Bill Press, an astute observer of the American political scene, discusses the 2012 election with Focus Washington host and chairman at Qorvis, Chuck Conconi. The 2012 election comes down to a choice between somebody who comes from the 1% and will fight for the 1% or someone body who comes from the 99% and will fight for you. Do we go forward with Obama’s program or go back to the policies of Bush and Cheney? Why isn’t gun control part of this campaign?
D.C Mayor Vincent Gray issued a statement via Twitter on Friday condemning the expansion of Chick-fil-A in the District. A long time supporter of LGBT rights, Gray said he would not support “#hatechicken” due to Dan Cathy’s outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage.
However, the Mayor’s opposition doesn’t necessarily mean another branch couldn’t open in the city. Pedro Ribeiro, a Gray Spokesman, says that ” if they are legally entitled to a permit, they are legally entitled to a permit.”
Read more on the controversy on the Washington Post website.
Bill Press joins Qorvis’s Chuck Conconi on Focus Washington to forecast the 2012 election. National polls are now showing the race to be close, but the United States doesn’t elect presidents as a nation we elect them state by state. The majority of people in the U.S. Know who they are going to vote for already. This election is going to come down to the 10-20% of independents who turn out on election day. Bill Press sees the economy as the main issue this year. In his opinion Mitt Romney’s clearly for the millionaires and billionaires while Obama will fight for middle class families.
A new system implement by D.C. mayor Vincent C. Gray, which allows residents of the district to grade their cities government agencies has found that city services are still just average but have improved over the past month. The innovative testing service, know as Grade DC concluded that residents are generally satisfied with the public works, transportation, motor vehicles, parks and recreation and business licensing agencies. To add your grades go to grade.dc.gov
The agency grades for the month of July are as follows:
DDOT = C+, DCRA = C+, DPW = B, DMV = C-, DPR = C
New allegations have surfaced in regards to DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 campaign. Former campaign workers allege that Gray’s campaign kept a database with the identities of nearly 6,000 public housing residents it targeted in get-out-the-vote efforts. The list apparently helped Gray’s campaign identify residents thought to be among the most sympathetic to his cause but who generally have not turned out in significant numbers in city elections. According to housing lawyers consulted by The Washington Post, the use of such a list by a political campaign violates both federal and local laws and regulations, starting with the prohibition against using government resources for political purposes. This is the latest in a slew of violations that have made Gray’s 2010 campaign the subject of an ongoing federal investigation.
For more information on the topic check out this article by the Washington Post: http://wapo.st/LIKf6S
Andy Wright stops by Focus Washington to discuss joining Polsinelli Shughart’s Washington D.C. office with Qorvis’ Chuck Conconi. Wright and Conconi also discuss emerging trends in energy policy.
The Washington Kastles followed up last year’s perfect season with a 22-18 win on the road against the Orange County Breakers on Monday in the first World Team Tennis match of 2012. The win was the 17th consecutive victory for the Kastles. Leading the way for Washington was two-time league MVP Leander Paes, who teamed with Anastasia Rodionova to win mixed doubles 5-1 before partnering Bobby Reynolds to a 5-3 win in men’s doubles. The Kastles play tomorrow night against the Spring Field Lasers before returning to DC on Thursday for their home opener against the New York Sportimes. You can find the complete Kastles schedule here: http://www.washingtonkastles.com/teams/schedule.aspx
Fun Kastles Fact: Last year’s 16-0 record was the first perfect season in sports since the 1972 Miami Dolphins.
The 46th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival resumes today on the National Mall, with a full schedule of concerts, demonstrations, workshops, and food. In its long history the festival has featured performers, crafts people, and local community groups from numerous states and foreign countries. The festival is held outdoors in Washington D.C., between the Smithsonian museums. The festival is free for all attendees.
For directions, a full schedule of events, and other information, visit the Smithsonian website at http://www.si.edu/