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Loose Lips Daily: Kwame’s First Year Edition

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Good morning sweet readers! LL cheered for the Redskins this weekend. It was awful, but had to be done. News time:

Kwame's First Year: You know what time it is, it's year in review time. This morning, the theme appears to be Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown, and the doozy of a first year he's had at the helm of the D.C. Council. Brown has overseen the council's decline, as least in some people's mind, into the worst shape its ever been, earned a lifelong nickname for his fancy taste in taxpayer-funded Lincoln Navigators, and landed under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office for what the Board of Elections and Ethics described as "criminal" behavior related to his 2008 re-election campaign. The Examiner's Jonetta Rose Barras talked to Brown about his miserable first year: "The media have spent more time on my SUV than on issues related to the government," lamented Brown. That darned media, always forcing politicians into making dumb choices. "How could one SUV story last 11 months?" Brown asks. Hmm, that reminds LL, has Brown paid the city back like he promised? Anyway, TWT's Deborah Simmons also does a year-in-review of Brown's tenure and his battle to get the city to "rethink its big-government liberalism."

AFTER THE JUMP: Taxi Overhaul; Listen to Wells; Block Parties...

Taxi Overhaul: Mayor Vince Gray is set to roll out today a plan to overhaul the much-talked about taxi industry, which would include "mandatory credit-card readers, better-trained drivers and a single color for cabs," the Post reports. Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh will be introducing the legislation, and says that she prefers the mandatory color for all cabs be white.

In Other News:

  • Former U.S. Attorney for the District, Joe DiGenova, being probed by D.C. Office of Bar Counsel.
  • Northeast elementary school to close.
  • Occupy D.C. protests at a crossroads, Post says.
  • Hunger striking weakens the body, focuses the mind.
  • Four arrested in voting rights protest.
  • Don't water down the ethics bill and at least pretend to listen to Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells, the Post editorial board says.
  • Man found guilty in murder of former D.C. Council intern Alonte Sutton.
  • Gray talks to students, says schools are on right path.
  • Some councilmembers wanna make it easier to throw block parties.
  • 14th Street Post office saved.
  • Microsoft holds all the cards in potential St. E's deal.
  • ACLU to protest "barring notices."

Gray sked: 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Major Taxicab Announcement; 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Woodrow Wilson AP Scholars Reception; 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Carter G. Woodson 136th Birthday Celebration.

Council sked: Public oversight roundtable on DC's snow removal operations plan for winter of 2011-2012 at 11 p.m.; Unemployment Anti-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2011; B19-0516: Advisory Neighborhood Commission Residential Facility Notification Amendment Act of 2011 at 1 p.m..

  • drez

    ...Hmm, that reminds LL, has Brown paid the city back like he promised?
    HA!

  • jimbo

    Wells(Dbag-6) ought to practice what he preaches.

  • Billy Ray Edwards

    How long are dc taxicab drivers going to take the enslavement actions of the dc government making laws that put more and more of us out of business without taking action that would put this city on it's knees this city never seen a taxi egg war dance that says to all partys we are not going to take it anymore because we are ready to stand a little pain for long term gain, Power concides nothing without a demand and action taken, What is your demand or action to be taken SAP, The leadership in the SBA seem not to be working with us thats been in this struggle and know the effects of a taxi egg war dance to get the kind of Respect in this industry
    .>>>Billy Ray

  • Sarah

    @ Billy Ray--

    How long are Washington, DC voters going to take having a Third World-quality taxi industry in the nation's capital? I know that many taxi operators are still sore at the last mayor for dragging them kicking and screaming into the 1950s by moving to taxi meters. What horror! Now it would be nice to move DC's taxis into this century finally. You call that "enslavement" -- I say, either get over it, or get out of the business!!

  • S.E.

    "Mary Cheh will be introducing the legislation, and says that she prefers the mandatory color for all cabs be white".

    Imagine that!

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