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Another member of the D.C. Council has thrown his hat into the ring for next year's mayoral election.
D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry says he's going to try to force the city to spend up to $100 million of its $417 million budget surplus on services for disadvantaged residents.
A D.C. councilmember wants to strip the council of its power to review contracts worth more than $1 million.
Councilmember Jack Evans, Ward 2, took up the cause by introducing a bill that considers burying all power lines within the District.
Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry has easily won a Democratic primary for his D.C. Council seat, virtually assuring him of a third consecutive term representing the poorest of the city's wards.
The investigation into campaign finances in District politics heated up recently after several elected officials acknowledged their campaigns have received grand jury subpoenas from the Office of the U.S. Attorney. Other councilmembers who likely received subpoenas, but have refused to publicly say so, have come under fire for not publicly admitting their campaign was issued the same subpoena as the others.
The District of Columbia Council might delay the launch of the nation's first government-run online gambling venture, in part because members believe residents wouldn't have enough time to weigh in on potential gambling "hot spots" near their homes.