Archive for May, 2014

Morning Links

Phil Mendelson,Vince Gray administration spar over trading streetcar funds for taxes. [Housing Complex, Post]
Defeated Muriel Bowser opponents plan a fundraiser for her. [LL]
Office of the Attorney General employee runs for delegate in Maryland. [Post]
Bowser pushes for better bus service on 16th St. [Post]
Poor D.C. children face asthma problems. [WAMU]
District leads in pre-kindergarten enrollment. [WAMU]
Goodbye to neighborhood activist Minnie Green. [Post]
NPR [...]

Defeated Mayoral Hopefuls To Host Bowser Fundraiser This Weekend

Being the District's Democratic nominee for mayor must be pretty sweet. Not only do you get to thrash your mayoral rivals in the primary, but when it's all over, they throw you a party.
Beaten Muriel Bowser opponents Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange, and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans are all listed as hosts for a "unity fundraiser" [...]

Morning Links

Vince Gray sends the D.C. United stadium deal to the D.C. Council. [Housing Complex, Post, Times, WBJ]
Muriel Bowser says she'll oppose current school boundary proposals as mayor. [Post]
Prosecutors again ask judge for 43 months in prison for Michael Brown. [LL]
Police department announces more All Hands on Deck days. [Times]
Washington Post announces move to Franklin Square. [Housing Complex, WBJ]
Should U.S. Attorney Ron Machen be blamed [...]

Prosecutors on Michael Brown: Throw the Book at Him

Is ex-councilmember Michael Brown a committed crook on a "crime creep," or is he a good person who repeatedly finds himself breaking the law? Ahead of Brown's sentencing hearing next Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office and his defense team traded memos yesterday over whether Brown should receive the 43 months in prison that the government has recommended.
Prosecutors' response [...]

Morning Links

Fewer councilmembers have second jobs. [Post]
Vince Gray kicks off pool season this morning...but will he cannonball? [LL]
Post ed board says David Catania's "Muriel Bowser puppet" ad is sexist and cynical. [Post]
The politics to watch for at last night's building association awards. [WBJ]
Metro crime drops. [WAMU]
What will the H Street NE streetcar mean for gentrification? [WAMU]
The 16th St. bus lane will have [...]

Gray Faces Final Cannonball Opportunity

Lame duck Vince Gray will face another one of the "lasts" of his administration tomorrow when he heads to Ward 8's Fort Stanton Aquatic Facility to kick off pool season. Gray will also be facing a personal landmark, too: his last opportunity to open pool season with a cannonball into the water.
If Gray jumps in tomorrow [...]

Morning Links

 Jeff Thompson-related charges won't stop Kelvin Robinson from keeping his city job for now. [Post]
Vince Gray says politics wasn't behind Supercan replacements. [WAMU, LL, Post]
Vincent Orange heads to Vegas, makes friends with a near-naked American flag person, Uncle Sam, and a pirate. [LL]
Debate ensues after LGBT Gertrude Stein club doesn't schedule a mayoral endorsement vote. [Blade]
As D.C. United land stalemate continues, city considers eminent [...]

VO Does Vegas

For At-large Councilmember Vincent Orange, Las Vegas must be heaven. After all, Orange has introduced a bill that would make much of the District as fun-loving as Sin City. So it's no surprise that, when Orange went to the International Council of Shopping Centers convention there this week, he made some friends.
The State of Maryland loves it's tradition [...]

Vince Gray Is Super Sorry About Supercans

Add one more person to the long list of people disappointed in how the city's botched Supercan rollout going: Vince Gray.
“I’m not happy about the way this has gone," Gray said at a morning press conference.
Gray pushed back on the idea that the Supercan replacement program, which has featured piles of abandoned cans, a "physical altercation," and [...]

Failed Mayoral Candidate Plans Ward 1 Bid

Presumptive Ward 1 councilmember Brianne Nadeau just got a little less presumptive. While ostensible general election rival Bryan Weaver won't even tell LL whether he's actually running against Nadeau, real estate broker and former mayoral candidate Ernest Johnson says he'll enter the race as an independent.
Johnson, 65, says he's been gathering supporters in coffee shops around the ward and plans to [...]