Author Archive for Mike Madden

D.C. Could Vote on Legalizing Pot

Voters could decide in November's general election whether to legalize possession of marijuana for personal consumption in D.C., after elections officials ruled this week that a ballot measure on pot could go forward.
The D.C. Cannabis Campaign had submitted the initiative, which would make possession of less than two ounces of pot legal for people over [...]

Here’s What Jeff Thompson Says He Did

Federal prosecutors and Jeff Thompson, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges today in U.S. District Court, have agreed on this statement of offenses detailing his campaign finance misdeeds in D.C. and U.S. politics. Read it here:

Jim Graham on Jeff Thompson’s Support for Opponent: “I Have Been Seriously Victimized”

Among the candidates D.C. campaign finance figure Jeff Thompson backed illegally, according to information filed by prosecutors in connection with Thompson's guilty plea today, was Jeff Smith, who ran a losing Democratic primary campaign against Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham in 2010. Smith, who finished 35 percentage points behind Graham (but four votes ahead of fellow challenger Bryan [...]

The Best Debates of the Election Season Are Back

On April 1, voters will head to the polls to choose nominees for every office from mayor to at-large member of the city's political parties. Which means it's time once again for the Washington City Paper-sponsored Loose Lips debates you know and love.
The details are still being firmed up, but mark your calendars for two at [...]

Meet the New Loose Lips


Washington City Paper has a new Loose Lips columnist: Will Sommer.
If you read City Paper regularly, you already know Sommer's excellent work; over the last year, he's been running our City Desk blog, as well as turning out cover stories and odes to hippos and serving as the Washington Post's self-appointed new ombudsman. He's got a keen [...]

Loose Lips Will Return Soon

Wondering what happened to LL? Don't worry—it'll be back soon.
This column from Washington City Paper's April 26 issue was Alan Suderman's final one as LL (the issue also featured his cover profile of Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, who's running for mayor). Suderman has a new job at the Center for Public Integrity, writing about [...]

Tonight: D.C. Council At-Large Debate at the Black Cat

The special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat is barely a week away. Tonight, join Washington City Paper and your would-be leaders from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the main stage at the Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) for a debate.
Doors open at 7 p.m. The moderators will be LL Alan Suderman, NBC4's Tom [...]

Yes, D.C., Washington City Paper Will Host a Council Debate at the Black Cat

There's a special election for an at-large D.C. Council seat (and a budget autonomy referendum) approaching April 23, and it's time for you to figure out who to vote for. What better way to do it than while listening to the candidates over a few drinks?
Join Washington City Paper and your would-be leaders on Monday, [...]

D.C.’s Newest Major Party: Libertarians

Move over, Democrats, Republicans, and Statehood Greens.
The Libertarian Party became the fourth political organization to hold major party status in D.C. tonight, with Bruce Majors winning enough votes in his losing challenge to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to get the party officially recognized as such by the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. He needed [...]

D.C. Votes Early, Often

More than 11 percent of registered voters in D.C. had already voted by the time the polls opened this morning at 7 a.m., D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics figures show.
The BOEE just uploaded all the results of early voting, which saw 53,961 ballots cast. The early winners: President Barack Obama, obviously (he was beating [...]