Posts Tagged ‘The Feds’

Republicans Hate Maryland Basketball

Or something like that.
WaPo's Ben Pershing writes that the vast majority of GOP congressmen voted against a House measure introduced by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer congratulating the Terps for making the NCAA tournament.
This was payback, because Hoyer would allow a vote on a Republican member's resolution congratulating the UC-Irvine men's volleyball team for NCAA championship [...]

Congress Set to Lift Controversial D.C. Riders

This just in: D.C.'s spending bill is through a congressional conference committee, and there is some very good news for the District.
A joint appropriations press release [PDF] says that an omnibus spending bill, almost certain to pass "[e]liminates a prohibition on the use of local tax funds for abortion, thereby putting the District in the [...]

Court Hands D.C. an Obscure Home Rule Defeat

This afternoon, Legal Times' Mike Scarcella notes that an odd dispute between D.C.'s federal and local prosecutors has been settled by the D.C. Court of Appeals.
The District lost.
The implications of the ruling are narrow but sharp: It pretty much puts the kibosh on any attempts, short of congressional action, to expand the Office of the [...]

Another Barry Associate Has a Lawyer

For the last few weeks, we've published stories on Councilmember Marion Barry's zany relationship with ex-girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt and his pressuring her to sign another problematic contract. We've also written two stories on the issues surrounding the nonprofits run out of his offices and staffed with ex-campaign workers. These stories did not seem to impact [...]

Bob Barr Lauds Demise of Barr Amendment

Last week, the House of Representatives at long last voted to kill the Barr Amendment—a rider banning D.C.'s implementation of a medical marijuana initiative passed in 1998. It was originally sponsored by Georgia congressman Bob Barr and has been attached to the annual District budget for a decade.
LL covered the possible arrival of medical marijuana [...]

Members of Congress Line Up to Tell D.C. How to Spend Its Money

At 3 p.m. today, the House rules committee will take up the District of Columbia appropriations bill, and will decide which amendments will later be taken up on the House floor.
Amendments proposed so far include a number of social-policy riders that have been removed in subcommittee and committee actions. They also include attempts to prevent [...]

D.C. Medical Marijuana Passes Another Hurdle

A measure to once again ban D.C. from implementing a 1998 medical marijuana initiative failed in a House appropriations committee vote this evening.
The D.C. budget made it out of its appropriations subcommittee without the so-called Barr amendment—a rider, first introduced by Georgia Republican Bob Barr, which has graced the District budget since 1998. But this [...]

Schadenfreude Alert: John Ensign to Admit Cheating on Wife

LL just got this news alert concerning the District's favorite gun-lovin', home-rule-disrespectin', voting-rights obstructionist:
Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign has told colleagues that he plans to admit an extramarital affair, a senior Republican source tells POLITICO.
WaPo's Chris Cillizza has more: 'The affair, which was with a woman who worked for both Ensign's re-election campaign and his [...]

Norton: I Can Protect Same-Sex Marriage Bill

So the D.C. Council has voted to (kinda-sorta) allow same-sex marriage. What now?
Assuming the bill becomes law, plenty of observers see two fronts of possible conflict. First is that the law will set off a frenzy of congressional intervention. To wit, American Prospect's Ezra Klein.
Nope, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says to LL this afternoon: "I [...]

Breaking: FBI Raids OCTO Offices

Per WTOP's Mark Segraves and his Twitter feed, FBI agents are searching the Office of the Chief Technology Officer's executive suite located at One Judiciary Square. It's unclear at this point which particular office or which particular OCTO employee the feds might be targeting.
All of the OCTO employees on the premises have been sent home. [...]

Conservative Catfight Over DeMint Quote

As LL mentioned in this morning's Daily, the Washington Times' Timothy Warren reported this morning that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) had said at a voucher press conference, "If you send a kid to [public] school in D.C., chances are that they will end up in a gang rather than graduating."
Moments ago, LL received an e-mail [...]

John Ensign: D.C. Vote “Has Nothing to Do…With Civil Rights”

The District's had plenty of congressional bogeymen over the years. Recent names like Sam Brownback and Richard Shelby come to mind, sure, and if you reach back a little farther, there's folks like Joel Broyhill, John McMillan, and Theodore Bilbo.
These days, Nevada Sen. John Ensign's playing the role pretty well.
Ensign's the guy who introduced the [...]