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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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New Muriel Bowser ad puts her words in others’ mouths

Muriel Bowser begins spending down her million-dollar bankroll this afternoon, debuting a minute-long commercial you can expect to see plenty of for the final three weeks of the mayoral race. The spot features an upbeat monologue from the candidate — one that is lip-synced by a suitably diverse cast of supporters — relating her native Washingtonian bona […]

Kathy Patterson could return to the D.C. Council — as its auditor

Kathy Patterson’s 12 years on the D.C. Council did not end by choice — after three terms representing Ward 3, she lost her bid for the chairman’s seat in the 2006 Democratic primary to Vincent C. Gray — but she could soon be returning to the council without even having to win an election. Council […]

David Grosso doesn’t want to take cops’ guns. At least not all of them.

First things first: D.C. Council member David Grosso would like to assure you he has no plans to introduce a bill banning police officers in the District from carrying guns. But Grosso’s offhand comments, aired at a Wednesday night D.C. Council hearing on policing practices, have certainly stirred up the conversation he says he wanted […]

Vincent Gray says Obama endorsement is ‘wonderful’ but don’t expect one from him

There have been some recent grumbles about President Obama dipping his toe into District politics with his endorsement Monday of mayoral candidate Muriel E. Bowser, but the D.C. mayor is not one of those grumbling. “I think it’s wonderful that he has endorsed Muriel Bowser,” Vincent C. Gray (D) said at a Wednesday news conference where […]

Expect to see plenty of this photo of President Obama and Muriel Bowser

When Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel E. Bowser announced her endorsement from President Obama Monday, she had one problem: Words on a page are well and good, but there’s no beating a good old grip-and-grin portrait to drive the connection home. Early Monday, the best the Bowser campaign had was a six-year-old shot taken when then-Sen. Barack Obama was endorsed by […]

D.C. lawmaker sought to honor Floyd Mayweather Jr. during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The D.C. Council was set to vote today, according to an agenda posted Monday, on the “Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Ceremonial Recognition Resolution of 2014.” Mayweather is, of course, one of the world’s most accomplished boxers — holder of a 47-0 record, winner of all three welterweight title belts and, in the words of the resolution, “arguably […]

Safeway’s Palisades plans at issue in Tuesday D.C. Council vote

The upscale environs of the Palisades may not strike anyone as a potential “food desert” — a term of art usually reserved for more hardscrabble areas lacking in fresh-food sales — but residents say that could very much be the Ward 3 neighborhood’s future unless the D.C. Council acts Tuesday. Palisades residents are now served by one […]

DCision ’14 potpourri: Catania wins Sierra Club nod; AG candidates hit the mail

Mayor: Independent David A. Catania won the endorsement of the Sierra Club’s D.C. chapter this week and this glowing statement from the environmental group: “David Catania responded affirmatively to every question on the Club’s questionnaire and released a policy document highlighting his forward-looking policies on the environment. Show More Summary

David Catania is attending his first Nationals game this afternoon

Just before 2:30 p.m., David A. Catania’s campaign Twitter account issued this cryptic posting: Outreach to the arty crowd? New pair of shoes? Butt tweet? Turns out Catania (I-At Large), who has famously shunned Nationals Park since going to the mat opposing the public financing deal that built it, was making his first trip to the […]

New D.C. mayoral poll: Muriel Bowser leads David Catania by 8 points

A new poll commissioned by a D.C.-based, pro-business advocacy group finds a tighter D.C. mayoral race than seen in previously published polling, with Democrat Muriel E. Bowser leading independent David A. Catania by eight percentage points among likely voters. Show More Summary

David Catania has never been to Nationals Park. Does it matter?

The Washington Nationals just finished their seventh regular season at Nationals Park and appear poised for a deep postseason run — one that will coincide with the final weeks of the District’s mayoral race. Is that bad news for David A. Catania? The D.C. Council member and independent mayoral candidate opposed the financing deal that […]

Wall Street’s opinion of D.C. is at all-time high

When Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) hangs out with the governors of the District’s neighboring states, he can tout the District’s growing population, its healthy fiscal reserves and its league-leading baseball team. But Maryland and Virginia governors have long held bragging rights in the realm of high finance, holding long-standing, gold-plated AAA credit ratings from […]

DCision ’14 potpourri: Catania targeted in labor mailer; more unions back Silverman

• Mayoral race: The week’s most controversial political communications not involving puppets were likely a pair of mailers sent out by Unite Here Local 25, the politically active union representing D.C. area hotel workers. Each attacked David Catania for supporting a 2008 D.C. Council bill that would have curtailed noisy street protests, including the ones […]

There will be a fifth mayoral debate … er, ‘forum’ … er, ‘conversation’

Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel E. Bowser created something of a stir this month when she announced that she would participate in only four debates with her fellow candidates. Now that schedule may have expanded slightly, depending on how you define “debate.” Bowser has committed to participate in a “mayoral forum” hosted by the D.C. chapter of […]

NRA rep on new D.C. gun law: ‘We’re obviously going to continue to fight this’

The D.C. Log Cabin Republicans couldn’t have chosen better timing for their Second Amendment Meeting on Wednesday night — coming a day after the D.C. Council passed a bill giving gun owners the ability to apply to carry a concealed firearm in the city for the first time in decades. The featured speaker was scheduled to be none other […]

David Catania slams Muriel Bowser with puppets

  Updated 1:40 p.m. with comment from Bowser campaign Mayoral candidate David A. Catania’s latest Web video is a campaign ad that might have warmed Jim Henson’s heart. Maybe. The minute-long clip posted on YouTube and e-mailed to Catania supporters Wednesday uses hand puppets to lampoon Democratic rival Muriel Bowser. To be precise, a mustachioed green tape […]

D.C. Council bill could force city schools to drop ‘Indians’ or ‘Warriors’ mascots

Nearly a year after the D.C. Council called on the Washington Redskins to ditch its nickname and mascot, calling them “racist and derogatory,” a lawmaker is turning his attention to some lower-profile sports teams. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) introduced a measure Tuesday that would amend the District’s Human Rights Act to prohibit “race-based […]

Carol Schwartz issues plan to address city’s ‘affordable housing crisis’

D.C. mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz issued a second campaign policy paper Monday, filling out her views on the hot-button issue of affordable housing after rivals Muriel E. Bowser and David A. Catania released lengthy platforms last week covering a wide variety of issues. Schwartz’s 10-page housing paper comes after she became the first mayoral candidate […]

Muriel Bowser plans to unveil platform at first debate

When Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel E. Bowser introduces herself at Thursday night’s American University debate — the first of the general election season — she will be touting a new platform that adds depth to her education plan, lays out new public safety and transportation initiatives and makes other concrete pledges for her potential mayoralty. The […]

Muriel Bowser, David Catania do battle with radio ads

On Wednesday, Democrat Muriel Bowser is set to debut a new radio ad touting her mayoral candidacy. After a few days on the air, Bowser might find herself with a new name: Three times, the ad refers to “Democrat Muriel Bowser.” The script: “Washington, D.C., is making progress, but not for everyone. Democrat Muriel Bowser […]

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