Archive for December, 2012

Marion Barry: D.C. Cops Need To Get in Better Shape

Former mayor-for-life and Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry has some advice for D.C.'s police officers: get in shape.
After getting breakfast from a store near his new house on Talbert Street SE, Barry says he was on the phone in his car he witnessed a "rather plump" Metropolitan Police Department officer chasing a suspect. Barry doesn't [...]

Morning Clicks

Did OCFO employees turn a blind eye to possible wrongdoing on lottery contract? [Post]
Vince Gray spokesman on Mary Cheh: "The woman is obviously confused." [Examiner]
Former Wilson High School cheerleading coach must register as sex offender after having student's baby. [Examiner]

Jim Graham Not So Good At Reporting Possible Illegal Activity

Councilmember Jim Graham certainly ain't no snitch.
In 2009, his then-chief of staff Ted Loza dropped an envelope on Graham's desk at the Wilson Building filled with $2,600 in cash from a taxi lobbyist working undercover for the FBI. Graham turned the money down and would later say he thought the offer was "radioactive" at the [...]

Morning Clicks

Nat Gandhi stays mum on lottery contract; Jim Graham says he's an innocent victim; David Catania makes both Nixon and Napoleon references when talking about CFO's office. [Post, Examiner]
Ron Machen on Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown's 2008 campaign: "There’s a real difference between not being criminally charged versus running a campaign properly." [Post]
Mayoral hopefuls Muriel Bowser and [...]

Feds: No “Clean Bill of Health” For Kwame Brown’s 2008 Campaign

U.S. Attorney Ron Machen announced today that he anticipates filing no further criminal charges related to former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown's 2008 campaign. But Machen also implied that there was some hinky stuff going on in the campaign and urged the Board of Elections to continue its own investigation. Machen's announcement came [...]

Jim Graham Spent $1,500 in City Money to Attend Liz Taylor Memorial

Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham was reimbursed for nearly $1,500 he spent to attend a star-studded memorial service for Elizabeth Taylor in October 2011, city records show. The attendees at the 400-person private event held at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif., included celebrities Elton John, Michael Caine, and Colin Farrell.
In paperwork Graham submitted to the [...]

Morning Clicks

Vince Gray: I'm not a tool of The Plan. [NBC4]
Council's favorite local lotto partner Emmanuel Bailey teaming up with Canadian firm to bid on new lottery contract. [Times]
Depositions in lottery case to be made public. [Examiner]
What's the point of appointing Anita Bonds to a council seat for four months? [Post]

Same as the Old Boss?

On a hot August day in 1990, Marion Barry addressed his supporters outside the Reeves Center, a day after he’d beaten most of the federal government’s case against him on drug and perjury charges. Then the mayor, Barry began his speech by thanking God and acknowledging the presence of three women who were central to [...]

Pat Mara Running, Jim Graham Gets A Challenger

Republican Pat Mara just announced on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt his candidacy for the special election in April for an at-large D.C. Council seat. Mara is hoping that that the third time is the charm, as he's run unsuccessfully for an at-large seat in 2008 and 2011.
Mara had some level of success in both races—he [...]

Morning Clicks

Courtland Milloy says The Plan is real in Ivy City, quotes 12-year-old boy: "Most of the money is being spent on bike lanes when we could use it over here for job training.” [Post]
War of words between Marion Barry and D.C. Chamber of Commerce continues. [WBJ]
Harry Jaffe: Feds coming up short in Kwame "Fully Loaded" [...]