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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.

Eric Goulet Launches a Ward 3 State Board of Education Run Amid Campaign Finance Investigation

The erstwhile Council candidate is attempting a political comeback as questions persist about his last run for office.

Races for D.C.’s State Board of Education typically don’t get much attention, considering that the board has pretty constrained powers and often acts in an advisory capacity these days. Something tells Loose Lips the contest for the Ward 3 seat may soon be an exception. That’s because Eric Goulet, longtime D.C. government staffer and erstwhile…

Kenyan McDuffie’s At-Large Bid Scores Fundraising Help from GOP Donor and Lobbyist David Carmen

McDuffie is starting from scratch as he moves to this independent bid, and he’s turning to a well-connected friend for help.

The bad news for Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is that he has to start from scratch when fundraising for his new at-large bid, considering he’ll need to return all the public money he earned for his ill-fated attorney general campaign. The good news is he’s got at least one deep-pocketed, well-connected friend helping on…

Josh Lopez Sued to Stop a Critic From Tweeting and Force an Apology. It Didn’t Go Well.

Lopez claimed to fear for his safety following tweets noting his involvement in a 2018 anti-Semitism scandal.

Anyone who has spent enough time on Twitter has probably looked at another account and thought, If only they’d stop tweeting. But few people head to the courthouse to try and do something about it. Yet that is exactly what Josh Lopez decided to do last month when he unsuccessfully petitioned a judge to stop…

Mary Cheh is Trying One Last Time to Ban Solitary Confinement in D.C.

New legislation would ban the use of solitary in nearly every circumstance, ending the city’s frequent reliance on the practice.

Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh is hoping to achieve an elusive legislative goal just before she heads out the door: banning solitary confinement in D.C. Cheh introduced a new bill Monday that would effectively end the practice at the DC Jail, which has been notorious for its liberal use of solitary for all manner of…

Bowser’s Delays Could Cost D.C. the Chance to Take Back Control of Parole From the Feds

Advocates fear the city has missed a golden opportunity to gain more autonomy and help incarcerated people.

With unified Democratic control in Congress and the White House, Mayor Muriel Bowser has spent much of the past two years arguing forcefully for D.C. statehood. Yet at the same time, her administration has let a golden opportunity to seize more autonomy for the District slip away. A newly friendly environment in federal Washington seemed…

D.C. Could Finally Ban Noncompete Clauses Following Months of Lobbying and Horse-Trading

Business interests have managed to water down D.C.’s ban on the practice, despite it first passing back in 2020.

When is a ban on something not really a ban? Just ask the D.C. Council. Technically, lawmakers passed a full prohibition on noncompete clauses in December 2020, and it took effect four months later. But due to the many vagaries of the city’s legislative process, and some intense lobbying from local business interests, the ban…

Erin Palmer Gave Phil Mendelson His Closest Race in Many Years. What Does That Mean for the Future?

The chairman still won by a comfortable margin, but Palmer’s performance is raising eyebrows.

Coming into the June primary, Loose Lips must admit that he didn’t think Erin Palmer had much of a chance in her bid against Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. Consider this a mea culpa. Palmer didn’t actually succeed in toppling Mendelson, of course, but her strong performance against one of the District’s most consistent politicians ranks…

Kenyan McDuffie’s Move to an At-Large Bid Sets Up a Bruising Battle with Elissa Silverman

With battle lines being drawn and money sure to pour into the race, things could get uglier than the 2018 campaign.

The 2018 at-large race was probably the ugliest contest D.C. has endured in several years, to the point that it still inspires hurt feelings four years later. Loose Lips suspects that the impending election will make that look like child’s play. Four years ago, At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman fought to keep her seat against not…

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