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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 […]

‘Smitty’ Smith, Elissa Silverman pull down AFL-CIO endorsements

The region’s labor honchos have still not forgiven D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) for her vote last year in favor of Wal-Mart. That’s one takeaway from the latest round of endorsements made by the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO, which announced Tuesday that it will back independent Elissa Silverman in the pick-two at-large race […]

What D.C. residents will pay for health insurance in 2015

D.C. residents who are buying individual insurance from the region’s largest health insurer can expect to pay more in 2015, while competitors have lowered their prices in many cases. District insurance regulators on Monday approved final rates for plans offered through D.C. Health Link, the city’s federally mandated health insurance exchange. Plans offered by regional […]

Remember the Navy Yard tragedy Tuesday at Canal Park

Tuesday is a somber day in the District of Columbia: It is first anniversary of the Navy Yard rampage, in which deranged contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 workers before being shot to death by police. The main ceremony commemorating the victims will be an invitation-only affair taking place behind the walls of the Navy Yard […]

Is the D.C. statehood bill constitutional?

Monday afternoon, the U.S. Senate will gavel to order the first congressional hearing on a D.C. statehood bill in 21 years. No, the fact that the New Columbia Admission Act is getting a hearing doesn’t mean that its chances of passage have appreciably improved, but it doesn’t hurt the cause to bring new attention to the fact […]

D.C. Working Families backs Elissa Silverman, Graylan Hagler in at-large race

Eight of the 14 candidates seeking at at-large D.C. Council seat sat in front of a crowd of more than 100 Wednesday night in a downtown church, each trying to out-”progressive” the next. On campaign finance reform, candidates invariably favored a ban on corporate contribution and/or some sort of public financing apparatus. Several called for […]

D.C. statehood hearing will feature mix of officials and experts

The District’s top elected officials and a panel of legal and policy experts will testify next week before Congress on statehood for the District of Columbia. A witness list released by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee includes two panels, one consisting of nonvoting Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and […]

House Republicans keep hands off D.C. budget — for now

It was an active summer for House members inclined to intervene in District of Columbia affairs: Two provisions opposed by locally elected officials ended up in an appropriations bill passed by the House in July: A measure from Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) opposing liberalization of city marijuana laws and a measure from Rep. Thomas Massie […]

Carol Schwartz kicks off mayoral run with old-school vibe

It has been nearly six years since Carol Schwartz walked the halls of the John A. Wilson Building as a D.C. Council member. But that is the backdrop she chose Tuesday for a noontime mayoral campaign kickoff rally, one meant to present a candidate in touch with the contemporary problems of a growing and changing […]

Congress will hold first D.C. statehood hearing in two decades

The campaign to make the District of Columbia into the nation’s 51st state will get its first hearing on Capitol Hill in more than two decades. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), will hear testimony next Monday, Sept. 15, on the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013. […]

David Grosso spurns Silverman, endorses White in at-large D.C. Council race

At-large D.C. Council candidate Robert White won his third endorsement from a potential future colleague Monday, winning the favor of fellow independent David Grosso (At Large). Grosso’s nod is at once surprising and not. Both Grosso and White spent years working for House Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), overlapping for a short time. In an […]

Can Ward 5 go from ‘dumping ground’ to industrial area that ‘works’?

More than a year and a half ago, I climbed into a Ford Taurus with D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) and toured some of his ward’s most notable landmarks. Among them: The crumbling Alexander Crummell School, whose grounds were then set to be used as a bus lot. The car repair shops along […]

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier: ‘I wouldn’t bring an armored personnel carrier out … for a protest’

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier made her most pointed comments to date Tuesday on the tensions in Ferguson, Mo., taking exception with the way that police there handled protests of the killing of young Michael Brown. But pressed on a hot-button issue by WUSA-TV reporter Bruce Johnson — the trend toward the “militarization” of […]

D.C. Council candidate Robert White’s reform plan: Ban campaign contributions altogether

Federal prosecutors have turned time and again to a favorite phrase as they’ve battled D.C. political corruption — “pay-to-play politics” — and for the past several years now, elected officials and candidates have floated various solutions to the pay-to-play problem. Show More Summary

‘No more punting’ on school boundaries

Did Vince Gray just do his successor a huge favor? By accepting and adopting a new set of boundary and feeder patterns for the D.C. Public Schools, along with a host of education policy changes, Gray may have given the next mayor the gift of a new status quo — one that addresses schools’ overcrowding and underenrollment […]

D.C. fixes sinkhole large enough to swallow child

Want to get a hole fixed in D.C.? One way to get quick action, it turns out, is to place a small child inside of it. After those tweets appeared Wednesday night, the D.C. transportation department jumped into action. According to spokesman Reggie Sanders, a crew was on the scene by 10:40 a.m. Thursday, with a […]

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