Loose Lips Daily: Kwame Cleared? Edition
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Cleared, but With a Fine?: WUSA9's Bruce Johnson has the news, via Twitter of course, that according to a source D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown isn't going to be in too much trouble when the Office of Campaign Finance releases its forthcoming report of Brown's 2008 campaign monies. "Kwame Brown source says Campaign Finance Off report clears him of misusing funds. All funds there. Fines r possible," says Johnson. LL's question: If he didn't misuse funds, what are the fines for? The answer may not fit in 140 characters.
AFTER THE JUMP: Lorraine Out; Cherita Out; School Daze ...
Lorraine Green Out: Mayor Vince Gray confidante Lorraine Green, who stands accused by Sulaimon Brown of being a giver of cash, will not be the chairwoman of the Washington Convention Center and Sports Authority. Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans held up Green's nomination after l'affaire Sulaimon broke, and yesterday Gray withdrew Green's nomination. "I like Lorraine Green and I'm sorry not to be able to work with her in this role," Evans tells the Georgetown Dish.
Cherita Out: Another friend of Gray, Cherita Whiting, has left District employment at the Department of Parks and Rec following a string of unflattering articles in the Washington Times that raise questions as to whether Whiting properly disclosed that she has a past felony conviction. "Whiting said that she did not want to be a distraction to Gray, and that she departs on good terms with the mayor. 'There is no rift between myself and the Gray administration,' she said. 'If he ran for re-election tomorrow, I’d be right there with him,'" reports the Post.
School News: Yesterday former schools chancellor Michelle Rhee stopped by The Kojo Nnamdi Show to talk scantrons and Erasure (Oh, L'amour, you broke my heart and now I'm aching for you). Rhee says bring on an investigation into whether there was cheating on standardized tests during her watch "to lift the cloud and make sure that everybody's clear." In more bad news for DCPS, the feds are investigating how the District responds to "reports of sexual violence and what they are doing to prevent such incidents," the Post reports. "The inquiry comes after an allegation of a rape last fall at Dunbar High School in Northwest Washington. Russlynn H. Ali, assistant education secretary for civil rights, said that even though criminal charges were eventually dropped in that case, the incident raised broader questions that warrant federal review." And ... a second former guidance counselor accuses McKinley Tech principal of grade tampering.
Council sked: 7th legislative meeting
Gray sked: Appearance on Newstalk, tour of fire and EMS academy, meeting with Mendo, appearance at "25th Anniversary Players Unlimited Performance."