Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Council’

The 5 Strangest Parts of Vincent Orange’s RFK Stadium Plan

Mayoral hopeful Vincent Orange earned some attention last month with his pitch for a sports entertainment complex centering on a rebuilt, 100,000-seat RFK Stadium. But the actual text of the bill, highlighted recently by ANC6B commissioner Brian Flahaven, is even better.
Orange's extraordinarily specific bill tasks the District with studying the feasibility of building a complex around RFK that would include—deep [...]

Blaming Primary’s Effect on Finances, Elissa Silverman Opts Out of Democratic At-Large Race

Next year's April primary date has been criticized as too early, with opponents, including Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, saying that its requirement that candidates gather petitions during the winter holidays amounts to an "incumbent protection act." Now the early primary may have foiled its first would-be challenger.
Elissa Silverman, who came in second to Anita Bonds in April's [...]

Ex-Wells Chief of Staff Charles Allen Makes Ward 6 Run Official

The least believable acting job in D.C. politics comes to an end today.
Ex-Tommy Wells chief of staff Charles Allen, who insisted previously that he wasn't thinking about running for his old boss' seat, announced this afternoon that he's going to do exactly that.
Allen has looked like someone thinking about a campaign for a long time. [...]

Keely Thompson Says He Gave $50,000 in Bribes to D.C. Councilmember

Former boxing gym operator Keely Thompson implicated an unnamed male member of the D.C. Council in a $50,000 bribery scheme today in federal court.
Thompson, who's being sentenced today for stealing $200,000 in grant money meant to fund boxing activities for at-risk youth, says the councilmember gave him the idea to start the gym in 2004. [...]

Woodwork for Mendelson’s Office Could Cost More Than $110,000

The D.C. Council hired a construction firm this summer to rehabilitate the woodwork in Chairman Phil Mendelson's Wilson Building office and conference room. The Council's version of This Old House could end up costing more than $110,000, according to documents obtained by LL through a Freedom of Information Act request.
"Don't you think, in an office like this, the [...]

“Shadow Staffer” Darrel Thompson Launches Ward 6 Run

Ward 6 candidate Darrel Thompson says he wants to shake up the Wilson Building. To prove it, he led the audience at his campaign launch on Sunday in a whopping seven call-and-response demands for "new leadership." It'd be the makings of a classic anti-incumbent campaign, if only he had an incumbent to run against.
Current Ward [...]

D.C. Under Government Shutdown Would Have No Libraries, Be Filled With Trash

Mayor Vince Gray is set to spend this afternoon considering whether to break federal law by keeping the entire city government operating in the event of a shutdown of the federal government. In the meantime, here's how the city would fare if it did go along with the feds on Oct. 1, according to a [...]

At-Large Hopeful Robert White Launches His Campaign

LL came away from new At-Large D.C. Council candidate Robert White's campaign launch Saturday with two things on his mind. The first is that, by the time the campaign season is done, LL is going to know every word of Ryan Lewis and Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us." The second is that White, a former aide to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, has built [...]

Ex-Norton Aide Switches Party Registration, Declares for At-Large Race

The 2014 at-large D.C. Council race will get its first challenger Saturday when Robert White, a former aide to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, kicks off his campaign as an independent candidate.
White, a 31-year-old Brightwood Park resident, left his job as Norton's policy aide after five years to run for the seat. White tells LL he was [...]

D.C. Council Fails to Override Veto of Living-Wage Bill

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson's attempt to win one more vote to override Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act looked doomed only a few minutes into At-Large Councilmember David Catania's speech. Even though he began by talking about his mother's union card, Catania eventually announced that he would vote against the bill.
If Catania [...]

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