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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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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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D.C. Public Schools today released detailed data on the results of last week's common lottery for public and charter schools, showing which public schools received most interest from parents and which have the longest wait lists. The lott...
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Terry Bellamy, the director of the D.C. Department of Transportation, will be leaving his post by as early as the end of the month, sources confirmed today. Bellamy is the second agency head to announce his departure since Mayor Vincent Gray lost the April 1 primary to Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4). The Washington City Paper ...
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The D.C. Council today abandoned a last-ditch attempt to have residents vote for an attorney general in November, likely pushing the first-ever election of the city's top law enforcement official to 2018. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said at a hearing that there wasn't enough support for the bill, which was introduced by Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) last year afte...
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A pair of D.C. legislators will introduce a bill on Tuesday that would scrap the list of conditions that can qualify a resident for medical marijuana, and instead allow a doctor to make the determination regardless of what their patient is suffering from. Under rules currently governing D.C.'s medical marijuana program, only residents with HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, or seve...
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Self-driving cars may be years away for most motorists, but D.C. is jumping ahead of the curve and preparing for the brave new world of cars that drive themselves. On Friday, the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles published a set of proposed rules that would govern the use of so-called autonomous vehicles — cars that have the ability to drive themselves. If the rules are ad...