Archive for July, 2012

Jeff Thompson Part of Small Group That Gave to Gray’s Cousin

Jeff Thompson, the D.C. Medicaid contractor who allegedly funded a $650,000 illegal shadow campaign and gave more than $40,000 in straw donations to help get Vince Gray elected mayor in 2010, was part of a small group of Gray associates who donated to a Maryland campaign by the mayor's cousin.
In late 2007, Maryland Del. Jim [...]

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The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, on whose board Jeff Thompson used to sit, paid Thompson's old accounting firm more than $1 million. Also, former lotto boss Leonard Manning won a no-bid contract from the board to import flowers from Ethiopia [Examiner]
Former CFO contracting officer on the lotto contract Eric Payne doubles down, sues CFO Nat Gandhi for defamation [...]

Libertarian Party Sues Board of Elections Over Petition Circulators

The Libertarian Party is suing the Board of Elections over a provision in city law that bans non-District residents from circulating nominating petitions.
That ban, the party says, is hindering Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and D.C. delegate candidate Bruce Majors—both of whom are very, very likely to lose their elections if they do qualify for [...]

How Many People Does It Take to Host a Party?

Unlike likely mayoral candidates Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells, Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser has been keeping her potential ambitions out of the press. Evans and Wells haven't been shy about their shared goal of becoming the District's next mayor, while Bowser, whose name is often mentioned as [...]

Morning Clicks

Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown's last official emails [Examiner]
Carlos Gray likes partying. [Times]
Post Ed board gets more emails suggesting Jim Graham may have tanked Metro development deal. [Post]

Morning Clicks

Gray cheers rising school test scores [Times]
Salaries for Gray's MPD detail total about $1 million per year [Examiner]
Gray breaks ground on health center, is not bothered by reporters [NBC4]
Jonetta: "Earth to Gray" [Examiner]
Marion Barry, polarizer [Post]

Vince Gray: The New Bill Clinton?

Is Vince Gray borrowing Bill Clinton's political strategy?
Gray's attorney, Robert Bennett, was one of Clinton's lawyers during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Alleged shadow campaigns and acknowledged Oval Office blow jobs are, of course, two very distinct balls of wax, but it's interesting to peruse through some old Clinton-era clips and find similarities to Gray's current situation.
At the peak [...]

Morning Clicks

Mayor Gray wants to make the case that he's a reasonably competent chief executive without talking about that other stuff. [WCP, Post]
Grand jury sending out subpeonas in lotto deal. [Examiner]
Gray is getting good at defending himself. [Times]
Gray's flack, Pedro Ribeiro, gets mad at reporters [NBC4]

Tommy Wells: I’m a Bad Mutha!

Man, how did LL miss this story in Roll Call in which Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells gives his most candid take yet on his almost certain mayoral run? More importantly, how did LL miss this particular quote from the Roll Call story:
“I know every corner of this city, go to places where police [...]

Morning Clicks

Mayor's security detail to make sure Hizzoner has a little more breathing room. [NBC4]
Ed board: If Vince Gray was such a lock to beat Adrian Fenty, then why all the sleazy stuff? [Post]
Gov't agencies getting better grades. [Times]
Phil Pannell running for Ward 8 school board spot. [Post]