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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.

** 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

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

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

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

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

**FILE** Marion Barry (The Washington Times)

Barry disapproval ties up DYRS security funding

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray says Council member Marion Barry's efforts to hold up $1.5 million in funding for a trouble-plagued juvenile detention center has delayed security upgrades by "more than a month." Published September 11, 2011

Gray staffer quits amid uproar over vote in D.C.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray's deputy chief of staff resigned from her post barely a week after she arrived at city hall, citing the "distraction" created by revelations she voted in September's D.C. primary despite living in Maryland. Published September 7, 2011

D.C. taps $10M in reserves for quake damage

The District has followed through on plans to borrow $10 million from its contingency reserve fund to cover damage from last month's earthquake — a conservatively high estimate of what it will actually need — as it continues to assess the monetary fallout from the hurricane that passed the region days later. Published September 6, 2011

Photographs by Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times
Washington Nationals fans display their favorites Friday while watching the Nats take on the New York Mets at home.

Nationals fans jazzy for 'Strassy' (Stephen Strasburg)

The return of the Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg has yet to reach the excitement level created when the pitching ace made his major league debut last year, but he is still on the minds - and jerseys - of baseball fans. Published September 5, 2011

Gray should not have to testify in lottery case

Mayor Vincent C. Gray should not have to testify this month about the D.C. Lottery contract because it is "unduly burdensome" and his legislative activities as council chairman are shielded by law, according to papers filed by D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan. Published September 4, 2011

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

Motion seeks to spare Gray from testifying on D.C. Lottery contract

Mayor Vincent C. Gray should not have to testify this month about the D.C. Lottery contract because it is "unduly burdensome" and his legislative activities as council chairman are shielded by law, according to papers filed by D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan. Published September 2, 2011

'Other' tops D.C. Council uses of funding for constituents

The law governing how D.C. Council members can spend money collected in "constituent service funds" is written so broadly that more than 60 percent of the 11,000-plus expenditures they have made in the past decade are classified in public records simply as "other." Published September 1, 2011

Buddy Roogow

D.C. I-Gaming plans proceed despite delay in public input

A Greek company charged with running the D.C. lottery system is hiring personnel as part of their online gaming "strategy" in the city and three unidentified states, even though the program has not passed key hurdles in the District. Published August 31, 2011

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

Gray appoints Obama official as new chief of staff

Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Monday introduced his new chief of staff and a deputy to handle community outreach, frankly accepting that early "hits" to his administration besmirched his office ahead of more recent, positive strides. Published August 30, 2011

Nadine P. Winter

Former D.C. council member Winter to lie in repose

The body of former council member Nadine P. Winter will lie in repose at the John A. Wilson Building on Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., council Chairman Kwame R. Brown said Monday. Published August 29, 2011

Workers with C.W. Wright Construction Company, a subcontractor for Pepco, work to secure a newly installed power line on Woodland Avenue in Takoma Park on Monday, while tree specialists with Arbor Care Inc. remove pieces of a large tree that knocked down the lines on this residential street. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Washington area continues recovery from quake-storm combo

The D.C. region returned to relative calm Monday after an "extraordinary week" in which a rare earthquake damaged two national icons, then Hurricane Irene arrived and knocked out power to roughly 1 million customers. Published August 29, 2011

Gray says D.C. is 'as ready as we can be' for Irene

Mayor Vincent C. Gray urged city residents on Friday to stock up and form emergency plans as Hurricane Irene threatens to produce tropical storm-like rain and winds in the capital region. Published August 26, 2011