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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Vincent B. Orange
Smoking marijuana in the home or possessing small amounts of the drug will no longer be a crime in the nation’s capital under a bill passed Tuesday by the D.C. Council and expected to be signed into law by the mayor.
If you're interested in reading tit-for-tat rhetoric being spewed in the "war on women," this isn't the column for you today.
After studying the tea leaves, Vincent C. Gray has decided to make another run in the race for mayor of the nation's capital.
Vincent C. Gray may not have said whether he will or will not run for a second term as mayor, but he certainly dipped his toes into the murky Democratic pool on Friday by proposing to raise the minimum wage.
A coalition of clergy, union leaders and activists is seeking to put an initiative on next year's ballot that would raise the District's minimum wage to $12.50 an hour — saying D.C. Council members' promises to raise the minimum wage don't go far enough.
The decision to fire the District's insurance commissioner came swiftly after he criticized President Obama's plan to let people with coverage that does not meet the Affordable Care Act's standards extend their plans for one year.
The D.C. Council voted 9-4 Tuesday to recommend censuring and stripping council member Marion Barry of a committee assignment as a result of his failure to disclose cash gifts from city contractors.
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.
This week, the Large Retailer Accountability Act is expected to land on the desk of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and he would prove himself to be a savvy and gutsy politician if he vetoes the measure.
The D.C. Council on Tuesday approved emergency legislation to address regulations for the city's food trucks, bringing a peaceful compromise to a three-year battle between brick-and-mortar restaurants and the popular mobile vendors.
The long-simmering battle between traditional brick-and-mortar restaurants and the insurgent food truck industry is expected to come to a head Friday during a regulatory hearing before a D.C. Council committee.
Policies to protect struggling homeowners from foreclosure in the District of Columbia, Maryland and other jurisdictions have offered "fool's gold," in the words of one top analyst, and they are holding back a real estate rebound, even as the U.S. housing market begins to roar, or at least growl, across the country.
The D.C. Council chairman will hold a hearing to look into concerns about the legitimacy of a contract award to overhaul a troubled city-owned hospital before a Feb. 19 vote on the deal.
A D.C. Council member on Thursday accused the administration of Mayor Vincent C. Gray of influencing a questionable contract award to overhaul city-owned United Medical Center and of appearing ready to cave to the demands of the large-business community currently objecting to broader efforts to reform the city's minority contracting policies.
“Now they’re going to think, ‘I can smoke because the government is saying it’s not a criminal offense and I’m going to go try this,’ and then they’re going to be penalized when they walk in there trying to get a job,” said Mr. Orange, who abstained from the final vote.
He said decriminalization sends a mixed message to teenagers who might use the drug because it is no longer criminal but be disqualified from jobs because of use of marijuana.