Archive for November, 2012

City Paper‘s Take on the Late Lawrence Guyot

D.C. politics, and the nation, lost a vocal advocate for the poor and downtrodden this weekend with the death of Lawrence Guyot. The Washington Post's obituary rightly focuses on the tremendous courage Guyot showed as a young civil rights activists in his native Mississippi, where he was severely beaten and could have easily been killed for [...]

Morning Clicks

Lawrence Guyot dies at age 73. [Afro]
Lawyer says his client got cash payout from OCFO related to lottery harassment complaint. [Post]
Mayor Vince Gray hasn't talk to the feds, despite requests. [Post]
D.C. on pace for fewer than 100 homicides this year. [AP]

Which Former Councilmember Improperly Got Out of a Ticket?

It's a Thanksgiving mystery: An unnamed former D.C. councilmember managed to make a traffic ticket disappear even after the Department of Motor Vehicles had already denied his request to have the ticket dismissed, according to a new audit released by the city's inspector general.
In January 2011, the councilmember had his chief of staff send a [...]

Morning Clicks

Council doesn't sound impressed with Irv Nathan's ethics bill. [Times]
Marion Barry gives away turkeys, reverses course and discloses who paid for them. [Post]
Good government is good for everyone, Marion. [Post]

Unemployment Rate Falls, But Don’t Tell That To Marion Barry

Around the same time that people were lining up around the block at Union Temple Baptist Church for Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry's turkey giveaway, Mayor Vince Gray's office sent out a news releasing boasting that the District's unemployment rate has dropped to 8.5 percent, the lowest it's been since January 2009.
Gray ran for mayor [...]

Morning Clicks

Council has second marathon session on school closings. [Post]
More than 300 city employees were double-dipping unemployment pay. [Examiner]
Lawmakers want to make it easier for you to drink. [Post]

Barry: Only “Liberal White Folks” Care Who Pays for My Turkey Giveaway

Tis the season for D.C.'s elected officials to gin up some goodwill by attaching their names to Thanksgiving turkey giveaways.
LL counts at least five councilmembers hosting turkey giveaways this year, including Mayor-For-Life-turned-Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, whose annual giveaways almost always generate news.
As in years past, Barry is declining to say who paid for the [...]

Morning Clicks

Colby King says someone dropped out of a local race in exchange for cash, doesn't say who. [Post]
Vince Gray's field campaign manager goes public two years after mayoral race with concerns about shadow campaign [Post]
D.C. lottery boss is accused anonymously of a litany of sins, including forcing staff to grade college papers on government time [...]

A.J. Cooper: I Am Not a Hypocrite

Not longer after LL called at-large council candidate A.J. Cooper a hypocrite this morning for changing party affiliation to better his chances at getting elected weeks after criticizing his opponents for doing the same same, Cooper called to plead his case.
"My intentions are pure," he says.
Cooper tied for fifth in this month's at-large election and [...]

Marion Barry’s Selective Memory

LL was mercifully spared having to watch most of the super-lengthy D.C. Council hearing Thursday on the city's proposal to close 20 schools. But LL did see former Mayor-for-Life and Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry reminded Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson that Ward 8 has some pretty lousy-performing schools, and he'd like to see some improvements, [...]