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September 8, 2015

Capitol Hill Grappling With D.C. Crime Spike

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Capitol Hill’s police advisory council usually convenes to discuss crime and policing issues, a handful of residents show up. On Sept. 1, it was standing room only.

Capitol Hill residents and others living in the Metropolitan Police Department’s 1st District gathered at the police station in Southwest D.C. to voice concerns about the recent spike in violent crime rocking the nation’s capital. In the front row sat 13 year-old Taije Chambliss, who walked into the station with help from a walker. Chambliss was recovering from being shot in a drive-by shooting on Aug. 30, just a few blocks from the police station. Full story

May 12, 2015

D.C. Officials Break Ground on ‘Capitol Crossing’

D.C. officials break ground on Capitol Crossing project. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call).

D.C. officials break ground on the Capitol Crossing project. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Donning construction hats displaying a blue Capitol Dome, District of Columbia officials gathered under a tent adjacent to Interstate 395 Tuesday to break ground on the Capitol Crossing project.

The $1.3 billion project, privately funded by Property Group Partners, will install five mixed-use buildings over the next four years in what is now just air above I-395. The project includes housing, restaurant, office and retail space, as well as new interstate entrance and exit ramps. Full story

December 19, 2014

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells Joins Bowser Administration

Wells, seated right, will head the District's environmental agency. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Wells, seated right, will head the District’s environmental agency. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

District of Columbia Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser announced Friday that outgoing Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells will join her administration as the director of the District Department of the Environment.

“Making D.C. a cleaner, more environmentally friendly city isn’t just a health issue — it’s an economic issue,” Wells said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the Mayor-elect to create greater economic opportunities for more Washingtonians while also preserving our city’s environment for generations to come.” Full story

June 10, 2014

Tax Proposal Draws Protest From Capitol Hill Gyms, Yoga Studios

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Betsy Poos tries to keep politics out of the classroom at Capitol Hill Yoga.

The co-owner of the Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast studio spent a decade working for members of Congress and the Democratic Party before opening, in March 2009, the small business  six blocks from the Capitol. When teaching, her classroom philosophy is: “This is the time to let your day job go.”

But a tax change working its way through the D.C. Council has recently caused Poos to “measure the line” on her credos. The city is looking at implementing a 5.75 percent sales tax on gyms, yoga studios and other health club services as part of its fiscal 2015 budget, part of an effort to revise its tax structure and reduce the overall burden on D.C. residents. Poos and other wellness practitioners are worried the proposal will hurt their industry.

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June 2, 2014

Eastern Market Violence Spurs Calls for Better Street Lighting

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In response to a series of violent robberies around the Capitol Hill neighborhood, D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells wants to increase lighting in the area.

Brightening the dark areas around the Hill is tricky, however, because a large part of the neighborhood falls within a historic district. Wells says that designation makes “acquisition and installation of new equipment a complicated and lengthy process.”

To help increase lighting, he wants to trim back the trees and foliage that tend to create dark areas on the leafy, green streets around Capitol Hill. Wells will be working with the Urban Forestry unit of the D.C. Department of Transportation, the agency responsible for street lighting under the Home Rule Act, to ensure trees are not blocking lamp posts and to identify areas that could benefit from additional lighting. Full story

April 2, 2014

Ward 6 Loses Tommy Wells, but He’ll Keep Pushing for Livable City

Late Tuesday, on the top floor of a Pennsylvania Avenue bar near the Capitol, D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells capped a speech to supporters of his failed mayoral bid with a call to action: “Onward!”

Wells’ third-place finish in the April 1 Democratic primary means the 57-year-old Southerner will be out of elected office at year’s end.

He credits his 2006 election with ushering in “the beginning of progressive Democrats in D.C.” and believes councilmembers he’s endorsed, including David Grosso, Kenyan McDuffie and likely Ward 6 successor Charles Allen, formerly his chief of staff, will continue to work toward the shared goals of good government, smart growth and a city “where corporations are not the prime movers.”

Wells is vowing to keep pushing his vision for the city. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call.)

Wells is vowing to keep pushing his vision for the city. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“I think I have kicked off a progressive movement that may have, would have happened anyway,” Wells said in an election eve interview with CQ Roll Call at his Southeast D.C. campaign headquarters. “I’m just the person people gravitated to.” Full story

D.C. Race Roundup: Charles Allen Secures Ward 6 Council Seat

Ward 6 Democrats picked Charles Allen to replace his former boss, D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells, in Tuesday’s primary election.

Allen won the Democratic nod to replace his former boss, Wells as Ward 6 councilman. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Allen won the Democratic nod to replace his former boss, Wells, as Ward 6 councilman. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Opponent Darrel Thompson, who resigned his post in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office to launch his campaign, officially conceded the race around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, with D.C. Board of Elections results showing Allen leading by fewer than 2,000 votes.

Wells applauded his former chief of staff around midnight, when Allen opened up a double-digit point lead in the race.

“I congratulate my opponent for a hard-fought nomination and hope to work with him to make sure that all of our neighborhoods receive the progress they deserve,” Thompson said in a Wednesday morning statement thanking his supporters.

Thompson’s concession came after a long, slow vote count that frustrated many election watchers. Full story

Ward 6: Board of Elections Count Slows Charles Allen-Darrel Thompson Results

Residents of Ward 6 have trusted D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells to represent their interests on the D.C. Council since his 2006 election.

Early Wednesday morning, it appeared Democratic voters picked his longtime chief of staff — Charles Allen — to replace him. Allen had approximately 58 percent of the vote, with nearly three-quarters of precincts reporting, leading opponent Darrel Thompson, who brought impressive congressional credentials to the race.

The D.C. Board of Elections was still calculating electronic ballots, and neither candidate had declared victory or conceded in the race as night became morning in Washington.

Venturing off the Capitol campus in any direction on Tuesday likely brought Capitol Hill folk face-to-face with volunteers from both campaigns. Ward 6 touches all four quadrants of the city and encompasses the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Royal blue Charles Allen yard signs, affixed with black stickers boasting his Washington Post endorsement, lined local sidewalks alongside navy blue Darrel Thompson yard signs. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 1:29 a.m.
DC Council, Ward 6

April 1, 2014

A PSA for Independent Voters in D.C.

District voters registered as “no party” who turn out to the polls today may be offered the chance to cast a provisional ballot, but it probably won’t be counted.

Those who are not registered as a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or D.C. Statehood Green Party member “wouldn’t be able to vote today,” D.C. Board of Elections spokeswoman Tamara L. Robinson said Tuesday.

The deadline to change party registration was March 4.

Local voters who wish to register or update their information can apply for same-day registration at their local polling place on primary day, but party changes are not allowed after the deadline. Registration applicants must present proof of residence, such as a driver’s license, paycheck, lease, utility bill or bank statement showing an address in the District.

All 143 polling precincts will be open until 8 p.m. tonight. Those who aren’t sure where to vote can find there location by entering their home address on the BOE site.

Check Roll Call tonight for primary results.

March 31, 2014

Darrel Thompson Plays Dick Gephardt as Trump Card in Ward 6 Race

Gephardt, Darrel Thompson

Gephardt, left, shakes hands with a voter while Thompson looks on. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Inviting in a former House majority leader and presidential candidate to ring doorbells in southeast Washington could seem like calling in the big dogs for a D.C. Council campaign.

“Some may say that,” Ward 6 candidate Darrel Thompson acknowledged last week as he sat near the window at Eastern Market’s Peregrine Espresso, waiting on Missouri Democrat Richard A. Gephardt, a 28-year veteran of Capitol Hill. But then again, as D.C. voters pull the lever in Tuesday’s primary, what separates winners from losers is likely to be a mere handful of votes.

“Dick was in my wedding. He’s a mentor and a friend,” Thompson said, reflecting on the lessons he learned while working on Gephardt’s 2004 presidential campaign.

013114gephardtIn the race to fill D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells’ seat, Thompson’s opponent in the April 1 primary, former Wells chief of staff Charles Allen, appears to have momentum.

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