WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Council Moves To Delay Election Of Attorney General To 2018

Play associated audio
A planned election for the D.C. attorney general may be pushed back to 2018.
Larry Miller: http://www.flickr.com/photos/drmillerlg/1246397248/
A planned election for the D.C. attorney general may be pushed back to 2018.

The D.C. Council has voted to delay the election of an attorney general until 2018.

More than three-quarters of D.C. voters approved a referendum in 2010 that made the attorney general an elected position, with the first election scheduled for 2014. Currently the attorney general is currently appointed by the mayor.

But the Council voted late Wednesday night to delay the election amid concerns about what the elected attorney general's duties would be and the lack of candidates for next year's election.

The 8-5 vote followed a spirited debate. Supporters of the delay say the city isn't ready to an elect an attorney general with so many unresolved questions about the position. But opponents say the Council vote disregards the will of the electorate.

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, who opposed any delay, said he would seek to revisit the issue in September.

NPR

'It's A Surviving Tool': 'Native' Tells Satirical Stories Of Life In Israel

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.
NPR

Chipotle's Food-Safety Woes? Don't Expect Sympathy From Rest Of Industry

Chipotle has scorned some mainstream farming practices, like GMOs and antibiotics. Now the fast-casual chain is taking hits over food safety, and past targets of its attacks are taking revenge.
NPR

In Trump's German Ancestral Village, The Locals Are Not Impressed

"Ich bin ein Kallstadter," Donald Trump likes to say. But many of the villagers are more proud of other famous American descendants with links to Kallstadt: the Heinz family, of ketchup fame.
NPR

Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.