Tag: Local Politics and Elections News

Affordable housing, children key issues in DC mayor’s State of the District address

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser proposed more money for affordable housing, making child care more affordable and the continuation of free rides on D.C.’s popular Circulator bus during her State of the District address Monday night. Bowser’s budget that now goes to the D.C. Council includes $130 million — or a 30 percent increase in the […]

Read More

DC Council, mayor’s office subpoenaed in federal investigation of Council member Jack Evans

Federal subpoenas have been delivered to the D.C. Council and the mayor’s office as part of an investigation into Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans. The investigation, first reported by The Washington Post, initially centered on Evans’ relationship with the owner of a digital sign company. WTOP confirmed the council was alerted to the subpoena […]

Read More

Letter asks council member Evans to resign from DC Democratic Party position

At least 24 members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee have signed a letter asking D.C. Council member Jack Evans to resign from his elected position as National Committeeman. That’s a little more than a quarter of the 87-member committee. “We fully expect it to grow well beyond a third over the next few days […]

Read More

With increasing calls, DC leader ‘anxious’ about lack of reserve fire truck

WASHINGTON — D.C. is getting more emergency calls then ever before, but the city has no backup ladder fire trucks if one goes out of service, the city’s fire chief said. “Currently we do not have a reserve ladder fleet,” D.C. Fire Chief Gregory Dean said in his testimony before the Judiciary Committee on Monday, Feb. […]

Read More

Local executives prod Bowser to speed up 5G regulations

Local tech executives are urging D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to speed up the regulatory process laying the groundwork for next-generation wireless networks — especially now that Amazon is putting a portion of its second headquarters in the region. The executives — who include Scott Case, the founder of Upside Business Travel; Legends of Learning co-founder […]

Read More

Analysis: Could Hogan get sacked in push to keep Redskins in Md.?

This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Former Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), whose municipal reforms and financial stewardship helped spark the capital city’s recovery from junk bond status, often said, “The point of having political capital isn’t […]

Read More

Road closures, parking restrictions set for Bowser’s 2nd swearing-in

WASHINGTON — Muriel Bowser is set to begin her second term as D.C.’s mayor, with a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday morning at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Attorney General Karl Racine, council chairman Phil Mendelson, and six other council members will also be sworn-in during Wednesday’s ceremony. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. Street closures […]

Read More

DC mayor urges Trump to work with Congress to bring ‘immediate end’ to shutdown

WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser penned a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday urging him to end the partial government shutdown. Bowser’s letter, on behalf of the 702,000 D.C. residents and businesses, said that the city will experience a severe impact if the shutdown continues. “Indeed, many DC residents, businesses including restaurants and hotels, […]

Read More

What local politicians are saying about the government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The partial federal shutdown has ripple effects nationally as the Senate adjourned on Saturday with no resolution and no full session until Thursday. But what are local politicians saying about the shutdown and what it means on a local level? Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam sent a letter to President Donald Trump, pushing for the chief […]

Read More

Search for a new chancellor to lead DCPS narrows to 2 candidates

WASHINGTON — It’s been a six-month search for a new chancellor to lead DC’s public school system and this weekend, two finalists emerged. Interim chancellor Amanda Alexander, and Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis Ferebee are the finalists out of 40 applicants, according to The Washington Post. The Our Schools D.C. Leadership Committee, tasked with advising […]

Read More

DC Council holds off on vote to lower city’s voting age to 16

WASHINGTON — The D.C. Council voted Tuesday night to take more time to look at a piece of legislation that could give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote. The 26th Amendment — which protects the right of citizens 18 and older to vote — wouldn’t stop the District from allowing these teens to elect […]

Read More

Anita Bonds wins 1 of 2 DC Council at-large seats

WASHINGTON — Democrat Anita Bonds is projected to secure one of two at-large seats on the D.C. Council. Five candidates were vying to unseat Democrat Anita Bonds as well as independent Elissa Silverman, a frequent rival of Mayor Muriel Bowser. Candidates for those at-large seats included Republican Ralph Chittams Sr.; Libertarian Denise Hicks; independents Rustin Lewis and […]

Read More

2018 DC General Election Results

D.C. voters in the 2018 general election cast ballots for D.C. Council chairman and at-large councilmembers, as well as councilmembers in wards 1, 3, 5 and 6. They also voted for mayor, attorney general and delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, among other races. View live up-to-the-minute election results from each race in the tables […]

Read More

Poll workers save DC man’s life after collapse at voting site

WASHINGTON — For Allie Bobak, her job Tuesday at a polling site at Barnard Elementary School in Northwest was to only serve as a nonpartisan observer with the organization Observe DC. But that job quickly took on the added role of saving a life after a man collapsed at a ballot station. “Immediately everyone rushed […]

Read More

Whiskey, wine and puppies: Promotions to help you unwind on Election Day

WASHINGTON — It’s Tuesday night. You’ve done your research and cast your vote, so now what? If you’re looking to take the edge off at the end of a long Election Day, there are plenty of events to keep you busy in the area. From whiskey to wine, from trivia to puppies, there’s a little […]

Read More

Reeder, Silverman minimize mayor’s role in at-large DC Council race

WASHINGTON — Incumbent At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman and challenger Dionne Reeder say the battle for the seat is not about Mayor Muriel Bowser. Earlier this month, Bowser endorsed Reeder in her race against Silverman, but each candidate maintains they are competing against each other, not running with or against Bowser “I’m running against who’s on the […]

Read More

DC voters might weigh in on Initiative 77 at ballot box — again

WASHINGTON — D.C. voters could be weighing in on Initiative 77 again at the ballot box if some supporters of the measure are successful in garnering signatures of support for the referendum. This comes after the D.C. Council earlier this month voted 8 to 5 to repeal the referendum after voters approved it in June. Rev. Graylan […]

Read More

Legalized sports betting in DC? Council committee set to consider bill

WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins are currently 3-point favorites going into their game Sunday with Green Bay. For action-thirsty fans, however, putting down money on the Burgundy and Gold means a drive to West Virginia, Delaware or New Jersey. If Jack Evans and other members of the D.C. Council have their way, sports wagering could […]

Read More

Fraud findings derail S. Kathryn Allen’s bid for DC Council

WASHINGTON — S. Kathryn Allen has been disqualified from a possible run for the D.C. Council in November by the D.C. Board of Elections after evidence of forged names and other fraud were found in her qualifying petition. Many of the 6,068 signatures in her petition were challenged by one of Allen’s opponents, Incumbent Elissa […]

Read More

DC signature gatherers accused of forgery deny involvement

WASHINGTON (AP) — A city councilmember in the nation’s capital says signature collectors for an opponent’s campaign forged names, and some of the campaign’s listed signature collectors deny ever holding the job. The Washington Post reports three people listed as signature collectors for S. Kathryn Allen’s campaign say they never collected signatures. They say their […]

Read More

DC Council moves to overturn voter-approved Initiative 77

WASHINGTON — The D.C. Council could be poised to overturn Initiative 77, a contentious measure approve by voters in the June primary which would mandate employers to pay the standard minimum wage to employees who rely on tips to supplement their pay. The measure passed on a 55-45 margin, though critics say it happened in […]

Read More