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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis
Filed Under:United States / Washington D.C.
Posts on Regator:2288
Posts / Week:12.5
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Charter school ‘cannibalism’?

Questions about the future of public schools in a D.C. system split almost evenly between charters and the traditional D.C. Public Schools are nothing new. What is new is DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson openly questioning a new charter school’s decision to open across the street from Langley Elementary School in Eckington. “Either we want neighborhood schools, or we […]

Boycott the beach?

Rodney will not be pleased. In order to send a don’t-tread-on-us message to Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), sponsor of the budget amendment overturning D.C.’s marijuana decriminalization law, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and D.C. Vote are urging city residents to ditch their Ocean City plans and head instead to Rehoboth, Virginia Beach, the Outer Banks, even Ocean City, […]

Kris Hammond, GOP lawyer, steps up to run against Phil Mendelson

Phil Mendelson’s path to a full term as D.C. Council chairman got at least slightly bumpier Wednesday. Mendelson, who easily dispatched Calvin Gurley in the Democratic primary, now has a general-election foe: Kris Hammond, a 41-year-old former Justice Department attorney, who has gotten the D.C. Republican Party’s nod to fill a ballot line that went […]

Vincent Gray: D.C. residents should rethink Maryland shore vacation plans

Are you a District resident planning to vacation in the Maryland havens of Ocean City or St. Michaels this summer? Mayor Vincent C. Gray would prefer you thought about Rehoboth Beach, Del., or Chincoteague Island, Va., instead. A week after Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) successfully attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would […]

Fishing for DCPS students

If current trends hold, more D.C. students will soon be enrolled in charter schools than the traditional D.C. public school system. How to reverse that pattern? Some principals are turning to a tried-and-true marketing tactic, The Post’s Emma Brown reports: door-to-door sales. Show More Summary

D.C. minimum wage measures unlikely to make 2014 ballot

Tuesday was a momentous day for the unions and activist groups that pushed city leaders to increase the city’s minimum wage. July 1 was the first day for the District’s new minimum wage of $9.50 an hour — a jump from the old rate of $8.25 and a first step in a phased increase that will put […]

Trash-can ‘thieves’ walk

A coda to our lengthy civic garbage can saga: The Post’s Peter Hermann reports that prosecutors have dropped charges against the man and woman arrested and charged with theft for swiping dozens of unwanted trash cans marked with “Take Me!” stickers from outside D.C. homes. The U.S. attorney’s office would not say why Mina Karini and Timothy Logan […]

Procurement woes delay much-touted St. Elizabeths East work

The District’s oft-criticized procurement system appears to have struck again. Botched solicitations have derailed a taxicab “smart meter” system, delayed delivery of new streetcars and turned efforts to upgrade the city’s streetlights into an unholy mess. Show More Summary

Watch the World Cup game at Freedom Plaza

Looking to watch the U.S. soccer team’s first World Cup knockout-round game in 20 years on a sun-baked stone plinth during what is expected to be one of the hottest days of the year? Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) has you covered — or uncovered, in this case: The District government, in conjunction with a […]

This Zuk’s for you

It’s this simple: If it weren’t for Paul Zukerberg, D.C. residents wouldn’t be getting to vote for an attorney general this year. But does his willingness to fight city hall qualify him to be the District’s first elected attorney general? That’s the case the 56-year-old father of two is now starting to make after finally triumphing in […]

With amendment passed, Rep. Andy Harris keeps fighting D.C. marijuana law

His controversial amendment is now officially part of a House budget bill, but Rep. Andy Harris’s work to undermine the District’s marijuana decriminalization isn’t over. In tweets and communications with reporters, Harris (R-Md.) and staff have continued to rail against the decriminalization bill, which converts the possession of less than one ounce of cannabis from […]

Let’s make a deal?

The John A. Wilson Building went soccer-mad Thursday, and not just because the big World Cup game was playing in the mayoral press room. Up in the council chambers, Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s potentially legacy-making D.C. United stadium plan got its first public airing, with dozens and dozens weighing in pro and con — none […]

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 […]

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