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From NBC Washington:

“In total, Thompson — whose company had a contract worth $300 million a year with the city — funneled $668,800 to “a political candidate for Mayor,” the charging documents say. Those documents also claim that the unreported donation was made “in coordination with” the candidate.”

Mayor Gray has denied the allegations.

Does this affect your decision on who you’ll vote for April 1st? Or will you still wait for more details/proof?

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“Dear PoPville,

Why are there so many streets in DC that are shut off? I took the attached pictures on 9th & H. It didn’t look like the president since his limo (the beast) was not part of the motorcade. However, there was a diplomatic car in there.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is at the AIPAC conference at the convention center.

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“Dear PoPville,

This sign is hanging at a well trafficked bus stop right in front of the Potomac Ave metro on Pennsylvania Ave, SE. Whether or not you agree with the message, I find the group that posted it interesting. From what I know, TENAC typically & primarily deals with tenants rights in DC; this seems to be a departure from their stated message/purpose. The statement at the bottom, “representing all DC tenants,” certainly gives the impression of much weight behind the sentiment.

I haven’t been a renter for quite a few years & find myself wondering if this group really does have the support & voice of tenants? Is TENAC changing its focus?”

Their mission statement says:

TENAC is a non-profit, public service organization dedicated exclusively to tenant interests, tenant rights, and support for rent control in the District of Columbia. We are the only city-wide tenants organization, and we represent all tenants in the District of Columbia.

As a legal successor to the Tenants’ Organizations Political Action Committee (TOPAC), we have been serving tenants for almost 15 years. TENAC’s mission is to assist tenants through education, legal information, and lobbying for tenant legislation- especially affordable housing and tenants’ rights. TENAC prepares legislative proposals on behalf of tenants, and testifies frequently before the City Council on matters of vital interest to tenants. Of critical importance is TENAC’s HOTLINE (202-628-3688), which answers landlord/tenant questions, and TENAC’s role in helping tenants to form tenant associations throughout the city. TENAC believes that tenants in unorganized rental buildings are open for abuse by landlords, rental agents, and owners. We will not rest until we see a tenants’ association in every rental building in the city.

The sign, if it is indeed TENAC approved, is certainly an interesting departure from that mission…

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Update on the proposed soccer stadium/Reeves Center swap, thanks to all who sent links, the Washington Post reports:

“Bowser, who chairs the council’s economic development committee, said she would rather see the city’s capital dollars go to improving the city’s middle schools.

Under Gray’s plan, the city would put up about half the cost of the $300 million project through tax incentives and land swaps, including one in which D.C. would trade the Reeves Center, on U Street, to developer Akridge for a piece of Buzzard Point.”

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From the Post’s editorial board:

“By contrast, Ms. Bowser has articulated an agenda that balances the need for continued economic growth with an understanding of the stresses growth can bring. We believe she would be a force for continued progress — in economic development, public safety and education — while working to help people and neighborhoods that might otherwise be left behind.”

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“Dear PoPville,

The city is not adequately paying the police force for their hard work and sacrifice. This means the city will be unable to attract and retain highly qualified officers. Please read
A Message From Chairman Elect-Delroy Burton To D.C. Police Officers Regarding The Contract Arbitration Process:

“On Monday, D.C. police officers received two pieces of bad news. The first was a loss in our contract arbitration. The second was the disclosure of how Mayor Vincent Gray, his administration, and Chief Cathy Lanier view and value the work that we do as D.C. police officers.

For the past year those of us involved in the contract negotiation process have warned that when the District’s position was finally revealed, it would be hard to accept. Now you know why D.C. Police Union leadership has been so appalled with Mayor Gray and Chief Lanier. Both misled the public and police officers about their positions and offers during the negotiation process. Mayor Gray’s and Chief Lanier’s offer on compensation is indefensible – at no point during the negotiation process did the District ever offer any raise in compensation for 2008 to 2012, while over the same time period, Chief Lanier had her compensation increased by 45%. But it is the argument that they have made as to why D.C. police officers do not deserve a raise that is the most disheartening.

Mayor Gray’s and Chief Lanier’s position is two-fold. First, they have taken the position that the job done by D.C. police officers is no more dangerous, complex, or difficult than police work in surrounding suburbs and small communities. Second, they argue there is no reason we should even be paid as much as officers in those jurisdictions; instead, they believe we should only be paid enough so that we are in the middle of the pack when it comes to compensation. In short, we are interchangeable with police officers everywhere in the surrounding jurisdictions and we do not deserve to be paid in the top half of those jurisdictions.”

You can read the full message here.

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As campaign season is beginning to heat up, I feel like I’ve been hearing an awful lot about marijuana decriminalization and affordable housing but not much else. Obviously these are important issues but it got me thinking about what are the topics that you are the most concerned about for this election. Of course many issues can overlap but for the poll we’ll narrow it down to your number one most important topic. For the comments you can obviously list as many important ones as you’d like.