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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Tom Howell Jr.

Gray announces statehood rally before King memorial dedication

D.C. officials want city residents to be among the first visitors to the long-awaited Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial and to insist that what the civil rights leader "has done for our country must also be done for the residents of our nation's capital." Published August 10, 2011


D.C. 'Jock tax' finds little support

The D.C. Council's effort to impose a "jock tax" on out-of-town professional athletes who play games in the District may have been flagged for a false start. Published August 9, 2011

**FILE** Togo D. West Jr. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

West resigns as chairman of D.C. elections board

The chairman of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics plans to resign, just two weeks after the board's executive director also stepped down, D.C. officials said Monday. Published August 8, 2011

DYRS official fired after questionable hire of Baynes

The District's juvenile-justice agency fired its human resources manager last week in the wake of unresolved questions around the hiring of a superintendent to oversee the city's youth-detention facility, D.C. human resources officials said. Published August 8, 2011

Rules set for D.C. permit to cultivate marijuana

Candidates to grow medical marijuana in the District risk wasting their time, energy and a non-refundable $2,500 if they're not prepared to meet the strict demands of the application process about to get under way. Published August 7, 2011

Business rips Gray's veto of bonds-tax measure

Three D.C. business groups are "shocked and dismayed" by Mayor Vincent C. Gray's decision to pocket-veto a measure that would have delayed collection of a tax on out-of-state bonds. Published August 4, 2011

**FILE** D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Cheh blasts Gray's veto of D.C. Council bonds-tax compromise

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh is livid about Mayor Vincent C. Gray's use of a pocket veto to make a tax on out-of-state bonds retroactive, even though the D.C. Council fought to delay its implementation until 2012. Published August 3, 2011

**FILE** D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

OCF clears Alexander on most charges

The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance cleared council member Yvette M. Alexander on Wednesday of allegations she used her constituent services fund for her personal benefit, yet fined her $4,000 for two smaller infractions. Published August 3, 2011

D.C. officials felt impasse on Capitol Hill keenly

For the second time this year, D.C. officials drew up memos, planned inter-agency briefings and put vacation plans on ice while power brokers on Capitol Hill worked through a stalemate with major implications for the District. Published August 1, 2011

D.C. medical marijuana applicants must pass scrutiny

District officials are being painstakingly careful in proceeding with the city's medical-marijuana program, even rejecting applicants for such seemingly simple mistakes as failing to sign and date letters of intent to grow or dispense the drug. Published July 31, 2011

Gray appoints D.C. Taxicab Commission chairman

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Wednesday appointed an urban planner with decades of experience in the capital region to take over the embattled D.C. Taxicab Commission. Published July 28, 2011

D.C. medical marijuana backers still waiting

Two D.C. patients' rights groups are decrying the absence of seeds in the ground to grow medical marijuana and a clear timetable for when patients can obtain the drug, though a full year has passed since Congress approved the program. Published July 26, 2011

Calls for D.C. Council's Thomas to quit rise after payback pact

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown declined Monday to join in calls for council member Harry Thomas Jr. to resign amid corruption investigations, instead urging Mr. Thomas to do "what is best for his family and his constituents." Published July 25, 2011