Author Archive for Will Sommer

Mendelson on Gray Veto Fight: Eh!

According to D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson, his suspicions that Vince Gray would veto the Council's budget started earlier this week. Looking to talk about the budget with the outgoing mayor, Mendelson says he couldn't make a meeting or phone call with Gray.
"The storm clouds were forming," Mendelson tells LL.
Fortunately for Mendelson, this storm looks like it's going to be just a sprinkle. [...]

Vince Gray Vetoes Budget, Override Vote Set for Monday

The D.C. Council didn't show much deference for lame duck Mayor Vince Gray in its latest budget, but Gray isn't giving up easily. In a letter today to Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Gray says that he'll veto one of Mendelson's budget bills and use a line-item veto to restore streetcar funding in another.
In a letter to Mendelson, embedded [...]

Allegedly Fraudulent Contractor Barred From CBE Program for 5 Years

The contracting machinations surrounding the remodeling of Anacostia Senior High School have finally come to an end. On Tuesday, city contractor EEC of D.C. followed in the footsteps of former joint venture partner Forrester Construction and entered a settlement with the District over an alleged fraud scheme to take advantage of city contracting preferences.
It's fair to say that neither company [...]

Morning Links

Karl Racine and Lateefah Williams enter the attorney general race. [LL]
Racine says he has "the fire in the belly" to be attorney general. [Post]
The D.C. Council will honor RGIII...but not the Pigskins. [WBJ]
Council education committee backs David Catania's special education changes. [Post]
Bikers protest Courtland Milloy's "bike terrorists" column at the Post. [City Desk, Post]
No charges for officers involved in Capitol Hill shooting. [Times, Post]

Two More Candidates Enter Attorney General Race

After experiencing a series of candidate entrances and exits, the race to be the District's first elected attorney general is starting to take shape, with both public policy lawyer Lateefah Williams and defense attorney Karl Racine picking up nominating petitions today.
Williams, a 37-year-old policy attorney who grew up in Fort Washington, Md., previously worked as the president of the LGBT-focused [...]

Morning Links

How the District ended up spending roughly $300,000 on an special election. [LL]
Mark Tuohey out in the attorney general race; is Harry Thomas Jr.'s attorney taking his place? [Washingtonian, LL]
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) goes after the District's gun laws. [City Desk, Post]
Campaign to house 500 homeless families lags behind its goal. [Housing Complex, Post]
Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie backs Robert White in the at-large race. [...]

The Little-Known Election That’s About to Cost the District $300,000

Are you pumped for election day this Tuesday? LL’s not talking about the mayoral primary—that was in April. Or the general election, which is still four months from now. Instead, District voters will go to the polls next week to cast ballots for a special election for Ward 8’s seat on the State Board of [...]

Report: Defense Lawyers Swap Places in Attorney General Race

Even after earning its spot on the ballot, the District's first attorney general race is having trouble hanging on to candidates. Attorney general candidate Mark Tuohey tells Washingtonian that he's ditching the race in favor of Karl Racine, another high-profile defense attorney.
Tuohey's exit would certainly explain why he wasn't at last week's Palisades Parade, usually a popular stop for citywide candidates. Neither Racine [...]

Shadow Campaign Beneficiary Kelvin Robinson Out at D.C. Health Exchange

Admitted Jeff Thompson shadow campaign beneficiary Kelvin Robinson will have more time now to think about his impending August sentencing. Robinson no longer works as the business development director for D.C. Health Link, according to a spokeswoman for the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority.
Health exchange spokeswoman Mahlori Isaacs spokeswoman confirmed to LL that Robinson is out, but declined to explain the circumstances of [...]

Peaceoholics Co-Founder and “Community Hero” Ron Moten Crowdsources His Legal Fees

A week after fellow Peaceoholics co-founder Jauhar Abraham and their non-violence group were slapped with a $638,389 judgment in court, activist and Adrian Fenty loyalist Ron Moten is raising money for his own legal fight with a crowdfunding campaign that declares him a "community hero."
There was once a time when Moten wouldn't have to hit up people on crowdfunding website Crowdtilt for [...]