Loose Lips Daily: The $4,000 Speech Edition
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Good afternoon sweet readers! If LL's Bean were to write an autobiography, an appropriate title would "Everything is interesting/I'm hungry." News time:
The $4,000 Speech: Mayor Vince Gray told residents crammed into the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue last night that he's put his crummy first year behind him and is now focused on making the District an economic powerhouse that's less reliant on the federal government and more into sexier things like the tech sector. Gray apparently hired a professional speechwriter to craft his message, with the cost pegged by one Examiner reporter at $4,000. An ambulance was reportedly called for Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, but then sent away after the former mayor-for-life started feeling better. And several dozen firefighters showed up wearing DCFD gear in/not in defiance of an order from fire department brass not to.
AFTER THE JUMP: Metro Looks At Graham; iGaming Contract Dies; Kwame Backpedals...
Metro Looks at Graham: Score one for the Post editorial board, which has succeeded in getting Metro to look into whether Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham engaged in any shenanigans when he resisted a development contract involving one of former Mayor Adrian Fenty's fraternity brothers.
IGaming Dies: At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown got a ten-person spanking yesterday when the council voted 10-2 to rebid the Internet gambling portion of the lottery contract. Brown's lone ally: Marion Barry, who criticized his colleagues for using the ol' "I didn't know what I was voting for excuse." Says Barry: “What kind of legislature are you? ... “You giving the public the impression, you didn't know what you voted for. This council already has a low approval rating... and you are telling me, you didn’t know you voted on something?” LL has to admit, Barry makes a reasonable point.
Backpedaling Kwame: The Examiner's Lisa Gartner gives Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown the gears for trying to swat down her report that he was going to propose a bill that would require parents receiving public assistance to attend parent-teacher conferences. "I plan to introduce something in the next 30 days," Brown said Friday. "Yes, a bill." But on Monday Brown said he had no imminent plans to introduce the bill. On Newstalk today, says he's been in discussion with Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Service BB Otero for her to implement a similar plan without the need for legislation.
In Other News:
- Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans says it's not a matter of if the Redskins move to the District, it's a matter of when.
- Evans also wants repeal of out-of-state muni bond tax.
- Ward 8 candidate Sandra Seegars makes her case. As did Natalie Williams.
Gray sked: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Mayor’s Biweekly Press Briefing; 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Ward 8 Faith-Based & Community Development Council.
Council sked: Public testimony on schools at 11 a.m.