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Topic - Yvette M. Alexander
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.
D.C. Council members introduced legislation Tuesday that would greatly expand the availability of medical marijuana to D.C. patients by doing away with the list of qualifying conditions that currently restrict access to the program.
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.
D.C. officials awarded a $12.7 million contract to overhaul chronically troubled, city-owned United Medical Center to an out-of-town firm that failed to meet minority subcontract requirements, according to local competitors citing city law.
New campaign finance reports show D.C. Council incumbents with adequate war chests or recharging their fundraising efforts with about three months to go before the Nov. 6 election.
Republican Ronald C. Moten is pumping up the volume on his race for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat.
Pepco officials say they are ready and willing to enter into serious talks with customers and the D.C. government about burying power lines, an expensive proposition viewed as an antidote to power outages like those that afflicted the region during the heat wave and monster thunderstorm earlier this month.
Pepco officials told a D.C. Council committee on Friday they are ready and willing to enter serious talks with customers and the city government about burying power lines in the District, an expensive proposition that is viewed as an antidote to power outages like those that afflicted the region during a heat wave this month.
D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh is calling for a formal investigation into Pepco's response to the storm that thrashed the D.C. area Friday and caused widespread power outages, a multiday trial that has city leaders talking about a piece-by-piece effort to bury power lines underground despite an astronomical price tag.
Ted Leonsis told a D.C. Council committee on Wednesday that his controversial plan to put high-definition flat screens outside the Verizon Center could help teams inside the downtown arena lift the Stanley Cup or don championship rings one day.
Modest numbers of voters hit the polls throughout the District on Tuesday with the potential for altering the makeup of the beleaguered D.C. Council and decide who will carry their political party's flag into the general election in November.
Candidates vying for party nominations and an eventual spot on the D.C. Council say most city voters are familiar with the dark cloud that has gathered over city hall amid a series of ethics-related scandals, even if they can't explain what "bundling" is or why money orders are suddenly a key part of campaign-finance reform.
Voters have the chance to oust one-third of the D.C. Council in primary elections Tuesday, but that doesn't mean it will happen.
Ms. Alexander, who was elected as a Democrat from Ward 7 in 2007, said she didn't think changing parties would be dishonest and that she is considering the run to raise her political profile while making room for other candidates.
"I would want, if possible, the entire council to be a member of my party, if the people so desire. To have set-aside limits, that's going to be a case where people don't really have a choice," said Ms. Alexander, adding that she would support elimination of the set-aside seats.