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Harry Thomas Jr

The Scandal of Silence in D.C.

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.03.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

D.C. will never bet taken seriously on Capitol Hill or around the country so long as our local government is perceived as inept, corrupt and unable to change.

'Family Matters' Connection To Political Scandal?

Posted 06.14.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- It's a provocative question: Did Kellie Williams, who played Steve Urkel's love interest Laura Winslow on the TV sit-com "Family Matters...

D.C. Scandals Are 'A Stain On The Government'

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 08.08.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — The former chairman of the District of Columbia Council pleaded guilty Friday to lying about his income on bank loan applications, ...

UPDATED: D.C. Official Charged With Bank Fraud, Resigns

Posted 06.07.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Council Chairman Kwame Brown (D), who has been under investigation by federal prosecutors for months, was charged w...

Kwame Brown: 'I Have No Plans To Resign'

Posted 06.06.2012 | DC

Editor's Note: The Washington Post reported midday Wednesday that D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is expected to be charged with fraud. This is a de...

Ward 5 Voters Head To Polls Tuesday

Posted 05.15.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Voters in the District of Columbia's Ward 5 will go to the polls on Tuesday in a special election to fill the vacant D.C. Council seat f...

House OKs D.C. Special Elections Bill

| Posted 03.01.2012 | DC

By Emma Dumain Roll Call Staff The House backed legislation Wednesday evening that would shorten the window between a vacancy in a local office an...

Congressional Panel OKs Norton's D.C. Voting Bill

| Posted 02.08.2012 | DC

By Emma Dumain Roll Call Staff A House committee approved a bill Tuesday that would shorten the window between the opening of a vacancy on the D.C...

Should D.C. Residents Be Denied Voting Rights?

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.09.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- It's a common argument used in the case against greater voting rights or statehood for the District of Columbia: Why should the resident...

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Picking His Fights

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is basing a large part of his campaign on what he can manage to accomplish without dealing with the congressional gridlock, and this is quite likely a winning political strategy.

D.C. Lawmaker Resigns, Will Plead Guilty To 2 Federal Crimes

AP | BEN NUCKOLS and ERIC TUCKER | Posted 03.06.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — A D.C. councilmember charged with stealing more than $350,000 in government funds and filing false tax returns announced his resign...

Reports: D.C. Councilmember Will Resign, Plead Guilty

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.04.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Embattled District of Columbia Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) will resign from office and plead guilty to at least one felony...

Whether It's Congressional Meddling or D.C. Council Ethics Scandals, Corruption Impedes Home Rule

David Grosso | Posted 02.28.2012 | DC
David Grosso

Congressional meddling with local D.C. laws must end because it's just another form of corruption. Yet, as long as D.C.'s elected officials continue to embarrass the city with ethics scandals, we'll have trouble convincing the country.

The Big Distraction

Max Skolnik | Posted 02.19.2012 | DC
Max Skolnik

We have lost sight of the true problems facing the District. While we fiddle with the composition of a new ethics board and technical changes to the municipal code, DC burns with 30% child poverty and 50% youth unemployment rates.

Losing the Battle but Winning the War: A Local Example

Jody Melto | Posted 02.06.2012 | DC
Jody Melto

Sure. It's great that the D.C. Council is working on Ethics Reform. But let's not forget that it's often a tenacious private citizen or internal whistleblower, usually not an elected official, who unearths unethical or even illegal activity.

Postcard From the Last Colony

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.06.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Political power is not just the ability to make law, but also the real influence that elected leaders have on their communities. Children learn a lot about moral choices by observing the decisions of influential adults and public figures.

D.C. Councilmembers Meet To Discuss Harry Thomas Jr.

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.05.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia councilmembers met beind closed doors Monday afternoon to discuss their colleague, Ward 5 Democrat Harry Thomas Jr....

D.C.'s Ward 5 Is Setting the Stage for Political Drama

Frederick Butler | Posted 12.05.2011 | DC
Frederick Butler

Like TNT, D.C. "knows drama," when it comes to politics, and with local and federal investigations of two Ward 5 politicians, a recall campaign and a possible challenge to election results, Ward 5 is setting the stage for really bad community theater.

D.C. Dysfunction: 'This Is The Worst Council I've Ever Served On'

The Huffington Post | Michael Grass | Posted 11.21.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's often dysfunctional and contentious District of Columbia Council proceedings, where members uttered profanity, called each oth...