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Patrick Madden

District Reporter

Madden is the District Reporter at WAMU. He has covered city hall for the past four years and has won several awards for his coverage, including last year's Edward R. Murrow for investigative journalism.

Madden is also a frequent guest analyst on The Politics Hour and was a panelist at the 2010 mayoral debate at the Newseum.

Before joining WAMU in 2006, Madden worked at NBC4 and C-SPAN. He is originally from New York, attended Emory University in Atlanta and holds a master's degree in journalism from American University.

He is a long suffering NY Mets fan.


Articles Written by Patrick Madden

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The race for to be the next mayor of D.C. begins today as candidates can now begin circulating petitions to get on next year's ballot. The job of mayor, as well as about half the seats on D.C. Council, are in play in the 2014 election cycle, and starting today candidates will be able to pick up petitions and start gathering signatures needed to get on the ballot. So ...
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray wants to ban styrofoam food containers. At a press conference on Wednesday, Gray said that the goal is to get styrofoam food containers out of D.C.'s rivers and waterways. The styrofoam ban is part of a larger package of 11 environmental measures that Gray wants the D.C. Council to approve. "We knew there would be some elements of it that wer...
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After several scandals, the D.C. Council gave initial approval to a package of sweeping reforms this week aimed at fixing the city s campaign finance laws. The bill's author, council member Kenyon McDuffie, says the hallmark of the legislation is closing the LLC loophole. This is when developers and other businesses make multiple contributions to an individual candidate throu...
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The D.C. Council wants the Washington Redskins to change their team name. Despite a lobbying campaign from the team to contact city lawmakers, on Tuesday the Council overwhelmingly approved a resolution urging the Washington-area team to shed the controversial name. D.C. Council Member David Grosso (I-At Large) sponsored the bill, which had the support of ten out of ...
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The D.C. Council is backing off its plan to give regular driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. Instead, the city will create a two-tier system. On Tuesday the Council passed a bill creating a second-class license for people who cannot prove their legal status. It will be marked "Not valid for official federal purposes," limiting its use for boarding an airplane or ent...
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From the controversy surrounding the name of D.C.'s football team to the campaign finance scandals at city hall, its expected to be a busy legislative day at the D.C. Council. Council member Kenyan McDuffie's (D-Ward 5) bill to overhaul the city's campaign finance laws will ...
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Former D.C. Council candidate Paul Zukerberg is filing papers to run for D.C. attorney general. The defense attorney has made his name pushing a pro-marijuana platform, but now Zukerberg has a new cause — the need for an independent attorney general. Zukerberg has been the most outspoken critic of the D.C. Council's move to delay next year's attorney general election, an...
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D.C. may have some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, but groundbreaking audio technology deployed by police shows how frequent gunfire is in the city. According to the ...
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The D.C. Council is backtracking on its plan to give undocumented immigrants regular driver's licenses. An initial bill passed by the Council earlier this year would have defied a federal law known as the Real ID Act by creating the same driver's license for every D.C. resident, regardless of immigration status. At the time, Council members said it was unclear if the federal...
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The D.C. Council will take up a resolution next week urging the Washington Redskins to change their name. The Council passed a similar resolution in 2001, and the new one has broad support on the 13-member body. It comes amid a national debate about the name, which some consider to be offensive to Native Americans. President Barack Obama recently said he would "think about c...
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As the D.C. council debates raising the city's minimum wage, questions remain as to why the "living wage" for government contractors hasn't been adjusted in years. A 2006 law passed by the council requires the city to pay its government contractors a living wage. The rate ...
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Representatives from an American Indian tribe say they are "disappointed" after meeting with NFL executives over their concerns about the Washington Redskins team name. The Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter says his group met with NFL executives in New York today. The upstate New York tribe has led a high-profile campaign urging Washington to drop its team nam...
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Representatives from an American Indian tribe in upstate New York are scheduled to meet with NFL executives over concerns about the Washington Redskins team name. The Oneida Indian Nation launched a radio campaign earlier this year urging the team to drop the team name....
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It doesn’t appear to be question of “if” D.C. raises its minimum wage — as Council members repeatedly stated during a hearing on Monday, “That train has left the station." Rather, the debate seems to revolve around how much, how soon, and whether the raise applies to tipped workers such as bartenders and servers in restaurants. After ...
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Advocates for restoring the voting rights of Virginia felons are praising the steps Governor Bob McDonnell has taken, but they say that an impediment remains: insurmountable fines and court costs. McDonnell has eliminated a two-year waiting period and streamlined the process to restore the voting rights of more than 6,800 Virginians—more than any previous administration....
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The Gray administration is throwing its support behind a D.C. Council proposal to decriminalize marijuana. The measure to make the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil fine and not a criminal penalty has the support of a majority of the D.C. Council, and now it appears the mayor is on board too. A deputy attorney general testified on Thursday at the...
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With the D.C. Council poised to pass a bill decriminalizing marijuana, members of the public are getting the chance to weigh in. The first of two hearings on the measure took place on Wednesday evening in Anacostia. Legislation introduced by Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) — and backed by a majority of Council members — would make the possession of small amounts of...
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The D.C. Council is one step closer to tackling campaign finance reform. It has been two years since attempts to clean up D.C.'s campaign finance laws were first introduced. And while there have been a handful of guilty pleas for campaign-related offenses during that time period, all of the previous attempts to overhaul the laws either stalled or were voted down. ...
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D.C. Council member David Catania say the city needs to step up its school safety training. Catania says the D.C. school system needs to identify the biggest threats to student safety and to standardize its training for these potential problems, from everyday challenges like bullying, to unthinkable acts such as an active shooter. "These things are not to be taken li...
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Authorities say a former waiter at a Georgetown restaurant stole credit card numbers from customers and used the money to buy artwork, including a Matisse and a pair of Picassos. The U.S. Attorney's office says Kevin T. Washington of Gaithersburg, Md., obtained credit card numbers from four different victims while working as a waiter at Thunder Burger and Bar in Georgetown. ...