THE BARRAS REPORT

May 24, 2019

When Ward 2 DC Council member Jack Evans persuaded his colleagues to approve the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, tucked nicely inside the legislation were sections that privileged millionaire sports owners and their facilities-- Audi Field, Nationals Par...

When I read the email exchange between Michael Musante, a lobbyist for local charter schools, and Scott Pearson, executive director of the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB), I became enraged. I think, perhaps, you would have had a similar reaction.

In discussing the...

The conversation with Tomeika Bowden, the spokesperson for the DC Public Charter School Board, has turned intense. I have been trying to understand whether the organization reviewed the management agreement between the SEED Public Charter School and the SEED Foundation...

March 17, 2019

It’s understandable that some DC residents, including TBR, are disappointed with certain behavior by Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans over the past few years. The disillusionment is amplified because he has been a force for good in the city.

Early in his career, Evans h...

March 15, 2019

Ward 2 DC Council member Jack Evans told me he will allow the license for his corporation to expire — therefore, he’ll no longer have outside employment effective April 1, 2019.

That’s a solid act of contrition. Evans may need a miracle, however, to heal from the self-i...

March 3, 2019

     The DC Council appears poised to confirm on Tuesday Lewis Ferebee as the next chancellor of DC Public Schools—although legislators, education advocates and parents apparently are divided over whether the former superintendent of Indianapolis, In. is the...

December 16, 2018

The whole holiday-season-giving-thing seems to have gotten out of hand over at the DC Council. That’s the only logical conclusion TBR could reach for why some legislators are poised this week to give final approval to the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018.

O...

December 10, 2018

   AS DC Council member Charles Allen, chairman of the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, ushered through passage of his omnibus campaign finance reform bill, his mantra was ending pay-to-play “perception and reality.” To support his cause, he cited allegat...

October 27, 2018

How bad is Ward 6 D.C. Council member Charles Allen’s omnibus campaign finance bill now making its way through the council? Let me count the ways.

It would hold political candidates liable for the debts held by their campaign committees. Then it would limit the time the...

October 27, 2018

When Ward 6 DC Council member Charles Allen took over as chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety nearly two years ago, he pledged to push through campaign finance reform, consolidating and advancing a host of legislative proposals presented by a half...

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