Archive for December, 2013

Loose Lips Quote of 2013: Michael Brown

"Do you have the piece of the piece?" – former At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown, Nov. 17 and Nov. 19, 2012.
LL hasn't been ranking the top quotes of 2013, but let's be real. Michael Brown won the year. Not in the sense of actually winning, of course, since Brown, who started the year with a frontrunner election campaign [...]

Loose Lips Quote of 2013: Ron Machen

“It’s not like we’ve been looking at this for three years and there’s no there there. I mean, there’s there there" – U.S. Attorney Ron Machen, Nov. 20.
Two years into Ron Machen's investigation into Vince Gray's 2010 campaign, did the U.S. Attorney promise more than he could deliver? People wondered what was taking so long, with guilty pleas from [...]

Loose Lips Quotes of 2013: Jim Graham

"I certainly wish I hadn't said what I said, if I said it." – Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, Dec. 9.
Five years later, Jim Graham is coming around to the idea that he made a mistake by intervening in a Metro development deal and the city's lottery contract. His actions earned him dings from a Metro [...]

Loose Lips Quotes of 2013: Muriel Bowser

"I think he's scratching for relevance." – Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, Nov. 14.
After another year on the D.C. Council and nine months of mayoral campaigning, Muriel Bowser's quote of the year comes down to a Twitter spat with Vince Gray. Chalk it up to Bowser's uncanny inability to stay cheerfully on message on everything except her [...]

Loose Lips Quotes of 2013: Jack Evans

“For me to be critical of the job he’s doing would be critical of the job I’m doing.” – Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, Nov. 13. 
Jack Evans' plan to pitch his mayoral campaign as the second coming of Vince Gray became obsolete in early December, when Gray's  decision to seek re-election meant that voters hoping for four [...]

Loose Lips Quotes of 2013: Vince Gray

"Bring it on." - Mayor Vince Gray, April 4.
If Vince Gray gets his way, he isn't going anywhere. Gray wouldn't declare for re-election until December, but he was already pushing back against aspirants to the top job in April.
In an appearance on NewsChannel 8's NewsTalk, he told (absent) mayoral hopeful Muriel Bowser to "bring it on." Gray was defending his administration [...]

Loose Lips Quotes of 2013: Graylan Hagler

"Little bitty cracker corporation from Arkansas" – Rev. Graylan Hagler, Aug. 27.
By late August, supporters of the Large Retailer Accountability Act were getting desperate. Vince Gray already appeared to be leaning toward vetoing the bill mandating a $12.50 hourly wage at certain big boxes stores (read: Walmart). More surprisingly, no councilmembers who initially opposed the bill looked ready [...]

Morning Links

Fire department staff now have to watch what they tweet, thanks to a new social media policy. [Times]
LL's predictions for 2014. [LL]
New traffic cameras won't issue tickets yet. [Times, WAMU]
Candidates get ready to turn in their nominating signatures. [WAMU]
Natwar Gandhi: poet, Harriette Walters dupe, and almost ex-CFO. [Post]
What 2014 could mean for development. [Housing Complex]
Petula Dvorak tells Adrian [...]

Thought 2013 Was a Wild Year for D.C. Politics? Just Wait.

Is it over yet? 2013 would have been a record year for local politics in, say, Duluth, Minn., but after the excitement of 2011 and 2012, it just seemed like another year in the District.
2014 should be different, with reputation-burnishing U.S. Attorney Ron Machen hinting at something big and at least three months of a mayoral [...]

The Loosies: The Best, Worst, and Weirdest in D.C. Politics in 2013

The District’s political world felt like it spent most of 2013 in the waiting room: waiting for U.S. Attorney Ron Machen to charge somebody, waiting for Mayor Vince Gray to announce whether he would run again, waiting for the wave of criminal councilmembers to subside (adios, Michael Brown!). 2013 was a two-hour movie trailer, 365 [...]