Archive for January, 2014

Campaign Finance Office Won’t Hand Over Gray 2010 Report

Well, it was worth a shot. Despite requests from At-Large Councilmember and mayoral hopeful Vincent Orange, the Office of Campaign Finance says it still won't publish the Vince Gray 2010 campaign audit that it finished in May 2012.
OCF finished a draft of the unreleased audit a year and a half ago, on May 15, 2012. But in a [...]

Mayoral Power Rankings: Not Quite Yet

Three weeks in, LL's Mayoral Power Rankings are already the most closely watched listicle of 2014. Various campaigns have been sweating LL to up their rank, but the process remains incorruptible.
While LL's commitment to momentum accuracy won't be changed, though, the Friday deadline for this week's power rankings will be. With campaign finance reports due [...]

In Ward 1, Ex-Democrat Bryan Weaver Says D.C. Has a “Warlord Problem”

Bryan Weaver dropped out of the Ward 1 Democratic primary on Wednesday, but he made a surprise visit at Thursday night's Kalorama Citizens Association’s debate anyway. While everyone waited for incumbent Jim Graham to arrive, Weaver, who will run in the general election instead of the primary, took the time to offer some strong words to [...]

District Reports $321 Million Surplus

The District government will record a $321 million surplus for the 2013 fiscal year in its annual financial report thanks to higher revenues and lower agency expenses, according to city officials.
"The story is half of it's revenue, half of it's underspending," says Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt.
$168 million of the surplus came from excess revenues, including [...]

Morning Links

GAO rejects budget autonomy referendum. [City Desk, WAMU, Post, Times]
Fire lieutenant on leave during investigation into man's death outside fire station. [Times, Post]
DCPS was warned about cheating, didn't do much about it. [AP, Post]
Post ed board: fire department is "a national embarrassment." [Post]
April primary candidates face off in Sixth & I Synagogue forums. [LL, Post]
Walter Reed development gets HUD blessing. [...]

Ward Candidates Meet in First Debate

Last night's D.C. for Democracy debate at Sixth & I Synagogue went with fight night-style scheduling, putting undercard ward races ahead of the main mayoral bout later in the evening.
With Jack Evans and Muriel Bowser missing, it fell on Vince Gray, Tommy Wells, Reta Lewis, Vincent Orange, and Andy Shallal to answer a series of stultifying questions about tax policy.
Still, Wells went hard on Gray, [...]

Morning Links

Jim Graham faces just one Ward 1 primary challenger after Bryan Weaver leaves for the general. [LL, Post]
Can Tommy Wells' heir hang on to his Ward 6 seat? [LL]
Fire department investigating man's death near fire station. [WTOP, Post]
Hedged WUSA9 article predicts charges against Jeff Thompson could come by next week. [WUSA9]
Vincent Orange campaign goes big with 40,000-copy mailer. [LL]
Gay activist Peter Rosenstein backs Vince Gray, despite [...]

Who Is the Next Tommy Wells?

With temperatures in the 20's, few people are opening their doors to Ward 6 D.C. Council candidate Darrel Thompson as he canvasses on a recent Saturday. Worse, one of those who does, an elderly woman, says she won’t vote for anyone in the race.
But Thompson, toe warmers stuffed in his socks, thinks it’s worth another [...]

Bryan Weaver Drops Out of Ward 1 Primary, Will Run in General

Well, that's one way to deal with a split vote. In a statement, Ward 1 candidate Bryan Weaver announced this afternoon that he's dropping out of the Democratic primary for the Ward 1 D.C. Council seat, leaving challenger Brianne Nadeau to face off against incumbent Jim Graham alone on April 1. Instead, Weaver says he'll run as an independent in the Ward [...]

Vincent Orange Launches Hefty Mailing Campaign

Vincent Orange unveiled his two campaign slogans—"Leaving No One Behind" and "Taking No One for Granted"—last week, and now he's pushing them in print. After launching at Gallaudet University's conference center, Orange's campaign is touting a 40,000-copy mailing introducing voters to Orange.
This is no one-sheet campaign lit. Instead, Orange's mailer comes in four pages of letter-sized paper, according to [...]