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  • Setting the record straight on Marion Shepilov Barry

    06/02/2016 9:01:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/2/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The following piece appeared on the Coach is Right website, one day after the death of Marion Barry on November 23rd, 1994. Lest we forget the quality of Democrat politicians. Now that Marion Shepilov Barry has gone to the great crack den in the sky it is worth noting what a lowlife he was. This is an honest obituary of one of the worst mayors in American history. *Democrat Marion Barry was the mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991 and again from 1995 to 1999. Marion Barry *Because he loved Communism so much Barry took the...
  • DC Legalizes Pot in Capital, Despite Threats From Congress

    02/26/2015 6:06:53 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    abc news / ap ^ | 2-26-2015 | BEN NUCKOLS
    The District of Columbia defied threats from Congress and moved forward Thursday with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats that city leaders could face prison time, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city was implementing marijuana legalization as approved by voters. The new law took effect at 12:01 a.m. Bowser, a Democrat, said the city's plans haven't changed despite a letter from two leading House Republicans warning of repercussions if the city moves forward with legalization. "This is a major milestone on the road to ending marijuana prohibition...
  • DC Councilman Seeks to Name College After Marion Barry

    02/13/2015 3:33:13 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Feb. 04, 2015 | Blake Neff
    A city councilman in Washington D.C. is pushing to have the city’s only public university renamed after former mayor Marion Barry. Councilman Vincent Orange, a Democrat, argues that Barry is a worthy namesake for the University of the District of Columbia because he was the school’s “biggest champion” during his life.
  • Marion Barry’s son pleads not guilty in bank dustup

    01/21/2015 3:34:42 PM PST · by billorites · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2015 | Andrea Noble
    The son of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges Wednesday that arose from an altercation at a bank in which the 34-year-old is accused of threatening a teller after learning his account was overdrawn.
  • Thousands mourn Barry, DC's 'Mayor for Life'

    12/06/2014 8:53:27 PM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 6, 2014 | BEN NUCKOLS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Local and national political leaders, prominent clergy and ordinary Washingtonians who got their first jobs as a result of Marion Barry's programs were among the thousands who gathered Saturday to say goodbye to the man dubbed "Mayor for Life." Barry died Nov. 23 at age 78. He served four terms as mayor and leaves a legacy as the most famous, the most beloved and the most divisive local leader in four decades of District of Columbia self-rule.
  • Marion Barry remembered for love of DC

    11/23/2014 8:39:32 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 23, 2014
    Marion Barry, who served four terms as the mayor of the District of Columbia and served on the D.C. Council as the representative for the city's Ward 8 until his death Sunday at the age of 78, was remembered for his love for the city he served
  • Marion Barry, Four-Term Mayor of Washington, Dead at 78

    11/23/2014 7:42:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/23/2014 | Allen McDuffee
    Marion S. Barry, Jr., the sharecropper's son and civil rights activist who became Washington, D.C.'s most flamboyant and divisive mayor for four terms, died early Sunday at the age of 78. United Medical Center spokeswoman Natalie Williams said Mr. Barry arrived at the hospital around 12:30 a.m. and died at 1:46 a.m., following a brief stay at Howard University Hospital. No cause of death was given, but Barry had suffered many health problems over the years, including prostate cancer, diabetes, anemia and kidney ailments. Among Washington's poorest residents, Barry was viewed as a symbol of hope for the attention he...
  • Vanity: Marion Barry is dead.

    11/22/2014 11:58:10 PM PST · by Veggie Todd · 55 replies
    AP | November 22, 2014 | Me
    According to AP, Barry has died.
  • The ugly history of the Democrat Party: Part Twenty Four

    11/01/2014 8:54:34 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/1/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    This installment exposes the worse of the Democrat mayors Chapter Nine: Corrupt Democrat mayors Frank Hague From 1917 to 1947 Frank Hague, himself a street hoodlum “made good,” was the Democrat boss of Jersey City New Jersey and its mayor. Hague literally punched and stole his way to the Jersey City’s mayor’s office. He was the absolute king of Jersey City and twice used “his” judges and fraudulent paid witnesses to falsely convict a political opponent (a naďve ‘reformer’) and send the man to prison. He frequently declared, “I am the law.” Hague was so powerful that Democrat President Franklin...
  • Marion Barry taken to hospital after wrong-way collision on Pennsylvania Avenue

    08/03/2014 8:36:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 3, 2014 | Andrea Noble
    Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was hospitalized Saturday night after he drove a vehicle into an oncoming lane of traffic and was involved in a wrong-way car crash on Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast. Mr. Barry’s spokeswoman Latoya Foster said the 78-year-old, now a D.C. Council member representing Ward 8, “had a hypoglycemic attack, became disoriented and had a minor fender bender.” Ms. Foster said both the diabetic former mayor and his passenger, who she did not identify, were being checked out for injuries. “He’s OK,” she said of Mr. Barry.
  • Former D.C. Mayor and now Councilman Marion Barry treated at hospital after car crash

    08/03/2014 8:03:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    ABC 7 News ^ | August 3, 2014
    Former D.C. Mayor and now Councilman Marion Barry was being treated at Howard University Hospital after being involved in a head-on car crash on Saturday night. ... he was driving the wrong direction along a one-way stretch when he hit another car.
  • I Was a Washington Post Reporter. And a Crack Addict.

    06/30/2014 6:45:39 PM PDT · by kristinn · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | Monday, June 30, 2014 | Ruben Castenada
    As was the case every Halloween, on October 31, 1989, a couple of Washington Post reporters were sent to cover the festivities in Georgetown, where thousands of mostly white and affluent revelers partied through the night. I was dispatched to the other side of town—Potomac Gardens, a rundown public housing project a mile east of the Capitol, where Mayor Marion Barry was scheduled to make nice with the residents. My job was to take notes and contribute a few paragraphs to an innocuous story about how Washingtonians celebrated the holiday. I had already been to Potomac Gardens a handful of...
  • In ‘Mayor for Life,’ D.C.’s Marion Barry takes pride in himself but little blame for problems

    06/16/2014 12:21:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/15/14 | Marc Fisher
    Curiously, the dramatic climax of Marion Barry’s autobiography is exactly the kind of salacious moment that he has long dismissed as irrelevant and sensational, a notorious incident that steers attention far away from his life’s work: It was sometime in the 1980s, and the mayor was at a party at a house he frequented on 11th Street NW. A woman who was doing coke offered him some, noting that the stuff made her “hot.” This was enough for Barry: “I told myself, what the hell? Why not?” She put a line of cocaine on a business card, and the mayor...
  • Can You Spot The Racist, Homophobic Anti-Semites In This Special 10 Item Quiz?

    04/19/2014 3:15:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | April 19, 2014 | John Hawkins
    As we all know, racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism are very bad and should be condemned. Not only do I condemn all of those things, I'd encourage you to share this quiz to all of your liberal friends so they can wag their fingers right in the faces of the awful people who said all of these terrible things. 1) Who said, "We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it." A) Rush Limbaugh B) Mark Levin C) Laura Ingraham D) Al Sharpton 2) Who said, "That’s just how white folks will...
  • Gray, Bowser believed to be in close race (DC Mayor)

    04/01/2014 7:36:18 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1 April 2014 | By Paul Schwartzman and Aaron C. Davis
    After months of bitter campaigning, the race for the Democratic nomination for D.C. mayor ended at 8 p.m. Tuesday, with polls closing and voters deciding whether to grant scandal-tarred incumbent Vincent C. Gray the chance for another term. Early returns showed Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) with a 48 percent to 28 percent lead over Gray, with just 9,300 votes counted...
  • In Marion Barry, Mayor Gray gets what he deserves

    03/19/2014 9:25:35 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 19 March 2014 | Dana Milbank
    Embattled Washington Mayor Vincent Gray called in a notorious predecessor, Marion Barry, to prop up his reelection campaign Wednesday afternoon. Gray got exactly what he deserved. “Vince Gray,” Barry told a modest crowd in a church basement in Southeast Washington, “is a leader with a solid crack record.” The self-proclaimed mayor for life caught this Freudian slip. “Track record,” he corrected. Barry, now a 78-year-old City Council member in failing health, is, famously, the one with the crack record. Gray’s problems are of the campaign-finance variety. His lawyer has said he expects the mayor to be indicted in a federal...
  • WashPost critic apologizes for e-mail

    11/14/2007 3:56:41 AM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 18 replies · 91+ views
    AP, via Yahoo! News ^ | November 13, 2007 | AP
    WASHINGTON - A Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic for The Washington Post has apologized for sending an angry e-mail in which he called District of Columbia Council member Marion Barry a "crack addict." Tim Page wrote to Barry's aide last week after receiving a press release about the former mayor's views on the financially troubled Greater Southeast Community Hospital. "Must we hear about it every time this crack addict attempts to rehabilitate himself with some new — and typically half-witted — political grandstanding?" the e-mail said. "I'd be grateful if you would take me off your mailing list. I cannot think...
  • D.C. Council censures Marion Barry for taking cash payments from city contractors

    09/17/2013 4:45:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/17/2013 | Aaron C. Davis and Mike DeBonis
    Marion Barry, the city’s most well-known and polarizing politician, was censured Tuesday by his colleagues on the DC City Council for taking thousands of dollars in cash payments from contractors with business before the city. A divided council stripped Barry of his committee chairmanship, in what some colleagues said was another mark on the city’s dismal ethics record. In the last two years, three council members have pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges. For Barry, the censure inserted another entry in an already checkered political career. As mayor in 1990, Barry was arrested and later convicted for cocaine possession. More...
  • Marion Barry: Weiner a 'good Democrat'

    07/28/2013 10:38:52 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies
    Marion Barry: Weiner a 'good Democrat' By Bob Cusack - 07/28/13 12:49 PM ET Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry said Anthony Weiner is a "good Democrat" who should be talking more about his accomplishments in Congress. In an interview Saturday night on Geraldo Rivera's show on Fox News, Barry said, "One bit of advice to the congressman: I'd stop talking so much about now and start talking about what you did for seven terms while he was in the Congress. He's a good Democrat." A couple weeks ago, Barry said he can "identify" with what Weiner is going through....
  • D.C.’s Crackhead Mayor in Trouble Again

    06/07/2013 10:20:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 7, 2013
    Marion Barry, best known as the mayor who starred in an FBI surveillance video smoking crack, recently updated his extensive criminal resume by accepting a gift from a “prohibited source” that does significant business with the District of Columbia’s government. Barry has for years been a fixture on the D.C. Council and currently represents Ward 8, a predominantly black and notoriously crime-infested area. He served four terms as mayor before getting convicted on drug charges and serving jail time. He’s also pleaded guilty in federal court for failing to pay city and federal taxes and got in trouble for stalking...
  • Marion Barry Arrives At Democratic Convention, Slams Republicans

    09/03/2012 11:17:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | September 3, 2012 | John Stanton
    Charlotte, NC – Former DC Mayor Marion Barry hit the Democratic convention Monday and, as per usual, the divisive and wildly popular figure immediately drew onlookers and media interviews. Barry was barely 10 feet into the Charlotte convention center before convention goers and reporters started queuing up to talk to him. Although extremely controversial thanks to numerous arrests for crack possession, Barry remains very popular in Washington and many parts of the black community nationally. Sporting a bright red t-shirt that read “I’m a Democrat and I support DC Statehood,” the 76 year old Barry was clearly in his element....
  • Pepco boss got megawatt pay boost despite problems

    07/04/2012 6:09:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jim McElhatton
    Pepco’s chief executive, Joseph Rigby, didn’t get a salary increase last year because of “customer reliability issues,” but he still managed to double his overall compensation, regulatory filings show. Thanks mostly to an employment deal and supplemental executive retirement plan, Mr. Rigby’s overall compensation rose to nearly $7.2 million last year, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. With hundreds of thousands of Pepco customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland left without electricity for days in sweltering temperatures after a violent storm Friday, Mr. Rigby’s compensation is likely to get a closer look as questions emerge about the...
  • Marion Barry commits new gaffe while apologizing to Asians

    06/21/2012 6:25:29 PM PDT · by Milagros · 22 replies
    WP ^ | May 24, 2012
    Marion Barry commits new gaffe while apologizing to Asians‎ Washington PostMay 24, 2012 D.C. Council member Marion Barry stepped up his campaign on Thursday to mend relations with the Asian community, apologizing again for disparaging remarks he made about Koreans and Filipinos and pledging to work to improve ties between them and African Americans... Representatives of the Korean, Filipino, Chinese and Japanese communities attended the meeting, held at a church in Southeast Washington. Asked later about his reference to “Polacks,” Barry at first denied using the word, then retracted it, saying, “I meant Poles.” His remark prompted a demand from...
  • Scrounging around for Asian workers (Marion Barry again)

    04/25/2012 6:01:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 25, 2012 | Rick Moran
    In the ongoing Democratic war on women, in the ongoing Democratic war on hard working minorities, in the ongoing Democratic war on real diversity, former (presumably) drug addict, former Washington DC mayor and current Washington DC councilman Marion Barry (Democrat) fired off another round. Speaking to officials of the University of the District of Columbia Barry told them it was important to encourage their students to become nurses and teachers because "In fact, it's so bad, that if you go to the hospital now, you find a number of immigrants who are nurses, particularly from the Philippines," Barry said. "And...
  • Marion Barry criticizes hospitals for hiring Filipina nurses

    04/24/2012 11:38:01 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2012 | Lisa Gartner
    Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry made comments Monday about Filipina nurses who work in District hospitals, just weeks after Barry told his supporters that Asian businesses "ought to go." At a hearing, Barry told the president and board members of the University of the District of Columbia that the school should be supplying D.C. residents to serve in the "lucrative" posts of nurses and teachers. But that was not the case, Barry said. "In fact, it's so bad, that if you go to the hospital now, you find a number of immigrants who are nurses, particularly from the Philippines," Barry...
  • DC city councilman Marion Barry defends himself: ‘God gave me a great brain’ (barf alert!!!)

    04/09/2012 9:22:27 AM PDT · by Justaham · 25 replies ^ | 4/8/12 | Alex Pappas
    Marion Barry, the Washington, D.C. city councilman with a knack for finding himself in hot water, is arguing that not only is he “one of the most successful elected officials in America” but that “God gave me a great brain.” The former Washington mayor caught on camera smoking crack cocaine in 1990 defended himself in a stunning interview with The Washington Examiner after finding himself in a firestorm last week for making offensive comments about Asian-Americans. “I’m doing God’s work,” Barry told the paper. “I have made public service my ministry. God gave me a great brain, courage, charisma, vision...
  • Marion Barry stands by remark that Asian businesses ‘ought to go’ from Ward 8

    04/05/2012 11:34:04 AM PDT · by grundle · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/05/2012 | Mike DeBonis
    Marion Barry is mostly refusing to back down from remarks Tuesday that Asian business owners in his ward “ought to go.” Barry made the comments Tuesday night, at a party celebrating his landslide victory in the Democratic primary race for the D.C. Council seat he’s held since 2005. WRC-TVcameras caught the remarks: “We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in, opening up businesses, those dirty shops. They ought to go, I’ll just say that right now, you know. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”Since then, outrage has mounted. One Facebook page...
  • Marion Barry and the Left's Hatred of Asian Entrepreneurs

    04/06/2012 1:33:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies ^ | April 6, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Marion Barry's mouth set him up. The disgraced former mayor of Washington, D.C., who was caught on tape in a 1987 crack cocaine sting, made an even bigger disgrace of himself and his city on Tuesday. Celebrating a Democratic primary victory, the city councilman attacked small businesses owned by "Asians" in his district. Then the race-baiting clown doubled down. Barry told supporters in D.C.'s Ward 8: "We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go." Once pushed out, Barry promised, he would replace the foreign invaders with "African-American...
  • (Marion)Barry: 'We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in'

    04/05/2012 9:13:55 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4-6-12 | Local
    Ward 8 D.C. Councilman Marion Barry is on the hot seat again. Celebrating his victory in the Democratic primary on Tuesday night, Barry spoke up about the prominence of businesses owned by Asians in the District. “We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said in remarks first reported by WRC-TV. “They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.” Barry, who won't be opposed in November's general election as he seeks his third consecutive...
  • Barry: 'We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in'

    04/05/2012 8:41:53 AM PDT · by StevieRay20 · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/05/2012 | Alan Blinder
    Celebrating his victory in the Democratic primary on Tuesday night, Barry spoke up about the prominence of businesses owned by Asians in the District. “We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said in remarks first reported by WRC-TV. “They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.” Barry, who won't be opposed in November's general election as he seeks his third consecutive term on the D.C. Council, was unavailable for comment Thursday morning.
  • Marion Barry complains of Asian-owned 'dirty' shops after winning DC primary

    04/05/2012 7:13:57 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Marion Barry complains of Asian-owned 'dirty' shops after winning DC primary Published April 05, 2012 | Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is once again attracting the wrong kind of attention, after he used his election-night victory speech to decry Asian-owned stores. "We've got to do something about these Asians coming in, opening up businesses -- those dirty shops," Barry said Tuesday night, after winning the Democratic primary for the city's Ward 8 seat and effectively securing a third council term. Barry went on to say: "They ought to go. I'll just say that right now, you know. But we...
  • Son of Former DC Mayor Faces Drug-Dealing Charge [Marion Barry's son]

    07/13/2011 1:32:06 PM PDT · by freespirited · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 07/13/11 | Ben Nuckols
    The son of former District of Columbia mayor and current Councilmember Marion Barry faces a drug-dealing charge after police say they found PCP and marijuana in his apartment. Court records show 31-year-old Marion Christopher Barry was arrested in May after police responded to a report of a fight. Officers found a vial of PCP containing what the documents describe as more than would be used by one person. Police also found five sandwich bags nearly full of marijuana. The documents show Barry jumped out of a window to avoid police but later returned to the apartment and was arrested. He...
  • Gray, Barry backed lottery partner (DC)

    07/21/2010 6:13:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 21, 2010 | Jeffrey Anderson
    When the D.C. Council approved the city's lottery contract in December, two members spoke before the vote on behalf of the local firm that walked away with a majority stake in the deal: Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Marion Barry. Besides both having a previous work relationship with a principal of the local firm, Veterans Services Corp. (VSC), the two lawmakers had something else in common: They both had discussed the issue of a local partner with a lobbyist for the Greek gambling firm Intralot that was awarded the contract. In fact, Mr. Barry told The Washington Times this week...
  • IRS seeks 'unpaid liability' from Marion Barry--Lawyer says ex-mayor in 'payment plan'

    03/24/2010 6:01:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 206+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 25, 2010 | Jim McElhatton
    The Internal Revenue Service has filed a lien against D.C. Council member Marion Barry, the former longtime mayor of the nation's capital, who has been dogged for years by tax troubles. Federal tax collectors filed notice of the lien with the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue Recorder of Deeds last month, citing more than $15,000 in unpaid income taxes from 2005 through 2008. The IRS declined to comment on the filing, which was prepared in January but publicly filed with the District on Feb. 22. The document states, "We have made a demand for payment of this liability, but...
  • [Marion] Barry apologizes for awarding contract to ex

    02/23/2010 12:41:59 PM PST · by meandog · 24 replies · 768+ views
    <p>D.C Council member Marion Barry (D) apologized Tuesday for causing "great embarrassment to the city and City Council" for awarding a city contract to a woman he had been dating.</p> <p>Barry made his apology one week after Attorney Robert S. Bennett issued a report concluding that the councilman may have violated numerous laws when he hired Donna Watts-Brighthaupt.</p>
  • Bennett report: [Marion] Barry benefited from city contract obtained for ex-girlfriend

    02/16/2010 12:53:42 PM PST · by freespirited · 12 replies · 335+ views
    Wapo ^ | 02/16/10 | Tim Craig
    D.C. Council Member Marion Barry personally benefited from the contract he obtained for his former girlfriend and directed earmarks that "provided substantial financial benefits to some of his close friends and supports," according to a report by attorney Robert S. Bennett. In the report, Bennett stated Barry violated "D.C. law, council rules and policies and procedures" and recommends his findings be referred to the U.S. Attorney for possible criminal charges. Barry responded that he did nothing wrong because the council had no written procedures outlining whom a council member could give a contract to. In July, after news surfaced that...
  • Fenty to sign same-sex marriage bill at church in NW D.C. (All Souls Unitarian LOL)

    12/18/2009 3:34:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies · 649+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | 12/18/2009 | Nikita Stewart
    Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will sign legislation Friday to legalize same-sex marriage in the District at a bill-signing ceremony so historic that his staff scrambled to find the perfect location Thursday. Would it be All Souls Unitarian Church, a Northwest house of worship known for its diversity, liberalism and welcoming of same-sex couples? Would it be Covenant Baptist Church, a predominantly black church in Southwest where husband-and-wife team of Dennis and Christine Wiley serve as co-pastors and support gay marriage? Or would it be a secular site? Late in the day, Katie Loughary, executive director at All Souls, said it...
  • (Marion) Barry leads DC voucher protest

    09/08/2009 6:20:33 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 19 replies · 888+ views
    Politico ^ | September 8, 2009 | Glenn Thrush
    DC Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry is likely to be arrested today. Barry, a convert to the voucher cause, will be blocking the entrance to the Department of Education building during President Obama's speech to protest the gradual phasing out of the DC school voucher program, according to organizers. The event, organized by Parents for DC Choice, along with Councilman Kevin Chavous, and Dr. Howard Fuller, will target DOE Secretary Arne Duncan, who won't be in the building.
  • (Marion) Barry contract probe begins (Grant money investigated)

    07/28/2009 10:59:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 339+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 28, 2009 | Sarah Abruzzese
    Federal law enforcement authorities have begun a preliminary investigation into whether D.C. Council member Marion Barry broke any laws when he awarded a city contract to a former girlfriend and arranged for city grant money to go to nonprofit organizations controlled by people close to him. The investigation, involving the FBI and Department of Justice, comes on the heels of Mr. Barry's July 4 arrest by U.S. Park Police, who charged him with misdemeanor stalking. The charge, involving Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, a former girlfriend to whom Mr. Barry awarded city contracts worth $5,000 a month, was later dropped. The investigation into...

    07/09/2009 4:59:26 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 12 replies · 653+ views
    NET | JUNE 09, 2009 | swampsniper
    These are confirmed by Snopes! "The contagious people of Washington have stood firm against diversity during this long period of increment weather." -- M. Barry, Mayor of Washington, DC "I promise you a police car on every sidewalk." -- M. Barry, Mayor of Washington, DC "If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very very low crime rate." -- M. Barry, Mayor of Washington, DC "First, it was not a strip bar, it was an erotic club. And second, what can I say? I'm a night owl." -- M. Barry, Mayor of Washington, DC "Bitch set me up."...
  • Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Arrested

    07/05/2009 8:09:29 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 56 replies · 1,436+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 7/5/2009 | Staff
    WASHINGTON - Police say former Washington Mayor Marion Barry has been arrested and charged with stalking a woman. The United States Park Police said Barry, a current D.C. Council member, was arrested Saturday in Washington after a woman flagged down an officer and complained that Barry was stalking her. Barry was charged with misdemeanor stalking and released.
  • Reports: Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Arrested

    07/04/2009 10:30:03 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies · 1,926+ views
    FoxNews ^ | July 04th 2009
    Reports: Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Arrested The charges against Barry reportedly involve a domestic situation, but allegations against him are unclear. Sunday, July 05, 2009 Washington D.C. councilman and former mayor Marion Barry was arrested Saturday night, police told NBC 4 in Washington. "It's my understanding that he was taken into custody," Park Police Chief Sal Lauro told the Washington Post. The charges against Barry reportedly involve a domestic situation, but allegations against him are unclear. Barry served four terms as mayor and is known for brushes with the law.
  • Same-sex marriage pits blacks against gays in test of liberal 'tolerance' (part one)

    05/13/2009 4:15:42 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 20 replies · 1,136+ views ^ | May 10, 2009 | Kathy Shaidle
    Last week, Washington, D.C., City Councilman Marion Barry raised eyebrowns when he predicted that there would be a “civil war” if the District of Columbia endorsed gay marriage legislation. "All hell is going to break loose," warned Barry, the former D.C. mayor and one-time convicted felon, after the council voted 12-to-1 Tuesday to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere in America. "We may have a civil war," declared Barry. "The black community is just adamant against this." .... During the Prop 8 campaign in California, the tensions spilled onto the streets and got ugly. “It was like being at a klan...
  • Pelosi: Don't Interfere With D.C. On Gay Marriage

    05/06/2009 10:43:30 AM PDT · by steve-b · 11 replies · 729+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/6/09 | Mike Soraghan
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress should let the District of Columbia pass a gay marriage law if it wants to, without interference. "I don't think Congress should intervene, any more than we should intervene when New York did something similar," Pelosi said. The D.C. Council on Tuesday passed a bill to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. The vote was overwhelming, but it drew heated opposition from Councilman Marion Barry and African- American ministers. The vote foreshadows a debate over whether to legalize same-sex marriages performed in the city....
  • Marion Barry: D.C. risks “civil war” by legalizing gay marriage

    05/06/2009 1:37:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies · 1,582+ views ^ | May 6, 2009 | Allahpundit
    Via JWF, a tough call here for the forces of tolerance. On the one hand, he’s a Democrat and a minority and therefore presumptively possessed of Absolute Moral Authority. Attack him at your peril. On the other hand, he’s a tax cheat and an ex-crackhead. No need to impeach his credibility; there’s none left to impeach. Really, about the only thing that can be said in his favor is that, warts and all, he’s still more appealing than Perez Hilton. This much is certain: Hate like this demands the release of another Carrie Prejean topless photo. D.C. Council member Marion...
  • D.C. Council Votes to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Other States

    05/05/2009 9:02:07 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 95 replies · 5,074+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 5., 2009 | Tim Craig
    Washington Post reporter Tim Craig relays that the D.C. Council has voted 13-0, without debate, to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Watch D.C. Wire for updates.
  • Marion Barry Speaks Out Against DC Same Sex Marriage

    04/29/2009 5:03:26 AM PDT · by incredulous joe · 10 replies · 569+ views
    WMAL ^ | 29 April, 2009 | Incredulous Joe
    (Washington, DC) -- DC Council member Marion Barry was among those who spoke at a rally Tuesday at Freedom Plaza in protest of proposed legislation that would recognize out-of-state same sex marriages in the District. The demonstration was organized by the High Impact Leadership Coalition, a loosely-based group made up of Christians and clergy members. Barry told a group of dozens of protesters that he is against gay marriage. The Council is due to take up the legislation May 5th. If approved, it would have to go before Congress for its approval. For that reason, some feel the DC issue...
  • (Marion) Barry Owes $277,000 in Taxes

    03/28/2009 1:05:29 AM PDT · by kellynla · 10 replies · 1,373+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2009 | Mark Chenoweth and Natalie Lester
    Federal authorities say D.C. Council member Marion Barry failed to pay more than $277,000 in back taxes and are continuing to ask that the former mayor's probation be revoked, according to court documents. In a six-page memorandum filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Zeno said Mr. Barry has "continually flouted the standards applicable to all persons who reside in the District of Columbia" and failed to file his 2007 federal tax return until Feb. 17, but still owed unpaid taxes even then. The documents say Mr. Barry had not made a tax payment to the District...
  • News of the Wierd

    03/23/2009 8:08:28 AM PDT · by mbynack · 6 replies · 400+ views
    News of the Wierd ^ | March 22, 2009 | Various
    Americans' Special Relationship with "Taxes": It is not just that the secretary of the Treasury owed back taxes for years, or that two other presidential cabinet-level nominees owed back taxes. In January, federal prosecutors revealed that District of Columbia Council member Marion Barry, who was already on probation after a 2005 conviction for failing to file tax returns for the years 1999 through 2004, and subsequently almost tauntingly failed to file a return for 2006, has now doubled-down the taunt by failing to file for 2007. And in March, a Georgia state senator proposed punishment for the 22 members of...
  • Barry Kidney Transplant Completed (Marion Barry)

    02/21/2009 6:09:12 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 34 replies · 876+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/21/09 | Nikita Stewart and Hamil R. Harris
    D.C. Council member Marion Barry's kidney transplant surgery was successfully completed late last night, officials at Howard University Hospital said. Barry "is doing well," the transplant specialist who led the operation said through a hospital spokesman. "Everything went well." Officials said that a healthy kidney, supplied by a 47 -year-old female donor, had been transplanted and that it appeared to be functioning fine. Barry was to spend the night in the intensive care unit; tests to assess the functioning of the donated kidney were to be performed this morning, said Clive O. Callender, founder and director of the hospital's transplant...