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D.C. Political Roundup: Ward 4 Politicos Eye Possible Council Vacancy

Mere moments after D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) received word that she’d won the Democratic nomination for District mayor on April 1, political activists and observers in her ward started to speculate as to who would occupy her council seat.

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NAACP Leaders Blast Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Ruling

Leaders of the NAACP lambasted Tuesday the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions, calling the ruling detrimental to the building of a diverse society.

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Majett Appointed Acting Administrative Chief in P.G. County

Nicholas Majett, who recently left his job as the director of D.C.'s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, has been appointed as acting chief administrative officer in Prince George's County.

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Norton to Defend D.C.'s Decriminalization of Pot

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said she will defend the city's right to implement a law allowing the decriminalization of marijuana — a battle she didn't foresee but is ready to fight on behalf of "disproportionately" arrested black men.

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Obamas Worship at D.C.'s 19th Street Baptist Church for Easter

President Obama and his family attended Easter services on Sunday at the 19th Street Baptist Church in Northwest, where Obama once attended before he was inaugurated in 2009.

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Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, 76, Remembered in Death as True Fighter

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer who spent 19 years in prison for a wrongful murder conviction, died Sunday in Toronto from complications of prostate cancer. He was 76.

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Ron Busby Approves of Pick to Head Federal Minority Business Agency

Ron Busby, the president of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., backed on Friday Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker's selection of Alejandra Castillo as the new national director of the Minority Business Development Agency.

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NUL President Morial Joins Gun-Control Advocacy Group

National Urban League President Marc Morial has joined a new gun-control advocacy organization that aims to galvanize Americans to end gun violence.

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D.C. Council Sues Mayor Gray over Budget Autonomy

The District of Columbia Council — spearheaded by Chairman Phil Mendelson — took the unprecedented step Thursday of taking Mayor Vincent Gray and his administration to court over the lack of interest in enforcing the city's budget autonomy law.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Alexander Bid Generates Talk in Ward 7

The possibility that D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) will run for one of the two council at-large seats in the Nov. 4 general election has elicited strong reactions from Ward 7 leaders.

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D.C. Mayor Gray Questions Law for At-Large Council Seats

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray expressed his concerns Wednesday about a law in the city's home rule charter that sets aside two at-large seats on the D.C. Council for non-Democrats.

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DC Vote's Perry Rails Against City Officials' Budget Autonomy Actions

Kimberly Perry, the executive director of DC Vote, expressed her displeasure Friday with top city officials for trying to undermine budget autonomy in the District.

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Dick Gregory Preaches Black Unity at Prayer Breakfast in D.C.

Famed comedian and social activist Dick Gregory spoke at the Emancipation Day Prayer Breakfast in D.C. on Wednesday, leaving attendees rolling on the floor with his witty comments on the condition of African-Americans in D.C. and the rest of the nation.

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Michael Eric Dyson, D.C. Council Push for Statehood at Emancipation Day Brunch

Renowned author and academic Michael Eric Dyson told an audience Sunday at the Emancipation Day Brunch in D.C. that the day that slaves were freed in the District should not be forgotten, nor should the city's ongoing battle for statehood.

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Bowser Tenuously Embraced by TENAC

D.C.'s Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser now has the backing of the city's largest tenant association, but it wants her to focus on the housing concerns of low and middle-income residents.


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Cory Booker, Tim Scott Team for Bipartisan Bill to Aid Job Creation

Cory Booker and Tim Scott, the Senate's lone African-Americans, recently introduced a bill that would provide a tax credit for employers to help increase the number of registered apprenticeships.

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McDuffie, Cheh Introduce Pay Equity Bill

D.C. Council members Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) recently introduced a bill to increase pay equity and transparency by prohibiting retaliation against employees for discussing their wages and eliminating non-disclosure agreements, or "pay secrecy" policies.

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Norton Praises Senators for Pro-District Bills

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton commended Democratic Sens. Mark Begich and Thomas Carper on Thursday for introducing two bills that will strengthen the District's quest for self-government.

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Yvette Alexander Mulls Run for At-Large Council Seat

D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) set off a political firestorm earlier this week when she tweeted to a fellow council member that she might run for an at-large seat on the council in the Nov. 4 general election.

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CBC Women Push to End Military Regulations on Black Hairstyles

The female members of the Congressional Black Caucus wrote a strongly worded letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, railing against "offensive and biased" regulations that would discipline black women in the military for wearing differing, cultural hairstyles.

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Hank Aaron: Obama's Foes Act Like KKK


Hank Aaron, who celebrated the 40th anniversary of his breaking Babe Ruth's career home run record on Tuesday, delved into politics when he said that Republicans who oppose the Affordable Care Act are acting like the Ku Klux Klan.


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D.C. Political Roundup: Democrats Hold Unity Breakfast

District of Columbia Democrats hosted a Unity Breakfast on April 4 to heal the party after a bruising April 1 primary that had the mayor and a veteran council member who represented Ward 1 for more than a decade lose their seats.

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Bowser Pushes to Outlaw Revenge Porn

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser introduced legislation Tuesday that would make the intentional and malicious distribution of sexually explicit images or video without consent, commonly known as "revenge porn," a criminal offense.

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Bill Clinton Endorses Anthony Brown for Md. Governor

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown picked up the support of former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday in his bid for governor.

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D.C. Council's Cheh Takes on Parking Ticket Reform

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, who chairs the council's Committee on Transportation and the Environment, introduced legislation Tuesday that would radically change the city's parking ticket writing process and appeals system.

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Chuck Stone, 89, Renowned Journalist and NABJ Founder, Dies

Chuck Stone, a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists and a noted writer, editor and columnist for the black press, died Sunday. He was 89.

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D.C. GOP Begins General Election Process

D.C.'s Republican Party had no real contests in its April 1 primary but GOP officials say that the Nov. 4 general election will be a different story.

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Gray's Budget Pours Funds into Ward 8

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray testified Monday before the city council about his fiscal 2015 $10.7 billion budget, which will be his last and, for Ward 8 residents, one with good things in store.

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D.C. Gives $250K to Local Food Bank

D.C.'s Department of Small and Local Business Development announced Friday that a $250,000 grant has been approved for DC Central Kitchen in Northwest.

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CBC Blasts Paul Ryan's Budget Proposal

The Congressional Black Caucus lambasted Rep. Paul Ryan's 2015 federal budget proposal, saying it ignores struggling Americans.

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D.C. Seeks Master Developer for St. Elizabeths East

District officials are looking for a development company to start working on the conversion of the St. Elizabeths East campus into a mixed-use complex with housing, offices, shops and a widely publicized tech center.

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D.C. Students Get Free Ride with Electronic Bus Passes

D.C. schoolchildren will now be able to ride buses for free at certain times, thanks to a new program started by the transit agency and the city's Department of Transportation.

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NAACP Chafes at Supreme Court's Campaign-Donor Decision

The Supreme Court's decision Wednesday to strike down federal limits on campaign contributions drew criticism from the leader of the NAACP as not being in the best interest of democracy.

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D.C. Women's Politics Group Celebrates Primary's Female Winners

DC Women in Politics, a organization that encourages female residents to get involved in politics and run for office, congratulated Muriel Bowser on nabbing the Democratic nomination for mayor.

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Allen, Nadeau Set for Council Seats

The protégé of D.C. Council member Tommy Wells will likely take his mentor's place at the John A. Wilson Building in Northwest in early January 2015 and he will be joined by a fresh face from Ward 1.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Council member Christopher Barry?

There's been chatter in Ward 8 on who will succeed Marion Barry and his son's name has come up repeatedly.

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Bowser, Primary Winners Take Victory Lap

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, the newly elected Democratic nominee for mayor in the Nov. 4 general election, thanked her supporters Wednesday for her convincing upset of incumbent Vincent Gray during a press conference at the National Press Club in Northwest.

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Tommy Wells: Public Service is His Calling

If one looks at D.C. Council member Tommy Wells' resume, it's obvious that while he has educational credentials that would merit a lobbying career on K Street or at a prestigious law firm or non-profit in Washington, he has opted instead for the public service route.

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Thompson Uses Capitol Hill Clout to Benefit District

D.C. Council candidate Darrel Thompson hasn't hesitated to throw his weight around Capitol Hill during his bid for office — an influence over members of Congress he says he will use for the city's benefit.

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Norton Praises United Nations for D.C. Statehood Stance

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton on Friday praised a report from the United Nations' Human Rights Committee that criticized the U.S. government for not granting equal congressional voting rights for District residents.

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Jack Evans: I'm Not Just 'Mr. Downtown'

If you really want to get D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Jack Evans upset, say to his face that he knows nothing about Washington except the booming downtown area and Georgetown in Northwest, where he lives.

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Gray Signs Senior Property-Tax Relief Bill

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) signed into law Tuesday a bill that will help many seniors in the District stay in their homes despite rising property taxes.

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D.C. to Hold Arts Grants Event

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will host its annual Grants Kickoff at the Lincoln Theatre on April 7 at 10 a.m., with D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) attending.

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Ministers Join Fight Against 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Leading ministers of the National Baptist Convention, USA., Inc., announced Tuesday they are working to repeal the controversial "stand your ground" laws around the country through a newly-formed National Pastors' Task Force.

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D.C. Council's Grosso Wants Changes to Paid Leave

D.C. Council members David Grosso, David Catania and Tommy Wells introduced a bill Friday which would provide city government employees up to six weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption or fostering of a child as well as to take care of a seriously ill family member.

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Bowser Gains More Labor Support for Mayoral Bid

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has garnered several endorsements from organized labor groups in his re-election bid but Muriel Bowser, his main challenger in the April 1 Democratic primary, has also made inroads with the unions, with the latest nods going to the Ward 4 Council member.

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CBC Demands Change to 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

The Congressional Black Caucus is the latest organization to formally protest "stand your ground" laws in place throughout the nation, arguing that they are racially discriminatory and should be repealed in the states that have them.

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NNPA Luncheon Focuses on Black Economics, Growing Income Gap

The economic status of African-Americans and the "crisis-level" income gap between the rich and the poor was the agenda of this year's State of the Black Press luncheon Friday at the National Press Club in D.C.

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Gray, Bowser Neck-and-Neck as Mayoral Race Winds Down

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser are in a statistical dead heat, according to the latest poll for the Democratic mayoral nomination.

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D.C. Muslims Pick Gray for Re-Election

The DC Muslim Caucus announced Thursday that their choice for mayor in the April 1 primary is incumbent Vincent Gray.

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