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Left to right: Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Washington, D.C. Attourney General Irv Nathan, address the the media about emergency legislation to amend District laws to conform to the court's recent Palmer v. District of Columbia ruling on the DistrictÕs gun laws during a press conference at the Wilson Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 17, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Left to right: Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, address the media about emergency legislation to amend District laws to conform to the court's recent Palmer v. District of Columbia ruling on the DistrictÕs gun laws during a press conference at the Wilson Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 17, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Left to right: Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, Washington, D.C. Attourney General Irv Nathan, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, address the the media about emergency legislation to amend District laws to conform to the court's recent Palmer v. District of Columbia ruling on the DistrictÕs gun laws during a press conference at the Wilson Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 17, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Left to right: Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and Councilmember Tommy Wells address the media about emergency legislation to amend District laws to conform to the court's recent Palmer v. District of Columbia ruling on the DistrictÕs gun laws during a press conference at the Wilson Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 17, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, left, and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, right, listen as Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, center, speaks to the media about emergency legislation to amend District laws to conform to the court's recent Palmer v. District of Columbia ruling on the DistrictÕs gun laws during a press conference at the Wilson Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 17, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Councilmember Tommy Wells speak to the media about emergency legislation to amend District laws to conforming to the court's recent Palmer v. District of Columbia ruling on the District’s gun laws during a press conference at the Wilson Building, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 17, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson holds a media briefing to discuss topics which may come up during a legislative meeting to be held on Wednesday, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 18, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson holds a media briefing to discuss topics which may come up during a legislative meeting to be held on Wednesday, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 18, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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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).

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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).

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said the bill requiring certain larger retailers to pay a higher minimum wage still has not yet reached his desk. It will then go to Mayor Vincent C. Gray to sign off on it or veto it. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said the bill requiring certain larger retailers to pay a higher minimum wage still has not yet reached his desk. It will then go to Mayor Vincent C. Gray to sign off on it or veto it. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Councilmember Tommy Wells comments during Chairman Phil Mendelson Committee of the Whole and the Committee on the Judiciary roundtable on Truancy Reduction in the D.C. Public Oversight Roundtable on Thrusday, July 12, 2012, in Washington D.C.. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

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If an emergency hit the District, as it did Boston, "it would be almost impossible for many off-duty workers, who would be desperately needed, to respond in a timely manner," Mayor Vincent C. Gray wrote to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. (The Washington Times)

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"I agreed to hold a public roundtable, in effect a hearing, and it will be open to the public," said Phil Mendelson, D.C. Council chairman. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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"I agreed to hold a public roundtable, in effect a hearing, and it will be open to the public," said Phil Mendelson, D.C. Council chairman. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (left) and D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray unveiled the glass-enclosed, carpeted pavilion with a banner outside proclaiming, "A more perfect union must include full Democracy in D.C." (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Before he was D.C. Council chairman, Phil Mendelson urged that D.C. police Sgt. Mark Robinson be regarded as a whistleblower, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Times. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)