Archive for April, 2014

David Catania: For Democrats Too, Maybe

The transformation of D.C. Councilmember David Catania from a Republican to an independent who claims to be more Democratic than actual Democrats continues. Facing an electorate that's 75 percent Democratic, Catania's mayoral campaign is offering campaign paraphernalia for voters whose party affiliation doesn't match with their candidate choice.
Along with the "Democrats for David" signs above, Catania campaign manager Ben Young says [...]

Despite Vincent Orange’s Request, Gray Officials Skip Emancipation Day Hearing

The final D.C. Council-run Emancipation Day came and went two weeks ago, but diehard booster Vincent Orange isn't done yet. In a Council hearing on the local holiday this afternoon, Orange and chief of staff James Brown laid out their theory that Orange and other Emancipation Day organizers couldn't have anticipated the $116,000 in unexpected overtime costs that cost [...]

Morning Links

Adios, Pepco. Exelon's buying the utility company for $6.8 billion. [Bloomberg]
Election officials change their story on what caused primary results delays. [Post]
Charter school at center of alleged self-dealing scheme will stay open. [Post]
More on the Height Act change. [Housing Complex]
Council hearing on Southeast CSX tunnel set for today. [Post]
Shooting near Capitol Hill school blamed on [...]

Morning Links

Schools chancellor Kaya Henderson grilled on plans for at-risk student funding. [Post]
House passes minor Height Act change. [Times, Roll Call]
David Catania slams Muriel Bowser's education record at "Public School Parents for Catania" meeting. [LL]
Crime beats out commerce on Georgia Avenue block. [Housing Complex]
Downtown D.C. is strong except for commercial office space. [WBJ]
Pepco could be for sale. [WBJ]
Anti-violence meeting interrupted by [...]

Catania Trashes Bowser’s Education Record at Parents Meeting

Facing a so-far sleepy general election race, mayoral hopeful David Catania headed back to school Sunday.
After meeting with supporters to launch a "Public School Parents for Catania" effort and delaying a press conference for 20 minutes so a lone TV cameraman could show up, Catania touted his achievements running the D.C. Council's education committee to a [...]

Morning Links

Truancy rampant in D.C. schools. [Post]
Convicted grant thief Keely Thompson and FBI agents argued over whether he was leaking information about their Jim Graham investigation. [LL]
David Catania rallies public school parents for mayoral bid. [Post]
Potential hospital bankruptcy could threaten D.C. patients. [Post]
Marion Barry protege Trayon White alleges turkey giveaway brutality. [LL]
Anacostia residents don't want their grocery store replaced by a dialysis clinic. Instead, [...]

Marion Barry Protege Sues D.C. Over Alleged Turkey Giveaway Brutality

Between the hazy donors and the eligibility fights, D.C. Council turkey giveaways haven't exactly covered the District government in glory. But could the free bird pickups also be hazardous to your health? A lawsuit filed by Marion Barry protege and former State Board of Education member Trayon White today suggests so, with White suing the city over some alleged [...]

Keely Thompson, Unhelpful Snitch

For a second there, Keely Thompson seemed like U.S. Attorney Ron Machen's best chance to add another elected official to his collection of Wilson Building crooks. Thompson, busted for pilfering city grant money to fund his gambling habit, claimed that he gave kickbacks to Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham. It doesn't take much to convince the feds to [...]

Morning Links

Feds want 43 months in prison for Michael Brown. [LL, Post]
Muriel Bowser declines offer to face David Catania on WAMU. [LL]
The search for Relisha Rudd continues on online radio station. [Post]
DMV clarifies dire driver's license reports. [WAMU]
D.C. officials are "raping" District residents, Deborah Simmons writes in a column that's improbably just about HOT lanes. [Times]
Department of Health ditches the 24-hour tattoo waiting period. [WAMU, Post]

Feds Want 43 Months for High-Living Michael Brown

Michael Brown had problems. He owed $1.46 million on his mortgage, an amount that had ballooned by nearly half its original size thanks to late fees. Brown had to make countless other payments to keep up his image as a successful at-large councilmember—a golf course membership, hotel stays, fancy shopping trips, even mortgage payments for other [...]