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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.

Michael A. Brown

D.C. Council member Brown: Embezzlement victimized campaign

D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown said Tuesday his campaign was victimized by an embezzlement scheme that lasted several months and erased nearly $114,000 from its coffers, leaving him with $18,000 in his re-election race Published September 11, 2012

Howard L. Brooks (right), an aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, makes his way to a waiting car after pleading guilty Thursday in federal court to lying about furtive campaign payments to candidate Sulaimon Brown before the 2010 Democratic primary for mayor. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Prosecutors won't seek jail time for Gray aide cooperating in probe

Citing his "substantial assistance" to their ongoing investigation, federal prosecutors on Monday said they are not seeking prison time for an aide to Mayor Vincent C. Gray's 2010 campaign who admitted he paid a minor mayoral candidate with the hope he would stay in the race and bash incumbent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. Published September 10, 2012

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown leaves his office at the John A. Wilson Building after being charged Wednesday in federal court with one felony count of bank fraud. He resigned hours later. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Sentencing for former D.C. Council chairman delayed

A federal judge has pushed back the sentencing of former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown to November so he can "complete his cooperation" with the U.S. Attorney's Office, according to documents filed in the case. Published September 10, 2012

D.C. Council member Michael A Brown (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

D.C. elections board says Brown can stay on ballot

The D.C. Board of Elections ruled Monday that D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown collected enough petition signatures from city voters to appear on the ballot in November, despite dual challenges from one of his opponents in the at-large race and a city government watchdog. Published September 10, 2012

**FILE** Former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C. elections board to decide challenge to Brown's nominating petitions

The D.C. Board of Elections is expected to decide later today whether D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown collected enough petition signatures from city voters to be on the ballot this November, a hotly contested issue that has put the race for two at-large council seats front-and-center among the city's fall campaigns. Published September 10, 2012

Congressman proposes site for national WWI memorial

A Texas congressman who abandoned efforts this summer to "nationalize" the District of Columbia World War I Memorial on the Mall has crafted a revamped bill that would honor Americans who fought and died in the Great War on a site north of the Reflecting Pool. Published September 9, 2012

D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Gray addresses Northwest D.C. flooding problems

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced a trio of short-term measures on Friday aimed at mitigating the impact of severe flooding that has damaged homes in the Bloomingdale and Le Droit Park neighborhoods this summer during bouts of intense rainfall. Published September 7, 2012

The Culex pipiens (left) is the primary mosquito that can transmit West Nile virus to humans, birds and other animals. It is produced in stagnant water. At right is an Aedes vexans, primarily a nuisance mosquito produced from freshwater that it is not a key transmitter of disease. (Associated Press)

First D.C. West Nile death is a 'senior male'

The D.C. Department of Health on Thursday confirmed the city's first death this year from West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne infection that is causing alarm across the United States. Published September 6, 2012

Proponents of DC statehood, from left, David Lowell, John Cappozi and Ann Howell hand out literature outside the Democratic National Convention. DC Mayor Vincent Gray will speak during the convention. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)

New D.C. statehood plan: Strategize with Puerto Rico?

D.C. officials have bandied about a number of strategies in recent months to increase the city's voting rights in Congress or achieve statehood, but one stands above the rest in terms of novelty — strategize with Puerto Rico. Published September 6, 2012

Following his attorney Frederick D. Cooke, Jr., (left) Thomas Gore, a campaign treasurer for Mayor Vincent C. Gray, makes his exit from the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse after his plea hearing in the District on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

Gray campaign investigation is ongoing, say investigators

Federal prosecutors indicated Tuesday that their investigation into D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 campaign is still in full swing by delaying the sentencing of a campaign aide who pleaded guilty to destroying a record of furtive payments to a minor mayoral candidate. Published September 4, 2012

Initiative 70 delivered 30,000 signatures to ban corporate contributions to local politicians during a press conference held at Judiciary Square on Monday, July 9, 2012, in the District (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

D.C. corporate political donations ban will not be before voters in November

Activists hoping to ban direct corporate contributions to D.C. political campaigns are no longer trying to put their issue before voters in November so they can focus on preserving thousands of petition signatures they gathered earlier this year and make the ballot in a special election next spring. Published September 4, 2012

Police ID victim, suspect in fatal Sunday stabbing

Police identified a 27-year-old Northeast man as the suspect arrested in connection with a deadly stabbing near the Waterfront Metro station just after midnight on Sunday. Published September 3, 2012

Eddy Torres of VeriFone installs the new Taxi Smart Meter System in a cab. It will enable passengers to pay with credit cards and also to watch news, weather reports and current events on TV minimonitors mounted on the seats. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Court ruling idles new D.C. taxi meters

A decision by a judge on the D.C. Contract Appeals Board has put on ice the District's highly touted plans to install "smart meters" in its taxicabs and prompted the city's "Mayor for Life" to gloat that he warned officials to delay the gadgets, which are intended to improve the city's fleet. Published September 3, 2012

Kenyan McDuffie (Photo provided by Kenyan McDuffie)

McDuffie adamant about emergency funds as Bloomingdale floods

A D.C. lawmaker is calling on the city to establish an emergency relief fund for residents of the Bloomingdale neighborhood reeling from flood damage after fierce rains backed up their outdated sewer once again during the Labor Day weekend. Published September 3, 2012

Derwood man drowned in his pool

Montgomery County police say a 59-year-old man drowned Sunday afternoon in the pool at his Derwood home. Published September 3, 2012

Christophe Tulou

Protocol breach led to firing of agency chief

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's administration said Friday it had fired the city's environment director, Christophe A.G. Tulou, for what officials termed a "serious breach of protocol" in negotiations over a long-term sewer project. Published September 2, 2012

Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray (left) advocates for D.C. statehood in front of the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs at the New Hampshire Statehouse in Concord, N.H., on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.  (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Gray takes D.C. rights lobbying to convention

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is poised to use the Democratic National Convention to promote the District's right to local budget autonomy, a goal apparently within grasp as the city battles for voting rights in Congress or even statehood. Published September 2, 2012

Christophe Tulou

D.C. environment department director abruptly fired

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's administration said Friday it had fired the city's environment director, Christophe A.G. Tulou, for what officials termed a "serious breach of protocol" in negotiations over a long-term sewer project. Published August 31, 2012