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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Vincent B. Orange
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.
A key D.C. Council member said Wednesday he will introduce a disapproval resolution related to a questionable $12.7 million contract to overhaul city-owned United Medical Center.
Abraham Lincoln took on bloodshed among the states and the shame of slavery during his four years in the White House, thwarting plans of the Confederacy headquartered 90 miles to the south in Richmond.
Council member Vincent B. Orange, at-large Democrat, who leads the committee charged with considering four minimum wage proposals, told The Associated Press that he plans to move a bill out of committee that would increase the city's minimum wage from $8.25 to $11.50 an hour over the next three years.
"I think that there should have been coordination, especially when you are taking on the president of the United States," he said.