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“Dead-blogging” the D.C. Council

Just as "live-blogging" covers events of special and immediate significance, "dead-blogging" covers events of no and dated significance. In other words, a perfect pursuit for the week between the holidays. Herewith, some dead-blogging of the proceedings on Channel 13, which covers the D.C. Council.

–Ward 8 Councilmember Marion S. Barry Jr. is talking about legislation of some sort. He's addressing D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, and I am not sure what he's talking about. Something about the "Walker Jones contract." Sounds important, when it was important.

—Update: Barry says something is "not right." Not sure what he's referring to, but that may become clear later in the dead-blogging.

—Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is talking about "capital projects."

—Update: This dead-blog can now report with some confidence that the proceeding we are blogging about took place on Dec. 15. Not that long ago, actually! This particular issue of dead-blog would have preferred something as far back as, like, September.

—But let's get back to the nitty-gritty: Gray is now discussing "the path we're on now," though it's not clear what that path is. He's talking about various contracting honey pots, it seems. He's talking with Thomas about some "16 projects" and what funding sources they used. This hearing of the council sounds suspiciously like something that had to do with the contracting scandal of the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty earlier this year.

—Update: Gray is talking about a contracting "matrix"—totally high-tech.

—Gray calls for a vote. Barry asks to make an amendment. There's a motion to close debate. Not sure what the debate was about, but that's the very essence of dead-blogging. Barry wants debate to continue. It appears that the motion to close debate on some topic prevailed, 9 to 4. So the discussion appears to have ended.

—There is some laughing among councilmembers over parliamentary issues and questions.

—Barry asks for a "point of order." He seems to get ignored.

—Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells asks about funding for Rosedale Recreation Center. Not sure what the answer was. But if you're a Ward 6 resident, trust that your rep has the best interests of the Rosedale Rec Center at heart.

—Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander talks about the "Deanwood project moving forward." She talks a bit about DPR and the Housing Authority and a firm called Banneker Ventures and "ramifications." Thomas replies, talking about various hearings and actions that can be taken with respect to the Deanwood project. He says this'll be the most "looked-at project" in the history of the D.C. government. Now, those are serious legislative words.

—Update: They're still talking about whether to debate!

—Time to vote on some amendment. Not sure what the amendment would do, nor what the legislation that it's attached to is all about, either. Whatever the case, Gray is insistent on making things "procedurally correct."

—That amendment passes.

—Wells is going for a friendly amendment now. Not sure how friendly it actually is, or to whom it's friendly, but no one in the chamber appears pissed, that's for sure.

—Now they're talking about some MOU, and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans appears to have had enough. He has pulled away from his desk and is leaning way back in his big chair, with his hands clasped behind his neck.

—There's some discussion as to just how friendly this whole Wells amendment is. Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser doesn't seem to regard it as too friendly because her question about it, which I'm not sure about, apparently wasn't answered. So she says she's not voting on the amendment. Gray asks her if she's abstaining. She doesn't say. Gray just says he needs to know how to record her vote. She says, "Present." I guess that qualifies as an abstention.

—Consider again that all this blogging relates to something that happened about 15 news cycles ago and that I don't understand what's going on. Thus, "dead-blogging."

—Gray wishes all the council and all the staff and others a happy holiday season.

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  • PearlsBeforeSwine

    That was the day that they passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Act. You could watch that in Part 2.

  • DC Denizen

    Carol Schwartz used to have a favorite tactic, which was to hold a hearing just before Christmas recess so that it would be replayed over and over on Channel 13 during the holidays. Same thing before summer recess. Lol.

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