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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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The District's residents may have voted by a ratio of 2-to-1 to approve a ballot initiative legalizing the possession of marijuana, but Congress could well undo it with far fewer votes — none of which would be cast by anyone representing the city. Congressional Republicans are considering in...
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A.J. Cooper, who was running for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council, died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 34. Cooper, who unsuccessfully ran for an at-large seat on the Council in 2012, was known for his stint as a host of Black Entertainment ...
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The D.C. Council met for the penultimate session of its two-year session yesterday, which means that legislators were scrambling to get as many bills passed as possible. Some bills were being voted on for the first time, some a second and final time. Their final meeting is on Dec. 16. Below are some of the highlights from yesterday's legislative session. D.C. United Stadium...
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This post has been updated. Though it seems likely that the D.C. Council will vote today to support the construction of a new stadium for D.C. United, questions still remain over how exactly the city will pay for its portion of the $300 million deal. The bill being ...
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D.C. could soon return to a September primary date for local elections, abandoning a brief and controversial experiment with holding the primaries in April. Under a bill set to be considered by the D.C. Council on Tuesday, the city's primary election would be moved to the first Tuesday in September, effectively reversing a 2011 bill that pushed the primary date to the first ...
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The D.C. Council will vote Tuesday on an bill authorizing the city to help build a new stadium for D.C. United, but changes made in recent weeks to the deal negotiated between Mayor Vincent Gray and the team will both cost — and save — the city money. The most significant change is the removal of the Reeves Center from the deal. As ...
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Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser's transition team has announced a series of thematic open houses that will take place over the next two weeks. The open houses — which will cover topics ranging from public safety and transportation to education and economic develo...
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Related Stories Marion Barry, Beloved And Polarizing Legend Of D.C. Politics, Dies At 78 ...
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Though Congress is in the closing weeks of its current session, one departing Texas Republican has introduced a pair of last-ditch bills targeting the District of Columbia. Last week, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, introduced two bills that would apply to D.C.: One bill would require that a public firing range be opened within city limits, and the second would prohibit the ci...
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Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser lived up to her word this week, removing the Reeves Center from the $300 million deal to build a new stadium for D.C. United in Southwest D.C. Under the deal negotiated by the team and Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. would obtain the land needed f...
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The D.C. Libertarian Party's brief tenure as a major political party is over. Though the party ran candidates in a number of races in the Nov. 4 general election, none of them reached the vote threshold necessary to maintain the "major party" status it had gained in 2012. By D.C. law, it takes 7,500 votes for a...
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City officials continue working with the family of Marion Barry on plans for a funeral and memorial service, both of which they say could attract tens of thousands of mourners. Speaking on WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Monday, Mayor Vincent Gray said tha...
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D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) was only three years old when Marion Barry was first elected mayor in 1978, and he grew up in a city that was largely run by the man who came to be known as the mayor for life. Shortly after Barry passed away on Sunday, McDuffie recalled ho...
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Marion Barry passed away early Sunday morning, but it took less than 12 hours for the city's mayor-for-life to be commemorated on a mural in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest D.C. A large spray-painted likeness of Barry's face appeared on the mural located at 14th and Randolph Stre...
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It's official: all of the ballots cast in D.C.'s Nov. 4 general election have been counted. But the counting isn't totally done. The D.C. Board of Elections finished counting tens of thousands of provisional ballots yesterday, a process that took over two weeks to complete. According to elections board officials, over 20,000 provisional ballots were cast on Election Day. Add...
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