Tuesday, November 4, 2014

DCist Election Day coverage

Journos covering the candidates on Election Day

Endorsements by Brian Pate

Brian Pate, ANC6B SMD05 commissioner, had endorsed candidates up and down the ballot; see them here: My 2014 Endorsements.

@KavithaCardoza will cover Catania

Barry on Bowser and Catania

Candidates who have withdrawn

WJLA/NewsChannel8 coverage of the elections

Monday, November 3, 2014

Endorsements for Silverman and White

DC for Reasonable Development's vids of AG candidates

2014 Elections: Mayoral Debate at Anacostia HS (video)

The description of 2014 Elections: Mayoral Debate at Anacostia HS:

On October 16, 2014, a coalition of Ward Eight groups hosted what would be Muriel Bowser's last public debate running for Mayor of the District of Columbia. She would not agree to any more public debate appearances after this, so housing activists came out to make sure she's reminded of the number one priority in the District right now -- truly affordable housing.

GGW endorsements

Candidates for AG on Barry Farm and more

From an email, a press release:
AG Contenders Face Questions on Barry Farm, McMillan & Other Development Disputes

Washington, DC – Candidates in the first election for attorney general offered answers about development issues in a recent forum organized by the citywide coaition, DC for Reasonable Development (DC4RD). For the forum, held at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, DC4RD supplied briefing material on community opposition to development projects and questionable decision-making across the city, including the threatened displacement at Barry Farm, the over-development and legal questions at McMillan and the removal of affordable housing requirements and other questions about downtown in the wholesale zoning revisions, known as the Zoning Rewrite.

The strongest commitments were made in-person by Edward “Smitty” Smith and Lorie Masters. Smitty said: “I promise you in my first 60 days as attorney general we’re going [to] ask [the agencies] the tough questions; [to] show us the evidence.’’ If the evidence is not there, then “I’m not going to be an good position to represent them.”

Masters committed to “listening to interests of all the neighborhoods….to make sure we’re following the processes that are in place [and if there are] agreements with neighborhoods…enforced.”

In a separate interview, Lateefah Williams said she would investigate to determine if decisions in these cases were “arbitrary and capricious.” If so, she would “submit a legal opinion to the agency…and ask them to basically redo the process;…if they didn’t comply...[she would] file a suit on behalf of District residents against the agency.”

In written submission, Karl Racine said he “ensure that any decisions made conform to the law and adhere to the [existing downtown requirements] to create a balanced mix of…office development, protect historic buildings, and foster growth for small and minority businesses” and, he wants to see, “that the District achieves its affordable housing goals [and be willing to] intervene to uphold the law [including pursuing] any unscrupulous developers and landlords, such as those who do not adhere to affordable housing laws.”

Paul Zukerberg did not attend the forum. In a phone interview, he referenced his long record of helping many residents across an array of social justice issues and winning on many such cases. He said this approach would carry over into issues like improper rulemaking by DC agencies.

For the full report with videos, photos, and written statements, see this link :: http://www.dc4reason.org/agshowcase

Candidates in the media, Nov. 3 (part 3)

Candidates in the media, Nov. 3 (part 2)

Candidates in the media, Nov. 3 (part 1)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

At-large candidates in MetroWeekly October 30

The Khalid Pitts piece is in Candidates in the media, Nov. 2 (part 2)

Candidates in the media, Nov. 2 (part 3)

Racine endorsed

From an email:
On November 4th, District residents will vote for their first elected Attorney General. The election is especially important because the person chosen will set the standard for future candidates, and the success of the concept of an elected Attorney General may well depend on how well the winner performs in office.

A diverse group of lawyers and non-lawyers from government, academia, nonprofits, and private practice (listed below) met with all five candidates, extensively questioned them, agreed upon the most important qualities needed, and discussed the pros and cons of each. The District is fortunate to have a diverse slate of candidates for this critical election, but in our opinion, only a small subset of the candidates possess the requisite combination of broad legal experience and leadership acumen to effectively serve. Through this process, we came to a consensus that Karl Racine was the best candidate for the position. Here's why.

The Attorney General must first and foremost be an outstanding lawyer. With a staff of over 500, the Attorney General must be an effective manager of people and of large, important, and often controversial lawsuits. Unlike other elected officials in the District Government, the Attorney General is not primarily a maker of policy, but is the legal arbitrator for those who do make policy - the Mayor, the Council, and the Chief Financial Officer. He or she must command their respect as a person who gives sound and practical legal advice and who appreciates the independent roles that they all have. It is also essential that the Attorney General shares the values of our community and seeks to advance them through the law.

Karl Racine meets these high standards. He has a long and varied experience as an attorney. He has gone to court as a public defender and in private practice, served in the White House Counsel's office, and managed a major law firm. He has demonstrated his ability to work with all branches of government, to handle complex investigations, and to navigate the small "p" politics of picking judges and of managing the often high-ego demands of law firm partners. He has shown his ability to defuse disagreements between political and institutional actors before they turn into open and hostile conflict. He was raised in the District and cares deeply for its residents; he will ensure that the Attorney General is a champion for District's most vulnerable residents, who depend upon the Attorney General to be their advocate. Had we been in a position to appoint an Attorney General for the District, each of us would have been pleased and proud to select Karl Racine, and we urge District voters to select him on Election Day.

Corey Barnette ~ Leila Batties ~ Maybelle Turner Bennett ~ HyeSook Chung ~ Seema Gajwani ~ Marie Johns ~ Robert Mallett ~ Emeka Moneme ~ Alan Morrison ~ Lois Schiffer ~ Linda Singer

Mini voter guide on AG candidates

Candidates in the media, Nov. 2 (part 2)

Candidates and issues in the media, Nov. 2

Mendo endorses Racine

From an emaail from AG candidate Karl Racine:
Today, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson endorsed our campaign, and I wanted to share his kind words with you.

Chairman Mendelson said:
"I believe that Karl Racine has the integrity and vision to lead the Attorney General's office and ensure it is an honest, effective deliverer of services for all our residents. Not only is Karl an attorney of the highest caliber, he has demonstrated a commitment to standing up for those least able to help themselves—as a DC Public Defender and through pro bono work and community service. This combination of experience and dedication to equal justice is exactly what we need in our Attorney General."

Candidates in the media, Nov. 2 (part 1)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

#DCision14 election guide from WTOP

Candidates in the media, Nov. 1 (part 3)

Candidates in the media, Nov. 1 (part 2)

Candidates in the media, Nov. 1 (part 1)