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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - David A. Catania
D.C. lawmakers gave final approval on Tuesday to the city's $10.6 billion spending plan, which includes a package of broad cuts to income and business taxes but expands sales taxes to some new services such as health clubs.
An attempt to derail a tax on gyms, yoga studios and fitness centers was defeated 9-4 by the D.C. Council on Tuesday.
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said a plan by mayoral candidate David A. Catania to eliminate the proposed "yoga tax" is a political maneuver and defended picking the taxing option over other proposals because it would not exclusively affect city residents.
Gym rats have found their fitness champion in D.C. Council member David A. Catania, who announced a plan Friday to scrap the proposed "yoga tax."
Democrat Muriel Bowser has the upper hand against her opponent in the D.C. mayor's race, collecting $858,000 during the latest reporting period, according to campaign finance statements.
Former D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz announced Monday she will run for mayor as an independent — an unlikely bid after five years out of office that has another candidate suggesting the move is a ploy to play spoiler.
Here comes Carol Schwartz. A Republican who reminded D.C. voters that trash-and-garbage pickup is not a partisan issue.
Contenders in the D.C. mayor's race are scheduled to file financial statements Tuesday providing the best clues yet as to how competitive the election will be — and whether donors in the heavily Democratic city are tapped out after a bruising and expensive primary campaign.
Two D.C. Council members will face off in an unusual contested general election for mayor in November, giving the candidates seven months to try to re-energize voters, who appeared apathetic and turned out in small numbers for Tuesday's primary election.
D.C. Council member David A. Catania filed paperwork Wednesday to run for mayor as an independent, ensuring an unusual November challenge for the Democratic primary winner and perhaps the most competitive general election for mayor that the overwhelmingly Democratic city has ever seen.
There's a tug of war taking place in the nation's capital, and school-choice advocates should push forward with all deliberate speed.
In his campaign kickoff speech on Saturday, Vincent C. Gray offered an apology for the "great pain" caused by his 2010 mayoral run, which remains under federal investigation because of "shadow campaign" activities.
D.C. Council members on Tuesday failed to garner enough support to override the mayor's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would have increased wages at large stores — most notably Wal-Mart.
Washington, D.C., has a new Michelle A. Rhee, and his name is David A. Catania. As the District's education czar, Mr. Catania appears to be ushering in a slate of reforms that will bolster student achievement and parental engagement, and close the gap between the haves and the have-nots.
At least two D.C. Council members say they would not support efforts by the chairman of the Committee on Education to deliberately withhold funds from public charter schools in order to slow their growth amid rising demand.
"Some of the concerns that he raises I believe can be resolved in future budgets," said David A. Catania, at-large independent and mayoral candidate. "Nothing is forever, and many of the concerns that are raised in this budget can be addressed next year."
He said he hoped in future years Mr. Mendelson will be able to give council members at least 24 hours to read and dissect a budget plan.