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Loose Lips is Washington City Paper‘s flagship political column, covering all things D.C. politics. Here you will find stories about the D.C. Council, local politicians, the mayor, attorney general, ANCs, elections, government agencies, and more.

Undocumented Residents Could Vote and Vote-By-Mail Would Become Permanent Under Recently Approved Bills

The Council’s judiciary committee also approved legislation that bars courts from considering race, gender, and other protected identities in wrongful death damages.

The D.C. Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety approved a handful of long-anticipated bills yesterday, including one that will allow undocumented immigrants to vote in local elections and another that makes permanent the mail-in voting system the Board of Elections implemented during the pandemic. All five bills passed the four-member committee unanimously and…

Racine Bashes McDuffie for Raising Cash from a Developer ‘At the Center of Displacement’

The AG is leaving office, but he isn’t doing so quietly, taking some last shots at Geoff Griffis on the way out the door.

To say that Attorney General Karl Racine and developer Geoff Griffis don’t much care for each other is an understatement. The pair spent years tangling in court, in a case that ultimately cost Griffis the chance to redevelop a prime property above the Congress Heights Metro station. But this litigation got a bit uglier than…

Blockbusting Developer Settles With AG For $300,000

But in the end, developer Hossain Kamyab will get what he wants. He plans to turn a duplex in the Palisades into a 17-unit apartment building.

Virginia-based developer Hossain Kamyab agreed to pay $300,000 to settle allegations that he tried to illegally coerce a woman to sell her home on MacArthur Boulevard NW using racist “blockbusting” tactics. The settlement with the D.C. Office of the Attorney General allowed Kamyab to avoid admitting fault. But in addition to the $300,000 fine (one…

Most Councilmembers Won’t Seek Another Repeal If Tipped Wage Ballot Measure Passes

Despite the furor over Initiative 77, Initiative 82 looks safe should voters approve it in November.

The ballot measure to phase out D.C.’s tipped minimum wage has survived a round of legal challenges and should head to voters once again this fall: But if it passes, will it stick? Four years ago, the D.C. Council acted swiftly to overturn voters’ approval of a similar measure, Initiative 77, in one of its…

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