Does Christina Henderson have a Chance to Win an At-Large Seat?

The former D.C. Council staffer faces more than 20 challengers.

Christina Henderson is walking through the quiet streets of Brookland, where she knows some people and where she’s hoping to get to know more. She passes houses displaying campaign signs for Ed Lazere and At-Large Councilmember Robert White—two of her challengers for the two at-large seats on the D.C. Council up for grabs this November—as […]

To Safely Return To Campus, D.C. Schools Look To Outdoor Learning

As some of D.C.’s private and charter schools implement outdoor learning plans, can DC Public Schools do the same across a diverse school district?

At a private school on 16th Street NW, students are learning outside. A second grader calls out in Hebrew, “The king says that everyone should touch the color red.” His classmates scan the playground, their classroom for the morning, in search of anything red. A student spots the color on his classmate’s shirt. Instead of […]

Email Bickering Ticks Up As Endorsements Roll In for the At-Large Race

Gray endorses Goodwin while Silverman backs Lazere.

Marcus Goodwin‘s feelings are hurt because Elissa Silverman is being mean to him. Two of the more recognizable candidates running for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council—Goodwin and Ed Lazere—notched endorsements from sitting councilmembers this week. Cheap shots and lame mudslinging ensued. With 41 days to go before Nov. 3, LL had higher expectations. […]

District Line Daily: 2020 Vision

The Council sends Mayor Bowser a bill to achieve zero traffic fatalities.

As of Sept. 23, D.C. reported no additional deaths related to COVID-19 but 29 new positive cases. The total number of infections is 15,050. [EOM] For 12 DC Public Schools, in-person instruction could start earlier than Nov. 6 after principals sent proposals to the central office. [Fox5] The severe damage that came from the Sept. […]

District Line Daily: Emergency & I

The Council to extend the public health emergency through Dec. 31

As of Sept. 22, D.C. reported no additional deaths related to COVID-19 but 43 new positive cases. The total number of infections is now over 15,000. [EOM]  DC Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt introduces a new coronavirus dashboard and metrics to reopen, after public health officials learned more information about the virus and amid public […]

Former City Administrator Rashad Young Hit With $2,500 Ethics Fine

But the violation of rules was accidental, the investigation found.

Technically, former City Administrator Rashad Young violated ethics rules when he rejected a proposal from Howard University for a larger tax break on a deal to build a new hospital. Just hours before that, Young met with the university’s president about a new job. Now, Young will pay a $2,500 fine for what the Board […]

District Line Daily: Remembering RBG

D.C. mourns the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

As of Sept. 21, D.C. reported one additional death related to COVID-19 and 23 new positive cases, bringing the total numbers of people to 621 and 14,978, respectively. The mayor also updated the way it presents its reopen metrics and shows progress. The public can no longer see underlying data, only a static image. [EOM]  […]

Pinto Campaign Offers Stingy Salary for Last Minute Field Director Position

$2,400 a month in D.C.?

With less than seven weeks to go before Election Day on Nov. 3, Ward 2 Councilmember Brooke Pinto‘s campaign is looking for a full-time field director to get out the vote. The job call posted earlier this week requires “flexibility to work weekends and long hours” and at least one election cycle of field experience. […]

District Line Daily: 6 Months In

D.C. reflects on its response to the coronavirus pandemic, and releases plans moving forward.

As of Sept. 18, D.C. reported no additional deaths related to COVID-19 but 62 new positive cases. The total number of infections is 14,852. [EOM]  Three weeks into the school year, and 4,500 fewer students are enrolled in D.C. schools this year as compared to last. [DCist] Data shows small businesses in majority-Black neighborhoods waited […]

D.C. Has Been Breaking Its Own Contracting Law

And it wants to continue doing so.

For some time now, D.C.’s Office of Contracting and Procurement has been treating a section of the local contracting and procurement law more like a guideline. In a motion for reconsideration filed with the Contract Appeals Board, the District acknowledges that OCP regularly lets slide contract bids that are technically deficient. The motion also asks […]

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