Archive for July, 2012

Contractor Alleges CBE Fraud

When a giant construction company from out of town wants to be considered for a city contract, it usually pairs with a local Certified Business Enterprise to form a joint venture to make the actual bid. In an ideal world, this partnership would be win-win-win. The local CBE would get the experience of partnering with [...]

Morning Clicks

Mayor Vince Gray has had enough with those pesky reporters: "Can you get the microphone out of my face, please sir?" [Fox5]
Housing agency to probe how Gray campaign got list of public housing residents. [Post]
Gray: I didn't need any list. [NBC4]

Kwame Brown, on a Comeback?

Been wondering what former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown has been up to since he resigned and pleaded guilty to bank fraud? Well, wonder no more.
Brown will be giving a lecture next Wednesday on the District's Certified Business Enterprise program (which is supposed to direct city contracting to local businesses and help them [...]

Depends What Your Definition of “Campaign” Is

Another day, another piece of bad news on the front page of the Washington Post for Mayor Vince Gray. Today, the Posties report that Gray's 2010 mayoral campaign kept a database of public housing residents, "which appears to be an unauthorized use of private government information."
The mayor tells the paper he was unaware of any [...]

Photos: Mayor Interrupted

Convention Center, July 23

Morning Clicks

Did Gray campaign illegally obtain public housing records to assist in GOTV? How did they get those records? [Post]
Jack Evans, almost certainly a mayoral candidate [Times]
Mayor Mendo? It could happen [Post]
Ron Machen in this weekend's Grey Lady: “The large-scale shadow campaign we had here,” Mr. Machen said in an interview, “is unprecedented.” [NYTimes]
Must see TV: Fenty [...]

David Catania: The Thrill Is Gone

In case you were wondering whether a white, gay former invitee to George W. Bush's Crawford ranch was going to run for mayor in D.C. in 2014 (or perhaps sooner),  the answer is no. At-Large Councilmember David Catania said on The Kojo Nnamdi Show today that while he once would have "loved" to be mayor, [...]

Morning Clicks

Adrian Fenty would win a rematch in a landslide. Jack Evans has early lead in mayoral contest [Post]
Jeff Thompson should have just started a super PAC [Post]
What's the point in being a mayor who won't say anything [Post]

Mayor Gray: I Work Hard

Oops. Sorry, readers. LL got distracted and forgot to put up a post about Mayor Vince Gray's reaction to the poll in this morning's Washington Post that says more than half the city wants Gray to resign.
Asked today if the results sting a little, Gray told reporters: "Of course it does." He then transitioned into [...]

Are You Sure About That, Eleanor?

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said today that she doesn't think any of the donations she's received from Jeff Thompson, the man allegedly behind Vince Gray's shadow campaign, are suspect.
"I don't have any reason to believe that any of the contributions were illegal," Norton said today on WPFW's D.C. Politics. Yesterday President Barack Obama and Maryland Gov. [...]