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Loose Lips Daily: Farewell, Fenty? Edition

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Good morning sweet readers! Man, this D.C.-not-allowing-rat-killings story just won't die. News time:

So Long, Fenty?: The Post's Reliable Source reports that Michelle Fenty, wife of former Mayor Adrian Fenty, has taken what sounds like a very sweet gig running the Inter-American Development Bank's offices in Trinidad and Tobago. No word yet from Fenty whether this means the whole family will be relocating, but you would have to be out of your mind not to want to move there, n'est pas? (But what about his comeback?)

AFTER THE JUMP: Lobbying Moula; Ward 5 Race; Food Trucks...

John Ray, Your Lobby King: Former councilmember and Harry Thomas Jr.-confidante John Ray was the District's top money making lobbyist during the last half of 2011, WBJ's Michael Neibauer reports. "Ray's $301,639 came from only four clients — New Town Development Partners LLC (Florida Avenue Market redevelopment in Northeast), Liberty Limited Partnership (taxi issues), Capitol Petroleum Group (Joe Mamo) and Carl D. Jones, P.E. & Associates (paving, waste disposal and one-time hospital bidder). Nobody paid more for lobbying in the reporting period, at $143,418, than Capitol Petroleum Group, which is the subject of legislation designed to loosen Mamo's grip on the District's gas stations." Mamo will likely be shelling out even more dough in the next few weeks as the council is set to vote on the gas-bill in early February. Beloved group home leader David Wilmot, who also gets paid handsomely with public money to run group homes for the District's developmentally disabled, came in second with a cool $250,000 pay day in the last six months representing Wal-Mart, the hotel association, Big Pharma, AT&T and others.

In Other News:

  • Ward 5 race: it's on.
  • Occupy camps don't like each other.
  • Old people gather to celebrate Tom Sherwood.
  • Harry Jaffe is for a ban on corporate donations. "What's up with the Okie Doke on repugnant behavior?"
  • Man, that Metro cop accused of stealing sure sounds stupid.
  • What the Streetcar delays mean for H Street developers.
  • New rules for overpriced food trucks.
  • Two news outlets thought that the fact that Councilmember Phil Mendelson finally replaced his Mercury Mystique was worth more than a tweet.
  • Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander is being accused of submitting hinky signatures.
  • Adam Rubinson, former Gray for Mayor campaign manager, is mixing things up over the height of a Safeway.
  • Ted Leonsis needs more time to convince the world that the Verizon Center needs more signs.

Council sked: Block Party Amendment Act.

Gray sked: Mayor's conference, all day.

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