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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.


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Labor groups are launching a referendum effort in D.C. to raise the minimum wage to $12.50 an hour. After failing to get the so-called living wage bill targeting retailers like Walmart signed into law, activists want to take their fight to District voters and push for an across-the-board wage hike. Outside city hall on Tuesday, labor organizers and clergy members...
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D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) says he's building consensus for the city to approve a minimum wage of $11.50 an hour, which would be one of the nation's highest. Orange tells The Associated Press that he will propose that the city establish the same minimum wage being considered in neighboring Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Orange chair...
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 D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses in the nation's capitol. Unless Congress decides to intervene — which isn't considered likely — starting May 1 next year, undocumented immigrants will be able to drive in D.C. using what mayor Gray calls "limited purpose drivers licenses." The two-tiered ...
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A federal judge says its too early to take action on the lawsuit that seeks to block the D.C. Council from delaying next year's attorney general election. In 2010, D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum mandating an elected attorney general. The election was supposed to take place next year but in October the D.C. Council passed a bill delaying it because some lawm...
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D.C.'s insurance commissioner has been fired after questioning President Obama's proposed fix to the Affordable Care Act. According to the Washington Post,...
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D.C.'s attorney general is offering a compromise in his fight with federal prosecutors over the ongoing probe into city government corruption. The U.S. Attorney's office wants the city to turn over records that deal with the Gray adminis...
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Federal prosecutors say the D.C. attorney general's office is withholding documents relevant to their ongoing investigation of corruption in city politics. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said in a statement Wednesday that "the district's withholding of relevant documents is currently preventing federal investigators from fully understanding actions taken by district officials.'...
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D.C.'s mayoral campaign is off and running as the candidates held their first debate on Wednesday night. The stage at the debate at a downtown law firm was crowded: four D.C. Council members — Jack Evans, Muriel Bowser, Tommy Wells, and Vincent Orange — and a pair of self-described outsiders, former State Department official Reta Jo Lewis and restaurant owner Andy Shallal...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Andy Shallal, the owner of the restaurant chain Busboys and Poets, has officially entered the D.C. mayoral race. ...
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On this Veterans Day, the District is honoring two of the original Tuskegee Airmen with the Congressional Gold Medal. Mayor Vincent Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will commemorate the day by laying a wreath at the African American Civil War Memorial. Later, a separate commemoration will follow at the African American Civil War Museum for two D.C. residents who served w...
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A federal judge is expected to rule this week on a lawsuit to keep the election for D.C. attorney general on next year's ballot. In 2010 D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved a charter amendment mandating an elected attorney general — the election was supposed to take place next year but in October the D.C. Council narrowly passed a bill delaying it because some lawmakers ...
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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...