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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. Council member Muriel Bowser

D.C. Council considers ethics-reform proposals

D.C. Council members on Wednesday took on the awkward task of addressing their own mechanisms for policing themselves and their colleagues in government, engaging in hours of debate on a slew of proposals aiming to overhaul city ethics laws. Published October 26, 2011

D.C. GOVERNMENT
The New Beginnings Youth Development Center has been described as an "anti-prison."

Ex-New Beginnings official settles suit

The former superintendent of the Laurel facility that houses wards of the D.C. juvenile justice agency has settled a lawsuit in which he claimed he was passed over in his bid to become the permanent boss and terminated for criticizing the selection process. Published October 23, 2011

D.C. seeks disaster declaration for August earthquake

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray formally requested help from the Obama administration to pay for $6.8 million in damage from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that stunned the region on Aug. 23. Published October 21, 2011

D.C. Council member David A. Catania (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

D.C. council gives up seeking lost $15M

D.C. Council members abandoned efforts Thursday to try to recoup roughly $15 million in uncollected taxes as a result of a city agency quietly changing an obscure tax policy in 2007. Published October 20, 2011

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Wednesday that he has not been summoned to appear before a grand jury investigating allegations of corruption in his mayoral campaign. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Inquiry into Gray campaign allegations heating up

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Wednesday that he has not been summoned to appear before a grand jury investigating allegations of corruption in his mayoral campaign, even as reports suggest prosecutors are accelerating their probe and that a Gray campaign consultant is playing a pivotal role. Published October 19, 2011

NE warehouses popular as D.C. sites for medicinal pot

Twenty-seven of the 28 applicants hoping to grow medical marijuana in the District want to set up shop in Northeast, particularly in warehouse space near strip clubs and other commercial properties. Published October 17, 2011

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

Gray finds a fitting platform for D.C. rights

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray took advantage of the dedication for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial this weekend to highlight efforts to get voting rights for the city. Published October 16, 2011

Rep. Trey Gowdy (right), South Carolina Republican

D.C. gun laws test tea party's principles

The House Judiciary Committee's decision last week to leave the District's strict gun laws alone — at least for now — appears consistent with the tea party's resistance to federal "tyranny" but at odds with the GOP-backed movement's strict adherence to language in the Constitution. Published October 16, 2011

Mayor, demonstrators renew call for D.C. voting rights

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray told hundreds of demonstrators on Saturday he is "sick and tired" of waiting for Congress to give the District full democracy and the time has come for city residents to "take" their rights. Published October 15, 2011

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has the support of Ralph Nader in the push to achieve states' rights for the District. (The Washington Times)

Gray trying to refocus push for voting rights at dedication

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is again using the dedication of the Martin Luther King National Memorial to help draw attention to the city's efforts to achieve voting rights in Congress. But this time he must also rekindle the momentum he generated earlier this year and channel the energy of competing interests. Published October 13, 2011

House committee defeats D.C. concealed gun amendment

The House Judiciary Committee easily defeated a proposal Thursday that would have allowed out-of-state residents to bring concealed weapons into the District, an unusual vote in which conservative members put their allegiance to states' rights ahead of their frequent forays into D.C. affairs. Published October 13, 2011

David A. Catania

D.C. at crossroads on collecting commercial property taxes

D.C. Council member David A. Catania says the city must "fish or cut bait" regarding how it collects certain taxes on commercial properties in the District — a confusing topic that nonetheless has put millions of dollars at stake during the past decade. Published October 12, 2011

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown likened the new Department of General Services to a multimillion-dolar company with council as its board of directors. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

D.C. Council pins hopes on new General Services office

A newly formed D.C. agency that consolidates the city's capital projects and maintenance duties under one roof should benefit the District financially, but its team must act quickly to justify the faith of city legislators who stepped "out on a limb" in support of the endeavor, council members said Tuesday. Published October 11, 2011

Slain D.C. teen was DYRS ward

A D.C. teen fatally stabbed Saturday was a ward of the District's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services who had fled the agency's custody, The Washington Times has learned. Published October 11, 2011

Medical marijuana applicants facing D.C. deadline

Applicants hoping to dispense medical marijuana in the District have until Halloween to submit their plans to city officials, pushing the long-awaited program forward even as federal prosecutors put a scare into the cannabis industry's prospects in California and other states. Published October 10, 2011

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

D.C. officials revisit contract regs after lawn mowing deal

District officials agreed Friday to take another look at city regulations on awarding contracts, following a dispute about a company awarded a landscaping job with the lowest bid but no D.C. residents as employees. Published October 7, 2011

Redskins, celebrities get behind D.C. rights

A trio of Washington Redskins players and actress Della Reese of "Touched by an Angel" TV fame are among the celebrities who taped pro-D.C. rights segments as part of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's push this month for city autonomy. Published October 6, 2011