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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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.”
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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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 [...]
On the bright side, the huge exemption to the smokefree workplaces law just got just smaller.
The D.C. Council today approved a measure that would limit it to two events per year: Fight Night (a charity fundraiser) and the annual event held by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, to which Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) [...]
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It isn’t often that a politician admits that his strategy is to bypass the public so he can win.
But that’s what D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) told us yesterday when we ran into him outside the Wilson Building.
We were talking to Councilmembers about the large exemption the Council put [...]
On Thursday, Smokefree DC sent the following letter to D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown. We ccd the entire Council.
Aug. 25, 2011
The Hon. Kwame Brown
Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 504
Washington, DC 20004
Dear Chairman Brown,
We’re writing to tell you that the information you relied upon to support your vote for an exemption [...]