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    Welcome to Whiteville: Last night Almost Mayor Vince Gray took his traveling listening show to Ward 3, or "Whiteville" as a certain TV reporter called it, to try and win over the folks in a ward that voted almost 4 to 1 for his opponent, Mayor Adrian Fenty. But the packed house at St. Columba's Episcopal Church seemed like a pretty pro-Gray crowd, save for a handful of people wearing Fenty stickers (seriously, who keeps those things a month after the election?) and Fenty's superfan Ron Moten. LL will cop to being a bit surprised (and maybe let down) that fans of Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee didn't turn out to pepper Gray with questions about her future—thought there didn't seem to be too many parents of school-aged kids in the crowd. Many of the speakers sought to assure the crowd that the city will be in good hands with Gray. Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh gave her personal testimonial about how she became a Gray fan ("a leader free from vanity and boastfulness"), and drew big cheers when she trotted out the story of Gray breaking the color barrier by rushing a Jewish fraternity at GW. Annapolis super lobbyist and ex-con, Bruce Bereano, stood to the side of the crowd beaming for part of the night.  "My little brother," he said when Cheh mentioned the frat story. For his part, Gray again said the "onus" was on him to help heal the city's divides, and stuck to his talking points about his commitment to school reform (but with collaboration) and getting D.C. residents back to work.

    As for actual news: Gray said Alice Rivlin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, and former Mayor Anthony Williams are going to help Gray's transition team on budget issues. And Gray seemed more bullish to increasing taxes to deal with the city's financial problems than LL has seem him previously. Tim Craig at the Post has a recap here, and includes this: "Gray drew the loudest applause when he vowed to make city contractors hire more District residents and when he spoke about renewing the push on Capitol Hill for voting rights and the ability to tax the incomes of Maryland and Virginia residents who work in the city. 'Will I go up there? Absolutely,' Gray said. 'But I don't want to go up there and see nobody behind me. I want to be able to go up there and say, 'Senator, look out your window, do you see all those people? They are angry as heck.' Yep, he said heck. (Want more, check out the G'Town Dish here, the Examiner here, WAMU here, FoxDC here).

    AFTER THE JUMP: Mendo's Revenge; Rhee's Manifesto,Charles in Charge...

    Speaking of Angry as Heck: Councilmember Phil Mendelson is still holding a grudge against shadow Sen. Michael D. Brown, Freeman Klopott reports in the Examiner. "A bill introduced to the D.C. Council would cut in half the city's two-week early voting period, part of an effort by at-large Councilman Phil Mendelson to attack the name confusion that nearly sunk his re-election. Called the 'Confusion in Election Amendment Act of 2010,' the bill would also require the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics to clarify on the ballot a candidate's identify when there is the potential 'for confusion among voters about the identity of a candidate because of the similarity of his or her name to another candidate, elected, or well-known individual.'" Speaking of people still holding grudges, Klopott also reports that Moten is going to testify today before the Board of Elections and Ethics that the primary election was "stolen." The University of Michigan prof whose students hacked the BOEE's website is also set to testify.

    A Manifesto: Rhee and several other education leaders around the country, including NYC's Chancellor Joel Klein, have a new manifesto out this morning on how to improve public education. "A 7-year-old girl won't make it to college someday because her teacher has two decades of experience or a master's degree—she will make it to college if her teacher is effective and engaging and compels her to reach for success. By contrast, a poorly performing teacher can hold back hundreds, maybe thousands, of students over the course of a career. Each day that we ignore this reality is precious time lost for children preparing for the challenges of adulthood. The glacial process for removing an incompetent teacher—and our discomfort as a society with criticizing anyone who chooses this noble and difficult profession—has left our school districts impotent and, worse, has robbed millions of children of a real future." Speaking of Rhee, Bill Turque has a story on her next possible career move.

    Charles in Charge: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes notice of Reuben Charles, Gray's fundraiser and rumored chief of staff who LL wrote about a couple of weeks ago. So have revelations of Charles' outstanding debts and business setbacks in St. Louis worried the Gray camp? Nope, says Gray's spokeswoman Traci Hughes. "Many of us who have been around the block at least once understand it's all part of doing business. There certainly isn't anything in his character or his background that would keep him from contributing the way he has." ... Hughes noted that the well-spoken Charles has served as Gray's 'ambassador' in a campaign that split the nation's capital along racial lines. Fenty, an African-American with a reputation for aloofness, won Washington's predominately white wards; Gray built his winning coalition by capturing the city's mostly black areas. 'He (Charles) is so comfortable in most settings ... He's a bit of a phenom,' Hughes said, noting Charles's ability to carry on conversations on a host of topics, including art."

    Carol Joynt considers canceling her Post subscription.

    Kojo and Tom talk to Marion Barry at noon.

    DCFPI's Jenny Reed says both cuts and revenues raisers are needed.

    Bruce DePuyt has Fenty write-in czar John Hlinko on Newstalk.

    "Not at all," she said. "Many of us who have been around the block at least once understand it's all part of doing business. There certainly isn't anything in his character or his background that would keep him from contributing the way he has."

    Besides raising money, Charles is credited with mobilizing Washington's sizeable Caribbean-American community on Gray's behalf.

    Hughes noted that the well-spoken Charles has served as Gray's "ambassador" in a campaign that split the nation's capital along racial lines. Fenty, an African-American with a reputation for aloofness, won Washington's predominately white wards; Gray built his winning coalition by capturing the city's mostly black areas.

    "He (Charles) is so comfortable in most settings ... He's a bit of a phenom," Hughes said, noting Charles's ability to carry on conversations on a host of topics, including art.

    "It's an easier question to ask what he hasn't done for this campaign," she said.

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    • http://ABF ABF

      Bruce DePuty needs to find something else to do with his time or TBD needs to hire someone worth their money!

    • Isn’t It Obvious

      As far as I am concerned, TBD needs to spend their money on finding a new name. I just want TBD to find a real name for a news organization. TBD just sounds so stupid to me. Can't they be more creative than that?

    • efavorite

      "LL will cop to being a bit surprised (and maybe let down) that fans of Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee didn’t turn out to pepper Gray with questions about her future"

      At least you're honest. It seems like other reporters covering the story wrote it before it happened. WRC http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/On-Fentys-Turf-104548089.html claims that "Hundreds of designer-suit clad Ward 3 residents, many of whom likely broke for incumbent Adrian Fenty in September's mayoral primary, crowded into St. Columba’s Episcopal Church at Albermarle Street, NW, to hear from the man who lost their vote."

      and it has a video titled "Gray Braves the Lion's Den of Angry Voters "

      Best of all, the video shows a bunch of distinctly non-designer clad,unsuited spectators.

      Looks like some reporters think that they are the only ones attending these events - that the others are just props, leaving it to the reporters to make up the story.

    • downtown rez

      The St. Louis Post-Dispatch story on Reuben Charles is well worth a close read.

    • Truth Hurts

      As are the several comments by readers of yesterday's St. Louis blog about Charles.

    • http://.. Marie Jackson

      He's a "phenom"? A poor choice of words unless you want to re-define the meaning of phenom to mean: "one who finds ways to fleece taxpayer monies for questionable, shady ventures, after which the money is unrecoverable". On the other hand, this nimrod is prime material for a high ranking slot in the Democrat party where these types roost and are welcomed as heroes as they use their unique skills to act like vultures in skimming public funds for their well-planned criminal ventures.

      Sounds a lot like Fenty and his home boys like Moten.

    • Laurie

      Here are three ways to close the city's financial hole:

      1. require offenders to pay a portion of their incarceration costs (as in some other jurisdictions)

      2. eliminate politically-attractive, fluff offices like the Offices of Latino Affairs, GLBT, Asian affairs, etc.

      3. Eliminate most earmarks

      It will never happen, of course. Let's just raise taxes, and party like it's Barry Time (again).

    • Truth Hurts

      Assuming LL's reporting is accurate, Gray's judgment in picking former Mayor Williams and former CBO director Rivlin to help his transition team with budget issues is a great move. I hope he turns to comparably talented people after the transition.

    • http://.. Marie Jackson

      Would you name the reporter who make the Whiteville reference.

      Talk about race baiting.

    • Truth Hurts

      I once was a Cheh supporter (and donor), largely because she was a smart lawyer who maintained high ethical standards and steered clear of dishonest, sleazy lawyers. So it's painful that she essentially gave a shout-out to Bereano and seems unconcerned about a disbarred felon lawyer being a registered lobbyist in DC.

    • noodlez

      DREZ AND TRUTH HURTS JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE APPEARS ALL PURE, CLEAN AND INNOCENT DOESNT MEAN THAT THEY ARE!
      JUST LOOK AT FAGGIE FENTY'S BROOD!

      FROM WHAT I EXPERIENCE MOST CROOKS AND THIEVES ARE HONEST FOLK. ESPECIALLY AFTER THEY GOT CAUGHT. ITS THE FAKE ASS HONEST FOLK WHO ARE THE LIARS AND CONNIVERS! HIDING BEHIND SOME SHROUD OR FACADE PRETENDING TO BE SOMETHING THEY ARE NOT(RHEE,FENTY). YALL MUTHA FUCKAS BETTER CHECK YOUR SURROUNDINGS! THEY ARE PROBABLY LURKING WITHIN YOUR CIRCLE.

      IT'S OFFICIAL! TRUTH HURTS AND DOWNTOWN REZ ARE FROM "WHITEYVILLE".

      ONE CITY.

    • downtown rez

      LOL.
      That's right. Criminals are good honest folk and upstanding good honest folk are really criminals! Don't believe your senses, because up is really down and black is really white!
      Is it always opposite day in noodlezville?

    • WARD4NDC

      LOL@NOODLEZ; GET UM!

    • noodlez

      DREZ MAYBE IF YOU GOT OFF THE G2 EAST OF 17TH ST ONCE IN A WHILE YOU WOULD KNOW WHAT THE FUCK IM TALKING ABOUT.

      I SAID THEY ARE HONEST. NOT GOOD! YEAH THATS RIGHT. YOU BETTER WATCH SOME OF THOSE "UPSTANDING FOLK" BECAUSE IF THEY ARE HUMAN TRUST AND BELEIVE THEY GOT SOME SKELETONS. SEE THATS WHY MOST OF YALL ARE GETTING JACKED OVER THERE BECAUSE HALF OF YALL ARE SLEEPIN. ONE PROBLEM IS YOU GUYS RELY ON THE NEWS FOR INFO INSTEAD OF HAVING YOUR EAR TO THE STREETS.

      LIFE IN WHITEYVILLE DOESNT PROVIDE YOU WITH A WELL ROUNDED UPBRINGING LIKE I RECEIVED HERE IN THE REAL D.C. SO YOU WOULDNT UNDERSTAND THAT LOGIC I DROPPED ON YOUR ASS IN COMMENT #11. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS YOU AND YOUR FELLOW WHITEYVILLIENS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SHELTERED FROM THE REAL D.C.

      EVEN THE SOON TO BE FORMER MAYOR GREW UP IN WARDS 1, 2, AND 3. MAYBE IF HIS PARENTS GAVE HIM ROOM TO ROAM EAST OF 14TH ST WHEN HE WAS GROWING UP HE WOULD HAVE HAD A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON SHIT AS IT RELATES TO THE CITY AS A WHOLE INSTEAD OF "WHITEYVILLE". SORRY BASTARD THAT HE IS! COME ON A FUCKING BARK PARK IN THIS ECONOMY.

      SPEAKING OF OPPOSITE DAY IN noodlezVILLE HERE IS A SCENARIO I MENTIONED ONCE BEFORE. LETS HAVE CHEIF LANIER INCREASE PATROLS IN YOUR WARDS. HOW ABOUT CITATIONS FOR NO MUZZLES ON ALL DOGS, CITATIONS FOR NOT PICKING UP AFTER YOUR PET, POCA, PETTY WEED POSSESSION AND THOSE OUTTA STATE TAGS IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS AND LETS SEE HOW YOU BAMMAS FAIR.

      UNLESS YOU ARE TRYIN TO HAND DANCE OR SUPPORT ONE CITY STOP HATIN BECAUSE I WOULD HATE TO HAVE TO PUT YOU IN THE BOX WITH YUCKMOUTH MOTEN!

      ONE CITEE BEEYOTCH!

    • downtown rez

      @noodlez
      Much better, thank you. I felt the effort in that last post.
      But you kinda jumped the shark on that THE REAL D.C bit.
      I'm now thinking you're whiter than I am.
      XXOO,
      drez

    • Truth Hurts

      @ noodlez: You claim (perjoratively) I'm from "Whiteyville" apparently to bolster your twisted interpretation of my comments above, which you seem to disagree with. Let's see. Comment 10 criticized Cheh and Bereano (2 "whiteys") because Bereano's a convicted, disbarred lawyer who is gearing up to lobby in DC, and because Cheh seems unconcerned about the potential for Bereano influencing DC govt officials.

      Comment 8 commended Gray for getting Williams and Rivlin to help out his transition. I know Williams is black,and don't know Rivlin's race - but it shouldn't matter.

      Comment 5 simply urges Gray folk (like you) to read the St. Louis dispatch blog/comments about Charles. You, and anyone else, are free to draw your own conclusions re Charles. But first read about him.

      My hope is that rationale Gray backers express to Gray their views about the message Gray would be sending by making Charles an influential player in DC govt.

      I'd been under the impression you were becoming more serious in your recent posts. Maybe I'm wrong.

    • noodlez

      TRUTH AND DREZ USING WORDS LIKE (perjoratively) AND PHRASES LIKE "jumped the shark" AUTOMATICALLY STAMPS YOU GUYS PASSPORT TO WHITEYVILLE.

      DREZ THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS I COULD BE THREE SHADES WHITER THAN YOU BUT YOU CAN REST ASSURE THAT IM NOT FROM WHITEYVILLE.

      TRUTH HURTS HE HAS NOT BEEN ELECTER MAYOR YET AND YOU HAVE THIS GUY CHARLES ALL BUT HIRED AS HIS CHIEF OF STAFF. PAUSE SLIM!

      THE POINT I WAS TRYING TO MAKE WITH MY COMMENT #11 IS THAT BEREANO DONE HIS TIME YET YOU CONTINUE TO LABEL THIS BROTHER AS IF HE HAVE NOT PAID HIS DEBT TO SOCIETY. HE IS NOT PRACTICING LAW. HE IS NOT LOBBYING DC. THIS GUY IS GRAY'S FRAT BROTHER AND PERSONAL FRIEND AND HE IS LETTING IT BE KNOWN WHAT THEIR RELATIONSHIP IS FROM THE START. THAT IS WHAT A MAN DOES.

      NOT CONNIVE AND BE FIFTY WITH IT LIKE FENTY AND HIS SO CALL FRAT BROS. GRAY IS BEING ONE-HUNDRED AND THAT IS ALL YOU CAN ASK FOR! THAT IS WHY CHEH IS EMBRACING IT BECAUSE IT IS HONEST. HELLO!!!

      DAMN GOTTA TEACH YALL WHITE ASSES EVERYTHING!

      ONE CITY!

    • Truth Hurts

      @ noodlez: WRONG. Bereano IS a registered DC lobbyist. And you bet he wants everyone to know he's Gray's friend, especially potential clients.

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    • Adrian Bent-Me

      Drez and TH- the problem with you two is that you're hypocrites. You have no problem coming down hard on the presumption that this guy Bereano will leverage his relationship with Gray to further his career yet you two have no qualms about proven fact that Fenty's friends did this. You fools even defend it by claiming parks were built and shit, remember Drez? Well, even if parks were built and no "shady" deals were cut, isn't it a little weird that the beneficiaries of those contracts were so closely related to Fenty? But, I'm sure that's not bothering you guys. You have your panties in a bunch because Gray might follow Fenty's tradition.

      It doesn't really matter anymore though. You see, what might happen now is that you will get a taste of what the rest of DC has been going through with Fenty all of these years. As sad as that might be, a smirk will appear on my face each time you bitches comment about "shady" Gray friends. Maybe they'll build as nice parks.

    • noodlez

      TRUTH-I SAID "HE IS NOT LOBBYING DC." AND SO WHAT HE IS A REGISTERED LOBBYIST?? AT LEAST HE IS REGISTERED.

      REMEMBER IT'S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW BUT WHO YOU KNOW. FAGGIE FENTY'S BOYS WASNT QUALIFIED TO DO A GOT DAMN THING AND THEY STILL HAVENT CAME CLEAN ABOUT THE WHOLE SITUATION!

      BUT ONE THING IS FOR SURE THEM MOFO'S GOT PAID.

    • Five To Go

      @Noodlez, You are right!

    • Truth Hurts

      @ ABM: I was thinking you might be open minded and a reasonable guy, but then you revert to demonizing me (eg, hypocrite, fool, bitch, panties in a bunch, etc). It's your choice. Treat me with civility, as I've treated you, or smirk your life away. But here's a couple of news flashes you might consider: I'm not Drez and Gray (not Fenty) will be the next mayor.

      @ noodlez: I assumed you were smart enough to understand that a person registers as a DC lobbyist BECAUSE HE/SHE IS LOBBYING DC. Which is what Bereano's doing. If you doubt that's the truth, ask Gray or Cheh. Or check the DC govt lobbyist reports. You probably don't care that you're wrong re Bereano's DC lobbying, but you're nevertheless wrong.

    • Adrian Bent-Me

      TH- I'm as open minded as the next person but have no problems calling it like I see it. Demonizing you is one thing, but calling a hypocrite a hypocrite is completely legitimate. You and Drez have no problems ruthlessly tearing into Gray for these associations that he has, but never once question Fenty and the dozen of so of his buddies that have suddenly become leading developers and businessmen in the District. I have no problem about questioning Gray's associates, but I don't appreciate you and Drez riding your high horses bashing the man, especially after 4 years of flagrant cronyism.

      Offer your opinions on Fenty's buddies. Come on, let's here it:

      Jannarone,
      Skinner,
      Lomax
      Moten,
      Albert,
      Nickles,
      Karim

      Anything, anything at all!?

    • Adrian Bent-Me

      correction- come on, let's hear it:

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    • Truth Hurts

      @ ABM: You must have missed the part about Gray being the next mayor. And/or perhaps you didn't read the LL blog above that discusses, among others, Bereano, Charles, Gray, Cheh, Anthony Williams and Alice Rivlin.

      Those are the topics/people my posts addressed, and those are the folks involved in the transition.

      Respectfully from your "fool, bitch, panties in a bunch hypocrite".

    • Truth Hurts

      @ ABM: Forgot to throw in, once again, that I'm not Drez. And Drez doesn't speak for me. Nor do I speak for him.

      I don't assume that every comment posted by ABF, Indeed, Brahmin, noodlez, five to go, candy cane, tired, ward4inDC, isn't it obvious, etc, reflects your viewpoint.

    • Adrian Bent-Me

      Fine. Anything to say about Fenty's pals? If not, then shut up about Gray's friends.

      I have no problems calling out Charles or Bereano, but you guys seem to conveniently ignore Fenty's laundry list of shady friends who found tremendous success ONLY AFTER HE CAME INTO OFFICE.

      Response? What, you don't want me to hurt your feelings anymore. I got it. Response to Fenty's friends. Anything please.

    • Truth Hurts

      Moten shouldn't show up at Gray's post-primary events wearing a Fenty sticker. That's the only name you mention I see referenced in this LL.

      And the only person on your list who I know is Nickles. I disagree with lots of things he did as AG, so what? He's out the door.

      Why do you keep attacking Fenty and everyone he knows? Don't you realize Gray already won?

      As for your instruction to "shut up", I'll pass. You're not the only person allowed to post comments.

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