Archive for November, 2013

Better Late Than Never for Vincent Orange (Corrected)

This post has been updated and corrected.
Watch out, mayoral hopefuls: Vincent Orange has finally registered his campaign committee. On Monday, Orange made "Orange for Mayor" official.
Orange didn't file a declaration of candidacy or register a committee when a supporter picked up petitions for him on Nov. 8, since he was at a conference in London. At a debate for [...]

Atlas Runs

Bruce Majors has found a few more bodies. With his party’s first primary just months away, the District’s Libertarian mastermind is scrambling for names to put on the ballot. Last Thursday, he had two more people to shepherd through the Board of Elections.
District rules require that candidates have signatures from 1 percent of their party’s [...]

Paul Zukerberg Can Raise Money After All

The increasingly improbable attorney general candidacy of Paul Zukerberg has cleared another hurdle. Zukerberg, the only candidate in a race that's going to be delayed four years without intervention from a court, was told by the District's Office of Campaign Finance last week to stop raising money. But on Monday, OCF changed its mind.
"After further review, [...]

Disclosure Not on the Menu at Council Turkey Giveaways

Jim Graham showed up at the LeDroit Park Apartments on Friday afternoon ready to hand out free turkeys to public housing residents. But first, he wanted to give a speech, and restless elements in the line weren't cooperating.
"I won't give away any turkeys until you listen to these remarks," Graham warned.
Talkative residents aside, the turkey giveaway [...]

Morning Links

D.C. Council committee gives the OK to $11.50 minimum wage. [WAMU, Post]
Poll shows residents backing $12.50 wage. [LL]
Fire chief hires former Prince George's chief as his No. 2. [Times]
Office of Campaign Finance tells Paul Zukerberg to stop running for attorney general. [WAMU]
Audit gives fire department mixed review. [Post]
Marion Barry turkey giveaway set for this morning. [NBC 4]
New Supercans! [Post]

Minimum Wage Poll Finds Two-Thirds Backing $12.50 Wage

D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange's business and consumer affairs committee is about to take up legislation for an $11.50 minimum wage. Last, Vince Gray told councilmembers he would support a lower $10 hourly minimum wage not tied to a cost of living increase. But a new poll commissioned by a coalition backing a $12.50 minimum wage ballot initiative suggest [...]

Morning Links

D.C. Council committee voting on minimum wage hike today. [WBJ]
Vince Gray wants a $10 hourly minimum wage. [Post]
Gray tight-lipped on re-election plans at birthday party. [LL, Post]
State superintendent of education nominee gets a tough time from D.C. Council's education committee. [Post]
Michael Brown is too obvious a choice to be "turkey of the year." [Post]
Stadium Club pays almost a [...]

It’s Vince Gray’s Party and He’ll Vacillate If He Wants To

When Vince Gray celebrated his 70th birthday last year at Nationals Park, the team gave him a baseball bat. This year, the mayor got something much more useful: a few more days to keep the city wondering about whether he's running for re-election.
Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, who along with Ward 5's Kenyan McDuffie was one of only [...]

Cheh Bill Would Ban Teenagers From Using Tanning Beds

There soon might be fewer teenage John Boehner look-a-likes walking around the District, thanks to legislation proposed by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh that would ban all minors from using tanning beds.
The bill, introduced on Tuesday, would raise the minimum age for tanning beds from 14 to 18. Under the District's current law, teenagers older [...]

Tommy Wells Sides With Union at Shaw Giant Opening

District ribbon cuttings aren't generally known for their controversy, with political rivals willing to make nice at least as long as they're holding those big scissors. Mayoral hopeful and Ward 6 councilmember Tommy Wells took a different approach at last night's O Street Market Giant opening in Shaw, though, helping union workers pull off a protest [...]