THE NEWS:

There are many wacky ways people want to redraw D.C.’s borders. The latest idea comes from a Republican in Virginia’s House of Delegates, who’s down to donate liberal counties like Arlington and Alexandria to the District.

“While we’re all Virginians, the values—the liberal values—that guide policy seem to be very different in these concentrated areas where Democrats dominate, and that’s most of Northern Virginia,” Del. Dave LaRocktells DCist

Why would LaRock give Northern Virginia—“the economic engine of the state”—to D.C.? Some of his constituents, including many residents of Frederick County, aren’t too happy with the new Democrat-dominated statehouse, especially now that lawmakers are trying to pass modest gun-control legislation.  

Usually people suggest reworking the District’s borders for the sake of democracy reform, seeing as D.C. lacks voting representation in Congress. (Let’s not forget, hundreds of thousands of D.C. residents have no say in the ongoing impeachment trial!)  

David Krucoff, who is running to be D.C.’s congressional delegate, for example, would have D.C. retrocede into Maryland. Alternatively, an unsigned note published in the Harvard Law Review would admit D.C.’s 127 neighborhoods as individual states.

“Radical as this proposal may sound, it is no more radical than a nominally democratic system of government that gives citizens widely disproportionate voting power depending on where they live,” the note says. Apparently, the Harvard Law Review plan is 100 percent constitutionalAmanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • Tenants of a Columbia Heights apartment face threat of eviction after going on rent strike. [WAMU]

  • Three white supremacists planned attacks at Richmond’s pro-gun rally but the FBI arrested them before they could, according to legal motions filed yesterday. [Post

  • Prosecutors want 25 years for white nationalist Coast Guard lieutenant Christopher Hasson, who stockpiled weapons and targeted Supreme Court justices, Democrats, and journalists. [NBC]

  • Washington Met students fight to keep their struggling school open. [Post]

  • Alumni sue their Arlington County public high school after it changed its name to get rid of any reference to the Confederacy. [DCist]

  • This app pays users for commuting, with riders earning more money if transportation choices reduce traffic congestion, energy use, and vehicle emissions. [GGW]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White announced his re-election bid on MLK Jr. Day from the headquarters of Ron Moten’s Check It Enterprises. [Blade]

  • D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is suing President Trump’s inaugural committee for paying more than $1 million to book a ballroom at the president’s D.C. hotel, in violation of the committee’s nonprofit status. [Post]

  • Campaign-style mailers went out opposing flavored tobacco products. [Twitter]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Karima Woods as acting commissioner of the Department of Insurance Securities and Banking. [EOM]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Two D.C. Whole Foods locations are having stocking issues, and neighbors are freaking out. [WCP]

  • Busboys & Poets eyes a Baltimore expansion. [WBJ]

  • The real reason restaurants are too loud. [NYT]

  • People are stockpiling wine and cheese in the face of Trump’s proposed 100 percent tariff on European goods. [NY Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The 24th annual Iranian Film Festival features plenty of gems. [WCP]

  • Master stone carver Nick Benson’s chiseling work is everywhere in D.C. [WAMU]

  • How media execs Constance Sayers and Tom Rosenstiel found time to write genre novels. [Washingtonian]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Former Washington NFL team head coach Jay Gruden is set to become the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars. [ESPN]

  • D.C. United has acquired midfielder Julian Gressel from Atlanta United. [Pro Soccer USA]

  • Albert Haynesworth speaks candidly about his time in D.C. The former Washington defensive tackle, once one the most feared and controversial players in the NFL, is currently in need of a kidney transplant. [SI]

  • Dan Snyder has a condition for keeping his NFL stadium in Maryland: Add legalized gambling. [Post]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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