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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.

Jack Evans, chair of the D.C. Council Committee on Finance and Revenue, listens to tesitmony during a public oversight hearing Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 on the matter of i-Gaming. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

iGaming repeal to go before full D.C. Council

D.C. Council member Jack Evans has wasted no time in requesting the full council weigh in on the repeal of the District's controversial online gambling program. Published February 2, 2012

D.C. recall effort postponed after organizer misses meeting

A city resident attempting to recall current Mayor Vincent C. Gray and council Chairman Kwame R. Brown will have to wait until Feb. 13 to hit the street with petitions for the effort, D.C. elections officials said. Published February 1, 2012

D.C. agency head named in Thomas probe resigns

Millicent West, who recently found herself linked to the corruption investigation into former council member Harry Thomas Jr.'s theft of more than $350,000 from the District, has stepped down from her position as director of the city's homeland security agency. Published January 31, 2012

Audit shows D.C. with $240M windfall

An audit of the District's finances shows a windfall of about $240 million in savings, a financial boon that will prompt debate on how much should be stowed away to impress Wall Street or committed to tax relief and services for city residents. Published January 30, 2012

D.C. Council member Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat, has scheduled a committee mark-up of a bill that would repeal authority for iGaming.

D.C. Council committee to consider iGaming repeal

A D.C. Council member with oversight of city finances has scheduled a Wednesday hearing that will allow lawmakers to weigh in, for the first time, on a bill to repeal the city's controversial online gambling program. Published January 30, 2012

D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown, Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, D.C. Shadow Senator Michael D. Brown and Council member Vincent B. Orange look at portraits of New Hampshire revolutionaries that hang in the main hall of the New Hampshire State House, Concord, N.H., Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

No satisfaction in New Hampshire on D.C. statehood

For three hours on Friday, a D.C. delegation tried to explain to a panel of New Hampshire legislators why they should obtain rights inherent from birth but not explicitly stated in the Constitution, that the District raises its own money and that Maryland will probably not ask for its land back if the nation's capital is recognized as the 51st state. Published January 28, 2012

Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi told the D.C. Council on Thursday that no laws were broken during the process to receive bids on a gaming contract with the city. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

D.C. Council faulted on Internet gambling

The D.C. inspector general testified Thursday that the city's lottery contract should have been rebid because the D.C. Council could not have known that first-in-the-nation Internet gambling was in the cards when it approved the deal with Greek company Intralot in 2009. Published January 26, 2012

**FILE** In 1998, voters in the District approved the Medical Use of Marijuana Initiative. (The Washington Times)

Limits on medical pot cause concern in D.C.

The District's medical marijuana program is still months away from sprouting, but some advocates already worry that there won't be enough cannabis to go around. Published January 25, 2012

PLAYERS: Emmanuel S. Bailey formed a company that would get the lucrative D.C. Lottery contract. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

IG: D.C. Lottery partner misrepresented experience

The local half of a joint venture that runs the D.C. Lottery misrepresented its business activities during its bid for a stake in the $38 million contract, according to a report by the D.C. inspector general. Published January 23, 2012

Pedestrians, veterans and members of the media walk around the grounds of the newly renovated District of Columbia WWI Memorial after a rededication ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 10, 2011.
(T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

D.C. fights Congress on national World War I memorial

Officials in the District are accustomed to asking Congress for full voting rights on behalf of the city's 600,000 residents or for greater control of city finances — and getting no satisfaction. Published January 23, 2012

** FILE ** D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

D.C. schools chancellor supports teacher-incentive program

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson broadly supports a bill that would entice high-performing teachers to the schools that need them the most, citing human capital as the "cornerstone" of her reform efforts. Published January 23, 2012

Neil Godleski

Victim's family redirects DYRS lawsuit

The family of a Catholic University student who was fatally shot while bicycling through the Petworth area in 2010 has dropped the District and its juvenile justice agency from a lawsuit that had accused the city of failing to supervise the 16-year-old murder suspect committed to its custody. Published January 22, 2012

13 candidates seek to fill Thomas' D.C. Council seat

A string of Ward 5 hopefuls picked up paperwork on Friday as part of the race to replace former council member Harry Thomas Jr. in a special election on May 15, less than two weeks after the ousted legislator is scheduled to be sentenced for theft and tax fraud involving public funds. Published January 20, 2012

Former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr., 51, speaks with reporters Jan. 6, 2012, outside the U.S. District Courthouse in D.C., after pleading guilty to felony counts of stealing more than $350,000 in taxpayer funds and failing to report income on his tax returns. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

D.C. foundation principal pleads guilty in Thomas case

The manager of a Ward 5 golf course admitted on Wednesday he allowed former council member Harry Thomas Jr. to use his nonprofit as a conduit for a scheme that bilked more than $300,000 from the District. Published January 18, 2012

Vincent B. Orange (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

D.C. Council reaches compromise on medical marijuana facilities

The D.C. Council struck a deal on Tuesday to avoid the clustering of medical marijuana facilities in a single part of the city, grandfathering in applicants who got preliminary approval to grow the drug in Ward 5 but potentially altering the plans of companies who hoped to join them in the industrial slice of Northeast. Published January 17, 2012

Former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr., 51, speaks with reporters Jan. 6, 2012, outside the U.S. District Courthouse in D.C., after pleading guilty to felony counts of stealing more than $350,000 in taxpayer funds and failing to report income on his tax returns. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

Another guilty plea in D.C. public corruption case

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged a second person accused of serving as a pass-through for public funds that former council member Harry Thomas Jr. stole for his personal use. Published January 17, 2012

Vincent B. Orange (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Ward 5 needs rise with Thomas' fall

Less than two weeks after Harry Thomas Jr. stepped gave up his Ward 5 seat on the D.C. Council and pleaded guilty to stealing District funds, the saturation of medical marijuana centers and other issues in his Northeast ward will take center stage at the first legislative session without him. Published January 16, 2012

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

Gray releases records for funding of D.C. transition

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has released a long-awaited record of the funds he raised and spent for his transition into office last year, revealing more than $30,000 in payments to the Maryland man at the center of an investigation into Mr. Gray's campaign activities. Published January 15, 2012