Posts Tagged ‘Yvette Alexander’

Yvette Alexander Throws a Deep-Pocketed Fundraiser for Gray

Heads up to city bigwigs hoping to hop aboard the Vince Gray Reelection Train: you'll want to get your checkbooks ready for Jan. 29. That's the day Ward 7 Councilmember and Gray backer Yvette Alexander is throwing a fundraiser for for the mayor, themed around his shutdown policy that "everyone is essential."
Of course, for a campaign that's reportedly trying [...]

Vince Gray Gets His First Endorsement

Vince Gray's re-election campaign is only a few hours old, but he's already snagged one prominent endorsement. Councilmember Yvette Alexander tells LL that she'll be backing the mayor in next April's primary.
Alexander, who holds Gray's old seat in Ward 7, can certainly sing Gray's praises. In her conversation with LL, she touted everything from the [...]

It’s Vince Gray’s Party and He’ll Vacillate If He Wants To

When Vince Gray celebrated his 70th birthday last year at Nationals Park, the team gave him a baseball bat. This year, the mayor got something much more useful: a few more days to keep the city wondering about whether he's running for re-election.
Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, who along with Ward 5's Kenyan McDuffie was one of only [...]

Constituent Fund Reports: Water Bottles for Everybody

It look a little while, but all the councilmembers have turned in their October constituent service fund reports (except for David Grosso, who doesn't have one). Ostensibly, the funds are meant to help residents with issues like utility bills and rent, which isn't always how things work out. On to the goods:
Jack Evans' sports tickets, a regular [...]

Councilmembers Scrap Over Barry’s Committee and Their Own

The members of the D.C Council are back today from summer break, which means that contentious Council breakfasts are back, too. This morning, the only thing steamier than the eggs was the spat over what will become of Marion Barry's committee.
The ad hoc committee set up to punish Barry for accepting $6,800 from city contractors recommended unanimously yesterday [...]

High Hopes: How the District Government Got So Mellow About Pot

Paul Zukerberg just couldn’t get any respect.
The defense attorney-turned-D.C. Council hopeful built his campaign for last April’s at-large election around decriminalizing marijuana. Instead of winning supporters, though, his campaign inspired people to call him and ask him to sell them pot. Apparently, a candidate talking about smoking marijuana was just too ridiculous.
“People called me Old [...]

D.C. May Decriminalize Marijuana

Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells' marijuana decriminalization bill earned nine other backers at today's D.C. Council mega-hearing. That means there could be a Council majority for an inevitable vote on the bill, which would replace criminal penalties for possession of less than an ounce of pot with a $100 fine.
The bill, which would also legalize marijuana [...]

The LL Capital Pride Reviewing Stand

D.C.'s Capital Pride parade took place on Saturday, and that meant lots of two things: beads, and D.C. politicians making their pitches. LL attended the parade to report on the best and worst, and got pelted with some condoms for his trouble.
Best Entourage: Mayor Vince Gray got enthusiastic receptions at two other Pride events LL [...]

See the U.S.A. the D.C. Council Way!

A few weeks ago LL brought you the news that Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham spent $1,500 in public funds to travel to Liz Taylor's memorial service in Los Angeles last year. A review of nearly 500 more pages shows that while the purpose of Graham's trip might raise some eyebrows, he was a skinflint [...]

Rhee-visionist History

Like most sequels, the current round of D.C. Public Schools closings is a lot less dramatic than the first wave presided over by former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee four years ago.
That soap opera included a protest outside the Wilson Building set to Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” police removing a man who yelled expletives at [...]