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Jeff Thompson Made a Big Loan to a Fenty Pal Ahead of the 2010 Primary


For years, District Medicaid contractor Jeff Thompson held his wallet open to connected Washingtonians. As the ongoing federal investigation into Thompson’s illicit funding of Vince Gray’s 2010 mayoral campaign shows, he didn’t care if the law got in the way.

But there’s one problem with taking money from the man who was once one of the biggest crooks in local District politics: When Thompson is hard up for cash himself, he’s going to come back and collect.

That’s what Omar Karim, who once starred in a Wilson Building scandal of his own as a politically wired frat brother of ex-Mayor Adrian Fenty, found out last week. One of Thompson’s companies sued Karim’s company, revealing a mysterious loan that Thompson made to Karim and his firm just a week before the 2010 Democratic mayoral primary that Fenty lost to Gray.

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It's almost the mayor's birthday. Pay up. [LL]

LL looks at sex crime-related lawsuits at one of Georgetown's hottest restaurants. [Y&H]

UMC shake-up! [WBJ]

D.C. Taxicab Commission aims money at improving handicap access. [WAMU]

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Muriel Bowser, Birthday Mayor

When it comes to birthday presents, there's no gift less thoughtful than a check. Except for Muriel Bowser's birthday party tomorrow, when the mayor will celebrate her 43rd birthday party with contributions from District bigwigs.

To commemorate her birthday (which falls on Sunday), Bowser is soliciting donations to her constituent service fund with a party at H Street NE restaurant/sneaker emporium Maketto. Suggested donations are $25, but District regulations allow $500 maximum contributions.

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DCFEMS lieutenant disciplined after child's choking death. [Post]

LaRuby May struggles to handle violence in Ward 8. [Post]

Seafood vendors sue the District over alleged Wharf development-related sabotage. [Housing Complex]

New DDOE anti-idling rule will affect construction sites. [WBJ]

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With Boston out, Muriel Bowser mulls another Olympic bid. [City DeskWBJ]

MPD accused of anti-Canadian discrimination. [LL]

Expect more housing news from Greater Greater Washington. [GGW]

Pepco thinks it will be taken over by Exelon soon. [WBJ]

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MPD Staffer Sues Over Alleged Canadian Discrimination

The Metropolitan Police Department has been sued for discriminating over race and sexual orientation. As far as LL knows, though, the department has never been sued for discriminating against a Canadian. Until now!

In a lawsuit filed last week, former MPD personnel staffer Laurie J. Samuel, a Canadian who has lived in the United States for nearly 20 years, says her supervisor discriminated against her because of her Canadian background.

Among the supervisor's alleged offenses against Samuel's heritage, according to the lawsuit: sabotaging her application for a work permit, telling MPD Chief Cathy Lanier that Samuel was in the country illegally, accusing Samuel of "talking white," and condescendingly explaining the American concept of "play cousins".

In fact, there was apparently a lot of explaining going on—Samuels says her supervisor would often begin sentences with "Here in America..."

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Time to drug-test councilmembers, says former D.C. Council candidate. [LL]

Rep. Louie Gohmert tacks onto the District's immigration policy. [Times]

What's behind this wild Metro contract? [Post]

Police continue their prostitution stings. [NBC4]

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Ballot Initiative Would Mean Drug Tests for Mayor, Councilmembers

When John Cheeks challenged Phil Mendelson for D.C. Council chairman last year, LL wondered what he was smoking. (He ended up with 4 percent of the vote). But now, Cheeks wants to know what other District pols are smoking, in the form of a ballot initiative that would regularly drug test the mayor, councilmembers, and top District employees.

“Who’s to say that the chairman couldn’t go home and light up, couldn’t light up on the job?" Cheeks says. "I mean, we can’t have that."

The D.C. Board of Elections will consider whether Cheeks' "Public Accountability Safety Standards Act" is eligible for the ballot in September. While District law forbids ballot initiatives that would force the District to spend money, Cheeks gets around this prohibition by ordering the federal Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency to conduct the test.

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The D.C. Council considers Mary Cheh's "death with dignity" bill. [WCP]

District officials ask hospitals to collect more synthetic drug information. [WAMU]

Office of the Attorney General wins huge judgment in travel website case. [Post]

Read the Muriel Bowser administration style guide. [Washingtonian]

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$15 minimum wage initiative will be on the ballot. [WAMUPost]

An update on Councilgram, the Instagram for D.C. Council parking scofflaws. [LL]

Courtland Milloy considers 14th Street gentrification. [Post]

DCTAG gets Senate subcommittee backing. [Post]

Eleanor Holmes Norton weighs in Smithsonian crowd-funding. [City Desk]

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