Posts Tagged ‘Peter Shapiro’

The Goo-Goo Posse

The resignation of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown, after he pleaded guilty to bank fraud, will probably lead to exactly what his victory in the chairman’s race did: a special election to fill an at-large seat.
Brown’s departure meant a promotion for current Chairman Phil Mendelson, who is almost certain to win a [...]

Mr. Second Best

David Grosso has that look crazy people get when they’re absolutely convinced a miracle is about to happen. The expected miracle: Grosso will upset At-Large Councilmember Michael A. Brown in November’s election.
Conventional wisdom says the little-known Grosso, a vice president at a health insurance company and former council staffer, doesn’t have much of a chance. [...]

Five Lessons From D.C.’s Elections (Plus One Bonus Lesson)

The mood at Vincent Orange’s house on election night last week sounds like it was pretty tense.
As election returns trickled in, Orange and challenger Sekou Biddle exchanged small leads. With nearly 80 percent of precincts reporting, Orange was down about 1,000 votes. At that point, Orange later told supporters at his almost-victory party, “the Internet [...]

Sekou Biddle: “I Was Running to Win”

There are victory parties for winners, and there are consolation parties for losers. And then there are parties where at first, no one realizes their candidate ended the night down 543 votes with 100 percent of ballots counted (except absentee votes, of which there were seven times as many as the winning margin), because the [...]

At-Large Candidates Do Not Like Each Other

What was the takeaway from the Washington City Paper/WPFW/Tom Sherwood at-large Democratic primary debate last night at the Black Cat?
A) Occupy D.C. protestors are the worst.
B) Candidate E. Gail Anderson Holness could be the most entertaining debater in the city.
C) A little bit more organization from debate organizers could probably have gone a long way. [...]

Black Cat, Black Cat! At-Large D.C. Council Debate Tonight!

Looking for something to do tonight or a D.C. Council candidate to vote for in April 3's at-large Democratic primary? Then swing by the Black Cat for a Washington City Paper/WPFW debate!
Confirmed candidates are:

Sekou Biddle
E. Gail Anderson Holness
Vincent Orange
Peter Shapiro

Which is to say, all four of 'em. LL himself, Alan Suderman, will be joined as [...]

Jeffrey Thompson: A Primer

Federal agents raided the home and office of Jeffrey Thompson, among the largest contributors to D.C. political campaigns, on Friday, prompting Wilson Building observers to murmur excitedly throughout the weekend. But Thompson keeps a pretty low profile, for a guy whose companies and employees have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to politicians.
So LL wrote [...]

Money, Money, Money

New campaign finance reports are in (with some exceptions, LL is looking at you former mayor-for-life Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry) and there's plenty to digest.
First off, Ward 5 council hopefuls Delano Hunter and Kenyan McDuffie both had pretty sizable hauls considering the race has barely begun there. Hunter pulled in more than $20,000 and [...]

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