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Vincent Orange Fights Request to Dismiss Defamation Lawsuit Against Washington Business Journal, Reporter

Vincent Orange Fights Request to Dismiss Defamation Lawsuit Against Washington Business Journal, Reporter

Attorneys for WBJ say Orange’s case appears to be a campaign tactic and “is exactly the type of thin-skinned attack the First Amendment forbids.”

Vincent Orange is fighting to keep his defamation lawsuit against the Washington Business Journal and its former reporter (and current City Paper Loose Lips columnist) Alex Koma from being dismissed. If he is unsuccessful, the Ward 5 Council candidate and former head of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce could be on the hook for his…

A Pro-Charter School Group is Stirring Up Controversy Again, This Time with Phil Mendelson Mailers

A Pro-Charter School Group is Stirring Up Controversy Again, This Time with Phil Mendelson Mailers

Democrats for Education Reform’s D.C. chapter is ruffling feathers among progressive advocates once again.

After all the acrimony over their mailers in the 2020 race, you might think Democrats for Education Reform would consider sitting this primary out. Instead, the group is embracing a slightly different strategy this time around: Positivity. D.C. politicos say they started receiving mail from the pro-charter, anti-union organization last week promoting Chairman Phil Mendelson’s…

Mary Cheh Backs Tricia Duncan to Replace Her in Crowded Ward 3 Council Race

Mary Cheh Backs Tricia Duncan to Replace Her in Crowded Ward 3 Council Race

The moves ensures the Palisades activist will be among the top contenders in the nine-candidate field.

Tricia Duncan just picked up perhaps the biggest prize possible in the crowded Ward 3 race: The backing of outgoing Councilmember Mary Cheh. The 16-year incumbent announced Monday that she planned to vote for Duncan, former president of the Palisades Community Association with a long history of advocacy around local schools. Ever the stickler for…

Eric Goulet Accuses Ward 3 Rivals of ‘Political Desperation’ Following Chamber Forum Controversy

Eric Goulet Accuses Ward 3 Rivals of ‘Political Desperation’ Following Chamber Forum Controversy

After eight rivals criticized his comments on housing voucher holders, Goulet used another forum to lash out.

Unlike the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the D.C. Tenants Advocacy Coalition had the good sense to allow the recording of its Ward 3 Council forum Wednesday night. Loose Lips expects that everyone in the wild world of D.C. politics is a lot better for it. The big issue with the Chamber’s forum is that the…

Eric Goulet Painted Voucher Holders as Criminals During Ward 3 Debate, Attendees Say

Eric Goulet Painted Voucher Holders as Criminals During Ward 3 Debate, Attendees Say

But the D.C. Chamber of Commerce won’t release the video.

Campaign forums can often be snoozefests even in D.C.’s most crowded, competitive primaries. But on the rare occasion that one of these events got a bit spicy, the video replay has been locked away from Loose Lips’ eager eyes. The D.C. Chamber of Commerce convened a debate nearly two weeks ago for seven of the…

As Salah Czapary’s Campaign Heats Up in Ward 1, His Republican Associates Draw Scrutiny

As Salah Czapary’s Campaign Heats Up in Ward 1, His Republican Associates Draw Scrutiny

Czapary recently sacked his campaign chair after discovering his ties to a rabid pro-Trump group.

Salah Czapary, the former D.C. police officer running to knock off Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, has had one heck of a month so far. He entered the race back in February, looking like a long shot to unseat the two-term lawmaker, considering he was an unknown in D.C. politics challenging an incumbent who had…

Schwalb, Spiva Jockey for Progressive Support in the Upended Attorney General Race

Schwalb, Spiva Jockey for Progressive Support in the Upended Attorney General Race

With Kenyan McDuffie off the ballot, the race has gotten a lot more complicated.

After a few weeks of legal wrangling, there’s a Kenyan McDuffie-sized hole in D.C.’s attorney general race. So who, exactly, will fill it? That’s the question District politicos have been pondering ever since the Ward 5 councilmember’s embarrassing exit from the campaign. Few expected Bruce Spiva’s challenge to McDuffie’s ballot eligibility would actually stick, so…

Lewis George Endorses Parker for Ward 5 Council Seat

Lewis George Endorses Parker for Ward 5 Council Seat

With the Post editorial board’s endorsement of Faith Gibson Hubbard, the race is starting to come into focus.

Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George has joined the conversation about the Ward 5 race for D.C. Council. The freshman lawmaker announced Thursday that she’s endorsing Zachary Parker to replace Kenyan McDuffie, who gave up the seat for an ill-fated run for attorney general. “Zachary and I have worked together since his time as Ward…

Cheh Moves to Strip Funding from Woodley Park Main Street Following Allegations of Agency Mismanagement

Cheh Moves to Strip Funding from Woodley Park Main Street Following Allegations of Agency Mismanagement

It’s the latest bit of fallout from allegations of problems at D.C.’s small business agency.

Update, 3 p.m. Shortly after this story was published Tuesday, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie led an effort to strike Cheh’s amendment from the budget, arguing that it would be “premature at best and misguided at worst” to strip the Main Street of funding before the OIG investigation concludes. The Council agreed on a narrow,…

Orange Facing Blowback After Attack of Opponent Parker’s Coming Out

Orange Facing Blowback After Attack of Opponent Parker’s Coming Out

Orange called Parker’s decision to come out “a matter of convenience.”

Vincent Orange’s curious campaign antics continue. In one fell swoop during a forum for Ward 5 Council candidates last week, Orange incorrectly identified his campaign manager as gay, and attacked fellow candidate Zachary Parker for his decision to publicly announce that he’s gay. During the Capital Stonewall Democrats forum Wednesday, Orange said Parker’s announcement is…

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