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D.C. Debates A New Definition Of Attorney General

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The debate over the amendment boiled down to this: Should the attorney general continue to be a position appointed by the mayor, therefore free from the burdens of campaigning and fundraising, or would making the AG more directly accountable to voters make the position more independent from the executive?

More than 75 percent of voters signed off on the charter amendment. It will go into effect in 2014. The attorney general will serve a four-year term and have to meet certain requirements, such as being a resident of the city and a member in good standing with the D.C. Bar.

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At The Democratic Convention, Choreographing A Sea Of Signs

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