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Filed Under:United States / Washington D.C.
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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Vincent Gray makes light of his pending unemployment

How does a newly lame-duck mayor cap off his first day back in the public eye? With a little self-deprecation: Mayor Vincent C. Gray stopped by the WTTG-TV news set late Thursday to participate in an homage to late-night legend David Letterman, who is retiring next year: Gray read a Top 10 list of potential […]

The lamest duck

Muriel Bowser on Wednesday, fresh off her Democratic primary win, looked mayoral and acted mayoral in her first news briefing at the National Press Club, where she embraced the tag of “presumptive” mayor-elect despite a not-inconsequential general election campaign to come. But — and a major but here — she is not the mayor for at least […]

Top D.C. Democrat wants national party’s help against David Catania

In a city where three out of four registered voters are Democrats, the District’s Democratic party apparatus rarely gets much of a workout in general election contests. But this year could be different, with Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel E. Bowser facing an energetic and potentially well-financed challenge from fellow D.C. Council member David A. Catania. […]

Why it was Muriel Bowser, not Ron Machen, who beat Vincent Gray

View Photo Gallery —Muriel Bowser, the seven-year D.C. Council member, won the Democratic nomination for mayor Tuesday, vanquishing incumbent Vincent C. Gray, whose quest for reelection was crippled by a federal investigation into his victorious campaign four years ago. In the early moments after Vincent C. Gray’s primary loss, a key talking point emerged from […]

What went wrong with the D.C. election count

D.C. voters had to wait four hours after polls closed Tuesday before receiving meaningful election returns after problems with a handful of voting machines led to an unusually lengthy and chaotic tabulation process. The long wait — unusually long even by the generous standards of the D.C. Board of Elections — led to criticism from […]

Vote or else

It’s 7 a.m. on primary election day, and polls are open in the District of Columbia until 8 p.m. If you’re a regular reader of DeMorning DeBonis, you probably have a pretty good idea of the issues at stake, the personalities involved, and the outside forces shaping the Democratic mayoral race, as well as the many down-ballot races being contested Tuesday. You also […]

Your guide to the D.C. Democratic party slates

The tens of thousands of Democratic voters headed to the polls tomorrow will be faced with a ballot that includes some familiar offices — mayor, congressional delegate, D.C. Council members. But the bulk of the names listed will actually be for relatively obscure offices in the party hierarchy. In Ward 1, for instance, a Democratic voter […]

A dampened D.C. mayoral race

With polls opening in less than 24 hours, here’s the state of the mayoral race on the micro level: Early voting turnout is down by a third compared to 2010, with polling indicating the potential for a historic low turnout. And a rainout of a weekend dampened the campaigns’ energy, with Vince Gray making an unrushed tour […]

Muriel Bowser attracts big money in campaign’s final days

There are many ways to measure momentum, and one is in dollars and cents. By that measure, Muriel Bowser’s mayoral campaign is building steam in the final days before the Democratic primary, gathering tens of thousands of dollars in donations to supplement its get-out-the-vote war chest. Daily reports filed this week with the D.C. Office […]

The Debate Watcher: Bowser, Gray show up late to final forum

The Debate Watcher is an ongoing feature reviewing this year’s D.C. mayoral candidate forums The Hosts: The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington The Venue: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Chinatown The Candidates: Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, Vincent Gray, Reta Jo Lewis, Vincent Orange, Andy Shallal, Tommy Wells The Moderator: Will Sommer, Washington City […]

The final weekend

Months of campaigning have come down to this: A statistically tied race for the Democratic mayoral nomination and four last days on the campaign trail. The Post’s Paul Schwartzman looks at how incumbent Vincent C. Gray is making his closing argument: by preaching to the choir and hoping they’ll stand up again and sing. “Gray is […]

D.C. budget autonomy could soon get Senate consideration

The District political establishment is in the throes of primary election fever this week. Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there could be movement soon on one of the city’s top legislative priorities. Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss said Thursday that he has secured a commitment from Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) to introduce bills that would grant the […]

Who lost Relisha?

Many were entrusted with the care of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd — the school she attended, the shelter where she lived, a child welfare agency that had long kept an eye on her family, and, of course, her mother. Who among them is liable for her disappearance is not an easy question to answer. The Post’s […]

Vince Gray targets his base in new radio ads

Days after his leading challenger announced her campaign is advertising on television ahead of the April 1 primary, Mayor Vincent C. Gray is rolling out a series of new radio ads aimed at his base of African American residents. Gray’s spots will appear on WMMJ-FM (“Majic 102.3), WKYS-FM (93.9) and WPRS-FM (“Praise 104.1?) — three […]

Vince vs. Muriel

  Eight mayoral candidates will appear on the Democratic primary ballot Tuesday, but it is increasingly clear that only two — incumbent Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) — have a reasonable chance of victory. A new Washington Post poll shows the two statistically tied among likely voters, with Bowser growing to […]

In new polls, good news and bad news for David Catania

When The Washington Post last polled in January, it appeared as though this year might see a D.C. political unicorn: A closely competitive general election for mayor. D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large), then exploring a run for mayor, ran nearly neck and neck with then-presumptive Democratic nominee Vincent C. Gray — raising […]

The music-video campaign against Vincent Gray returns

Here we are, three-and-a-half years after the Adrian Fenty vs. Vincent Gray mayoral showdown. So much has changed since then: Fenty has all but left town, and Gray’s political future is hanging by a thread. But Ronald Moten, the pro-Fenty promoter and activist who produced a series of music videos on Fenty’s behalf, is still […]

The search for Relisha continues

With 8-year-old Relisha Rudd missing almost a month now, police issued new photos Monday of Relisha and the man suspected of abducting her, 51-year-old janitor Kahlil Tatum. They show Relisha at play in the D.C. General homeless shelter where she lived. The search continues up and down the east coast, and Post columnist Petula Dvorak is put in […]

Police union goes on cable TV to make case against Vincent Gray

The race for the Democratic mayoral nomination is starting to hit the television airwaves, or the television cables, anyway. A new commercial on Comcast cable from the Fraternal Order of Police is taking aim at Mayor Vincent C. Gray. The spot features Officer Collette Clemencia, who has been on the force since 1988 and is […]

Ron Machen feels the heat

For the better part of two years, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. has put plenty of pressure on the District’s political establishment — especially Mayor Vincent C. Gray. But with serious allegations against Gray on the table, no indictment forthcoming, and an election just a week away, it’s Machen who is now feeling some pressure. […]

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