Loose Lips Daily: Potential Conflict Edition
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Good morning sweet readers!
Potential Conflict: Is it a potential conflict of interest if a councilmember's law firm has clients in the gambling industry and the city's exploring legalizing online gambling? That the question posed by TWT's Jeffery Anderson today, who notes that Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans' law firm, Patton Boggs, has plenty o' gambling clients, including one with links to Intralot, the gaming company that runs D.C.'s lottery. But, says a PB rep, Evans has nothing to do with the law firm's gambling business. Anderson notes that Evans' situation isn't much different from Councilmember Michael Brown's old job as a lobbyist at a firm that reps gambling intrests. Brown, you'll recall, took some heat for that connection.
AFTER THE JUMP: Sneaky Florida Trip; Brown Gets a Win; Biddle Makes it Official...
Sneaky, Sneaky: According to TWT's Deborah Simmons, Mayor Vince Gray and Councilmembers Brown and Evans took a quick trip down the Florida last weekend to check out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' training facility. Simmons doesn't actually quote any of the elected officials who went, but a "source" who says the trio went to look at the Bucs' facility to see if something similar would work on Reservation 13, next to RFK. LL is sure advocates who opposed spending cuts to social services this year are looking forward to listening to elected officials explain why spending public money on a training facility—not even a stadium—would be a good idea.
Brown Gets a Win: Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown gets a win by sweet talking Rep. Darrell Issa out of moving forward with a bill that would require District political appointees to undergo a background check. Issa's flack says he's going to let the council take the lead on ethics reform, but will be keeping an eye on things to make sure there's progress.
Biddle Makes It Official: Former Councilmember Sekou Biddle made it official and will be going for round three with Councilmember Vincent Orange. Slight goofyness: "Biddle declined comment to the Washington Post, saying he prefers to discuss his political future later in the week. Orange, however, has been far less reticent to talk about the match-up. When asked Monday if he was worried about Biddle’s campaign, Orange replied, 'bring it on.' On Tuesday, after being told Biddle had filed his paperwork, Orange said he was 'confident' he will prevail." Hear that Jeff Thompson—start writing some checks.
In Other News:
- Elected officials say dumb things about bacon.
- U.S. Attorney Ron Machen talks to Georgetown residents.
- Fight over whether new Ward 8 library will named Bellevue or William Lockridge.
- Jonetta sees double standard in response to congressional interest in expired-tag arrests and background checks of political appointees.
- Zoning regs a drag on pot cultivation centers.
Gray sked: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Mayor’s Biweekly City Hall Press Briefing; 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Press Conference With President Barack Obama in Support of American Jobs Act Infrastructure Projects; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Reception for Judge Ricardo M. Urbina Hosted by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Council sked: Judiciary talking about bike safety at 11 a.m. and hate crimes at 2 p.m.