Incumbent Mayor Vince Gray concedes defeat in Democratic primary
April 1st, 2014
03:53 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Incumbent Mayor Vince Gray concedes defeat in Democratic primary

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Washington, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray will not win a second term in office.

The mayor, who has been dogged by ethics questions since his first campaign in 2010, conceded defeat early Wednesday morning to D.C. council member Muriel Bowser in the district's Democratic primary. And shortly after Gray's remarks, Bowser claimed victory in the primary contest.

According to the District of Columbia Board of Elections, Bowser captured 44% of the vote, compared to Gray's 33% with 127 out of 143 precincts reporting.

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Filed under: Democratic Party • Democrats • Political • political speech • Politics • Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
Ethics key in tight D.C. mayoral primary race
March 31st, 2014
11:53 AM ET
3 weeks ago

Ethics key in tight D.C. mayoral primary race

Washington (CNN) – The race to become the Democratic nominee for mayor of Washington, D.C. – a contest that was once defined by a crowded, fractured field – has become a head-to-head competition between incumbent Mayor Vince Gray and Muriel Bowser, a D.C. councilmember.

As voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Bowser has become the most likely challenger to unseat Gray, who a majority of voters believe knew of an illegal shadow campaign that helped him win the mayor's office in 2010.
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Filed under: Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
D.C. mayor says he won't resign over scandal
March 11th, 2014
06:06 PM ET
1 month ago

D.C. mayor says he won't resign over scandal

(CNN) – Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said on Tuesday he would not resign as prosecutors for the first time sought to tie him to a political scandal.

In an interview with CNN, Gray again denied any wrongdoing following the biggest guilty plea so far in the federal probe of a nearly $700,000 unlawful "shadow campaign" that was part of his successful 2010 mayoral run. FULL POST


Filed under: Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
D.C. council votes to ease marijuana laws
March 4th, 2014
03:16 PM ET
2 months ago

D.C. council votes to ease marijuana laws

Washington (CNN) – The District of Columbia Council voted to significantly ease marijuana laws in the nation’s capital on Tuesday.

By a near unanimous vote, the council decided to lessen penalties for public and private consumption of marijuana and decriminalize the possession of small quantities of the drug.

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Filed under: Marijuana • Washington D.C.
February 21st, 2014
10:19 AM ET
2 months ago

Chris Christie: The $18 million man

Washington (CNN) - It appears the controversies New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's dealing with back in the Garden State haven't affected his standing as one of the GOP's most potent fundraising rainmakers.

As Christie convenes two days of Republican Governors Association meetings here in the nation's capital Friday and Saturday, an RGA official tells CNN that the group has raised $18 million since Christie took over as RGA chairman in late November. That's a new fundraising record for the first three months of a new RGA chairman's tenure. The previous record holder was then-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barber, who chaired the RGA from June 2009 through the end of 2010.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • RGA • Washington D.C.
Lawmakers step into Washington Redskins name fray
February 10th, 2014
08:58 PM ET
2 months ago

Lawmakers step into Washington Redskins name fray

(CNN) – Two lawmakers have joined the debate over the name of the Washington Redskins football team, writing a letter to the National Football League calling for a name change and threatening to hold hearings on the subject.

The name Redskins is "an insult to Native Americans," according to the two lawmakers, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington state and chairwoman of the Indian Affairs Committee, and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, who is a member of the Chickasaw Nation.

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Filed under: Congress • Washington D.C.
D.C. takes step toward legalizing pot for private use
February 4th, 2014
04:06 PM ET
2 months ago

D.C. takes step toward legalizing pot for private use

(CNN) – The Washington City Council passed a measure on Tuesday that would move the District of Columbia one step closer to decriminalizing marijuana in most cases.

Members approved the bill 11-to-1 in the first of two votes likely this month.

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Filed under: Washington D.C.
Poll: D.C. mayor leads, helped by crowded field, in re-election bid
Mayor Vince Gray outside the Two Rivers Charter school, Washington DC on the 20th December 2013.
January 14th, 2014
03:04 PM ET
3 months ago

Poll: D.C. mayor leads, helped by crowded field, in re-election bid

Washington (CNN) - Over a year after an ethics scandal threatened to end his career, a new poll finds that Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray currently has twice as much support as his closest challenger for re-election in 2014.

A Washington Post survey released Tuesday, which gauged registered Democrats, also indicated that Gray was benefiting from a crowded field of opponents in the city's April 1 Democratic primary. Though the incumbent was in the lead, only 24% of Washingtonian Democrats said they would vote for him, while the next three candidates garnered the support of a combined 34% of Democratic voters.

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Filed under: Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
RNC winter meeting to make time for anti-abortion rights rally
January 6th, 2014
09:17 AM ET
3 months ago

RNC winter meeting to make time for anti-abortion rights rally

Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee will free up a couple of hours during its winter meeting this January so members can attend the annual March for Life in Washington, CNN confirmed Monday.

The rally, a major event in the anti-abortion rights movement, is scheduled for January 22, when the three-day RNC winter meeting is set to begin. The date also marks the 41st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling, known as Roe v. Wade, in favor of abortion rights .
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Filed under: Abortion • RNC • Washington D.C.
A white mayor for 'the chocolate city'?
December 27th, 2013
07:57 AM ET
4 months ago

A white mayor for 'the chocolate city'?

Washington (CNN) - An overriding question of "who is this guy" can be felt in the room when Tommy Wells stands to take the open microphone at an event about the racial disparities in Washington drug arrests.

The council member is addressing an eclectic, racially diverse crowd: a mix of people personally affected by racial profiling and white 20-somethings with tight jeans and button-covered backpacks. Wells, a suit-clad, oval-faced, gray-haired, white politician stands out.

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Filed under: Washington D.C.
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