Author Archive for Michael Schaffer

Bring Washington City Paper Endorsements to the Polls!

If you didn't memorize Washington City Paper's endorsements when they ran the last two weeks, but you'd still like some guidance when you go vote tomorrow, we're here to help. Below, you'll find a handy PDF you can print out and take to the polls with you, summarizing who we'd pick and why in each local [...]

Loose Lips Daily: Judicial Oversight-Free Edition

A deliberative roundup of one city's local politics. Send your tips, releases, stories, events, etc. to And get LL Daily sent straight to your inbox every morning!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: It's Thursday, which means there's a dead-tree, ad-filled copy ofCity Paper in a box near you. Go out and pick it up. Some highlights: On the cover, [...]

Peter Nickles: Told Ya So!

No one likes a sore winner. On the other hand, no one likes to be told that their investigation of a crooked councilmember is politically motivated, only to have that crooked pol plead guilty to two federal felonies.
So, with that in mind, we called Peter Nickles, the former D.C. attorney general who began investigating Harry [...]

2011 in D.C. Political Arguments

There's no LL column in the print edition of Washington City Paper this week—but there's plenty of local politics. Our Annotated Guide to 2011 is an encyclopedic compendium of everything Washingtonians talked about, argued about, and ranted about in the last 12 months. Which, in this year of fully loaded SUVs and FBI raids on [...]

Earthquake Self-Promotion Watch

Hey, if restaurants can adverstise earthquake-day drink specials and theaters can promote Richter-scale-influenced $5.90 tickets, pols can use the event—or at least its consequences—to buff their images a bit, too. Right?
Take the email that went out to D.C. Public Schools parents early this morning. As of bedtime yesterday, word was that all but a small [...]

Worst Week Ever?

Between Navigatorgate, crony hiring controversies, and Sulaimon Brown, last week was a bad one for the District. But did it rank as D.C. government's historical nadir?
So argues Frank James of NPR's politics blog. Reviewing the Wilson Building's no good, very bad week, James speculated that the media spectacles had set back the [...]

Essay Contest: Win a Date to Lady Gaga with Jim Graham!*

Readers of The Washington Post learned this morning that Ward One D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham will be attending tomorrow night's Lady Gaga show at the Verizon Center. But unlike many of the other fans who will trek down to the arena, Graham will be attending gratis, thanks to the controversial tradition of awarding free luxury-box [...]

Department of Unsolicited SUV Advice

To: Kwame Brown
From: Washington City Paper
Subject: Your New Car
Mr. Council Chairman—
So, you're in a wee bit of trouble over your new car. It turns out that folks don't like to learn that their new D.C. Council chairman is paying more for his "fully loaded" ride than most people pay to rent an apartment. That goes [...]

Fully Loaded It? Fully Refund It!

Perhaps you've heard: D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown has a sweet ride—and you're paying for it.
Earlier this year, LL reported that Brown and Mayor Vince Gray, having apparently decided that change begins in the motor pool, had both secured new official vehicles for themselves. The lease for Gray's Lincoln Navigator [...]

Loose Lips Daily: Orange You Glad Edition

As much local politics as humanly possible. Send your tips, releases, stories, events, etc. to And get LL Daily sent straight to your inbox every morning!

Could Vincent Orange oversee Pepco?

Good morning, readers. New-papa LL is off aggregation duty for one more day. When he [...]