Skip to content

Ryan M. McDermott

Articles by Ryan M. McDermott

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has committed herself to advocating for a ballot initiative on a constitutional convention for statehood, noting that the city's residents and businesses have paid $256 billion in federal taxes since 2002. (Associated Press)

D.C. argues for statehood using federal tax payments

The D.C. chief financial officer is making a forceful argument for statehood: In 2014, the District paid more in federal taxes than 22 states and paid nearly the same amount as South Dakota, Alaska, Montana, Wyoming and Vermont combined. Those five states hold 15 seats in Congress, while the District has only one nonvoting delegate. Published April 27, 2016

Rep. Chris Van Hollen emerged the victor Tuesday in Maryland's hotly contested Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by longtime Democratic stalwart Barbara A. Mikulski, who is retiring. (Associated Press)

Chris Van Hollen wins Maryland Senate primary

Rep. Chris Van Hollen emerged the victor Tuesday in Maryland's hotly contested Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by longtime Democratic stalwart Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring next year. Published April 26, 2016

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine
(Associated Press)

D.C. officials have legal options in opposing Pepco-Exelon merger

Utilities regulators in two states that have signed off on the Pepco-Exelon merger are authorized to make such decisions without agreement among all of the parties involved in negotiations — authority that is not clearly delineated for the D.C. Public Service Commission, which faces a challenge from city officials for its approval of the $6.8 billion merger. Published April 25, 2016

The first National Cannabis Festival attracted thousands of marijuana activists, criminal justice reform advocates and stoners alike held at the grounds outside RFK Stadium. (Photographs by Ryan McDermott/The Washington Times)

First National Cannabis Festival a mix of activists, stoners

The syncopated beats of go-go music cut through air Saturday at the first National Cannabis Festival, mixing with chatter about medical marijuana, legalization efforts and hydroponics along with which strain of marijuana strain will give you the best high. Published April 24, 2016

This Oct. 7, 2011, photo shows the North entrance to the Exelon nuclear power plant, in Cordova Ill. (Paul Colletti/The Dispatch via AP)

D.C. agency chides Pepco-Exelon merger

The D.C. Public Service Commission broke the law when it approved a merger last month between Pepco and energy giant Exelon, according to the District agency representing residents' interests. Published April 22, 2016

The poll of likely Ward 7 voters showed about 52 percent support for Mr. Gray and 23 percent for Yvette Alexander in the June 14 Democratic primary. (Ryan M. McDermott/The Washington Times)

Vincent Gray looks ahead to Ward 7 D.C. Council contest, puts probe in rear-view

Former D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray brushed off the recent release of documents related to the yearslong investigation of his 2010 campaign, and instead criticized the rollout of the current administration's homeless plan Monday after he met with residents at a senior facility in Ward 7, where he is orchestrating a political comeback with a run for the D.C. Council. Published April 18, 2016

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2014 file photo, then-Washington Mayor Vincent Gray arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. Federal prosecutors have ended their investigation of Gray after nearly five years. The long-running probe exposed an illegal slush fund that helped Gray get elected in 2010. Six people who were involved in the campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies. But prosecutors were never able to establish that Gray committed a crime or knowingly conspired with his advisers.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Vincent Gray shadow-campaign probe: Feds release documents

Hundreds of pages of previously sealed court documents related to the federal probe of illicit funding of former D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's successful 2010 mayoral campaign were released Friday -- shedding new light on an investigation that resulted in a dozen criminal convictions and cast a black cloud over city politics for years. Published April 15, 2016

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a news conference in Washington on Dec. 15, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Muriel Bowser reaffirms bid to up D.C. minimum wage

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser reaffirmed Thursday her commitment to raising the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, backed by a phalanx of workers from the Service Employees International Union. Published April 14, 2016