Archive for August, 2014

Bowser Advisor Tom Lindenfeld Connected to Philadelphia Corruption Case (Updated)

Bowser campaign cuts ties with Lindenfeld.

Former Ward 1 Candidate Jeff Smith Gets 60 Days in Jail on Jeff Thompson Charge

Former Ward 1 D.C. Council candidate Jeff Smith came to D.C. Superior Court today to be sentenced, but he didn't take it quietly. When he got a chance to talk, Smith accused U.S. Attorney Ron Machen's prosecutors of a list of misdeeds in their investigation of the illicit shadow campaign he received from campaign-crime impresario Jeff Thompson, from threatening to prosecute [...]

Morning Links

Vince Gray says Muriel Bowser is acting "very unwise" on school boundaries. [LL, Post, DCist]
In school boundary changes, neighbors can be winners and losers. [Housing Complex]
At-large candidate mad he didn't get a shot at Yvette Alexander's endorsement. [LL]
Gray says he hasn't decided who he'll vote for. [LL]
Post ed board asks mayoral candidates to stop kidding around. [Post]
Controversial Kennedy runs for ANC [...]

Gray Accuses Bowser, Catania of Politicizing School Boundaries Plan

Vince Gray just settled on the school boundaries changes last week, and already the councilmembers who want to succeed him have announced they'd like to either delay his plan or scrap it altogether.
But the lame-duck mayor isn't going without a fight—or at least some harsh words. This morning, Gray accused Muriel Bowser and David Catania todays of sacrificing good school policy on [...]

At-Large Candidate Says Rival’s D.C. Council Endorsements Are Unfair

At-large D.C. Council hopeful Robert White got some help standing out from his many competitors this summer when he received endorsements from two councilmembers. But now at-large rival Brian Hart complains he didn't have a fair shot at those same endorsements.
In an email to supporters this afternoon, Hart singles out Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, who endorsed White yesterday. Hart campaign manager Samantha [...]

Critical Vince Gray Vote Undecided

Before he was mayor, Vince Gray spent years on the D.C. Council with mayoral hopefuls David Catania, Muriel Bowser, and Carol Schwartz. Then in the primary, Gray passed countless debates and forums with Bowser.
After all that time, LL would think that Gray knows the mayoral candidates well enough to figure out who he's voting for in November. But no! Gray told reporters today [...]

Morning Links

Muriel Bowser opposes Vince Gray's school boundary changes. [Housing Complex, Post, WAMU]
Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander endorses Robert White in the at-large race. [LL]
While White wants a ban on all contributions from corporations and individuals. [Post]
Mary Cheh isn't sure the D.C. Council can intervene in the CSX tunnel project. [Post]
Police union unhappy about detectives being put on the street. [NBC4]

Yvette Alexander Endorses Robert White in At-Large Race

One more councilmember wants to see Robert White on the D.C. Council dais in January. After landing Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie's endorsement in July, at-large Council hopeful White will be endorsed by Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, LL has learned.
The endorsement from Alexander, who toyed with her own bid for the seat, should help White stand out against the 12 [...]

Morning Links

David Catania wants school boundary proposals delayed. [Housing Complex, WAMU]
Muriel Bowser blends the first day of school with some campaigning. [Post]
Felonious ex-Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is back in the D.C. area. [LL]
Prosecutors want to lead Jeff Thompson associate Jeff Smith's fate up to a judge. [Post]
Post ed board: hurray for the D.C. Olympics bid. [Post]
Gray thinks kids are all right for the District. [...]

Harry Thomas Jr. Returns to the DMV

LL's getting old. What else can he think now that former Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., sentenced to three years in prison in 2012 for stealing from kids, has served almost his entire term?
With a little more than six months left on his sentence, the former Ward 5 councilmember was transferred over the weekend to a Maryland halfway house, according to [...]