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

Shallal, Graham, Allen top Smokefree DC candidate questionnaire

One thing was clear from the candidate questionnaires that Smokefree DC reviewed last week: Most candidates vying for office in the April 1 primary are spot-on when it comes to understanding some key secondhand smoke issues. At the same time, though, they are clueless about other secondhand smoke issues, often contradicting the logic they exhibited [...]

D.C. parks, bus shelters to be smokefree

The D.C. Council took a major step today by making all city parks and bus shelters smokefree.

It marks the first time that the city has required any outdoor areas to be smokefree. (The Council has passed legislation permitting business owners to post no-smoking signs in front of their doors, but that is voluntary. And the [...]

Smokefree parks, bus shelters bill gets initial Council okay

The D.C. Council today voted 10-3 for a measure to make D.C. parks, recreation centers, pools, trails and bus shelters smokefree. This is the first of two votes; the final vote on Bill 20-95, the “Smoking Restriction Amendment Act of 2013,” (a better name would be the “Kids Can Breathe Clean Air Act”) will come [...]

Grosso, Mendelson top Smokefree DC candidate questionnaire

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The final questionnaires are in.

Of the candidates who responded, two rose to the top: David Grosso, who is running at large and received an “A,” and Council Member Phil Mendelson, who is running for Council chair and received a “B.”

The remaining candidates who answered the questionnaire primarily got Ds and [...]

Kwame Brown resigned: good riddance

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By Bob Summersgill, Smokefree DC board member

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown resigned yesterday in disgrace, after the U.S. Attorney filed felony bank fraud charges against him. I’m angry about the fraud. I am angry that he was ever on the Council. I am angry that he lied to us. He disgraced [...]

Four D.C. Council candidates get A's on 2012 questionnaire

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Four candidates for D.C. Council have received “A” grades after filling out a questionnaire that asked about everything from their willingness to support smokefree parks to how they would handle a query from a constituent grappling with secondhand smoke intrusion in their home. Other candidates received grades ranging from [...]

“It was not done the right way” – Jack Evans and hypocrisy on the D.C. Council

“It was not done the right way.”

So says Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 1) about the D.C. Council’s inadvertent approval of online gambling, which was slipped into a budget bill by Councilmember Michael Brown (D-At Large).
No, it wasn’t. But Evans doth protest too much. He and Brown used the exact same tactic to weaken the very [...]

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 [...]

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

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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 [...]