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Washington City Paper
D.C. Statehood Commission Will Release Draft Constitution Next FridayThe New Columbia Statehood Commission—composed of five District leaders includi
D.C. Statehood Commission Will Release Draft Constitution Next Friday
Washington City Paper / Posted 9 hours ago
The New Columbia Statehood Commission—composed of five District leaders including Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and D.C.'s congressional delegation—voted today to publicly release a draft of a new constitution for an... Read more
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Washington City Paper
‘This Was a Disaster': Youth Nonprofits Speak Out After DC Trust’s Collapse"This was a disaster," Judy Estey of Dance Place told a D.C. Council committee
‘This Was a Disaster': Youth Nonprofits Speak Out After DC Trust’s Collapse
Washington City Paper / Posted 10 hours ago
"This was a disaster," Judy Estey of Dance Place told a D.C. Council committee on Thursday. "How can you take away this major source of funding without any warning?" In a series of revelations that began in January, the board learned that former... Read more
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Washington City Paper
D.C. Attorney General Introduces Bill to Combat Immigration-Services FraudOn Friday, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced that his office submitte
D.C. Attorney General Introduces Bill to Combat Immigration-Services Fraud
Washington City Paper / Posted 13 hours ago
On Friday, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced that his office submitted legislation to the D.C. Council that seeks to reduce instances of alleged fraudsters fiscally preying on immigrants. The Immigration Services Protection Act—modeled... Read more
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The Washington Times
D.C. argues for statehood using federal tax paymentsvotes. The current D.C. delegate is Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who has b
D.C. argues for statehood using federal tax payments
The Washington Times / Posted 2 days ago
votes. The current D.C. delegate is Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who has been at the forefront of statehood efforts. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, the at-large Democrat who also sits on the New Columbia Statehood Commission, wouldn’t... Read more
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NBC Washington
Soccer, Statehood and Morethe opportunity to really help to rethink the way Buzzard Point and this end of
Soccer, Statehood and More
NBC Washington / Posted 2 days ago
the opportunity to really help to rethink the way Buzzard Point and this end of Southwest are really realized,” said Ward 6 D.C. Council member Charles Allen. More than a billion dollars of investments are expected in the once-ignored... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Garber, Alexander Fined by Watchdog AgenciesDavid Garber and Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander are running for D.C. Cou
Garber, Alexander Fined by Watchdog Agencies
Washington City Paper / Posted 3 days ago
David Garber and Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander are running for D.C. Council seats in June's Democratic primary—but first, they'll have to pay up. Both Garber and Alexander (through her associated committees) recently landed fines from city... Read more
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NJ.com
Jersey City proposes minimum 30-hour workweeks for some private workersworkweek to their janitors, security guards, maids and other workers under a me
Jersey City proposes minimum 30-hour workweeks for some private workers
NJ.com / Posted 3 days ago
workweek to their janitors, security guards, maids and other workers under a measure up for initial approval by the City Council tomorrow. The proposal, which would apply to employers in buildings larger than 100,000 square feet and to... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Bowser Promotes Future D.C. United Stadium at Buzzard Point Demolition"1,000 construction and permanent jobs" to Buzzard Point, and Ward 6 residents
Bowser Promotes Future D.C. United Stadium at Buzzard Point Demolition
Washington City Paper / Posted 4 days ago
"1,000 construction and permanent jobs" to Buzzard Point, and Ward 6 residents would get priority in applying for them. D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen, who represents Southwest, said the site presents "an opportunity to rethink the way Buzzard... Read more
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Washington City Paper
D.C. Auditor: Summer Youth Employment Program Needs More Private-Sector Involvement, Yearly Independent Evaluationas in-kind support" to fund the program than D.C. does, the report found. The
D.C. Auditor: Summer Youth Employment Program Needs More Private-Sector Involvement, Yearly Independent Evaluation
Washington City Paper / Posted 4 days ago
as in-kind support" to fund the program than D.C. does, the report found. The report follows $200,000 appropriated by the D.C. Council to the Auditor in February to "conduct an evaluation of multiple years of [MBSYEP] to assess whether the program... Read more
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The GW Hatchet
Student writes D.C. Council bill on former prisoners' voting rightsThe D.C. Council is reviewing a bill drafted by a School Without Walls student.
Student writes D.C. Council bill on former prisoners' voting rights
The GW Hatchet / Posted 5 days ago
The D.C. Council is reviewing a bill drafted by a School Without Walls student. Nicholas Stauffer-Mason, 17, from Mount Pleasant, D.C., wrote a bill proposing ways to inform D.C. residents released from prison about their voting rights. The student... Read more
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The Washington Times
D.C. agency chides Pepco-Exelon mergercustomers and communities.” The commission approved the merger in a 2-1 vote,
D.C. agency chides Pepco-Exelon merger
The Washington Times / Posted 7 days ago
customers and communities.” The commission approved the merger in a 2-1 vote, with Commissioner Betty Anne Kane, a former D.C. Council member, voting against it. Unlike earlier deals, the utility commission did not need the approval of all the... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Behold: The 2016 Primary Ballot OrdersBallot order shouldn't be that important in June's D.C. Council primaries. Ther
Behold: The 2016 Primary Ballot Orders
Washington City Paper / Posted 7 days ago
Ballot order shouldn't be that important in June's D.C. Council primaries. There isn't a race with more than a dozen candidates, and the kind of voters swayed by a candidate's ballot placement probably aren't coming out for an off-year... Read more
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The Washington Times
DEBORAH SIMMONS: Washington D.C. goes to potand bounce your rump to the beat. Second-hand smoke? No problem.” What’s also
DEBORAH SIMMONS: Washington D.C. goes to pot
The Washington Times / Posted 8 days ago
and bounce your rump to the beat. Second-hand smoke? No problem.” What’s also conflicting is that one of the District’s premier marijuana advocates, D.C. Council member David Grosso, is scheduled to deliver remarks at the festival. Story Continu... Read more
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The Washington Times
Cannibis festival in D.C. will push pot legalizationnot initially interested in advocacy, but then you see it while watching the mu
Cannibis festival in D.C. will push pot legalization
The Washington Times / Posted 8 days ago
not initially interested in advocacy, but then you see it while watching the music.” Activists and legislators, including D.C. Council member David Grosso, will speak in between musical acts, she said. For Mr. Grosso, at-large independent, the... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Alexander Email Blasts Slam Gray Over Shadow Campaignthat Gray should be disqualified from "future service." The email's solution to
Alexander Email Blasts Slam Gray Over Shadow Campaign
Washington City Paper / Posted 8 days ago
that Gray should be disqualified from "future service." The email's solution to keeping "honesty and integrity" on the D.C. Council? Donating to Alexander's campaign, or requesting a yard sign. Alexander's second email, entitled "Uncle Earl's... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Ward 8, Round Two: Who Will Win the Rematch Between LaRuby May and Trayon White?shop to pose with the dreadlocked candidate for a picture. White isn’t running
Ward 8, Round Two: Who Will Win the Rematch Between LaRuby May and Trayon White?
Washington City Paper / Posted 8 days ago
shop to pose with the dreadlocked candidate for a picture. White isn’t running for mayor. He hasn’t even won a seat on the D.C. Council. He nearly did last year, though, when he lost the special election to replace the late Marion Barry by only 78... Read more
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The Washington Times
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser plan to raise wait staff pay opposed by restaurant groupminimum is $10.50 an hour and is set to rise to $11.50 on June 1. Ms. Bowser p
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser plan to raise wait staff pay opposed by restaurant group
The Washington Times / Posted 9 days ago
minimum is $10.50 an hour and is set to rise to $11.50 on June 1. Ms. Bowser presented her wage legislation Tuesday to the D.C. Council, saying it strikes a balance between protecting tipped workers and maintaining the tipping system. But Ms.... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Pot Clubs Go Poofget District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to
Pot Clubs Go Poof
Washington City Paper / Posted 9 days ago
get District Line Daily—or any of our other email newsletters—sent straight to your mailbox, click here. On Tuesday, the D.C. Council voted to permanently ban pot clubs, semi-private venues where patrons could have legally smoked marijuana... Read more
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NBC Washington
Stuck…In Downtown DCdeclined to comment to either The Post or NBC4, which also reported part of the
Stuck…In Downtown DC
NBC Washington / Posted 9 days ago
declined to comment to either The Post or NBC4, which also reported part of the story. Gray is now running for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat. He has insisted all along that he didn’t know about the shadow campaign and did nothing wrong. Nearly a... Read more
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The GW Hatchet
D.C. Council passes permanent ban on marijuana clubsThe D.C. Council passed the ban by one vote on its first reading. Seven council
D.C. Council passes permanent ban on marijuana clubs
The GW Hatchet / Posted 10 days ago
The D.C. Council passed the ban by one vote on its first reading. Seven council members voted in favor the ban, including chairman Phil Mendelson, Judiciary Committee chair Kenyan McDuffie from Ward 5 and Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, according to... Read more
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Salon.com
DC schools chief asked contractor for $100K“pay to play” politics in which contractors get preferential treatment in excha
DC schools chief asked contractor for $100K
Salon.com / Posted 10 days ago
“pay to play” politics in which contractors get preferential treatment in exchange for gifts or campaign contributions. The D.C. Council has established exceptions for fundraising by the chancellor, although they don’t address D.C. Public Education... Read more
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NBC Washington
DC Council Bans Pot Smoking Outside of HomesThe D.C. Council narrowly approved a ban on any marijuana use outside of privat
DC Council Bans Pot Smoking Outside of Homes
NBC Washington / Posted 10 days ago
The D.C. Council narrowly approved a ban on any marijuana use outside of private homes, disappointing supporters of legal marijuana. The issue has been in the spotlight for months, but the Council acted, in part, because Congress has prohibited the... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Landlords Could Be Fined Thousands of Dollars for Asking About Criminal Records Under New BillA new proposal before the D.C. Council could lead to fines in the thousands of
Landlords Could Be Fined Thousands of Dollars for Asking About Criminal Records Under New Bill
Washington City Paper / Posted 10 days ago
A new proposal before the D.C. Council could lead to fines in the thousands of dollars for housing providers—based on the size of their properties—if owners inquire about applicants' criminal histories. On Tuesday, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan... Read more
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The Washington Times
DEBORAH SIMMONS: Kaya Henderson, D.C. schools chancellor, does dirty businessrenewed, and the company is being paid $32 million to serve food this school ye
DEBORAH SIMMONS: Kaya Henderson, D.C. schools chancellor, does dirty business
The Washington Times / Posted 10 days ago
renewed, and the company is being paid $32 million to serve food this school year.” 6) Also during the summer of 2015, the D.C. Council pretended to haggle over the Chartwells-Thompson food services regarding the D.C. Public Schools System’s summer... Read more
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San Antonio Express-News
DC schools chief asked contractor for $100K"pay to play" politics in which contractors get preferential treatment in excha
DC schools chief asked contractor for $100K
San Antonio Express-News / Posted 10 days ago
"pay to play" politics in which contractors get preferential treatment in exchange for gifts or campaign contributions. The D.C. Council has established exceptions for fundraising by the chancellor, although they don't address D.C. Public Education... Read more
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NBC Washington
DC License Plate Could Get New Wordserves in the House of Representatives as a non-voting delegate but is not perm
DC License Plate Could Get New Word
NBC Washington / Posted 10 days ago
serves in the House of Representatives as a non-voting delegate but is not permitted to vote on the floor of Congress. D.C. Council members believe the slogan isn’t aggressive enough and doesn’t reflect as the protest statement it is meant to... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Chateau Nightclub’s Closure Leaves D.C.’s Hand-Dance Community Without a Formal Homein Colmar Manor, Md. In 1999, hand-dancing, a form of swing-dancing, was named
Chateau Nightclub’s Closure Leaves D.C.’s Hand-Dance Community Without a Formal Home
Washington City Paper / Posted 10 days ago
in Colmar Manor, Md. In 1999, hand-dancing, a form of swing-dancing, was named the official dance of the District by the D.C. Council. Now it’s gone from city nightclubs and can mostly only be found at Colmar, the game room and sports bar in Fort... Read more
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Washington City Paper
D.C. Council Permanently Bans Pot Clubs in What Critics See as a Loss to CongressSo long, pot clubs. We barely knew ye. By the tightest of margins, the D.C. Co
D.C. Council Permanently Bans Pot Clubs in What Critics See as a Loss to Congress
Washington City Paper / Posted 10 days ago
So long, pot clubs. We barely knew ye. By the tightest of margins, the D.C. Council voted 7-6 to permanently ban social venues where patrons could legally consume marijuana outside of their homes today—an issue on which lawmakers have gone back and... Read more
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The Washington Times
D.C. Council votes for permanent ban against private marijuana-smoking clubsThe D.C. Council voted Tuesday to impose a permanent ban on private marijuana-s
D.C. Council votes for permanent ban against private marijuana-smoking clubs
The Washington Times / Posted 10 days ago
The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to impose a permanent ban on private marijuana-smoking clubs, ending months of political hand-wringing over where to allow residents to consume pot. In a 7-to-6 vote, the council made permanent a temporary ban on pot... Read more
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NBC Washington
DC Schools Chief Asked Contractor for $100K Gala Donation"pay to play" politics in which contractors get preferential treatment in excha
DC Schools Chief Asked Contractor for $100K Gala Donation
NBC Washington / Posted 10 days ago
"pay to play" politics in which contractors get preferential treatment in exchange for gifts or campaign contributions. The D.C. Council has established exceptions for fundraising by the chancellor, although they don't address D.C. Public Education... Read more
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FOX 2 News St. Louis
DC Council approves permanent ban on marijuana clubsDemocratic Mayor Muriel Bowser moved quickly to clarify that pot clubs wouldn’t
DC Council approves permanent ban on marijuana clubs
FOX 2 News St. Louis / Posted 10 days ago
Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser moved quickly to clarify that pot clubs wouldn’t be allowed. However, some members of the D.C. Council argued that there was still room for allowing smoking in designated places that charge a membership fee. The... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Bowser’s Minimum Wage Bill Will Include Tipped Workerstheir base minimum wage rise from $2.77 an hour to $7.50 an hour by 2022. Bows
Bowser’s Minimum Wage Bill Will Include Tipped Workers
Washington City Paper / Posted 10 days ago
their base minimum wage rise from $2.77 an hour to $7.50 an hour by 2022. Bowser's office is circulating the bill to the D.C. Council today, the spokesperson added. Though the mayor announced that she would submit the proposal sometime in April... Read more
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ABC News
DC Schools Chief Asked Contractor for $100K"pay to pay" politics in which contractors get preferential treatment in exchan
DC Schools Chief Asked Contractor for $100K
ABC News / Posted 10 days ago
"pay to pay" politics in which contractors get preferential treatment in exchange for gifts or campaign contributions. The D.C. Council has established some exceptions for fundraising by the chancellor, although they don't specifically address... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Brakes Put on Bowser’s Homeless Planshut the D.C. General family homeless shelter and replace it with smaller sites
Brakes Put on Bowser’s Homeless Plan
Washington City Paper / Posted 10 days ago
shut the D.C. General family homeless shelter and replace it with smaller sites across the District faces scrutiny from the D.C. Council, which won’t vote on the plan until the administration answers more questions about it with greater detail.... Read more
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New York Magazine
U.S. Sends More Troops to Iraq, While Shorthanded Supreme Court Seems Split on Immigration[Reuters] Stoners Must Stay at Home and Smoke Pot, Sounds About Right Despite
U.S. Sends More Troops to Iraq, While Shorthanded Supreme Court Seems Split on Immigration
New York Magazine / Posted 11 days ago
[Reuters] Stoners Must Stay at Home and Smoke Pot, Sounds About Right Despite recent decriminalization, the Washington D.C. council is voting today on legislation that would permanently ban people from smoking marijuana in public, dashing the... Read more
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The Washington Times
Vincent Gray looks ahead to Ward 7 D.C. Council contest, puts probe in rear-viewhe met with residents at a senior facility in Ward 7, where he is orchestrating
Vincent Gray looks ahead to Ward 7 D.C. Council contest, puts probe in rear-view
The Washington Times / Posted 11 days ago
he met with residents at a senior facility in Ward 7, where he is orchestrating a political comeback with a run for the D.C. Council. Mr. Gray said he hadn’t even read any of the hundreds of documents released Friday connected to the federal... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Gray Campaign Poll Shows Huge Lead Against AlexanderVince Gray has a big lead in the Ward 7 D.C. Council race, according to a poll
Gray Campaign Poll Shows Huge Lead Against Alexander
Washington City Paper / Posted 11 days ago
Vince Gray has a big lead in the Ward 7 D.C. Council race, according to a poll released by his campaign. Gray's campaign paid for the Public Policy Polling poll, so make of that what you will. Still, the numbers don't look great for incumbent (and... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Lefty Group Endorses Green Team Foesdiscontent with Muriel Bowser, progressive group D.C. for Democracy endorsed fo
Lefty Group Endorses Green Team Foes
Washington City Paper / Posted 11 days ago
discontent with Muriel Bowser, progressive group D.C. for Democracy endorsed four challengers to Bowser-affiliated D.C. Council candidates last week. D.C. for Democracy claims roughly 500 members. Faced with endorsing Bowser ally and Ward... Read more
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The GW Hatchet
Senior lobbies D.C. Council for LGBT resource fundingresources to the LGBT community. Travis McCown, a senior and a human services
Senior lobbies D.C. Council for LGBT resource funding
The GW Hatchet / Posted 12 days ago
resources to the LGBT community. Travis McCown, a senior and a human services and social justice major, testified at a D.C. Council hearing this month to encourage D.C. council members to increase the budget for the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ... Read more
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The GW Hatchet
Bill to limit groups of 'crotchety old women' from protesting liquor licensesD.C. Council members are tired of neighbors protesting liquor licenses. At lar
Bill to limit groups of 'crotchety old women' from protesting liquor licenses
The GW Hatchet / Posted 12 days ago
D.C. Council members are tired of neighbors protesting liquor licenses. At large D.C. Council members Anita Bonds and David Grosso presented a bill earlier this month that would place limitations on community members’ ability to protest new liquor... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Marijuana Advocates Gear Up for Tuesday’s Final Vote on Cannabis Club BanLegal weed advocates are gearing up for a D.C. Council vote next Tuesday on a p
Marijuana Advocates Gear Up for Tuesday’s Final Vote on Cannabis Club Ban
Washington City Paper / Posted 14 days ago
Legal weed advocates are gearing up for a D.C. Council vote next Tuesday on a permanent ban on private clubs where people could legally consume marijuana in the city. Councilmembers approved the permanent ban 7-6 on first reading last Tuesday,... Read more
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Washington City Paper
The Five Biggest Pieces of News in the Latest Vince Gray/Jeff Thompson Filesincluded in today's files lays it out in detail. In the email, Alexander compl
The Five Biggest Pieces of News in the Latest Vince Gray/Jeff Thompson Files
Washington City Paper / Posted 14 days ago
included in today's files lays it out in detail. In the email, Alexander complains that Gray promised to back him for a D.C. Council at-large seat, only to switch the deal and offer him a position with the less prestigious Office of Cable... Read more
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The Washington Times
Vincent Gray shadow-campaign probe: Feds release documentsfrom a request for $50,000 to pay off campaign expenses, to potential backing t
Vincent Gray shadow-campaign probe: Feds release documents
The Washington Times / Posted 14 days ago
from a request for $50,000 to pay off campaign expenses, to potential backing to fill an expected at-large seat on the D.C. Council, to a deputy mayor position overseeing the Office of Cable TV. “Given that my platform is to address the root... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Bowser Wants D.C. Statehood on November Ballotthat residents could see a statehood initiative on the November 2016 ballot, fo
Bowser Wants D.C. Statehood on November Ballot
Washington City Paper / Posted 14 days ago
that residents could see a statehood initiative on the November 2016 ballot, following legislation to be filed to the D.C. Council. This summer, we will propose legislation that will put statehood on the ballot in the 2016 election.... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Bowser Pal’s D.C. Water Bid Comes Up Dry—Againon the utility's Board of Directors. Bowser's first attempt came last Septembe
Bowser Pal’s D.C. Water Bid Comes Up Dry—Again
Washington City Paper / Posted 14 days ago
on the utility's Board of Directors. Bowser's first attempt came last September, only to expire in December without a D.C. Council hearing on Lopez's qualifications. Bowser's second attempt would have expired this week, but Bowser withdrew the... Read more
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The Seattle Times
For District of Columbia, budget is new front in statehood fightthe spending plans into law. End of story. The District’s process begins the s
For District of Columbia, budget is new front in statehood fight
The Seattle Times / Posted 15 days ago
the spending plans into law. End of story. The District’s process begins the same way, but ends differently. After the D.C. Council votes on the budget, the District must forward its budget plan to the White House for inclusion in the federal... Read more
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The Washington Times
Muriel Bowser reaffirms bid to up D.C. minimum wageis “a big step but doesn’t get us to the finish line.” The Democratic mayor is
Muriel Bowser reaffirms bid to up D.C. minimum wage
The Washington Times / Posted 15 days ago
is “a big step but doesn’t get us to the finish line.” The Democratic mayor is set to submit a minimum wage bill to the D.C. Council this week. But Bowser spokesman Michael Czin said Thursday that details in the legislation are still being... Read more
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Washington City Paper
D.C. Council Won’t Vote on Bowser’s Homeless Shelter Plan This MonthMuriel Bowser's plan to replace the D.C. General family shelter with smaller si
D.C. Council Won’t Vote on Bowser’s Homeless Shelter Plan This Month
Washington City Paper / Posted 15 days ago
Muriel Bowser's plan to replace the D.C. General family shelter with smaller sites across the city won't move through the D.C. Council this month as initially expected, according to a Council staffer. Although Bowser's administration this week... Read more
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Washington City Paper
Bowser Reiterates Support for $15 Minimum Wage, But Specifics Remain to Be Seenthat level by 2020. Still, as of shortly after the rally, her office hadn't yet
Bowser Reiterates Support for $15 Minimum Wage, But Specifics Remain to Be Seen
Washington City Paper / Posted 15 days ago
that level by 2020. Still, as of shortly after the rally, her office hadn't yet submitted the relevant legislation to the D.C. Council, according to a Wilson Building staffer. (The District government will be closed tomorrow in celebration of D.C.... Read more
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NBC News
Congressman Says D.C. Subway System Won't Get Federal Bailoutthat would give Metro the highest operating costs of any transit system in the
Congressman Says D.C. Subway System Won't Get Federal Bailout
NBC News / Posted 15 days ago
that would give Metro the highest operating costs of any transit system in the nation. Evans, a Democrat who is also a D.C. Council member, said Metro needed more money to become a world-class system like those in London, Paris or Beijing. He... Read more
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