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Martin Austermuhle

Web Producer & Reporter

Austermuhle joined WAMU as a web producer and reporter in April 2013. Prior to that, he served as editor-in-chief for DCist.com, and has written for the Washington City Paper, Washington Diplomat and other publications. 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 daughter.


Articles Written by Martin Austermuhle

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Bruce Majors won't win today's D.C.'s mayoral election. Neither will any of the candidates he recruited to run. But that's not the point. "We’re definitely still in a building year. Basically nobody who I recruited to run this year or stepped up on their own or me thought we were actually going to win," he admits about the small ...
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Today's election isn't even over, but some hopeful D.C. Council candidates are already looking on to the next — but whether they even get to run could hinge on what happens once the votes are counted tonight. After casting a ballot early this morning at West Elementary School in 16th Street Heights, A.J. Cooper, a Ward 4 resident who unsuccessfully ran for an At-Large seat...
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A D.C. official is estimating that legal marijuana sales in D.C. would create a market worth $130 million a year. In testimony delivered on Thursday to a D.C. Council committee considering a bill that would legalize and tax the sale of marijuana, Dr. Yesim Sayin Taylor of the O...
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The executive director of the D.C. Board of Elections said today that a marijuana legalization initiative, a competitive mayor's race and a first-ever election of the city's attorney general could push turnout in next week's general election to 40 percent, higher than any similar election since 1998. According to Clifford Tatum, who has led the board since 2011, Initiative 7...
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A majority of D.C. voters say they will vote for a ballot initiative that would legalize the possession of marijuana, and believe the name of Washington's football team is disparaging to Native Americans. ...
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A lawsuit filed by a charter school advocacy group and two D.C. charter schools over what they say is uneven public funding has turned into a larger fight over the city's ability to govern itself and its public school system. In July, the D.C. Association of Chartered Public Schools and two charter schools — Eagle Academy and Washington Latin — ...
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Opponents of a D.C. ballot initiative that would legalize the possession of marijuana are trailing groups supporting the measure in money raised and spent. According to campaign finance reports, the group opposing Initiative 71 — which would drop all criminal penalties for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana and...
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The D.C. Board of Elections today delivered a mea culpa for printing and sending voter guides to 300,000 households that mistakenly had an upside-down D.C. flag on the cover. "Well, we messed up. BIG time," said the board in a statement. "The cover of the Voter’s Guide recently...
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A national group is pushing a ballot initiative in D.C. that would increase the city's minimum wage to $15, among the highest in the country, and put tipped workers on the same pay scale as other low-wage workers. Earlier this month, the D.C. Board of Elections published language for what will be Initiative 74, which, if approved by voters, would increase the city's minimum ...
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Mayor Vincent Gray is harshly criticizing the D.C. Board of Elections for mistakenly sending a voter guide to 300,000 households that had a upside-down D.C. flag on the cover. "I thought sending out a voter guide with our D.C. flag upside down was a complete fiasco," he said at a press conference on Tuesday. "And then to say it was just an effort to get people's attention on...
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D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan is defending the concealed carry licensing law set to take effect later this week, saying in a new court filing that if the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led a federal judge to overturn the city's ban on carrying handguns in public don't like it, they should just file another lawsuit. Nathan's arguments come in a response to a ...
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As early voting opened in D.C. on Monday, a new poll is again putting Democrat Muriel Bowser ahead of Independent David Catania in the race for the city's top office. According to The Washington Post, a ...
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If there's no doubt in your mind who you're going to vote for in D.C., you can jump ahead of the crowd and cast your ballots now. The two-week period of early voting for the Nov. 4 general election started Monday at One Judiciary Square (441 Fourth St. NW). Any D.C. voter can cast a ballot between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., except on Sunday. Early voting will expand on ...
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A federal judge on Friday denied a D.C. request that he reconsider his late-July ruling that overturned the city's longstanding ban on carrying handguns in public. At the end of a brief hearing, Judge Frederick Scullin said that he was unconvinced that his original ruli...