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Get to know D.C. Government: D.C. Council

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 02/24/15 4:36pm

Photo: Tim Eytan/Flickr This is a part of a series of explainers about local D.C. government and politics by District Wire. Next up is the city’s legislative body, the D.C. Council. Read DW’s previous explainer on Advisory Neighborhood Commissions here. What is the D.C. Council? The D.C. Council is the city’s legislative body. It writes laws, approves the budget and oversees agencies, boards and commissions. D.C. is not a state, but its council takes roles similar to those of a ...

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Fridays with Mary J: The Wild West of marijuana?

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 02/20/15 6:44pm

It’s tough being a cannabis plant in the District of Columbia. The residents love you but Congress doesn’t. To explain the fiasco, Fridays with Mary J is back, the definitive weekly roundup on whether marijuana is legal yet in D.C. Here’s the latest on what happened in the District’s fight to legalize weed: D.C. will need to wait longer than Thursday Marijuana legalization seemed set to take effect Thursday, Feb. 26, according to city leaders, which would have been the 30th and final ...

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Marijuana group plans seed giveaway as legalization nears

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 02/18/15 1:39pm

PHOTO: BRYAN PARK/THE EAGLE Initiative 71 will legalize the possession and free exchange of marijuana when it takes effect next Thursday, but the sale of the drug will remain illegal. So the D.C. Cannabis Campaign will give out seeds to grow the plant for free. Group chairman Adam Eidinger, an AU alumnus, who led the charge to draft the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, said the group will hold a free marijuana seed distribution event for the public sometime in March. The ...

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Fridays with Mary J: D.C. Council tries to move forward with marijuana sales, fails

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 02/16/15 1:47pm

It’s tough being a cannabis plant in the District of Columbia. The residents love you but Congress doesn’t. To explain the fiasco, Fridays with Mary J is back, the definitive weekly roundup on whether marijuana is legal yet in D.C. Here’s the latest on what happened in the District’s fight to legalize weed: No hearing for you! This week got off to a shaky start when the D.C. Council tried to hold a public hearing on how to tax and sell marijuana, but instead councilmembers and staffers ...

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Fridays with Mary J: Obama joins in, BuzzFeed says it’s legal

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 02/06/15 5:37pm

It’s tough being a cannabis plant in the District of Columbia. The residents love you but Congress doesn’t. Due to the city’s limited self-governance, compounded with some Republicans’ intent to prevent D.C. from loosening its pot laws, the process to legalize the plant has stretched over months. To explain the fiasco, District Wire is here with a weekly roundup of the state of pot in D.C. Mr. President takes a stand On Feb. 2, President Barack Obama sided with the two-thirds of District ...

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D.C. Council considering bill to eliminate statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 02/05/15 3:17pm

TOMMY WELLS, FLICKRCouncilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) reintroduced a bill Tuesday to eliminate the statute of limitations on felony sex abuse crimes, including rape, sex trafficking and sexual abuse of a minor.The current statute of limitations — the time limit prosecutors have to press charges after an alleged crime occurs — on sex abuse crimes is 10 to 15 years, per the D.C. Code. The Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations Elimination Amendment Act of 2015 would eliminate those time ...

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Get to know DC government: Advisory Neighborhood Commissions

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 01/30/15 12:07pm

NCinDC, FLICKR This is a part of a series of explainers about local D.C. government and politics by District Wire. To begin, DW starts from the very bottom of elected government: Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. What is an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC)?ANCs are the lowest rank of elected government in D.C. The city is divided into 41 ANCs and each ANC is further divided into single-member districts. Each single-member district has one ANC commissioner that represents approximately 2,000 ...

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District Wire: Why we should care about local DC

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 01/30/15 10:51am

TED EYTAN, FLICKRWelcome to the District Wire, a new feature at The Eagle all about local Washington, D.C.This blog will cover issues and developments in Ward 3, particularly the neighborhoods of AU Park, Tenleytown, Friendship Heights and nearby. DW will also cover City Hall, where the D.C. Council craft city law and oversee services and where Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) runs the city.Why should we care about local D.C.? Much of the political discussion here revolves around what happens on Capitol ...

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Meet the AU junior who’s an elected official

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 12/31/69 7:00pm

COURTESY OF REGINA MONGE District Wire recently sat down with junior Regina Monge, the newly elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for 3D07, AU’s single-member district. Those interested in learning more about Advisory Neighborhood Commissions can read DW’s explainer here.Studying: Majoring in International Studies and minoring in Women’s and Gender StudiesHometown: Miami, FloridaANC: 3D07District Wire: What area does your Single Member District cover? Regina Monge: Anderson, Centennial, ...

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