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Martin Austermuhle

Web Producer

Austermuhle joined WAMU as a web producer and reporter in April 2013. Prior to that, he served as editor-in-chief for DCist.com. Born in Switzerland, Martin lived throughout Latin America before coming to the U.S. to attend Penn State University and later Georgetown University, where he received a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies. He lives in Columbia Heights with his wife Carolina, a school teacher, and 105-pound yellow lab, Santi.


Articles Written by Martin Austermuhle

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A decade ago, many baseball fans in D.C. and Virginia didn't really have a choice: The closest local team was the Baltimore Orioles, so supporting the team was pretty much the default. But with the Nationals' return to D.C. in 2005 after a three-decade absence of baseball in the nation's capital, team allegiances have started shifting. But where does one draw a line between ...
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A congressional committee will hold a hearing on a bill decriminalizing marijuana in D.C., raising fears that Republicans could attempt to overturn the measure. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said on Tuesday that the House Oversight and Go...
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Have you heard about possible changes to D.C. public school boundaries but don't really know how they would affect you? There's now an app that will help you make sense of it. Code for D.C., a group of hackers and programmers that take open data and create online tools for citizens, has rolled out OurDCSc...
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Cursing at a public official in Virginia isn't polite, nor is it legally sound. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a man has been fined for leaving a profane voicemail for Attorney General Mark Herring: ...
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The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles recently announced that on May 1 it will start issuing new driver's licenses and ID cards that comply with a federal law mandating increased security requirements. The announcement has provoked plenty of questions and somewhat alarmist headlines, especially concerning an apparent Octob...
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Minimum Wage Proposals D.C. Council/Gray: Increase to $11.50 by 2016, index to inflation, tipped workers excluded. Proposed Initiative: To $12.50 by 2017, index to inflation, tipped workers up to $12.50 by 2021. The District's minimum wage is ...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a new policy that will make it easier for former felons to regain their voting rights. Under the policy, which would take effect on Monday, the commonwealth will provide a list of offenses that require a waiting period before offenders can apply to have the...
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The population of the District of Columbia is expected to reach 880,000 people by 2040, a level it has not seen since 1950. The finding, first noted by Greater Greater Washington, comes from population forecasts presented to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Gov...
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A conflict between the D.C. Council and Mayor Vincent Gray over whether or not the city now enjoys budget autonomy is heading to court, and a ruling could have an impact on how this year's budget process plays out. The Council is filing suit today over last year's budget autonomy referendum, in which 83 percent of D.C. residents voted to amend the city's Home Rule Charter to...
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D.C. residents and officials have been debating changes to the city's 60-year-old zoning code for the last six years, and there will be at least another six months of discussion before the plan can be voted on. On Tuesday, the Zoning Commission approved a request from Mayor Vincent Gray to extend a period of public comment on the zoning c...
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D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan is urging city legislators to repeal a specific campaign finance limit that was recently the focus of a Supreme Court ruling. In testimony to the D.C. Council on Tuesday, Nathan said that an existing $8,500 cap on aggregate contributions — the practice of giving to multiple candidates during an election cycle — falls on the wrong side of ...
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Yesterday, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The move follows a very similar bill signed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in March. ...
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D.C. By The Numbers is a series that uses numbers to highlight and explore exactly how D.C. does — and doesn't — work. Have a number to share? Get in touch. Adjusted Gross Income Returns (2006) Percent (2006) Returns (2012) Percent (2012)...
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Abigail Smith, D.C.'s deputy mayor for education, said on Friday that three proposed amendments to the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns will change before they are finalized. Speaking on WAMU's The Politics Hour, Smith cautioned that the proposals ...
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In a letter to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Mayor Vincent Gray today warned of potential legal consequences — including a D.C. government shutdown and return of the Control Board — if the Council does not approve the city's 2015 budget within the time prescribed by the Home Rule Charter. The letter stems from an ongoing conflict over last year's ...
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Joyanna Smith faces a daunting task: She's responsible for mediating conflicts between the 80,000 students attending D.C. public and charter schools and the thousands of teachers and administrators that make up the bureaucracy charged with educating them. But the newly appo...
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The D.C. Fire Department lieutenant accused of not responding to a man who collapsed across the street from her fire station is moving closer to retirement, and that means she could avoid any discipline in the case. Last week Lt. Kellene Davis received the signat...
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Speaking only days after two agency heads announced their departure, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray sought to tamp down on any concerns that his loss in the April 1 primary would halt work in the last nine months of his term. “We have a pretty good bench, in most instances, so those...
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A number of D.C. legislators — including two running for mayor — have started weighing in on controversial proposals to change the city's school boundaries and feeder patterns. Over the weekend, D.C. education officials unveiled three proposals for changing the four-decad...
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State Profiles District of Columbia Maryland ...