Case: Plea Offer Rejected

The drunk-driving case of Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss moved a bit further along today in D.C. Superior Court.
According to court records, a plea offer was rejected and a non-jury trial was set. The trial is scheduled for March 23, 2009 in courtroom 116.

Our Morning Roundup

Personal Plea: To all District residents who ran for office last Tuesday, please take down your campaign signs! Some of you lost big time (Dee Hunter, sorry), some of you inexplicably won (Paul Strauss), and some of you didn't have to bother with signs at all (Kwame Brown). All of you need to remove your [...]

Strauss Pleads Not Guilty!

Courtroom 115. Better known as misdemeanor, traffic, and community court. Better known still, according to Judge Michael J. McCarthy, a well-known tough guy, as the busiest courtroom in the country. This morning, from the bench, the judge boasted that his room sees something like 13,000 cases per year. Today, among dozens of cases, was the [...]

Strauss Finally Answers His Phone

I must have called Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss more than a dozen times on Friday concerning his recent arrest for drunk driving. After LL broke the news, Strauss released a lame statement and generally hid from the press.
I gave him the weekend. He finally picked up his cellphone this morning. He immediately refused to comment [...]

Strauss Arrested for Drunk Driving

Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss was arrested for drunk driving on Oct. 1, according to court records.
The arrest took place on the 2000 block of Calvert Street NW, on or near the Duke Ellington Bridge between Woodley Park and Adams Morgan. Records contain few further details regarding the circumstances of the arrest.
Strauss, an attorney by trade, [...]