Archive for August, 2013

Listen to the AFL-CIO’s Robocall on the Living Wage Bill

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson says he'll finally send the Large Retailer Accountability Act—otherwise known as the Walmart bill—to Mayor Vince Gray for a signature or veto on Friday. If Mendelson does send it Friday, it'll be transmitted 51 days after the D.C. Council passed it.
Meanwhile, Walmart isn't the only side of the debate that's [...]

Morning Links

New fire department ambulance rollout this morning conflicts with delays on other vehicle purchases. [Post]
Vince Gray, Kaya Henderson visit schools on the first day of classes. [Housing Complex]
Cardozo Senior High opens with $130 million renovation. [Post]
Muriel Bowser promotes her free-bus-rides-for-students bill. [WAMU]
Bowser, Kenyan McDuffie unconvinced on D.C. United stadium deal. [Post]
Post ed board wants the D.C. Taxicab Commission abolished. [Post]
Tommy Wells agrees. [...]

Statehood Rally Draws Politicians, Mic Fights

Saturday's pre-March on Washington statehood rally gave D.C. an opportunity to pitch politically active Americans on its continued disenfranchisement. The city's politicians, meanwhile, had their own opportunity to associate themselves with the least controversial issue in the District. Some superlatives:
Don't Fence Me In: In addition to his rally speech, Mayor Vince Gray also spoke to the much larger [...]

Morning Links

Confessed shadow campaign operative Vernon Hawkins also had a role in the budget for the legitimate campaign to elect Mayor Vince Gray. [LL]

Applications to raze Skyland are filed. [WBJ]
But don't expect bulldozers soon. [Housing Complex]
Post ed board backs fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe. [Post]
Living wage bill, housing policies are conflicting for Gray, writes Courtland Milloy. [Post]
Councilmembers, mayor rally for statehood before March [...]

Vernon Hawkins, Man of Many Budgets

At his plea hearing last week, shadow campaign operative Vernon Hawkins described how, with help from Jeanne Clarke Harris and alleged financier Jeff Thompson, he planned the budget for the off-the-books effort to elect Vince Gray as mayor. But that wasn't the only campaign budget Hawkins was shaping in the summer of 2010.
According to campaign [...]

Vince Gray and Peter Nickles: Still Not Friends

It's been nearly three years since Vince Gray beat Mayor Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary for mayor. Will the passage of time inspire Gray and Fenty uber-loyalist/attorney general Peter Nickles to bury the hatchet? Not if NewsChannel 8's NewsTalk With Bruce DePuyt has anything to say about it.
Last week, Nickles appeared on the show to declare that Vernon Hawkins' guilty plea was more proof [...]

Morning Links

Emails suggest possibly illegal coordination between Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 campaign and a PAC. [LL]
Harry Reid staffer launches exploratory committee for a Ward 6 run. [Hill Rag, LL]
Strip club wants its own M Street bike lane exemption. [Housing Complex]
Mayor Vince Gray breaks ground on the ampitheatre-less Chuck Brown park. [WAMU]
Pols, Bill Cosby turn out for Ben's Chili Bowl's anniversary. [WAMU]
Ralph Nader wants [...]

Emails: PAC May Have Paid for Poll at Gray Campaign’s Request

A powerful political action committee may have paid for a $15,000 poll at the request of the scandal-plagued 2010 campaign of Mayor Vince Gray, an action that could have violated rules limiting campaign contributions or coordination between candidates and campaigns.
According to emails obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, among those involved in the back-and-forth [...]

Senate Staffer Launches Ward 6 Exploratory Committee

The race to replace mayoral hopeful  Tommy Wells in his Ward 6 D.C. Council seat could soon have its first entrant. Darrel Thompson, a staffer for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, filed papers for an exploratory committee yesterday.
Thompson, a 43-year-old native Washingtonian, works as Reid's Deputy Chief of Staff for Intergovernmental and External Affairs. Thompson tells [...]

Mayor No Fan of DC Vote’s Name

Mayor Vince Gray has had enough with questions about the logistics of Saturday morning's statehood rally at the D.C. World War I Memorial. Will there be enough parking for seniors? Can the troubled fire department handle medical emergencies at the rally? Will people be able to find the site, tucked next to the National Mall's Reflecting Pool?
Don't [...]