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  • The D.C. Council is suing Mayor Vincent C. Gray for his refusal to implement a voter-approved law, which would give the District the right to set its 2015 budget without congressional interference.  Council seeks to set its own fiscal calendar. (Khalid Naji-Allah /Special to The Washington Times)

    D.C. Council sues Mayor Gray, CFO over budget autonomy law

    The D.C. Council is suing Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the city's chief financial officer over their refusal to implement a voter-approved law giving the District the right to set its budget without congressional interference.

  • DC Council sues mayor over budget autonomy law

    One branch of District of Columbia government sued another Thursday over how best to achieve a goal that both sides agree on: the ability of the city to spend its local tax dollars without authorization by Congress.

  • SIMMONS: In D.C. budget battle, another who's-in-charge decision awaits

    The D.C. Council filed a lawsuit Thursday against Mayor Vincent C. Gray, accusing him of failing to carry out his duties regarding the Local Budget Autonomy Act. The complaint says "the Council is entitled to pass a budget designating local expenditures of local funds, and only passive review — as opposed to an affirmative act — by Congress is required for that budget to become law."

  • D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (third from left) announces a lawsuit filed by the council against Mayor Vincent C. Gray, seeking to compel Mr. Gray to comply with the Budget Autonomy Act (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times).

    D.C. Council sues Mayor Gray over budget autonomy law

    The D.C. Council is suing Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the city's chief financial officer over their refusal to implement a voter-approved law giving the District the right to set its budget without congressional interference.

  • Minority parties see power grab for D.C. vote

    The District's Republican Party says it will sue any sitting Democrat on the D.C. Council who opts to run as an independent for one of two at-large seats reserved for minority political parties, promising the latest spirited defense of the set-aside positions that have long been a source of discord among city politicians.

  • DC Council to consider contracting reform bills

    The D.C. Council will hear testimony on a package of bills meant to reform the city's contracting process.

  • D.C. autonomy bills introduced in Senate

    An Alaska lawmaker introduced two bills in the Senate on Thursday that would grant the District both budget and legislative autonomy.

  • DC to consider bill on elected attorney general

    The D.C. Council will consider a measure that would allow city residents to an elect an attorney general in November.

  • Catania

    Gray's $10.7B D.C. budget likely to spark campaign fights

    D.C. Council members got their first look at outgoing Mayor Vincent C. Gray's $10.7 billion fiscal 2015 budget, with one of the contenders for his job putting the lame-duck executive "on notice" that portions of the spending plan will spark a fight.

  • 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.

  • Maia Yeboah, right, and others watch as Muriel Bowser delivers her victory speech before Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray delivered his concession speech on election night at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill after losing to Ms. Bowser, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Bowser's D.C. primary victory caps speedy rise to political prominence

    D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser's victory Tuesday in the District's Democratic mayoral primary caps a rise from relative obscurity seven years ago to front-runner status in the general election.

  • The race to be the next mayor of D.C. turns largely on scandal

    Voters in Washington, D.C., will take to the polls Tuesday to choose a Democratic nominee for mayor, a process that largely turns on whether residents believe they are better off with an incumbent shrouded in scandal or that the city needs a change in leadership.

  • DC Council to examine homeless shelter safety

    The D.C. Council is examining safety procedures at the city's family homeless shelter following the disappearance of an 8-year-old girl who was living there with her mother and brothers.

  • Spate of corruption stains otherwise thriving DC

    Mayor Vincent Gray often calls the District of Columbia "the envy of the nation" for its robust economy and fast-growing population, but some say the local government he leads - plagued by corruption, pay-to-play politics and disengaged voters - is a stain on the city's progress.

  • A man reaches for a jar of medical marijuana at a Denver clinic. (Associated Press)

    Medical marijuana advocates say patients are being left behind amid rush to legalize pot in D.C.

    Medical marijuana advocates in the District are grumbling that prospective patients have been left behind in the rush to decriminalize and legalize pot for recreational use.

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