Last week the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 40th Annual Legislative Conference got underway at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown DC. Politicians, celebrities, educators and more converged to seek solutions to issues that impact African Americans.
As predicted by straw polls and focus groups, Vincent Gray beat out incumbent Adrian Fenty to win the Democratic nomination for Mayor. Another notable victory was At-Large Council Member Kwame Brown over Vincent Orange for DC Council Chair.
The following are citywide primary election results as reported by the DC Board of elections & Ethics. Visit their website for more detailed listings of election results by party, ward and precinct.
Over the weekend, local political candidates pounded the pavement for their final opportunity to corral voters for the DC Democratic Primary Election, this Tuesday September 13th. WHW followed the Twitter accounts of the Mayoral and Council Chair candidates to see who exactly “goes hard” when its crunch time!!! If posted photos could tell an accurate story, all the candidates except Vincent Orange put in a massive amount of work. But in all fairness, photos posted to Twitter merely reflect how effectively the candidates run a Twitter campaign. Apparently, most of the candidates took excellent notes from Obama. Mr. Orange…bad student.
WHW recently reported Anwan ‘Big G’ Glover, Mayor Adrian Fenty and Ron Moten’s allegations that Councilmember Vincent Gray was behind the indefinite suspension of ‘Big G’ from WKYS radio station. This pre-recorded message was aired on the Russ Parr show at 8:00am today denying the allegations. The voice on the promo is that of WKYS Program Director Nikki Howse.
Recently actor, go-go band leader, and WKYS personality Anwan “Big G” Glover was suspended from 93.9 FM for reasons that are unclear. “Big G”, Ron Moten (Peacoholics) and Mayor Fenty claim DC Council Chair Vincent Gray put pressure on the Radio-One station to get rid of Glover because of his public support of the incumbent.
I’m not sure if it’s just me or the political climate in the District, but this year is the most interesting Primary Election in quite some time. I’m always curious about the political process and how policies affect both the community and me, as an individual. But, this year, I’m waiting with baited breath to find out the outcome of the Primary. A few of the positions that are up for grabs are producing excellent debates and stiff competition—Democracy at its finest!
Redskins Chris Cooley and Clinton Portis recently did the ultimate for fan. The Pro Bowl players helped Don Carter pull off a surprise marriage proposal to his girlfriend Elizabeth Ellis. For a sports fanatic, this has to be one of the coolest proposals ever! Watch the video…
District resident and WHW reader, LaShawn Johnson, submitted a very interesting iReport. According to Ms. Johnson, “there is a community of demonstrators that have built a tent community right at the 7th and Rhode Island area, 1 block from the new Watha T Daniel-Shaw Library”. Apparently, the tent residents have a bone to pick with Mayor Fenty over an alleged broken campaign promise to build affordable housing on the lot.
Today marks the 1-year anniversary of the deadliest crash in WMATA history. One year ago–June 22, 2009–two Metro trains collided leaving 9 dead and several injured. On Sunday, June 27th, Metro is scheduled to implement the first of a two-phase fare increase.
As stated on WMATA’s website, Metro will be holding a rememberance ceremony to honor the victims and first responders that were involved in last year’s tragic accident. The ceremony will take place this morning at 10am adjacent from the Fort Totten Metro Station. The public is welcome to attend.
The new issue of the Washington Afro American hits newsstands, this Thursday, and guess who’s in it?!
Last Tuesday, at Union Temple Baptist Church, Barry made a public apology for causing the city “great embarrassment”. While he admitted to exercising “poor judgment” in awarding a government contract to someone with whom he had romantic involvement, Barry maintained that his actions were not criminal.
Although Barry has had a history of legal issues, including a conviction for drug possession in 1990, this is the first time he has been tied to a scandal involving tax payer dollars.
April Watts reports on the DC’s first big storm of Winter 2009/2010.