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Help, We're Caught in an Echo Chamber: The Post opinionaters want Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham investigated—bad. How bad? Well, they can't seem to write about anything else anymore. At issue is whether Graham overstepped his role in approving/doling out Metro and lottery contracts. On Saturday, columnist Colby King, while citing the work of the Post editorial page, basically accused Graham of bid-rigging and called for the U.S. Attorney to investigate. Then on Sunday, the Post editorial board, while citing the work of King, wrote a lengthy piece explaining why you should care that its written several editorials about Graham. LL certainly agrees that legitimate questions have been raised, but it seems like the Post has willfully ignored some vital pieces of information in this entire saga, including the easy-to-discover fact that Graham was more than likely motivated against the would-be lottery contractors/Metro developers because of their close association with his arch nemesis, Sinclair Skinner, he of "Gramzilla" fame. Seems like that's at least worth a mention, eh Posties?

AFTER THE JUMP: Public Summited; Problems at DGS; I'm Not Dead Yet...

Public Summited: Mayor Vince Gray's One City Summit attracted 1,800 or so people and went off with nary a hitch (including a very scary moment when LL's wallet fell out of his jacket. Thanks to the kind soul who turned it in.). Was it worth the $600,000 price tag, though?

Problems at DGS: Jonetta Rose Barras reports on problems at City Administrator Allen Lew's new baby, the Department of General Services. Barras says the agency's procurement officer is facing allegations of mistreating female employees. She also notes that in addition to said procurement officer, DGS has hired the law firm Leftwich & Ludaway to do procurement work, and was paid $900,000 in fiscal 2011. (You may recall LL's reporting that when Lew oversaw the city's school modernizations, he paid Leftwich about $100,000 a month for the equivalent of one full-time attorney.)

I'm Not Dead Yet: Councilmember Michael Brown tells TWT he doesn't know how long it will take before he tries to resurrect online gambling. He also keeps talking as if he believes casino interests have bought off his colleagues.

In Other News:

  • President Obama gives lip service to D.C. budget autonomy.

Gray sked: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: D.C. Budget Autonomy Press Conference; 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 pm.: Cabinet Meeting; 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Moving Forward as One City: The Mayor’s ANC Chair Roundtable.

Council sked: Hearings on Tenant adviser, housing director at 10 a.m.; DCRA performance review at noon.

  • BurnIn

    In the interest of full disclosure it would seem appropriate for LL to reveal the extent to which Graham hack and formerly paid consultant Chuck Thies influences this column from behind the scenes.

    The Post is long overdue in waking up to the criminal conspiracy represented by the career arc of Jim Graham. He is corrupt to the marrrow of his bones and should be in jail.

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