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Will this investigation ever end?

The federal investigation into D.C. political corruption has quietly rolled right along, with Michael Brown’s 39-month prison sentence and Kelvin Robinson’s guilty plea to “shadow campaigning” dropping in recent weeks. But will the probe ever touch Mayor Vincent C. Show More Summary

Clubs blast ‘gym tax’ but Mendelson holds fast

  The fight over the “yoga tax” — or the “gym tax” or “fitness tax” or “fair service tax” or “expanded sales tax” or whatever name you prefer — is expanding. On Friday, at least two more gyms blasted members with news of the D.C. Council’s plan to extend the 5.75 percent sales tax to […]

Charles Matthew Hudson won’t seek at-large D.C. Council seat; Kishan Putta will

On Wednesday, Charles Matthew Hudson Jr. said he was ready to jump into the ever-more-crowded race for the at-large D.C. Council seat being vacated by David A. Catania. “Absolutely pursuing the at-large seat, for sure,” he said in an interview. By Thursday, Hudson had changed his mind. An independent bid from the politically connected pastor […]

A ‘post-gay’ Capital Pride?

Another Capital Pride week is nearly in the books, culminating in Saturday evening’s big parade. It’s a fine time to consider what “gay pride” means in a city where the big LGBT-rights battles have been fought and overwhelmingly won — and in a country where the military is now willing to send an official color guard to a […]

Kenneth Ellerbe calls it a career

A three-and-a-half-year tenure marked by seemingly constant strife and controversy ends like this: Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe said Wednesday he will leave his post July 2 on his own terms — without, he says, pressure from Mayor Vincent C. Gray or other administration officials. The D.C. FEMS veteran had of course felt plenty of pressure from […]

Appeals court restores D.C. attorney general election

D.C. voters could go to the polls to elect an attorney general within months, after the District’s highest court said Wednesday that the D.C. Council acted illegally last year in delaying the first such election to 2018. “It follows from our holding that an election must be held in 2014 unless it would not be […]

Inside D.C.’s transportation future

The shape of the District’s transportation future should come as little surprise to those who have listened closely to D.C.’s elected officials and planners over the past 15 years: More transit, dedicated bus lanes, new Metro rail lines and hundreds of miles of new bike lanes, as well as new vehicle tolls and other moves […]

D.C. United soccer stadium hearing set for June 26

In the latest sign that the D.C. Council will take its sweet time examining the $300 million D.C. United stadium deal, Chairman Phil Mendelson said Tuesday that four separate committees will have to evaluate and approve enabling legislation before it moves to a final vote. Mendelson has referred the bill to the Committee of the […]

‘Ban the box’ gets initial D.C. Council nod, but further tweaks expected

After years of abortive efforts, the D.C. Council voted Tuesday to give job applicants with criminal records new protections against discrimination from potential employers. On a 12-to-1 vote, lawmakers gave initial approval to the Fair Criminal Record Screening Act — known to its proponents as “ban the box” — which restricts when employers can check […]

Another charter school under the microscope

Another shoe has dropped in Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan’s investigation into charter-school profiteering, and more of a Size 15 army boot: Nathan filed suit Monday alleging that Kent Amos, a prominent businessman and political player, illegally sucked millions of dollars out of his Community Academy Public Charter School over the past decade. Much like the Options […]

A soccer stadium in seven months?

Seven months from today, a new mayor will be sworn in, and Vincent Gray will be left to reflect on the legacy of his single term. Will it include a new soccer stadium – putting him in the same league as Marion Barry and Anthony Williams, who both spearheaded major building projects during their time in office? […]

At Bowser event, Marion Barry threatens David Catania’s hindquarters

For her “unity fundraiser” Saturday evening at downtown club Capitale, Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel E. Bowser managed to unify many of her D.C. Council colleagues behind her for her general election tilt against independent David A. Catania — including former mayoral rivals Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Vincent B. Orange (D-At Large) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward […]

Three years for Michael Brown

This is how the latest chapter of Michael A. Brown’s life closes: An apology, a stern admonishment from a federal judge and a 39-month prison sentence for the former D.C. Council member. In front of Brown’s mother and sister, U.S. District Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts told Brown he was “stunned” by the bribes he had […]

Appeals court could breathe new life into D.C. attorney general election

The District’s elected council and its courts have not been kind recently to plans, passed by voters in 2010, to start electing the city’s attorney general. First, lawmakers moved last year to delay the election until at least 2018 and have so far failed to act on efforts to reverse the delay. And, earlier this […]

The D.C. Council cuts taxes

A mayor came out a big winner in Wednesday’s D.C. Council budget vote. But it sure wasn’t Vincent C. Gray, who saw two potential legacy projects — a new east-of-the-river hospital and a 37-mile streetcar network — derailed. Rather, it was former mayor Anthony A. Williams, who chaired the D.C. Tax Revision Commission whose broad […]

Yvette Alexander rules out at-large D.C. Council run

It’s not typically surprising to hear a politician toy with the notion of seeking higher office, but when D.C. Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) said last month that she was considering a run for an at-large seat, more than a few politically attuned jaws dropped. After all, to seek an at-large seat this […]

D.C. Council is poised to levy sales tax on gyms, yoga and more

Four years ago, amid an economic battering that sapped traditional sources of revenue, the D.C. Council briefly floated expanding the sales tax to a list of previously untaxed services. Among them were gyms and health clubs — including yoga studios — giving the proposal a catchy shorthand: the “yoga tax.” People hated the yoga tax — at least, […]

Why streetcar cuts aren’t facing much of a fight

Here’s what happened the last time a D.C. Council chairman moved to cut streetcar funding shortly before a final budget vote: an utter revolt, led by an loosely organized Internet-based group of transit advocates who bombarded then-Chairman Vincent C. Gray and his colleagues with passionate, often angry e-mails, phone calls and blog comments demanding that […]

The final cut is the deepest

This afternoon, the D.C. Council will take a decisive vote on the city’s 2015 budget, likely endorsing a package assembled by Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) that dismantles some of outgoing Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s top priorities — a new east-of-the-river hospital, a $3 billion streetcar funding commitment – in order to implement most of the tax cuts recommended by […]

Bennett Rushkoff, top deputy to D.C. attorney general, seeks office in Maryland

Last year, the D.C. Council moved to loosen the restrictions that had long barred most city employees from running for partisan public office. The change put the District in line with most states, which allow their employees to pursue elected positions — with tight rules, of course, against politicking on government time or with government […]

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