A year from now, Trayon White could be the most powerful politician in Ward 8. Last weekend, though, he struggled to move a few blocks—people kept stopping to hug him.
LL was supposed to join White for a quick walk from his Congress Heights headquarters to a community event, then a door-knocking session across the ward. But cars keep pulling over to honk at him, and White keeps finding old basketball teammates, kids he’s mentored, or a particularly violent corner.
As yet another person asks White for help, multiple White campaign workers describe it as their job to keep the talkative candidate moving. But then White sees another friend, this time on the other side of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.
“I know,” White tells one exasperated campaign volunteer as he jogs away. “But I gotta see Al.” Read more Ward 8, Round Two: Who Will Win the Rematch Between LaRuby May and Trayon White?
After-school brawls between students at two District high schools have gotten so bad that administrators are changing the high schools' start and end times, LL has learned.
The changes at McKinley Technology High School and Dunbar High School, set to start on Monday, come after multiple fights between the students in NoMa, including a melee earlier this month at the NoMa Metro station. The end-of-day rush of students from both schools headed to the station has lately meant brawls around the Metro station or the nearby Wendy's on New York Avenue NE. Read more DCPS Changes High School Hours Over Student Brawls
DCPS' Kaya Henderson hit up troubled food contractor for $100,000 gala donation. [AP, Post, Times]
Mayoral photographer says he was fired over his photos. [LL]
Muriel Bowser's minimum wage bill includes tipped workers. [WAMU]
Post ed board: leave CityCenter alone, feds. [Post]
Marion Barry's entourage throws (kidney) stones. [LL] Read more LL Links
Longtime mayoral photographer Lateef Mangum got the boot from the Muriel Bowser administration last week, officially for not filing 30 years of tax returns as part of a personal tax protest. But Mangum says that taxes were just a cover for the real reason that Bowser officials wanted him gone: his photos.
Mangum has worked in some capacity as mayoral photographer for every District mayor since Sharon Pratt Kelly—save an interlude in the Adrian Fenty administration. A few months ago, Mangum says, Bowser officials asked him to provide all of the mayoral photographs he's taken since the 1990s for a city archive. Read more Longtime Mayoral Photographer Says Bowser Administration Fired Him Over Photo Dispute
To hear Herman Foushee tell it, Marion Barry spent one of the last moments of his life fretting about the kidney donation nonprofit that bears the mayor-for-life’s name.
“I want you to be the treasurer of the foundation because I know I can trust you,” Barry told Foushee in a phone call shortly before his death, according to an affidavit filled out by Foushee. “Niggers in D.C. steal and I know you will not steal from the foundation.”
This account serves Foushee’s interests—he’s the treasurer of the now hotly contested foundation, after all. But Barry did have good reason to fret about the fate of the Barry Dickens Kidney Foundation. A year after Barry’s widow first sued the foundation for using his image, the fight over what Barry wanted has divided some of the people who were closest to him. Read more Marion Barry Entourage Divides on His Legacy, Kidney Foundation
Congressman bashes the District's handling of taxes, but doesn't pay his own D.C. taxes on time. [LL]
Vince Gray campaign poll predicts big lead on Yvette Alexander in Ward 7. [LL]
More woes for Muriel Bowser's shelter plan. [Post]
D.C. Council set to ban pot clubs for good. [City Desk] Read more LL Links
Rep. John Mica (R-FL) ripped into the District's finances at a hearing on Metro last week, fuming that he won't "bail out Washington, D.C." by funding the transit system.
Now District tax records reviewed by LL reveal that Mica isn't so fiscally responsible when it comes to his own share of the city's tax money.
Between them, Mica and his wife Patricia Mica own six units on Capitol Hill, according to Office of Tax and Revenue records. Between 2006 and 2013, they've racked up $1,071.81 across 17 penalty payments for paying their property taxes late. In 2006 alone, the Micas were hit with $608.29 in combined late penalties. Mica didn't respond to LL's requests for comment. Read more District-Bashing Congressman Doesn’t Pay His Own D.C. Taxes On Time
Vince Gray has a big lead in the Ward 7 D.C. Council race, according to a poll released by his campaign.
Gray's campaign paid for the Public Policy Polling poll, so make of that what you will. Still, the numbers don't look great for incumbent (and one-time Gray protege) Yvette Alexander.
The automated poll, conducted between Tuesday and Wednesday last week, finds Gray with 52 percent of the vote compared to Alexander's 23 percent. Twenty percent of respondents weren't sure who they would vote for in June's primary.
Candidates Grant Thompson and Delmary Chesley received 4 and 2 percent, respectively. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. Read more Gray Campaign Poll Shows Huge Lead Against Alexander
Ward 8 candidate Trayon White
In a potential sign of left-wing discontent with Muriel Bowser, progressive group D.C. for Democracy endorsed four challengers to Bowser-affiliated D.C. Council candidates last week.
D.C. for Democracy claims roughly 500 members. Faced with endorsing Bowser ally and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, who isn't facing any challenger in the June primary, the group instead voted not to endorse at all.
The anti-Green Team mood continued in the at-large race, where the group backed Vincent Orange challenger Robert White with nearly 96 percent of endorsement votes cast. Read more Lefty Group Endorses Green Team Foes
Huge Vince Gray/Jeff Thompson files release raises question about Gray, family member. [LL, LL, WAMU, Times]
Read the files. [LL]
Gray revelations don't play out on the campaign trail. [Post]
Muriel Bowser wants a legally pointless referendum on statehood. [City Desk, WAMU]
More on Bowser's statehood and budget autonomy efforts. [Post] Read more LL Links