Smokefree DC is a citizen-based group whose goal is to promote smokefree environments in Washington, DC.

Update on Evans: The conflict revealed

Turns out the conflict of interest that Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) had with regards to the convention center development was with ING Clarion Real Estate Investment. Evans’ firm, Patton Boggs, represented ING, an equity partner in the hotel deal.

Evans is phenomenally myopic. This is from The Washington Post:

Evans confirmed today that Patton Boggs represented [...]

More questions raised about Evans' ethics

We’ve shown previously in this space the cronyism of Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2), who circumvented the public hearing process to give his buddies in the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick the green light to smoke cigars at their annual St. Patrick’s Day event.

Well, here’s an interesting piece that raises deeper questions about Evans’ ethics.

The [...]

On indoor smoking, Herman Cain was on Big Tobacco's side

Herman Cain, the former pizza CEO now running for president in the Republican primary, worked closely with the tobacco industry and supported efforts to defeat smokefree workplace policies, Think Progress reports.

Cain was a lobbyist for the National Restaurant Association, and in that capacity met frequently with tobacco industry lobbyists. He even signed up for a [...]

Fiona Greig, likely Ward 2 candidate, is someone to watch

flickr photo courtesy of picturesinmylife_yls


Last night, several Smokefree DC representatives met with Fiona Greig, who is planning to challenge Jack Evans in Ward 2 next year.

Greig is everything Evans is not. She is progressive. She’s into improving our mass transit system and creating more green spaces. She’s an avid cyclist.

Most important, she isn’t co-opted [...]