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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Tom Howell Jr.

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (BARBARA L. SALISBURY / THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Gray lauds language in plan for D.C. spending

Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Wednesday praised the insertion of language into a short-term federal spending plan that allows the District to use local funds for the fiscal year that begins on Saturday while Congress continues to debate its financial plan for 2012. Published September 28, 2011

D.C. officials to meet on police funding

D.C. officials will meet Tuesday to make sure spending pressures do not trip up plans to keep at least 3,800 Metropolitan Police Department officers on the street — a goal that was established during budget talks for the fiscal year that begins Saturday. Published September 26, 2011

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

D.C. tax hike on top earners took tortuous route to passage

A contentious and unexpected vote to raise taxes on the District's highest-income earners took shape largely behind the scenes, as council members revived an old proposal, wrangled votes and found common ground with reluctant colleagues. Published September 25, 2011

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Mayor strengthens nominee process to avoid surprises

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray says his administration will alter its policy for reviewing nominees for city oversight bodies by sending them through the city's Office of the Attorney General before they are announced to the public. Published September 25, 2011

Gray withdraws Mallett nomination

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has withdrawn the nomination of Robert L. Mallett to be chairman of the Board of Elections and Ethics because he does not meet a residency requirement — an embarrassing conclusion to an incident that mirrored a string of missteps by the administration. Published September 23, 2011

Kenneth Ellerbe

D.C. freezes fire, EMS Twitter account

The D.C. government has temporarily halted use of one of its most popular Twitter accounts in order to get a tighter handle on information disseminated about emergency operations. Published September 21, 2011

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Residency issue arises for nominee to D.C. elections board

Mayor Vincent C. Gray's pick to head the increasingly vital D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics faces an uphill route to confirmation because of his residency status, an issue that derailed another mayoral pick mere weeks ago. Published September 21, 2011

A TAXING MOVE: D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh confers with fellow council member Phil Mendelson on Tuesday. Mr. Mendelson led the charge in a push to increase the city's income-tax rate on high-income earners. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

D.C. Council passes tax hike

The D.C. Council approved an income-tax increase on the city's highest earners on Tuesday, after a proposal dismissed in the spring was revived during closed-door negotiations and hotly debated by council members returning from summer recess. Published September 20, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (BARBARA L. SALISBURY / THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Gray puts a different spin on jobs for jobless

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's new job-creation effort is modeled after a program that created 13,000 jobs in Atlanta, but the initiatives are more similar in spirit than in execution. Published September 18, 2011

D.C. revenue exceeds projections by $89 million

The District will finish this fiscal year with $89 million more in its coffers than its June revenue estimate indicated, according to a revised estimate released Friday. Published September 16, 2011

** FILE ** Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (The Washington Times)

Senate bill has no limits on D.C. program spending

A D.C. spending bill passed a Senate committee on Thursday without any amendments that would restrict local officials from spending city money on controversial social programs. Published September 15, 2011

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Gray urges hiring of D.C. unemployed

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray implored major universities and other area employers Thursday to fill their job vacancies with unemployed city residents as part of the District's nascent "One City-One Hire" program. Published September 15, 2011

No riders attached to bill on D.C. spending

A D.C. spending bill passed the first of two hurdles this week when it emerged from a Senate subcommittee without any amendments that would restrict local officials from spending city money on controversial social programs. Published September 14, 2011

** FILE ** Rep. Jerry Moran, R- Kan., talks on the phone with constituents in his Capital Hill office Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

D.C. spending bill advances with no new riders

A D.C. spending bill passed the first of two hurdles this week when it emerged from a Senate subcommittee without any amendments that would restrict local officials from spending city money on controversial social programs. Published September 14, 2011

The dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, postponed in August because of Hurricane Irene, has been rescheduled for Oct. 16. D.C.-rights advocates will use the occasion to hold a rally and march. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

D.C. rights rally to coincide with King event

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C.-rights advocates will resurrect their "D.C. Full Democracy Rally and March" in conjunction with the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, now scheduled for Oct. 16. Published September 13, 2011

Marion Barry

Barry fires back at Gray on DYRS funding

Council member Marion Barry has hit back at Mayor Vincent C. Gray for claiming he held up security enhancements at a Laurel facility with a history of escapes and violence against officers by juvenile wards of the District's juvenile justice agency. Published September 13, 2011

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

D.C. ethics bill to address constituent services spending

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown on Monday pledged to revisit open-ended laws that govern how city legislators can spend money from constituent service accounts as part of a sweeping ethics reform bill that he says is decades overdue and intended to diffuse mounting distrust of city government. Published September 12, 2011