Reporter & Editor, @wamu885, D.C.'s NPR station. Former Editor-in-Chief, @dcist. Swiss-born, Northeast D.C. resident, Dad. martin (at) wamu (dot) org. DMs open.

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Joined May 2010
The D.C. mayoral campaigns are hitting the airwaves! @MurielBowser has a new TV narrated by her mother, leaning heavily on family roots: bibliogram.fdn.fr/p/Cd5-saOjEtu/ And @RobertWhite_DC has his own ad, more emphasis on what he would do differently in office: invidious.fdn.fr/watch?v=GLe-XqjE…
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An outdated meme, yes, but spot on for @juliezweil's excellent explanation of why editorial board endorsements don't influence the reporters washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/…
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When I first came across the essays of @Not_Our_Crimes, I knew I wanted to write abt Robert and Pam. What I learned from them is they're making MUCH more than a blog. They've built a network of hundreds of politically engaged D.C. residents across the BOP. dcist.com/story/22/05/24/mor…
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Today is the second and final vote on D.C.’s budget for 2023, and @tweetelissa is proposing an amendment to set aside $20 million for financial assistance to 15,000 excluded workers. One catch: the money is only available if there is an available budget surplus.
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Excluded workers (those who are undocumented or work in the cash economy) were asking for $160 million in assistance, which the council has not provided. @ChmnMendelson is expanding the earned-income tax credit so undocumented workers can claim it. (Cash workers won’t get it.)
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1️⃣ ONE WEEK LEFT! 1⃣ There's just 1 more week until the 5/31 deadline to register to vote/update your voter registration before the 6/21 Primary Election! Plan to vote in the Primary? Register to vote - or check & update your registration - here: bit.ly/3wigWXD
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D.C.'s new subterranean bike lanes are coming along nicely. (Kidding, sadly. These are sewage overflow tunnels, which is also pretty important.)
Peek-a-boo. Here's one more selfie right where they left me, at the connection point between the 1st Street Tunnel in #BloomingdaleDC and the newly mined Northeast Boundary Tunnel.
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Major update to the story of the Commanders and Woodbridge, Va.: A Va. state senator said a team lobbyist told him the team acquired an *option* to purchase the land, not the land itself. Big difference. Full context w @LVozzella and @aolivo (🧵 1/3): wapo.st/39K9c9h
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I’d wager a ticket to the Dallas game that the Commanders leaked this news about the Pr. William land purchase to distract from the USA Today report that other owners are weighing ousting Snyder. Team has engineered similar diversions in past.
The Washington Commanders recently spent $100M to acquire about 200 acres in Prince William County as a potential site for the new stadium, a source confirmed to @PostSports. (@john_keim 1st)
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Today, there was a homicide at the Thomas Circle encampment – sadly, another life lost to gun violence. This site has not been safe. All remaining residents in the encampment will be moved into PEP-V shelter today as @DMHHS_DC works towards permanent supportive housing.
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Some non-political D.C. news: @AGKarlRacine announced that his partner gave birth to their second son last week. Congrats to them both!
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EXCLUSIVE: It's Woodbridge, not Dumfries. Here are the renderings the Commanders have commissioned for their new stadium, headquarters and village... richmond.com/sports/professi…
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DC Police say Special Police officer Shawn Minor of Forestville was killed in an exchange of gunfire while patrolling an apartment complex on Elvans Rd SE early Sunday. Detectives discovered the gun Minor had was not registered to him and was modified to fire like a machine gun.
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As far away from DC as Dumfries looks on the map, it's even farther when you consider I-95 traffic & overall commuter trends. Ravens have to think they'd dominate the Md suburbs after this. (deleted earlier tweet on this that misstated land location)espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/3397…
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HAPPENING TONIGHT: @SamFord7News will moderate a debate between the D.C. mayoral candidates starting at 7 p.m. It will air on 7News and will be live streamed on our website: wjla.com/news/elections/7new… @HillRagDC @Ward6Dems
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There's been some frustration on the east end of Capitol Hill that new proposed ANC maps would split the Ward 7 neighborhoods east of the Anacostia (Hill East, essentially) between two different ANCs. @ChmnMendelson is proposing that they be in a single ANC instead:
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Sorry, just realized a mistake in the tweet above: it's the neighborhoods west of the Anacostia, not east of it. Apologies for that!
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The aguacate test is a great way to think about how you want to vote in elections.
Replying to @rcsamayoa
But most importantly, don’t get lectured on what it is to live in the city, in your neighborhood, in your community, from the viewpoint of egotistical people. Just like with an aguacate, pick it up, look it around, and under to make sure you’re not getting a dud.
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There's an emergency bill in the D.C. Council signed by all 13 members to prohibit price-gouging for baby formula: lims.dccouncil.us/Legislatio…
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