Author Archive for Michael E. Grass

Politics, Politics Everywhere

Be sure to pick up Washington City Paper's special Politics issue, hitting the streets today in print. In it you'll find City Paper's endorsements, detailed results from a Washington City Paper/Kojo Nnamdi Show poll—which is the coolest political poll D.C.'s ever scene—articles from Jonetta Rose Barras, Tim Carman, Jason Cherkis, Lydia DePillis, Dave McKenna, Rend [...]

Dear Votemaster: If You Vote With a Special Ballot

My residency has changed in the past couple years. I think that my voter registration is in order, but what can I expect at the polls on Tuesday from voting officials in case they need to verify my identity and residency?
First off, you can check your voter registration against the D.C. Board of Elections and [...]

Dear Votemaster: More on Early Voting, Checking Voter Registration

I hear there are more early-voting centers opening up this weekend. Where are they located?
That's right: If you don't want head down to One Judiciary Square (441 4th St. NW) to cast an early ballot, four additional early-voting locations will be opening up on Saturday and will remain open through the Sept. 14 primary vote. [...]

Dear Votemaster: Is There a Paper Trail?

Dear Votemaster: I still don't trust those blasted electronic voting machines!

Is there a paper ballot I can use to ensure my vote is counted during the upcoming primary?
A reasonable concern, at least for anyone who's ever had their electronic equipment go haywire on them for no reason at all (and yes, we're talking about [...]

Did Harry Reid Throw D.C. Voting Rights Under the Bus for Naught?

It appears that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's courting of a National Rifle Association endorsement in his tough re-election battle back in Nevada has come up empty. And as part of that delicate dance, Reid royally screwed over the District in its voting rights battle on Capitol Hill.
As The Wall Street Journal reported late [...]

Gray: Keep Metro Out of Circulator. Maybe.

Hey, have you heard that D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray is a supporter of streetcars? If you've been following the mayoral race since the spring, you know the reintroduction of streetcars to D.C. streets has become a pesky issue for Gray, who was nailed by transit advocates for cutting streetcar funding before restoring the funding [...]

Early Voting Begins in D.C. Elections

Eager-beaver voters lined up this morning at One Judiciary Square to be among the first to cast their ballot in early voting for the Sept. 14 primary.
The voting kick-off turned into a campaign pep-rally for supporters of various campaigns. An unidentified supporter of Mayor Adrian Fenty, armed with a megaphone, was escorted from the scene [...]

Dear Votemaster: What’s Up With Early Voting?

With changes initiated by the Omnibus Election Reform Act of 2009, D.C. voters will be confronting a few new ballot procedures and ways to ease the voting process for the upcoming Sept. 14 primary. Early voting will start Monday!
Between now and the primary, we'll explore a number of questions we think many voters will have [...]

Want Shakespeare Tickets? Talk to a D.C. Councilmember, Not the Mayor

Have a hankering to go see Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at Sidney Harman Hall? As Jonathan L. Fischer reports over on Arts Desk, you should go talk to a D.C. councilmember. Each ward councilmember received 200 ticket vouchers to distribute. Each at-large member received 100 to hand out. And the mayor? He apparently got none.
“We gave [...]

More Mistaken Political Identities: A Jailed Smith, Wrestling Evans, and WKRP-Composing Wells

As Washington City Paper has previously documented, there are plenty of Michael Browns out there, which has created some trouble for At-Large Councilmember Michael A. Brown, on a variety of fronts.
Are other D.C. politicos in the same boat? Not quite, but there are individuals out there in the world who share the same name with [...]