Archive for May, 2014

The At-Large Race Gets One More Candidate

If none of the ten candidates currently angling for a single at-large D.C. Council seat haven't intrigued you yet, LL has good news. There's still one more candidate to consider! Construction trade association staffer Eric Jones tells LL that he, too, will run for the seat being vacated by mayoral hopeful David Catania.
Jones, who was previously a vice president in the D.C. Young Democrats and now works [...]

One-Time Joke Candidate Plans Real Run Against Norton

Can a Twitter hashtag vault a man into office? Local tour guide Tim Krepp aims to find out this November, after deciding to turn a joke write-in bid into an actual general election campaign against Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.
Political ambitions for Krepp, a 39-year-old Capitol Hill tour guide, author, and occasional Washington City Paper contributor, began years ago, [...]

Morning Links

Ex-councilmember Michael Brown gets 39 months in prison for bribery charge. [LL, Post, Times]
D.C. Council budget includes $200K to study the soccer stadium proposal. [WBJ]
Gyms organize against "yoga tax." [WBJ]
As expected, Vince Gray isn't happy about the Council raiding the streetcar budget for tax cuts. [WBJ]
Paul Zukerberg heads to appeals court for another chance at keeping attorney general vote [...]

Michael Brown Apologizes, Sentenced to 39 Months

Former At-Large Councilmember Michael Brown—the son of former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and a man who once aspired to be mayor—will serve 39 months in prison on a bribery charge, a federal judge ruled today.
Brown, in court almost a year after he first pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from undercover federal agents in exchange for help getting them District contracts, apologized [...]

Michael Brown Sentenced to 39 Months in Prison

Former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown was sentenced Thursday to 39 months in federal prison and 24 months of supervised release for taking bribes from undercover FBI agents.
Prosecutors had sought 43 months, largely because they said Brown initially didn't tell them about the $100,000 in illegal, off-the-books help he got from the District's premier shadowy financier, Jeff Thompson, [...]

Morning Links

House of Cards sets off House of Cards-level drama within D.C. government. [LL]
Council opts for tax cuts over streetcar money. [LL, Post, WBJ, WAMU]
Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins ditches Vince Gray's administration for PG County. [Housing Complex, WBJ]
Yvette Alexander won't run for an at-large seat. [LL, Post]
Ex-councilmember Michael Brown will be sentenced on bribery, Jeff Thompson-related charges today. [Post]
Alexander and Gray fall out over hospital money. [LL, WBJ]

D.C. Wanted a House of Cards Shoot. Instead It Got a House of Cards Plot.

How much Hollywood does the Districtwant? A lot, according to Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, who cited Netflix’s House of Cards last week as he pushed for millions of dollars of workforce development funds to be used instead to replenish film incentive money at a D.C. Council budget meeting. If the political drama’s opening credits [...]

Tax Cuts Beat Out Streetcars in Budget Vote

A plan to cut taxes from D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson prevailed over Vince Gray's attempt to preserve streetcar money in a Council budget vote today.
Mendelson found the money for $165 million worth of business, personal, and income tax cuts in the streetcar budget. The budget passed with Mendelson's change, 11-2. Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and Ward 8 Councilmember Marion [...]

No At-Large Run for Yvette Alexander

As if Yvette Alexander's steering of District budget funds toward projects in her own ward wasn't evidence enough that she's not considering city-wide office, the Ward 7 councilmember made it official today: She won't run for an at-large D.C. Council seat after all.
Alexander started mulling a bid for the at-large seat being vacated by David Catania last month, announcing her consideration [...]

Former Allies Alexander and Gray Spar Over Hospital Money, Election Loss

Nothing gets between friends like hundreds of millions of dollars. As lame duck Vince Gray faces a D.C. Council budget vote today, Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander—the mayor's Council successor in his own ward and once his most reliable ally—has become a surprising foe.
Two weeks ago, Alexander's health committee moved $22 million out of $23.5 million that Gray had dedicated to replacing United Medical Center, [...]