Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

The Most Popular (and Political) Names in D.C.

D.C.’s Office of Revenue Analysis has published data on the most common names in D.C . How do you rank?

District Line Daily: The Politics Issue

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Washington Examiner Stops Controversial Home Delivery

When the Washington Examiner launched in D.C. in 2005, its most immediate impact was on lawns. The frequently unsolicited red-sleeved papers earned a probe from an Arlington county supervisor and complaints from readers. "I did not request it, and do not want it, at all, ever," one accidental subscribers wrote to the paper.
While the paper [...]

Gun March Organizer Now Calling for Citywide Civil Disobedience

The July 4 armed march on Washington just got a little more interesting. A day after telling City Desk that he would still try to enter Washington with a loaded gun, rally organizer Adam Kokesh changed tactics. Now, he wants citywide civil disobedience over whatever law participants consider unconstitutional.
"This is now a call for mass [...]

Just 20 Percent of D.C. Residents Identify as Conservative

In sad news for the District's feckless local Republicans, a new Gallup poll puts the number of District residents identifying as conservative at just 20.5 percent, compared to 38 percent of the population nationally. Even worse: 40.8 percent identify as liberal.
Those numbers make the District more liberal than any of the 50 states that were [...]

Marion Barry Makes Sports Radio Hosts “Uncomfortable”

With the Pigskins headed to the playoffs, early playoff predictor Marion Barry has been on something of a media victory tour. But after a less-than-stellar performance on 106.7 The Fan's Holden and Danny sports show this afternoon, the mayor-for-life might want to reconsider his future appearances.
Barry reminisced about old Pigskins runs, and complained that Dan [...]

Sidwell Friends: Plagued with Young Political Bullies?

Washington Quaker school Sidwell Friends is so prestigious, even the Obama daughters go there. But is it also a breeding ground for the next generation of political bullies?
The evidence suggests yes! Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak's article today features a letter that was sent to parents of students in the Lower School of an unnamed, [...]

Photos: Short Stacks

IHOP, Irving Street NW, November 23

Tommy Wells Tweets Response to New York Times

In yesterday's edition, the New York Times editorial board took on Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells' residency requirement for homeless services bill.  The board called his proposal "inhumane" and suggested it was simply "very bad public policy." The board also cited the CFO which stated that Wells' bill wouldn't save the city any money. Late [...]

WaPo Takes Non-Stand On Homeless Issue

On Oct. 30, WaPo's editorial board took precious space away from either praising Michelle Rhee's school reforms or using it as a litmus test in deciding who to support in tomorrow's election (see the board's non-endorsement of Councilmember Mary Cheh) to address the growing numbers of D.C.'s homeless residents. Despite local government's stagnant efforts to [...]

Councilmember Tommy Wells Sends Check to Graham Challenger

Remember the Paul Wellstone-esque video by Ward 1 Council candidate Bryan Weaver we highlighted here a few weeks ago? On Washington City Paper's Loose Lips blog, Jason Cherkis reports it's getting results—Councilmember Tommy Wells sent Weaver a $100 check after seeing the video. Wells hasn't given any money to his council colleague Jim Graham, who Weaver hopes [...]

Chamber of Commerce Endorses Jeff Smith for Ward One Council Seat

In a somewhat surprising move, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce has not endorsed incumbent Ward One Councilmember Jim Graham for re-election. Instead, the business folks have thrown their weight behind challenger Jeff Smith.
Graham campaign poo-bah Chuck Thies had this reaction via e-mail:
"Not surprising at all. What has the Chamber of Commerce ever done for Ward [...]

Some People Say a Lot of Things

Mayor Adrian Fenty is using the same advertising firm for his 2010 TV commercials that he hired in 2006, Minneapolis-based North Woods Advertising, run by Bill Hillsman (as LL noted in his latest column). And on one level, the ads appear kind of similar. Here's a video of one of those 2006 ads. Notice the first line‚ [...]