Loose Lips Daily
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Good morning, all. And HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAYS to Phil Mendelson and Vincent Gray, both of whom marked another year on Saturday. The chairman celebrated his 66th Friday evening at F. Scott's in Georgetown. Put party reports in the comments!
"What D.C. should expect from Obama administration?" asks Michael Neibauer in the Examiner. Voting rights? Budget autonomy? Federal payment? All of the above?
David Nakamura writes up the latest voting-rights feud in the WaPo. With a solid Democratic congressional majority and a Democratic president, should we be aiming for a House vote (likely) or full statehood (not so likely)? Don't look to Hizzoner for answers: "Fenty declined to take a position on what route the city should pursue, saying he wants to work with the Obama administration, congressional leaders and other city officials to develop a game plan that has the best chance for success."
Hart Middle School, in Congress Heights, is overrun with violence, reports Bill Turque in the WaPo. "D.C. Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has dispatched a team of administrators and extra security to an Anacostia middle school where three teachers have been assaulted, a 14-year-old was charged with carrying a shotgun and students have run the hallways discharging fire extinguishers."
HERE'S THE MONEY SENTENCE: "While Woodard was speaking, he and a Washington Post reporter observed a security guard stand by and watch as a boy with a bandage on his left ear was pummeled on the head by a larger girl swinging her book bag."
Council looks to go $50 million deeper with cuts than Mayor Fenty's proposal, reports WaPo. And "the Examiner has learned" that it was all Vince Gray's idea! The protesters are out at the Wilson Building.
Fred Hiatt in the WaPo: Rhee "may not be able to succeed without at least the tacit support of Barack Obama."
LEAP grants are late, reports Bill Myers in the Examiner.
WaTimes runs down local Dems' advancement prospects.
Proportional representation on the D.C. Council!
Marc Fisher keeps the pressure on regarding the lottery contract.
Hamil Harris runs down Friday PSJ hearing on prostitution.
Jonetta Rose Barras thinks Hizzoner needs to chill for a second. "The Fenty administration could use some reflection time. It may have assessed highly publicized mistakes, but it hasn't shared with the public if changes have been incorporated throughout the government. And, if a macro vision has evolved in the past two years, it hasn't shared that either."
National Post of Canda delivers a little post-Election Day scene piece from east of the river. Starring Marion Barry electoral foe Darrell Gaston.
AND...the Guardian does much of the same.
Nov. 4 turnout not historic, Examiner reports. "D.C. elections spokesman Dan Murphy said officials were predicting about 63 percent turnout once all absentee votes were counted. The District had 77 percent turnout in the 1984 election." What this country needs is another Mondale!
D.C. to angry tenants: We're on it!
Homeless advocate: "'Housing First' program is...about to become the Fenty administration's biggest embarrassment."
WaPo scoop: Inauguration visitors looking for places to crash!
15-year-old Dunbar freshman shot dead behind apartment building on the 1200 block of Brentwood Road NE last Monday.
"Is Metro selling SmarTrip at a profit?" asks GGW.
Apply for a taxi license! Finally!
Make sure your vote counted, reminds Karen Szulgit: "All persons who cast an Absentee or Provisional ballot should now verify that the DC Board of Elections and Ethics counted their votes in this historic election. DC voters are able to check the status of their own Absentee and Special ballots online at http://www.dcboee.org/voter_info/special_ballot/...or by calling 1-866-DC VOTES (1-866-328-6837). If the Board did not count your ballot, you have the right to appeal."
Lots more voting issues in themail.
IN CLOSE TO HOME—Ingrid Specht wants folks to "Think Green About Parking in D.C."
D.C. COUNCIL TODAY—10 a.m.: Committee of the Whole hearing on Bill 17-988, "Disclosure of Information to the Council Amendment Act of 2008," JAWB 500; 11 a.m.: Committee of the Whole hearing on Bill 17-987, "Timely Transmission of Compensation Agreements Amendment Act of 2008," JAWB 500; 1 p.m.: Special legislative meeting to vote on budget gap closing plan, JAWB 500.
ADRIAN FENTY TODAY—No public events scheduled.