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Diane Jeanty

DC Taxis Block Traffic To Protest Ride-Sharing Companies

HuffingtonPost.com | Diane Jeanty | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia taxi drivers took a break on Wednesday from shuttling passengers around the city to stage a protest that blocked tr...

Marijuana Decriminalization Sends a Better Message Than the Drug War

Sam Tracy | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

If our elected officials really cared about reducing drug use and sending the right message to youth, they would abandon our failed experiment with prohibition -- and decriminalizing marijuana in the nation's capital is a big step in the right direction.

Federal Minimum Wage War Outmaneuvered By Municipalities

Michael Shank | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

All the reasons are there for an increase in minimum wage. It's good for the economy. It's good for workers and for business. It's good for social mobility, and it's good for the American Dream. What a patriotic policy, then, and how fitting for the nation's capital to consider it. Let's hope D.C. implements it and soon.

DC Defunds Youth Courts, Pushes Kids Into Criminal Justice System

Michael Shank | Posted 12.21.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

Will the District of Columbia be able to provide an alternative for juvenile offenses that are better suited to reducing recidivism than prosecution in the court system?

Stop Watching Us: D.C. to More Than Double Traffic Cameras

Kurt A. Gardinier | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Kurt A. Gardinier

The increase in traffic cameras in D.C. and around the country is just one more extension of our growing surveillance state. We're constantly being monitored everywhere we go and it's very unsettling.

The Large Retailer Accountability Act, a Bill D.C. Doesn't Need

Franklin Garcia | Posted 09.24.2013 | DC
Franklin Garcia

The future of the Large Retailer Accountability Act is uncertain; many hope D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray vetoes the bill, because it will hurt economic development, and not provide much-needed jobs by keeping big retailers out of the city.

Washington's Battle for a Living Wage (And Does DC Really Need Six Wal-Marts?)

Kurt A. Gardinier | Posted 09.20.2013 | DC
Kurt A. Gardinier

Mr. Gray, instead of looking at the "full impact" this bill would have on large corporations, maybe you should look at the "full impact" this would have on the citizens who elected you. You represent us, not Wal-Mart and Costco.

Shame on Walmart!

Ralph Nader | Posted 09.11.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

I sent D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray five questions to consider in deciding whether he would support or veto the living wage bill passed by the city council. These questions should be answered by any community considering the value of a Walmart store.

Don't Let Earmarks Return in D.C.

Robert Bettmann | Posted 07.23.2013 | DC
Robert Bettmann

Earmarks were eliminated in D.C. in 2010, and the policy climate had been improving for it. But Lettermarking, a first cousin of Earmarking, is trying for a comeback.

Preston Maddock

Printing Handguns At Home? Maybe Not In D.C.

HuffingtonPost.com | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.09.2013 | DC

Most people aren't particularly familiar with 3D printers, but their potential to be used for sinister purposes has already prompted D.C. Councilmembe...

DC's Role in Driving the Immigration Reform Debate

Michael Shank | Posted 04.12.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

Presently, 25,000 undocumented immigrants in D.C. cannot obtain a driver's license from the DMV. To continue denying D.C. resident's access to ID and driving privileges entrenches discrimination by fettering freedom of movement, and creates a permanent subset of second-class residents.

Why I'm Fighting to End Marijuana Prosecutions in DC

Paul Zukerberg | Posted 06.09.2013 | DC
Paul Zukerberg

Washington, D.C. may no longer be the "murder capital," but new data released by the D.C. police department confirms we're still #1 in something: marijuana arrests.

DC's Poorest Set to Suffer From Federal Sequester

Michael Shank | Posted 05.13.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

D.C. can easily cover the sequester cuts, given the $400 million budget surplus it announced earlier this year. The outstanding question, however, is whether or not Mayor Vince Gray will be an advocate for this city's growing poor population.

How Mayor Gray Is Failing DC Public Schools

Michael Shank | Posted 02.13.2013 | DC
Michael Shank

There is nothing radical about closing schools. A "radical" approach would have been for Rhee to tackle poverty and unemployment in D.C., a far more effective method of advancing early childhood education.

BIZARRE Change Coming

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 02.14.2013 | DC

Red. It has been said it is the color of anger, danger and fear. If that is the case then it may be fitting that the red is the color a D.C. Tax...

New Council Can Turn the Corner for Children

Judith Sandalow | Posted 03.12.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

I urge every member of the D.C. Council to refresh your commitment to the District's children and families so that we can all turn the corner together and no one is left behind. Please set a goal of improving our entire city, not just the reputation of the council.

DC Council Chair Scuttles Critical Effort to Employ Ex-Offenders

Michael Shank | Posted 12.06.2012 | DC
Michael Shank

If America is the land of opportunity, then people -- all people -- must be given a second chance to pursue their dreams after they have served their sentence.

Transformational Transportation -- The Rise of Uber

Mike Montgomery | Posted 12.19.2012 | Technology
Mike Montgomery

The Uber application combines mobile technology with the taxi and sedan industry. No more fighting for a cab. No more wondering if it'll show up. No more anonymous drivers, no more weird back seat odors, and no more mad dashes to the cash machine.

Renee Bowser for Ward 4 Council

Head-Roc | Posted 06.02.2012 | DC
Head-Roc

Understanding the challenge Renee Bowser faces with voters possibly confusing her name with the incumbent's on the Democrat primary ticket, I wrote a lil song extolling her virtues.

Sleaze City: Citizens' Revolt Launched to Ban Corporate Control of DC Elections

Art Levine | Posted 06.02.2012 | DC
Art Levine

The growing movement to undo the nefarious impact of the Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate campaign spending finds its counterpart in a citizens' revolt against corporate control of local Washington, D.C. elections.

Why Don't Mary Cheh or Tommy Wells Support $10 Million for D.C. Arts?

Robert Bettmann | Posted 04.29.2012 | DC
Robert Bettmann

Government funding is critically important to local artists and arts organizations, but how much arts funding is the right amount of arts funding?

Grandma's Hands: Real Ethics Reform in DC

Max Skolnik | Posted 01.03.2012 | DC
Max Skolnik

This past year, the DC government has dishonored the long history and hard work of its citizens. Rather than resort to cynicism and apathy, let's drive the agenda for change.

Andrea Stone

Crisis Confusion Reigns In Capital 10 Years After 9/11 With 'No One In Charge'

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.16.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The nation's capital made it through a rare earthquake and treacherous blizzard this year, laying bare a scary reality: Getting out of W...

Why D.C. Must Be Free

Avis Jones-DeWeever | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
Avis Jones-DeWeever

How ironic, the basic tenets of U.S. citizenship so freely given throughout the nation remain elusive in the lives of those who live within the confines of the capital city.

High Noon: Tuesday Protests Take on "Fully Loaded" Chairman, GOP-Style Dems Over DC Cuts to Poor

Art Levine | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The pending budget deal could cut over $100 million from services for the poor, disabled and homeless. The safety-net is already so tattered that homeless mothers with infants in tow have been given bus fare to ride buses all night rather than shelter.