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The D.C. Council gets its own “House of Cards” like web series

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 07/02/15 6:22pm

The widely popular Netflix television show “House of Cards” is loved by Capitol Hill and White House junkies nationwide, but there’s another place on Pennsylvania Avenue that might be getting its own fictional web series: The John A. Wilson Building.The Wilson Building, where the D.C. Council and mayor work, is the center of the new teaser for a web series named “The Council.” In a promo video, fictional councilmembers take turns trying to show the audience who's really the bigwig (or ...

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Minimum wage rises to $10.50 in D.C.

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 07/01/15 10:03pm

Pay day just got sweeter (pictures of money/flickr). D.C. joined an exclusive group of jurisdictions nationwide that have a minimum wage above $10 on Wednesday. Employees in the District must lawfully be paid at least $10.50 per hour, and tipped workers must also earn pay that is equal to that amount when tips are included. The wage hike is a part of a plan signed into law last year by then-Mayor Vincent Gray to increase wages in steps; it increased to $9.50 last July and it will end at ...

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D.C. Councilmembers air budget concerns to Bowser

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 04/16/15 12:07pm

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (far right) says he is against raising taxes while the city is financially strong (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). D.C. Councilmembers outlined a laundry list of concerns with Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s 2016 budget plan on Monday, with a handful opposing her proposed increases to the sales and parking tax. At issue is a sales tax increase of 0.25 percent — bumping the city’s total sales tax to 6 percent, at level with Maryland and Virginia’s — and ...

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Bowser proposes tax hikes to fight homelessness, fund affordable housing

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 04/10/15 2:16pm

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser presented her $12 billion budget proposal to the D.C. Council on April 2 (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). Mayor Muriel E. Bowser wants to increase the D.C. sales tax to fund affordable housing and initiatives aimed at fighting homelessness in the city, she said on April 2. Under the 2016 budget proposal Bowser presented to the D.C. Council, the citywide sales tax would rise 0.25 percent percent to 6 percent total. She defended the tax hike as a necessary measure to end homelessness ...

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Bill would raise smoking age to 21 in D.C.

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 04/03/15 3:38pm

Raul Lieberwirth/flickr The legal age to buy and possess tobacco products may soon be increased to 21 in D.C. If Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie has his way, a bill he introduced to the D.C. Council April 1 will increase the minimum age required to purchase and possess tobacco products from 18 to 21. “Raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products will significantly reduce our youth’s exposure to a deadly habit,” McDuffie (D-Ward 5) said through a press release April 1. “The legislation ...

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Bowser promises ‘pathways to the middle class’ in State of the District

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 04/01/15 11:17am

Photo: Bryan Park/The EagleMayor Muriel E. Bowser touted D.C. as one of the strongest economies in the country during her first State of the District address, but also cautioned that the city faces historic economic inequality.The address on March 31 — Bowser’s first city-wide speech as mayor — was titled “pathways to the middle class,” a phrase she used throughout the night when highlighting initiatives to improve schools, decrease crime and combat homelessness and rising ...

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Security checkpoints coming to National Zoo

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 03/23/15 1:38pm

nationalzoo/flickr The National Zoo will implement temporary security checks at entrances during the busy spring period, a new move at the traditionally screening-free attraction, director Dennis Kelly said. The new measures will be similar to security checks at the National Mall’s July 4 fireworks ceremony, Kelly said at a Woodley Park advisory neighborhood commission meeting on March 16. Security will screen visitors and their bags for prohibited weapons and banned items like alcohol. “Increased ...

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Get to know D.C. Government: Executive Office of the Mayor

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 03/19/15 1:35pm

The D.C. government is housed in John A. Wilson Building (rachaelvoorhees/flickr). This is part of a series of explainers about local D.C. government and politics by District Wire. Next up is the city’s executive office, the mayor. Read DW’s previous explainer on D.C.’s legislative body, the D.C. Council, here. How is D.C.’s mayor elected? Every four years there is a citywide election, where registered D.C. voters elect the mayor along with some councilmembers and other city ...

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D.C. presses ahead with marijuana legalization despite congressional protest

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 02/25/15 4:21pm

Bowser at a press conference about the legalization of marijuana on Feb. 25. CUNEYT DIL / THE EAGLEMayor Muriel Bowser and city leaders will press ahead with implementing marijuana legalization in D.C. Feb. 26 at midnight, defying late threats to stop legalization from Republicans in Congress.Bowser stood united with eight D.C. councilmembers, Attorney General Karl Racine and Police Chief Cathy Lanier at a press conference Feb. 25 and said marijuana will be legal Thursday at 12:01 a.m. “Our ...

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Congress sends last-minute letter to Bowser, seeking to block pot legalization

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 02/25/15 9:28am

Photo credit Prensa 420Some members of Congress warned Mayor Muriel Bowser late Tuesday night that the city will be breaking federal law if it legalizes marijuana.Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the committee that oversees the District’s affairs, told Bowser in a letter that Congress blocked any attempts to legalize marijuana and urged her to reconsider the city’s decision.The letter came after Bowser met with D.C. councilmembers, Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Attorney ...

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