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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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It may have been coincidence, but the timing wasn't lost on anyone in the John Wilson Building. As D.C. legislators started debating the city's 2016 budget on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals sent a long-simmering fight over budget autonomy — the belief that D.C. should not have to submit its budget to Congress for approval as part of the federal appropriations...
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The D.C. Council on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to Mayor Muriel Bowser's first budget, a $13 billion spending plan that hikes spending on homeless services and for affordable housing and drew plaudits from advocates who more often than not find themselves fighting for more funding. While the Council did strip out a ...
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Despite scrapping a proposed increase in the sales tax, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said on Tuesday that Mayor Muriel Bowser would get most of what she wanted in her 2016 budget. "The big picture is... the mayor will be receiving in the budget that I am proposing tomorrow 99 percent of what she's requested," said Mendelson, previewing the amended budget that legisl...
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A proposal for a small increase in the District's sales tax has provoked a fight not only between Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council, but also among the Council members themselves. As part of her $13 billion budget for 2016, Bowser proposed raising the sales tax...
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Related Stories Judge Throws Out D.C. Ban On Carrying Guns Outside The Home ...
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Related Stories Five Years After Court Let D.C. Residents Keep Arms, Some Want To Bear Them ...
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Special Series: Flipped Off Part 1: A Dream Home Becomes a Nightmare Part 2: For The Developer F...
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It was part field trip, part civics lesson. But like all things in Congress, it was also a partisan fight, this one over education and local governance. On Thursday, a House of Representatives committee traveled to a Catholic school in Northeast D.C. for a hearin...
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The number of homeless per jurisdiction on Jan. 28, 2015. Click to enlarge....
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This post has been updated to clarify the number of body-worn cameras that might be deployed. Despite a growing national debate over police conduct and rising interest among police departments across the country in body-worn cameras for officers, one D.C. legislator has moved to slow the rollout of the cameras in the District. D.C. Council member Kenyan Mc...
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Special Series: Flipped Off Part 1: A Dream Home Becomes a Nightmare Part 2: For The Developer F...
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Metro Connection Segments Baltimore Residents Say Wall-To-Wall Media Coverage Missed The Real Story ...
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A gutted D.C. rowhouse on Quincy Street NW that developers are rebuilding....
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The latest installment of a three-part series: How a prolific house flipper attracted not only the scrutiny of D.C. inspectors, but also the attention of the city's attorney general....
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What happens when a family discovers that its home is a poorly renovated mess? And in a hot market that has attracted some unreliable and careless developers, can D.C.'s inspectors and regulators keep pace with the industry? This special three-part series looks at the perils of house flipping in the nation's capital....
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Metro Connection Segments An Uncomfortable Link Between Race And Marijuana Arrests In D.C. ...
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A special election on Tuesday for two seats on the D.C. Council ended with one victory, one race too close to call and a split result for Mayor Muriel Bowser, whose influence played a large role in the contests. In the race for the Ward 4 seat once held by Bowser, it was Brandon Todd that emerged the winner with 42 percent of the vote. Todd, a former Council and campaign aid...
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Voters in wards 4 and 8 will head to the polls tomorrow to elect new members of the D.C. Council. Races for ward seats on the city's legislature usually turn on retail issues like crime and economic development, but in both wards another factor has emerged: the influence of D.C.'s current mayor and the legacy of one of its former mayors. In Ward 4, 13 candidates signed up to...
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Aides to Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine on Wednesday sparred over a pair of bills that, depending on which side was asked, would either represent a overreach by Racine or a means to establish a check and balance on the mayor’s office by the newly elected attorney general. The debate took place during a D.C. Council hearing on two pending bills th...