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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Good morning sweet readers! It's Thursday, and you all know what that means: the 1 percenters will be spending a good chuck of their day reading the new dead tree edition of Washington City Paper. This week's cover story delves into the world of the kid punk rock industrial complex. "No city’s punk tradition has shown more dedication to the empowerment of youth." LL looks at the race for second place in Ward 8. “The more, the better,” says Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry of his opponents. News time:

Untrustworthy: The Washington Times raises more uncomfortable questions about the Children & Youth Investment Trust Corporation, the vehicle disgraced former Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. used to do his stealing. "A review of its records shows that the D.C. Children & Youth Investment Trust Corp. disclosed to the Internal Revenue Service paying more than $100,000 combined to several organizations it deemed to be operating as so-called 501(c)(3) nonprofits, but a check of a public Internal Revenue Service database shows no indication that any of the groups obtained nonprofit status. What’s more, D.C. government officials say they have no record of another grantee – the Third Wind Foundation – being registered to do business in the city. Yet another small nonprofit group that received trust funds called the HELP Foundation, while registered with the District and IRS, spent most of its money on staff salaries and a six-figure compensation package for its executive director, IRS records show." Oops.

AFTER THE JUMP: IGaming's Goodbye; Ethics Bill Fail; Bowser Wins Straw Poll...

So Long Internet Gambling: As expected, a D.C. Council committee voted in favor of a bill that would repeal internet gambling. The Post notes that the District will be leaving behind $13.1 million in revenues over the next four years, and could pay more if/when Greek gaming giant Intralot decides to sue. The company says it's paid more than $5 million preparing an iGaming system so far.

Friends and Family Rate: LL thinks it's fair to say that the council's much ballyhooed new ethics bill failed its first big test. One provision in the new law was that lawyer-lobbyists who represent elected officials couldn't provide their services at a discount. Which means that Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander has to pay market rate to beloved group home leader David Wilmot as he represents her before the Board of Elections and Ethics. Per the Post: "So are Alexander and Wilmot abiding by this new stricture? Both say that they are, but neither will say what rate is being paid, calling into question just how enforceable the no-discount provision actually is. 'It’s no one’s business,' Alexander said when asked whether she was paying Wilmot his market rate. 'What is the market rate? I don’t know what the market rate is.'" ARE YOU LISTENING TO YOURSELF, YVETTE? It's no one's business?! It's everyone's business. You are are an elected official. Wilmot is a lobbyist, among whose many clients is Wal-Mart, which just so happens has proposed building a store in your ward. How is that "no one's" business?!?!? But Alexander is right on one aspect: "Market rate" is a slippery fish. "For instance, Wilmot says lawyers at his firm have a 'friends and family rate' that’s different, he said, from someone 'who just walks in from the street.' Wilmot adds that he's bound by the legal professions' high ethical standards. “If we’re violating some statutory provision, bar counsel will be mindful of that. ... I’m not going to jeopardize my license.”

In Other News:

  • Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser wins straw poll, with ease.
  • DDOT gets new streetcar dude.
  • Recall organizer skips meeting with Board of Elections and Ethics.
  • Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins just bought a nearly $1 million condo in Foggy Bottom.
  • DC still segregated.
  • Expedia wants to call Harry Thomas Jr. as a witness.
  • Procurement problems delay review of police complaints.

Gray sked: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Shops at Dakota Crossing Groundbreaking.

Council sked: Collaborative health care at 3 p.m.

  • drez

    Rookie question:
    Who in DC Gov has been primarily responsible for funding CYIT?

  • truth hurts

    A highly paid lawyer lobbyist gets lucrative city contracts, bundles campaign contributions for CM's, and offers an undisclosed "friends and family" discount in exchange for representing a CM in a ballot eligibility challenge.

    That's the way One City rolls, baby.

  • Truth hurts

    My bad. Should've said DC, not one city.

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