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Phil Mendelson

Controversial 'Yoga Tax' Approved

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business

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

#DontTaxWellness in DC

Lane Hudson | Posted 08.19.2014 | DC
Lane Hudson

Despite the claim to being America's fittest city, the District still has major health problems to address like our obesity rate and health disparities across social and economic groups.

There's Rampant Income Inequality In Congress's Own Backyard

Reuters | Posted 05.01.2014 | Business

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is making income inequality an issue in midterm elections, and ...

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.

Why Patrick Mara Is So Wrong for D.C.

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.18.2013 | DC
Peter D. Rosenstein

Mara does not represent the views of the people of the District of Columbia, which makes him wrong for the people of D.C.

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.

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.

Mendelson Wins D.C. Council Chairman Special Election

Posted 11.07.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- As expected, Phil Mendelson (D) outperformed his lone opponent in Tuesday's special election for the chairmanship of the District of Col...

Councilmember May Face Surprise Upset

Posted 11.06.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- It's been a tumultuous year for local elected officials and voters in the District of Columbia. On top of the scandals that led to t...

The Colonialist Targeting of D.C. Officials

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.16.2012 | DC
Richard J. Rosendall

We should not accept the self-fulfilling logic that if a media drumbeat is loud and relentless enough, the object of its noise must go. Calls for Mayor Vincent Gray's resignation are premature.

UPDATE: Troubled Mayor Addresses Shocking Scandal

Posted 07.12.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray faced additional calls to resign, a day after three councilmembers said that he should step ...

Report: Gray Nominee Involved In Sex Scandal

Posted 06.19.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The man District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray nominated on Monday to be the director of the Department of Housing and Community Develo...

Tears, Drama Mark Tense D.C. Council Hearing

Posted 06.13.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- In a day full of personal attacks, low blows and other political theatrics, it took the tearful pleas for civility by a member of the Di...

'Boring' Policy Wonk Poised To Fill Big Job After Scandalous Week

Posted 06.08.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Phil Mendelson (D) appears to have wrangled enough support from his colleagues on the District of Columbia Council to clinch the legisla...

What's Next For D.C. Council?

Posted 06.07.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Now that Kwame Brown (D) has stepped down from the chairmanship of the District of Columbia Council following being charged with one cou...

Next Mayor In Nation's Capital May Be White

Posted 05.29.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Since Home Rule was granted to the District of Columbia in the early 1970s, all of the city's mayors have been African American. Could t...

Same-Sex Divorce Bill Advances In D.C. Council

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.12.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- As Maryland lawmakers prepare to tackle the issue of marriage equality in new legislative session, the District of Columbia is thinking ...

D.C. To Rethink Emergency Communication With Public

AP | By BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 12.13.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia's emergency management agency is making changes to the way it alerts the public about emergencies and will like...

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...

D.C. Police Battle Criticism In Fight Against LGBT Hate Crimes

Washington Blade | Lou Chibbaro Jr. | Posted 09.07.2011 | Impact

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told a D.C. Council hearing on Wednesday that the department was making progress in its fight against hate crimes and s...

White Candidate's Political Identity Theft in Tuesday's DC Primary

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Heading into the Washington, D.C. primary Tuesday, a little-known white candidate for an at-large council seat, Michael D. Brown, has essentially stolen the political identity of another, far better-known black politician.