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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. on its way to health care compliance

President Obama's re-election on Tuesday smoothed the way for states to implement his signature health-care reforms, a challenge the District took on with vigor while other states waited to see if Republican opponent Mitt Romney could deliver on a promise to unravel the controversial law. Published November 8, 2012

At large D.C. Council Member, Michael Brown, middle, greets voters outside of precinct 110 polling site in Washington, D.C., to cast their vote, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

Grosso’s victory suggests an affinity for progressives

Stacks of pizza sat untouched, the salad bowls kept their plastic lids and roughly a dozen red-shirted volunteers sat in a circle Tuesday night, gazing at a lone television in search of pleasant news inside their small campaign office on Florida Avenue Northwest. Published November 7, 2012

David Grosso (left), running for an at-large D.C. Council seat, greets a voter at a Precinct 33 polling site Tuesday. The Democrat was given the best chance for an upset. Incumbent at-large D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown (below), a Democrat, makes a last campaign pitch to voters outside a Precinct 110 polling site Tuesday. There were five challengers for his and another at-large seat.

Grosso upsets incumbent Brown in D.C. Council bid

Upstart challenger David Grosso, a relatively unknown former D.C. Council staffer who started campaigning a year ago, unseated incumbent Michael A. Brown on Tuesday for an at-large seat in the only significant upset in the city's elections. Published November 6, 2012

Washington residents take advantage of early voting at Judiciary Square in Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. According to voter site officials, some 2,400 voters had voted here since Monday, when the voting opened. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Long lines expected at local polls despite early voting

Officials in the D.C. region predict heavy turnout at the polls despite the long lines that marked pre-Election Day voting, as campaigns urge citizens to flock to the ballot box on Tuesday to decide a deadlocked presidential race, heated local contests and controversial ballot questions. Published November 5, 2012

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

Ethics issue looms over D.C. campaigns

Voters in the District will decide Tuesday whether to reshape the D.C. Council in election contests that serve as a referendum on the makeup of a body that has faced a steady trickle of ethical problems in the past two years. Published November 4, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray was joined by Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier and other public safety officials on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at the Wilson Building in Washington, D.C. to announce changes to improve both safety and fairness in the photo enforcement violations for traffic cameras in the city. The new program, which goes into effect on Monday, will include the following changes: Violators caught speeding up to 10 mph over the limit will be fined $50 instead of $75; violations from 11 to 15 mph over the limit will be fined at $100 instead of $125; and violations of more than 25 mph over the limit will increase from $250 to $300. The mayor said that the revenue raised from these fines will go towards hiring 100 new police officers in 2013. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Gray lowers some D.C. speed camera fines

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Friday lowered the fines for all but the most egregious speeders who are nabbed by traffic cameras in the District, pledging to use higher-than-anticipated revenues from the automated enforcement program to hire 100 new police officers. Published November 2, 2012

Former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (left) enters the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse for his plea hearing in Washington, D.C., Friday, June 8, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

Prosecutors want six days in jail for Kwame Brown

Federal prosecutors think former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown should serve six days in jail and spend three years on probation for submitting false information on loan applications while he served as a city lawmaker, according to papers filed Thursday in federal court. Published November 1, 2012

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Gray begins assessing storm damages

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray set off on a tour of shelters and sites along the Potomac River Tuesday morning to examine the damage and debris left by a one-two punch of harsh weather in the capital region. Published October 30, 2012

A woman leaves a house on Arlington Terrace in the Huntington neighborhood of Alexandria, Va., on Oct. 29, 2012, during a mandatory evacuation order as high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy pound the Atlantic coast. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Sandy socks East Coast

Swirling from the nation's capital to New England, a hurricane-fueled superstorm struck the most populous region of the United States on Monday with the type of brute force that had been predicted for days. Published October 29, 2012

This NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Sandy off the Mid Atlantic coastline moving toward the north with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Heavy rain spreads across North Carolina and Virginia coastlines into the Delmarva Peninsula. Farther east, rain showers are along a stationary front over the eastern Ohio Valley (AP Photo/Weather Underground)

Sandy brings wet weather to D.C. area

Commuters who would normally flow through the turnstiles of the busy Silver Spring Metro station to start the workweek heeded alerts to stay away from the dormant transit system as Hurricane Sandy and its unprecedented date with wintry weather set in on the area Monday morning. Published October 29, 2012

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Sandy a ‘unique, large, dangerous’ storm

Officials on Sunday implored residents of the Washington area to use common sense and respect nature's will as Hurricane Sandy steered toward its clash with wintry weather from the north. Published October 28, 2012

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

D.C. begins storm prep for Sandy

D.C. residents in flood-prone areas such as Bloomingdale are on "pins and needles" as city agencies put the final stamp on plans to deal with heavy rains and potentially dangerous winds on Sunday into next week from Hurricane Sandy's creep up the eastern seaboard, officials said Friday. Published October 26, 2012

** FILE ** In this Oct. 25, 2012, file photo, William P. White, D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking chief, testifies at an oversight hearing on Chartered Health Plan. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Chartered Health Plan’s finances draw scrutiny

The embattled managed-care company owned by the man at the center of a federal probe into D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's 2010 campaign was carrying $3 million in unexplained revenue on its books and had transferred $1 million to an unknown recipient, city agency directors said Thursday. Published October 25, 2012