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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis
Filed Under:United States / Washington D.C.
Posts on Regator:2258
Posts / Week:12.8
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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D.C. regulators put kibosh on Ultra booze-delivery service

Two-and-a-half years after the D.C. government started its regulatory tango with Uber, the app-based car-hailing service, another tech upstart is running into similar troubles with the District. Ultra, an Web-based alcohol delivery service, was ordered to cease and desist operations Thursday by the D.C. Show More Summary

Eleanor Holmes Norton talks ‘Freedom Summer’ with Stephen Colbert

Earlier in the day, House Republicans launched a new attack on D.C. home rule. But during Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s appearance on The Colbert Report Wednesday night, the subject didn’t come up. In fact, the whole appearance with light on yuks — contrary to Norton’s previous appearances on Stephen Colbert’s show — and heavy on […]

D.C. cabbies make themselves heard

D.C. taxi drivers upset about the increasing market share of ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft wanted to be heard, and on Wednesday, they certainly were. A caravan not only snarled downtown traffic but filled business corridors with the sounds of echoing car horns, much like the protests that visited several European cities earlier this month. The cab drivers, […]

Did Rep. Andy Harris inadvertently legalize marijuana possession in D.C.?

Shortly after noon Wednesday, the Republicans of the House Appropriations Committee (plus one Democrat) voted to block the District’s recently passed marijuana decriminalization law. Leading the charge was Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), who said the measure was “bad policy” that would harm children. But District lawyers are now exploring whether he might have actually moved […]

Pepco’s power is 5 percent renewable. You can do better.

Inside your Pepco bill this month you will likely find a slip of paper showing where your power came from in 2013. What it shows may surprise you: For most D.C. residents — the 86 percent of households who buy their electricity from Pepco rather than from another supplier — roughly 60 percent of their […]

Eleanor Holmes Norton ‘kills’ driverless car

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) was invited Tuesday, along with fellow members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, to test drive — er, test ride — a driverless car on the Capitol grounds. Well, the ride never happened, because Norton did a particularly good job of testing the car’s bright-red “kill” button — which, […]

House GOP: Mind your weed, D.C.

Public attitudes toward marijuana may be rapidly tilting toward liberalization, but that doesn’t necessarily apply to the House Republican caucus. Today’s House Appropriations markup of theD.C. budget could include an amendment preventing the District government from implementing the decriminalization law passed by the D.C. Show More Summary

Cornell Jones, ex-drug kingpin, swindled D.C. for $330,000, jury finds

A former drug kingpin who received more than $300,000 from 2006 to 2008 to build a job-training center to people with HIV/AIDS instead used the funds to build a luxury strip club, a D.C. Superior Court jury found Tuesday. Cornell Jones and Miracle Hands, the nonprofit group Jones founded after serving nine years in prison […]

Foam container ban set for 2016 after D.C. Council vote

District lawmakers quietly voted Tuesday to ban the use of plastic foam food and drink containers, still a common option in city cafes and carry-outs, by 2016 — putting D.C. in the company of Seattle, San Francisco and other cities that have banned foam containers for environmental reasons. The foam ban was included in a […]

Appeals court won’t revisit D.C. attorney general election

In what will almost certainly be the final judicial word on the matter, the District’s highest court said it would not revisit its ruling that the District’s first attorney general election must take place this year or as soon as practically possible thereafter. The D.C. Court of Appeals ruling — which declines a rehearing request […]

Will the ‘yoga tax’ survive?

The “yoga tax.” The “fitness tax.” The “gym tax.” The “wellness tax.” Whatever you call it, the controversy over levying the District’s 5.75 percent sales tax on health clubs went from zero to the cover of the Wall Street Journal (complete with yogi stipple portrait) in 26 days flat. Is a proposal that represents 0.5 percent of the District’s overall budget worth […]

D.C. health insurers propose rate hikes for 2015

In its second year offering coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the District’s largest health insurer hopes to hike rates on most of its plans for individuals and small businesses by more than 10 percent — far outstripping the increases its competitors are seeking. According to data released Monday by the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities […]

Soccer stadium hearing will go on despite World Cup conflict

Sunday’s thrilling tie with Portugal gave new gravity to the U.S. soccer team’s next World Cup match — set for noon Thursday against Germany: Win or draw, and the Americans move on; lose, and things get more complicated. It also makes Thursday’s match in Recife even more of a must-watch for local soccer fans, who were […]

Five years after the Red Line disaster

View Photo Gallery —Family members and city officials gather in Northeast Washington for the groundbreaking ceremony. Seems like it was just yesterday, but it has been five years since the Red Line disaster killed a Metro operator and eight riders near the Fort Totten station. Efforts to erect a permanent memorial finally culminated in a groundbreaking […]

Kaya Henderson gives teachers a break

In the school reform war fought by Michelle Rhee and Adrian Fenty, few battles were bloodier than the move to implement “value-added” teacher evaluations – that is, adding student test scores to the mix. So there were plenty of double takes Thursday when D.C. Show More Summary

Gymnasium will be named for Medric Mills Jr., who died after firefighters dawdled

The memory of Medric “Cecil” Mills Jr., the 77-year-old District resident who died after firefighters failed to respond when he collapsed across the street from their firehouse, will be commemorated not far from where he lived in Northeast Washington. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said during a television interview Thursday that the gymnasium at the North Michigan Park […]

D.C. budget has ‘deficiencies,’ CFO tells council

The city budget passed by the D.C. Council last month has “several deficiencies,” the District’s independent chief financial officer told lawmakers Wednesday — a frank acknowledgment that an ambitious tax-cut package has thrown the city’s spending plan out of balance. Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey S. DeWitt writes in the letter that “several modifications” will be […]

Bad day to throw a party

There’s nothing wrong with employee appreciation. But the D.C. Department of Human Services may have picked the wrong day — the year’s hottest  so far — to shut down for an “employee recognition celebration.” WJLA-TV’s Tom Roussey reports that more than 500 gathered at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Panorama Room for the party, leaving phones and […]

Two more D.C. lawyers ponder attorney general runs

Big-shot white-collar defense lawyer Mark H. Tuohey entered the first-ever race for D.C. attorney general Tuesday, and two other prominent attorneys in private practice could follow him into the contest. Also said to be exploring runs are Lorie S. Masters of Perkins Coie and Karl A. Racine of Venable, both of whom are both well-regarded […]

Vincent Gray on why the 2024 Olympics could be good for D.C.

If the U.S. Olympic Committee does in fact choose Washington next year to be nation’s official bid city for the 2024 summer games, Mayor Vincent C. Gray won’t be around to call any shots — so take his comments Wednesday on the news that the USOC has shortlisted D.C. with due caution. That said, in […]

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