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Meet an at-large D.C. Council candidate: Eric J. Jones

Voters will elect two at-large D.C. Council members on Nov. 4, and 15 candidates are vying for the two spots. These are their stories, edited for length and clarity. Name: Eric J. Jones Party: Independent Age: 34 Neighborhood: Truxton Circle Education: B.A., Morehouse College; M.S., New England College of Business and Finance Family: married Occupation: […]

New D.C. mayor poll: Bowser over Catania by 12 points

A new poll finds Democrat Muriel E. Bowser with a double-digit lead over independent David A. Catania with 15 days left in the D.C. mayoral race. Bowser carried 45 percent support among likely D.C. voters, with Catania holding 33 percent support and fellow independent Carol Schwartz with 12 percent. Only 7 percent said they were […]

Meet an at-large D.C. Council candidate: Michael D. Brown

Voters will elect two at-large D.C. Council members on Nov. 4, and 15 candidates are vying for the two spots. These are their stories, edited for length and clarity. Name: Michael D. Brown Party: Independent Age: 61 Neighborhood: American University Park Education: B.A., M.A. (public policy), University of Maryland Family: Married, with two daughters, 21 […]

Here’s a picture of Cathy Lanier feeding cake to an adorable bloodhound

That’s Sam the Bloodhound. He turns 3 on Saturday. While we’re at it, here’s one of Sam and the chief playing a little chess:

David Catania ad: ‘Let’s build a city based on our shared values’

A day after Democratic rival Muriel E. Bowser released an unorthodox TV ad, independent mayoral candidate David A. Catania is out with a more straightforward spot. There are no puppets and no lip-syncing this time. The 30-second ad is...Show More Summary

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 […]

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