Good morning sweet readers! Note to daytime cat buglers: Every Madden in D.C. is currently serving jury duty today. News time:
Flipity Flop, iGaming is Dead For Now: Mayor Vince Gray, who before yesterday has never expressed any concern with the way the D.C. Council he headed at the time legalized online gambling, now says he thinks the council ought to repeal the controversial measure, the Post reports. “Gray spokesman Pedro Ribeiro said the mayor has concluded that the process under which the program became law was so convoluted that it should be scrapped — somewhat of a reversal from previous statements.’His view is that this has become so messy, and there are so many questions about this, let’s repeal it and take a step back,’ Ribeiro said. ‘It’s not something so absolutely critical to the future of the city that we need to do this.’” But that’s not the same song Hizzoner was singing last year. “In a July interview with NewsChannel 8, Gray said the authorization language included in the December 2010 budget bill ‘really did get quite an airing’ and ‘was very much out on the forefront.'” NBC 4 says iGaming sponsor Councilmember Michael Brown counts a majority of the council in support of a repeal. “I think it’s a mistake,” says Brown. Not only is this move a rebuke of Brown, but also one of CFO Nat Gandhi, whose office was recently taken to task by an inspector general’s report. Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans‘s finance committee is set to get the ball rolling on a repeal today. And Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells, who introduced the repeal legislation, gets to take a victory lap. LL’s question: Wasn’t iGaming pretty much dead anyway before Gray announced this?
AFTER THE JUMP: Sleep Strike; Agency Fail; NW Meth Lab?…
Alexander in Trouble: Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander faces the possibility of not being on April’s ballot. At issue: allegations that “Alexander’s petition circulators did not personally witness a great many of the signatures they attested to collecting; if the board accepts those claims, that could be enough to bounce Alexander from the ballot.” David Wilmot has taken time out from running group homes for the District’s developmentally disabled and being the second-highest paid local lobbyist to represent Alexander. The Board of Elections and Ethics is set to resume a hearing on Alexander’s fate tomorrow. Incumbents can survive this sort of thing, of course; just ask Tony Williams.
This Sounds Like the Worse Thing Ever: The Examiner reports: To protest the National Park Service’s enforcement of a camping ban in the park (even though no arrests have been made more than 24 hours after the Park Service’s enforcement deadline passed), two Occupiers are forgoing sleep until the Park Service allows protesters to sleep in the park, they said Tuesday. Also, a “scissors-wielding vigilante” tried to take matters into his own hands.
In Other News:
- IG report on death of White House retiree says “city agencies did a better job of cleaning up his property than saving his life.”
- Ribbon cutting for “Matthews Memorial Terrace, a 99-unit, eco-friendly apartment complex located at 2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, next door to Matthews Memorial Church.”
- Suspected meth lab at 16th and R St NW. What?
- Resistance to school facilities study findings.
Gray sked: 9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: ExportDC Announcement; 10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.: Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School NCAA Football National Signing Day Celebration (Good for Gray, you can read about Friendship’s team here.); 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: North Michigan Park Civic Association Meeting.
Council sked: Washington Convention and Sports Authority Board confirmations at 9 a.m.; Disorderly conduct review at 10 a.m.; Streetcar land use at 10:30 a.m.