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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.


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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...
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It'll be a busy day for D.C. in the courts today, as federal judges hear arguments on two separate cases: a budget autonomy referendum and the city's longstanding ban on carrying handguns outside the home. This morning, an appeals court is set to hear arguments on the fate of the April 2013 budget autonomy referendum, in which 83 percent of D.C. voters approved a change to t...
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday that the Metropolitan Police Department will start taking applications for concealed carry permits on Oct. 23, the day after a 90-day stay on the late-July ruling that overturned the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home exp...
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This post has been updated The official voter guide being sent to hundreds of thousands of D.C. households by the city's elections board is full of information for residents on the Nov. 4 general election, but it gets one thing upside down: the D.C. flag. The city's flag was inverted on the cover of the voter guide, which the board started sending to resid...
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WAMU 88.5, the NPR affiliate in Washington, D.C., plans to limit the use of the Washington football team's name in future news reports. The decision comes in the wake of an announcement from NPR Standards Editor Mark Memmott, who sa...
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The District's ban on the carrying of handguns — and the attempts to change it — will be the subject of hearings in both the D.C. Council and federal court this week. On Thursday, a D.C. Council committee will hear testimony from city officials and residents on a bill that would allow certain residents to carry handguns outside their homes. An emergency version of the bi...
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A D.C. judge has dismissed charges against a Virginia man for taking photos of women's underwear while they sat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, saying that he did not violate their privacy. In a September ruling first reported by ...