iOS app Android app

Dc Council

DC Council Votes to Lower the Legal Standard for new Family Shelters: "What's wrong with us?"

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 11.13.2015 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

We can do better. All of us. While the standard in the law for family shelters has been lowered, that doesn't mean that Mayor Bowser cannot far exceed this floor--and she has promised to try to do so.

Private Bathrooms Should Not Be Up For Debate: DC Must Protect the Dignity and Safety of Homeless Families

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 11.02.2015 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

These are the voices that matter--the voices of the families who have had to raise children and get through their days in a dormitory-style environment with ever-changing strangers sharing intimate spaces. It's not speculative to say that families will suffer if we recreate this style of shelter.

Homeless Families Win Class Action Lawsuit

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 07.28.2015 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

This decision is a resounding victory for homeless families based not just on esoteric interpretations of law, but on a common understanding of basic human rights that must be protected for all DC residents, no matter their income.

How Washington D.C. Can Improve Care for Patients at the End of Life

Walter Smith | Posted 07.16.2015 | DC
Walter Smith

A MOST -- called a MOLST or POLST in other places -- guides conversations between a patient and the patient's medical team about specific treatment options and interventions in light of the expected course of the condition.

Tackling Childhood Trauma in DC Schools

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.24.2015 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Think about a time when you were a child and heard a strange sound in the middle of the night. Your heart probably started beating faster. Every little noise was amplified because of a heightened sense of hearing. You got tunnel vision.

Samantha Lachman

House Votes To Overturn D.C. Reproductive Health Discrimination Law | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives approved a measure Thursday night that would reverse a Washington law preventing employers from retaliating...

CareFirst Excess Reserves Shouldn't Be Seen as a Free Pot of Money for the District

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.15.2015 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

The role of the Commissioner of Insurance is to protect the interests of those tens of thousands of D.C. residents who paid their insurance premiums to CareFirst and not to find a round-about way to fund public health programs.

Stop D.C. Politicians From Picking the Pockets of CareFirst Subscribers

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 08.26.2014 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

On June 25 the D.C. Department of Insurance held a hearing to decide what the appropriate size of the CareFirst reserve fund should be. Individuals, s...

Controversial 'Yoga Tax' Approved

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - The District of Columbia Council on Tuesday approved a "yoga tax" on gymnasiums and yog...

The D.C. Race You're Not Thinking About Could End Taxation Without Representation in Washington, D.C.

Joan Shipps | Posted 05.28.2014 | DC
Joan Shipps

Our collective disenfranchisement, fellow voters of Washington, D.C., is precisely why it is so important for us to elect officials who advocate for our democratic rights.

Locking People Up for Public Marijuana Smoking Is Not the Answer

Grant Smith | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Grant Smith

Threatening people who consume marijuana in public with arrest and a 60 day jail sentence will not deter this behavior. It will only perpetuate the harms that we have seen from failed drug war policies.

D.C. Council Runs Amok as Members Run for Office

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.08.2014 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

Four members of the D.C. Council are running in the Democratic primary and one Independent is has announced he is exploring a run for Mayor. What is becoming apparent is that some of them are going overboard pandering to grasp every vote they can.

In DC, Sexual Assault Survivors Have Spoken

Samantha Reiser | Posted 03.08.2014 | DC
Samantha Reiser

The voiceless are many and they are everywhere. So when survivors of sexual assault find the courage to break their silence and speak out, it's all the more important for us to listen, and listen well.

Ignoring Sexual Assaults Can Be Deadly

Sylvester J. Schieber | Posted 02.09.2014 | DC
Sylvester J. Schieber

On May 7, 1998, my daughter, Shannon, a 23-year-old student, was raped and killed by a man who broke into her apartment at 2 a.m. Her killer previously had raped at least four other women, but police failed to realize they had a serial rapist on their hands because detectives had classified two of the cases as "non-criminal offenses."

Mayor Vincent Gray's Imminent Decision: Run or Not Run

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

Mayor Vincent Gray must decide in the very near future if he will run for a second term.

Smoke No More?

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 07.13.2013 | DC

As D.C. lawmakers consider decriminalizing marijuana, cigarette smokers in the District may soon find it harder to maintain their habit. A bill tha...

Change the Date of the D.C. Primary to June 24, 2014

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 09.11.2013 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

It will be a travesty if we don't move the primary away from the current date, which is April Fool's Day. The only ones who could like that date besides incumbents are the late night comedians and D.C. has given them enough fodder for jokes without this.

Artist Dresses As Spider-Man To Receive Award From Lawmakers

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 07.10.2013 | DC

With great power comes ceremonial recognition from the D.C. Council. Spider-Man -- or rather Mingering Mike, an artist who has sworn to keep his id...

'Super Minimum' Wage May Be Coming Soon To D.C.

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 06.27.2013 | DC

A bill that would raise the minimum wage of employees at large retailers to $12.50 an hour cleared its initial hurdle at the D.C. Council meeting Wedn...

How Low Can Former D.C. Councilmember Michael A. Brown Go?

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 06.24.2013 | DC

Things just keep getting worse for former D.C. Councilmember Michael A. Brown. Brown, who recently pleaded guilty to bribery charges, failed to fil...

Guilty Of Bribery

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 06.10.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Former District of Columbia Councilmember Michael Brown has pleaded guilty in federal court to a bribery charge. Brown, who was charged...

Former D.C. Councilman To Plead Guilty To Corruption Charge

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 06.10.2013 | DC

Former D.C. Councilman Michael A. Brown will plead guilty to federal corruption charges say friends and supporters, according to the Washington Post. ...

The D.C. Council Should Amend Proposed Health Care Exchange Authority Legislation

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 07.13.2013 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

At the request of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority, the mayor sent a bill to the Council titled "The Better Prices, Better Quality, Better Choices for Health Coverage Amendment Act of 2013." It should read POTENTIALLY better.

Redskins Name Change Saga Takes A New Turn

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 05.06.2013 | DC

When nonbinding resolutions aren't enough, try asking nicely. D.C. Councilmember David Grosso (I-At large) sent a letter to Washington Redskins own...

This Special Election, Vote for the Special Candidate

Sam Jewler | Posted 06.23.2013 | DC
Sam Jewler

D.C. Council corruption -- legal and illegal -- is endemic. Rare candidates like Elissa Silverman are the antidote. A win by her will show other candidates, black and white, that they can win without the influence of landed wealth and conflicts of interest,