The federal shutdown has had an unusually small impact on the District's local government, thanks to Mayor Vince Gray's decision to fund operations out of city's $144 million rainy day fund. The city has even been filling in for the feds in some places, but the fund's starting to run out. In a letter to President Barack [...]
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Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry liked President Barack Obama's second inaugural speech just fine ("Barack is an excellent speaker,") but thought the president left something out: voting rights for D.C.
"The president has a responsibility to help liberate us," said Barry, who watched the speech from his office in the Wilson Building.
Barry said the speech was [...]
President Barack Obama announced today that he has ceded to the demands of the D.C. Council and will install District license plates with the motto "Taxation Without Representation" on the presidential limousine.
“President Obama has lived in the District now for four years, and has seen first-hand how patently unfair it is for working families in [...]
Later today, the D.C. Council will pass a resolution calling on President Barack Obama to install D.C. license plates that say "Taxation Without Representation" on the presidential limousines.
The resolution, spearheaded by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, is part of an effort to highlight the fact that District residents do not have a voting member of [...]
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)
D.C. politicians are crazy for President Barack Obama. Go to one of Mayor Vince Gray's public events and there are very good odds Hizzoner will speak in glowing terms of Obama's leadership. Pictures of councilmembers standing next to the president, or even close by, are proudly displayed trophies in Wilson Building offices. Councilmember Vincent Orange boasts [...]
Election Day is nearly here—in D.C., after all, we've been voting for more than a week already. And what first Tuesday after the first Monday in November would be complete without an election prediction pool?
Enter our (mostly) local pool to pick who will win various D.C. Council races, the presidential election, and two Maryland ballot [...]
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said today that she doesn't think any of the donations she's received from Jeff Thompson, the man allegedly behind Vince Gray's shadow campaign, are suspect.
"I don't have any reason to believe that any of the contributions were illegal," Norton said today on WPFW's D.C. Politics. Yesterday President Barack Obama and Maryland Gov. [...]
Let no one accuse the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. of slacking. In the last seven months, the feds have turned District politics into one of the most entertaining real-life soap operas around.
There’s Harry Thomas Jr., who resigned in disgrace and pleaded guilty to stealing more than $350,000 to buy an Audi and a motorcycle. [...]
When last we heard of former Protective Services Police Chief Lou Cannon he had just been fired, allegedly for some incident involving the Occupy D.C. movement, the Wilson Building, and the District of Columbia flag.
The firing occurred a few weeks after Cannon sued the city in federal court over pay issues, and Cannon says he [...]