Wal-Mart brings opportunities and concerns, Bowser says

December 16, 2010 - 12:40 PM
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Councilwoman Muriel Bowser says Wal-Mart’s desire to open four stores in the District has prompted a lively discussion among her constituents, as one of the locations the World’s Largest Retailer wants is the Ward 4 site once occupied by Curtis Chevrolet at the corner of Georgia and Missouri NW.

The project should lead to improved retail and job opportunities for area residents – including construction jobs – but there are concerns about what Wal-Mart’s arrival will mean for mom-and-pop stores. 

Bowser (D) said she’s been in contact with Ward 4 residents, and intends to have in-depth conversations with company officials about their plans.

Here’s what she told us today:

The first part of our conversation with Councilwoman Bowser can be seen later today when NewsTalk re-airs at 4pm & 6pm. You’ll also be able to hear our Q&A with Jenny Beth Martin, a Georgia resident who co-founded the Tea Party Patriots. As she told Politico, Tea Party leaders are angry about some of future Speaker John Boehner’s committee assignments.

Lastly, we spoke today with Jarrod Chlapowski, director of Field Operations for Servicemembers United, a group that has lobbied long and hard for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Last night’s vote in the House of Representatives was a big win for repeal forces, and SU is hopeful the Senate will follow suit. Chlapowski, who has his team working the Senate today, says the decision to overturn the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly is “easier” given the new direction of public opinion. He also pointed to the recent DOD report that indicated repeal could occur without disrupting military operations. 

Friday at 10am on NewsTalk: Prince George’s Council Chairwoman Ingrid Turner (D-District 4) and the national champion Beacon House Falcons PeeWee football team

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