Posts Tagged ‘Phil Mendelson’

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. [...]

Republicans Field Former Justice Department Lawyer for Council Chairman

The Republican field for November's D.C. Council races has doubled in size today—from one candidate, to two! D.C. GOP executive Robert Turner told the D.C. Board of Elections this morning that former Department of Justice lawyer Kris Hammond has been selected by the party to run against incumbent Democrat Phil Mendelson for Council chairman.
In an ominous sign for Hammond's chances, Republicans are only able to [...]

Mendelson Budget Leaves Bonds, Gray Steamed

In 2013, it was hard to think of an idea more popular with the D.C. Council than Anita Bonds' property tax bill. The legislation, which exempted some senior citizens from property taxes, came as multiple councilmembers ran for re-election or for the mayor's office, then got another boost when a Washington Post investigation found elderly homeowners losing their property in [...]

Evans Wants D.C. United Hearing Recessed for World Cup Game

Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans has caught World Cup fever.
In a letter today to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Evans asks Mendelson to recess a hearing on the proposed D.C. United stadium set for later this month so soccer fans won't have to choose between testifying about the stadium and watching the U.S. play Germany in the final group stage game [...]

Mendelson Stays Inflexible on “Yoga Tax”

Your burpees have not swayed Phil Mendelson. Fitness protests aside, the D.C. Council chairman took to the airwaves today to say that he won't take the "yoga tax" out of the Council's budget.
The yoga tax—which could just as easily be called the gym tax or the storage locker tax, and is apparently even being called the [...]

Tax Cuts Beat Out Streetcars in Budget Vote

A plan to cut taxes from D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson prevailed over Vince Gray's attempt to preserve streetcar money in a Council budget vote today.
Mendelson found the money for $165 million worth of business, personal, and income tax cuts in the streetcar budget. The budget passed with Mendelson's change, 11-2. Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and Ward 8 Councilmember Marion [...]

Judge Rules Against Budget Autonomy Referendum

So much for that idea. Despite a 2013 referendum, the District can't just grant itself budget autonomy, according to a federal judge's opinion issued this morning.
The ruling is a loss for the D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who sued Vince Gray and Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt to make them abide by the referendum after D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan said it had no legal [...]

Budget Autonomy Fight Gets Its Day in Court

The fight over the District's budget autonomy went to U.S. District Court this morning, with Judge Emmet G. Sullivan considering whether the provision, approved in a referendum last year, is legal.
The lawsuit, initiated by D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson, seeks to force Vince Gray and Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt to abide by the terms of the voter measure.
If the Council's side [...]

Morning Links

This week's cover story: 20 years later, an oral history of Dream City, the definitive book on Marion Barry and everything else in District politics. [WCP]
Pot legalization advocates fall behind on their signature schedule. [LL]
Why is the police union attacking Phil Mendelson in campaign ads? It's all part of a plan. [LL]
Artist arrested in alleged theft of leftover recycling bins [...]

Fuzz Fuss With Mendelson—But to What End?

District voters who sorted through a deluge of political mailers ahead of last month’s Democratic primary would have been forgiven for thinking the D.C. Council chairman’s race was as contested as the mayor’s race. Multiple mail pieces sent out before April 1 denounced incumbent Phil Mendelson as the enemy of city’s police officers. “Phil Mendelson, [...]