Archive for May, 2012

More Credit Card Troubles For Kwame Brown’s Family

More financial troubles for D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown: His wife Marcia Brown is being sued for allegedly not paying more than $15,000 in credit card debt.
Ordinarily, LL wouldn't be interested in the personal finances of a public official's wife. But Brown's family's financial troubles rise to the level of news because they [...]

Harry Thomas Jr. Won’t Have to Pay for Entire Inaugural Party

If you were one of the good-hearted schlubs who voluntarily paid more on your District income taxes in order to help at-risk kids avoid drugs, well, you just got punked!
Judge John Bates has just ruled that convicted felon Harry Thomas Jr. will not have to repay the full $110,000 he steered from Public Fund for [...]

Did Lorraine Green Lie to D.C. Council?

On the eve of Gray campaign aide Howard Brooks' guilty plea last week, LL reported that the statement of offense filed in court would mention an unnamed person who knew about Gray campaign funds paid to fringe candidate Sulaimon Brown. That unnamed person, a source told LL, was Gray campaign chairwoman Lorraine Green.
Sure enough, court [...]

Kenyan McDuffie Officially Joins D.C. Council

Once the Honorable Erik P. Christian administered the oath of office on Wednesday afternoon, Kenyan McDuffie became Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie of Ward 5.
When McDuffie first appeared in the standing-room-only crowd, the audience stood up and applauded for him. When he started speaking about the support he received from his family and especially from his wife, [...]

Morning Clicks

This Michael Sindram cover story is awesome.  [WCP]
Kenyan McDuffie makes it official, is youngest councilmember at 36. [Post]
City workers, prepared to get paid. [Times]

Vince Gray says that he'll talk about Sulaimon, someday [Examiner, NBC4]

Nothing Left to Say

Mayor Vince Gray usually doesn’t have a hard time coming up with words. His speeches can last hours. His news conferences sometimes seem to drag on forever. But lately, the mayor’s gone silent just when he needs to be talking the most.
Last week, after two top aides from his 2010 mayoral campaign admitted in federal [...]

D.C. Chamber Defends Its Defense of Vince Gray

LL's forthcoming column takes a look at how Mayor Vince Gray is putting legal considerations before political ones by keeping quiet on the recent guilty pleas of some of his top campaign aides. Gray's lawyer says he's ordered the mayor to keep quiet, which may make for sound legal advice but is hardly reassuring to [...]

Morning Clicks

Vince Gray and Eleanor Holmes Norton upbeat on budget autonomy push [Times]
Kenyan McDuffie to be sworn in this afternoon [AP]
Q & A with Department of Human Services Director David Berns, the guy tasked with reforming TANF [HC]
Fish in the Neighborhood [Post]
This may be the dumbest column LL's ever read [Times]

Who Else Should We Speculate Will Run For Mayor?

Let's play the who-will-run-for-mayor game. The Washington Post kicked things off over the weekend by noting how low Mayor Vince Gray's political stock is at present and how three councilmembers, Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, and Tommy Wells, are already sniffing around a potential run.
The Post also said a law-and-order type outsider may make for a good [...]

Morning Clicks

The Post kicks the official start of the next mayoral race (be it in 2014 or sooner) in a Sunday A1 story that says Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans and Tommy Wells are already "making overt moves" in preparation for the race. (Bowser's overt moves, according to the Post, are attending a Trial Lawyers Association dinner with [...]