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Judge dismisses challenge to D.C. health exchange funding

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit threatening the funding for the District’s health insurance exchange Thursday, two days before the exchange reopens its doors to potential enrollees. D.C. Health Link‘s $28 million budget is funded in part by a 1 percent gross-receipts tax on health insurers — not only the receipts from plans sold through the […]

Billion-dollar power line burial plan wins approval from D.C. utility commission

A billion-dollar plan to bury the District’s most outage-prone power lines has won a key blessing from the D.C. Public Service Commission, paving the way for work to begin early next year. The approval order, dated Wednesday and announced Thursday by the commission, approves the first three years of the undergrounding plan and provides for one […]

Time to ‘regain the trust’ of residents, Bowser tells transition volunteers

Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser’s transition road show, after stops in Anacostia and her downtown office suite, arrived Wednesday evening on the premises of Gallaudet University, where she greeted well over 100 volunteers for eight transition subcommittees, announced their leaders and unveiled a 56-page transition plan. Show More Summary

Hundreds line up to greet Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser

Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser passed a major milestone in her still young career as an elected executive Monday evening: She held her first pair of giant scissors. The shears were to cut the ribbon on her transition offices, a cozy suite on the seventh floor of the One Judiciary Square city office building downtown. But […]

Former mayors, community leaders named to Bowser transition team

As she starts to build her administration, Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser picked an unfinished city office building to introduce her transition team Friday morning. Bowser stood in the lobby of the old police department warehouse on Shannon Place SE, now nearly transformed into a glassy new home for various city agencies, and talked up her […]

Irv Nathan, D.C. attorney general, will step down Nov. 17

When outgoing mayor Vincent C. Gray turns out the lights early next year, his loyal attorney general will not be there to watch him flip the switch. Irvin B. Nathan, the city’s top lawyer since Gray took office in 2011, said Wednesday he is resigning effective Nov. 17, six weeks before the end of Gray’s […]

Muriel Bowser’s win, by the numbers

D.C. Council member Muriel E. Bowser (D-Ward 4) won big Tuesday to become Mayor-Elect Muriel E. Bowser. The Post’s Paul Schwartzman explained why Bowser won: By running a disciplined, well-planned, well-financed campaign that took advantage of the District’s deep Democratic identity (and registration advantage), as well as the sense that the city remains by and […]

Your D.C. election night party guide

There’s no way to celebrate democracy in the District of Columbia like partying on election night with the candidate of your choice. Herewith, a guide to Tuesday night’s campaign shindigs: Mayor Muriel E. Bowser: Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW David A. Catania: Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW Carol Schwartz: Prince Hall Masonic […]

Muriel Bowser quietly gets mayoral transition efforts underway

Double-digit polling margins aside, Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel E. Bowser has sought to communicate to supporters in recent weeks that the outcome of Tuesday’s election is hardly a foregone conclusion. Behind the scenes, however, the Ward 4 D.C. Council member has started making plans for her possible transition to the mayoralty, tapping a close friend […]

Some endorsements break late in down-ballot D.C. races

More than 25,000 people voted early in the District of Columbia over the past two weeks. Most did so without the benefit of knowing about some late-breaking endorsements in heavily contested races. On Saturday morning, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) announced his backing of Karl A. Racine for attorney general, recording an automated phone […]

Ron Moten demands satisfaction from David Catania

This mayoral race has had a little bit of everything, but not — until Thursday — a Ronald Moten music video. And let’s be honest: Whatever you think of the activist, promoter, organizer, former Republican candidate, erstwhile nonprofit chieftain, Muriel Bowser supporter and occasional defendant, this campaign season has been poorer for it. Puppets can […]

Pharrell Williams is a Muriel Bowser fan

“Happy” may have been the official theme song for unsuccessful mayoral candidate Vincent Orange, but it’s Democratic primary winner Muriel E. Bowser who is happy Thursday to have the backing of performer and producer Pharrell Williams. The president of the United States notwithstanding, Pharrell is easily the biggest celebrity to wade into D.C. mayoral politics […]

Lorie Masters TV ad takes aim at Karl Racine’s tax record

D.C. attorney general candidate Lorie Masters might look like your kindly aunt, but she’s proven herself to be a bare-knuckled brawler in the final weeks of her race. A week after calling a news conference to highlight government audits critical of rival Karl A. Racine, Masters is now airing a TV spot that highlights those […]

D.C. has a higher level of income inequality than at least 66 countries

Economists for the District’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer have taken a look at D.C.’s level of income inequality over time. They calculated the city’s yearly Gini coefficient — a standard measure of inequality that has driven much discussion about income disparities in the District and around the world — and data released Wednesday […]

Muslims are ‘obligated’ to vote for Bowser and other endorsees, D.C. caucus says

The endorsements are flying ahead of next week’s D.C. general election, but only one group’s have come with a religious edict. That would be the endorsements of the D.C. Muslim Caucus, a group that is backing the Democratic nominees in the races on the D.C. ballot, plus independent at-large council candidate Elissa Silverman and two […]

Catania campaign renews effort to highlight Bowser’s Fenty ties

Supporters of Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel E. Bowser were filled with much mirth at their candidate’s get-out-the-vote rally Saturday in Ward 7. It wasn’t just the live music, the free hot dogs and the recent polls showing a double-digit Bowser lead. There were plenty of chuckles over a new piece of literature from independent rival […]

Bill Clinton endorses Karl Racine’s D.C. attorney general run

Barack Obama isn’t the only president wading into D.C. politics this year: Predecessor Bill Clinton has a favorite in the first-ever D.C. attorney general race — his former legal aide Karl A. Racine. Racine, a 51-year-old Democrat, served as associate White House counsel during Clinton’s second term, where his duties included responding to congressional investigations […]

At D.C. attorney general debate, Karl Racine deals sharp words to his critics

  The newly rancorous race for D.C. attorney general started with a news conference Thursday morning, but it came to a very personal head later in the day at a high-profile debate. The five Democratic candidates met at the University of the District of Columbia’s law school Thursday evening in front of a large and influential […]

Meet an at-large D.C. Council candidate: Anita D. Bonds

Voters will elect two at-large D.C. Council members on Nov. 4, and 15 candidates are vying for the two spots. These are their stories, edited for length and clarity. Name: Anita D. Bonds Party: Democratic Age: 67 Neighborhood: Truxton Circle Education: B.S., University of California, Berkeley Family: widowed; one adult daughter, two adult sons; seven […]

Poll: Bowser leads Catania by 17-point margin in D.C. mayor race

The latest polling in the D.C. mayoral race does not indicate a tightening race between Democrat Muriel E. Bowser and independent David A. Catania. Rather, the WAMU-FM/Washington City Paper survey shows Bowser appears to maintaining a solid lead with less than two weeks until Election Day. Bowser won 44 percent support among likely voters compared […]

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