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  • Taking the next steps: "We take no voters for granted," Muriel Bowser says in a post-primary speech. Political observers predict a bruising battle for D.C. mayor against David A. Catania in November. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    D.C. mayoral hopefuls set for contentious race

    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 files paperwork at the D.C. Board of Elections for an independent run for mayor in November (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times).

    Independent Catania files paperwork for D.C. mayoral bid

    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.

  • "[T]he NRA and their acolytes underestimate our residents if they think this city will tolerate autocratic rule from Congress," said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, District Democrat, in response to a bill that would do away with D.C.'s ban on semiautomatic rifles and gut other gun restrictions. (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS)

    SIMMONS: Norton playing politics in debate on school choice

    There's a tug of war taking place in the nation's capital, and school-choice advocates should push forward with all deliberate speed.

  • D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's campaign has collected more than 8,200 signatures to get his name on the April ballot, but that is a fraction of what he will need to prove himself worthy of re-election. (andrew s. geraci/the Washington Times)

    SIMMONS: Catania could be the one causing Gray 'great pain'

    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.

  • Protesters exit the D.C. Council chambers after members failed to override the mayor's veto of the "living wage" bill. (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times)

    D.C. Council fails to override mayor's veto of 'living wage' bill

    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.

  • SIMMONS: D.C. Council's David Catania is no reformer when it comes to education

    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.

  • D.C. hospital contract set for vote

    A $12.7 million contract to overhaul the city's publicly owned hospital is poised to pass the D.C. Council on Tuesday, after a four-hour hearing last week during which several council members appeared to have made up their minds and others expressed uncertainty as to why the contract is necessary in the first place.

  • Chairman Jim Graham comments during the Committee on Human Services public hearing on BIll 19-824 the "Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2012" on Thrusday, July 12, 2012, in Washington D.C.. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

    Keeping funds from D.C. charter schools challenged

    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.

  • SIMMONS: D.C. hospital contract overdue for oversight

    It has been nearly a year since Marion Barry and fellow D.C. Council member David A. Catania got into a profanity-laced sparring match over the fiscal health of United Medical Center, and here we are, approaching another Valentine's Day and troubles have escalated.

  • SIMMONS: Mendelson puts school truancy on D.C.'s front burner

    Phil Mendelson is of a mind that his city's government is obligated to curb the school truancy problem.

  • Medical marijuana is packaged for sale in 1-gram packages at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle on Nov. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)

    First marijuana growers in D.C. clear regulatory hurdles

    Fifteen years after voters gave the green-light to a medical marijuana program in the nation’s capital, a pair of locations approved to grow or sell the drug have cleared regulatory hurdles and will set up shop a few months into the new year, according to city officials.

  • Sen. Patrick J. Leahy and D.C. Council member David A. Catania (shown) are spearheading efforts in their respective legislative bodies to protect the privacy of personal email accounts. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    D.C. lawmakers consider bill to protect emails

    The sudden resignation of former CIA Director Gen. David H. Petraeus over an extramarital affair turned heads for many reasons — not least of which was the way a few Gmail messages brought down a man who handled sensitive information for a living.

  • SIMMONS: Political shenanigans of health care are sickening

    If you support health care reform, stay away from the D.C. model.

  • William P. White, D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking chief, testifies at an oversight hearing Thursday 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.

  • SEC joins scrutiny of D.C. CFO's office

    Troubles mounted on disparate fronts for D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi on Tuesday with fresh accusations of employee-driven fraud in his office's tax division and an "informal inquiry" from the Securities and Exchange Commission compounding the scrutiny the city's purse-minder has endured for weeks.

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