Posts Tagged ‘Phil Mendelson’

Gray, Wells Top LGBT Activist Rankings

Vince Gray and Tommy Wells are the most gay-friendly candidates in the District's crowded mayoral field, according to new candidate ratings from the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance.
Using an elaborate calculus based on candidate records and questionnaires that cover topics from medical marijuana restrictions to eased liquor license requirements, eight activists met Tuesday for a process that ended [...]

The D.C. Council Wants an Independent Ethics Agency, Except When It Doesn’t

When the District’s Board of Ethics and Government Accountability released an opinion on how the D.C. Council provides constituent service last August, At-Large Councilmember David Grosso was pleased. He even sent them a thank-you note. (Get this guy some hobbies, LL says.)
But when Grosso went to a Council breakfast the next month where the new [...]

January Campaign Finance Reports: Everyone Else

The January campaign finance shed light on campaign financial details  beyond the mayor's race. Incumbent Jim Graham managed to outraise sole opponent Brianne Nadeau in Ward 1, but still lagged behind her in cash on hand.
In Ward 6, meanwhile, ex-Harry Reid staffer Darrel Thompson took in the most money while, like Graham, he lagged behind rival Charles Allen in reserves.
Ward 1
Jim Graham
Raised: [...]

Weakened Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Passes First Vote

People in the District could soon only face a fine for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, under legislation that the D.C. Council approved on first reading today. Anyone smoking pot would have to stay indoors or risk arrest, though, according to an amendment made to the bill before the vote.
The amendment, proposed by [...]

Wells, Mendelson Set to Clash Over Decriminalization Bill

Ward 6 councilmember and mayoral hopeful Tommy Wells' marijuana decriminalization bill has enjoyed an easy ride through the D.C. Council so far, but that could change at tomorrow's Council meeting. Chairman Phil Mendelson has prepared an amendment that, if it's passed, could cause Wells to stop supporting his own bill.
Mendelson's amendment would leave smoking marijuana in public [...]

Morning Links

Kaya Henderson isn't leaving D.C. to work for Bill de Blasio. [Informer, WAMU, Post]
David Catania says there's an "extremely high" chance he'll run in the general election if Vince Gray wins the primary. [Post]
Michael Brown gets a new court date. [Post]
So do Jeff Thompson associates. [LL]
Jim Graham likes poll, not enough to make sure it's paid for. [LL, Post]
Post ed board goes in for another round of [...]

December Finance Reports: Everyone Else

After covering the latest mayoral campaign filings yesterday, LL has written up the best and worst of the down-ballot races. Below, some challengers for At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, some Capitol Hill help for Ward 6 challenger Darrel Thompson, and the infinite wallet of Pete Ross.
Anita Bonds
Raised: $17,785. Spent: $0. Cash on hand:  $19,185.
Bonds' contributors included controversial halfway house Hope [...]

Morning Links

Vince Gray wants to meet with Barack Obama, John Boehner, and Harry Reid over the shutdown. [Times, Post]
Gray considers tapping $513 in additional shutdown funds. [Post]
Jack Evans wants in on budget meetings. [NBC 4]
MoCo, PG County, and D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson are announcing a $11.50 minimum wage push this morning. [Times]

Politically connected boxing coach Keely Thompson set to be sentenced this morning. [Post]
Post ed [...]

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 [...]

Council Votes Again to Push the Attorney General Election to 2018

In 2010, 90,316 District residents voted to put D.C.'s first elected attorney general on the ballot in 2014. Today, seven members of the D.C. Council voted to postpone that election until 2018. Guess which vote trumps the other?
Today's vote, the second successful vote on the bill, sends the bill Mayor Vince Gray for his signature. [...]