Author Archive for Jonathan L. Fischer

Are You Running for D.C. Council? Consult This Chart!

With its eight mayoral candidates and handful of down-ballot races, the April 1 Democratic primary may have zapped the attention spans of all but the closest watchers of District politics. Which could make the general election’s race for two at-large seats on the D.C. Council a bit of a mind derecho, at least if you [...]

In Ward 1, Brianne Nadeau Boots Jim Graham From D.C. Council

At 9:43 p.m., Brianne Nadeau hadn't arrived at her election-night party yet, but her campaign was prepping for a dramatic entrance. As Nadeau's campaign manager ushered handpicked supporters onto the stage to form a victorious-looking human tableau, the large crowd on the second floor of Solly's on U Street NW was glued to NewsChannel8, which was [...]

On Election Night, a Happy Jack (But Not an Ecstatic One)

Jack Evans' dominant campaign-signage game continued all the way through election night, when the sidewalk abutting Stoney's Lounge on P Street NW was stuffed with more red card-stock than a massacred paper mill. Inside, a Jack Evans banner was less lucky: As it peeled from the walls of Stoney's second-floor bar, Evans supporters rushed to [...]

Tonight! The At-Large Candidates Debate at the Black Cat

After Sunday night's mayoral-candidate throwdown, we're back tonight for round 2 of Washington City Paper's 2014 Loose Lips debates. The Democratic candidates for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council will face off at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat at 1811 14th Street NW. So far, challengers Nate Bennett-Fleming, Pedro Rubio, and John Settles have confirmed [...]

Come to the Loose Lips Debates on Sunday and Tuesday

There is only one reasonable way to cap off this, the craziest week of D.C. politics in recent memory: more D.C. politics.
On Sunday, Loose Lips and Washington City Paper are hosting a debate between D.C.'s Democratic candidates for mayor at the Black Cat on 14th Street NW. It'll be moderated by City Paper's Will Sommer, NBC4's Tom Sherwood, and [...]

“We Cannot Be Mired in the Past”: Read Vince Gray’s Campaign Kickoff Speech

A month after announcing he would run for re-election, Mayor Vince Gray officially kicks off his campaign for a second term with an event today at Ward 8's THEARC arts center. Below is the prepared text of his speech.

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Thank you. Good afternoon.
How about a big hand for Mike McCoy and Voices United. That’s homegrown [...]

Who Needs a Crowd When You’ve Got 43,438 Votes?

Victory had already been declared by the time I arrived at DC Vote's election-night party on the roof of The Brixton on U Street NW after 10 p.m., and the crowd had thinned out. But a celebratory odor of cigar smoke hung over the intimate gathering: More than 83 percent of voters said yes to the [...]

Paul Zukerberg’s D.C. Council Campaign Burns Out

A moment after arriving at Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont tonight, Paul Zukerberg ordered himself a Maker's Mark. "It's been a long four months," he said.
The polls had just closed, and the longshot candidate—whose campaign for an at-large D.C. Council seat largely centered on the issue of marijuana decriminalization—was hoping for a decent showing in [...]

Here’s Who Won All the Local Races

Barack Obama won four more years last night, plus D.C.'s three electoral votes. Ballot initiatives in Maryland allowing gay marriage and expanded gambling both passed. In Virginia, Tim Kaine won a Senate term.
And in D.C., if you weren't following along last night, here's who won:
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives: Eleanor Holmes Norton (D)
Chairman [...]

Non-Shocking Returns: Mendo, Norton, Others Keep Seats

Well, there are a few safe bets with around 48 percent of D.C. votes reported.
Congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will, not shockingly, keep her seat—she's currently got more than 116,000 votes for 89 percent.
Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry has more a 7,000 vote edge over opponent Jahuar Abraham, for 84 percent. And Ward 7 councilmember Yvette Alexander has [...]

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