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Good morning sweet readers! LL is still alive, barely. News time:

You Should See What Advantaged Looks Like: The Washington Times' Jeffrey Anderson gets all up into the business of one of the District's most connected power players, beloved group home leader David Wilmot. Anderson reports that Wilmot, despite an income that puts him comfortably in the 1 percent, swears that he's a disadvantaged businessman who needs preferential treatment from the government.  "He was the District’s top-earning lobbyist in 2010, with clients such as Wal-Mart, Anheuser-Busch and the Hotel Association of Washington. Paid up to $300,000 a year by a nonprofit that operates group homes for the developmentally disabled, his for-profit parking company co-owns 'dozens of large-scale development projects' in the District. And he lives in a $1.3 million house on a hill in a leafy part of Northwest, where he parks his Bentley, Range Rover and Mercedes. But to hear renowned lobbyist and power broker David W. Wilmot tell it, he’s staring at a glass ceiling when competing in the free enterprise system he so thoroughly embraces. 'My personal net worth does not exceed $750,000. I am economically disadvantaged because my ability to compete has been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities as compared to others,' Mr. Wilmot has declared for years 'under penalty of perjury.'" Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry says Wilmot is disadvantaged because he is black, end of story. But Barry protege and Wilmot friend, Don Peebles, says Wilmot ain't disadvantaged at all. "Minority business requirements sound good ... But they too often end up being a gift to politically connected people. A victory at the election box becomes a victory for a connected friend," says Peebles.

AFTER THE JUMP: More Cash Please; Say No To Snyder; EHN Walks Out...

More Cash, Please: The board at United Medical Center, the safety-net hospital in Ward 8 currently owned by the city, has asked the mayor for $15 million in order to reinvent itself as "ambulatory and physician-centric care" hospital rather than a traditional acute care facility, the Post reports. Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry and At-Large Councilmember David Catania, who got into it earlier this week over the hospital's finances, both appear to support the request. But Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells tweeted from his iPad last night that he's opposed to the idea.

Say No to Snyder Bucks: Greater Greater Washington's David Alpert unloads on the Gray administration for "stalling any progress on a plan to build a new mixed-use neighborhood that has widespread community support, because they'd rather turn over the land to the Washington Redskins for a practice facility that won't do anything for the community or DC." Victor Hoskins, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development says "his office should know whether the city will pursue a training facility or continue with the current development plans in 30 days."

In Other News:

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton walks out of female-less contraceptive panel.
  • IG says no one listens to him.
  • School officials not crazy about Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown's mandatory college entrance exam bill.
  • So long, Dixon.
  • Occupy Wal-Mart.

Gray sked: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: HUBDC Pilot Program Launch;

Council sked: Education oversight at 10 a.m.; DMV and DPW oversight at 11 a.m.

  • drez

    Interesting article in The Times.
    Wilmont is quite a piece of work.

  • Keith B.

    A Redskins practice facility? Practice? Practice?! They're talking about practice?

  • Typical DC BS

    Wilmot & Peebles. Two peas in a pod. Both started out as "disadvantaged" (aka friends of someone in DC government with the power to make them money), then still have the nerve to say they continue to be "disadvanted" because they aren't wealthier.

  • truth hurts

    I urge people to read the Wash Times article linked in LL's piece. While i agree with Typ DC BS's comment about Wilmot/Peebs, this is one of the rare times I also agree with Peebs' take as more fully reported by TWT.

    The larger, and more important, underlying point is quite simple: Until/unless DC elected pols bar lobbyists and govt contractors from financing campaigns of council and mayoral candidates, DC will remain a slimy "pay to play" paradise.

    Shame on everyone who doesn't stand up to this scam.

  • Fuck Them.

    Wilmot is a poverty pimp.
    The jury is out on Peebles, IMO.

  • RealDC

    Wilmot is on Bowser's re-election team. Enough said.

  • jimbo

    If only Yellenor Holmes Norton would leave permanently.

  • jimbo

    Saint tommy is opposing an ambulatory, livable concept? Did anyone explain it to him in one syllable words?

  • City Dude

    It is amazing that David Catania who is a smart guy, doesn't seem to get Economics Program still!! He believes that the businesses should graduate from CBE program..Really!!..You want DC Businesses to move out of DC..Is that somehow going to help the city?? More businesses should be enticed to move to DC and not the ones here need to be pushed out...I don't believe it is legal anymore to claim minority status as Disadantaged Socially...Black or otherwise..But Wilmot has to be worth a hell of lot more than $750,000...There is a big push politically to set aside more contracts for disadvantaged which don't make sense because you don't want to pit local business against local business..So it is the collective Black Establishment at Counci and mayor's office that want to reserve local business to black people because as Barry said Black is disadvantaged period! Now we should welcome this enquiry and investigation..

  • i. j.

    Stop the divide brothers. You don't see white people doing this in public and the racist City Paper and media loves to see black people fighting.