IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Good morning sweet readers! It’s Thursday, and you all know what that means: Washington City Paper editors will spend most of the day pretending to play the solo from “Free Bird” on an air guitar. It’s also the dead tree edition day, and on this week’s cover you can find LL’s profile of Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans. Unhappy Jack dislikes many of his colleagues and isn’t afraid to say so—sometimes. So what’s keeping him around? Read the story and find out. The city’s best sports writer, Dave McKenna, writes a must-read for D.C. politicos hungering to get a Redskins training facility built at Res 13: Loudoun County went co co for Snyder puffs and it didn’t work out so well. Stefanie Gans discovers that there’s a person whose job is to try and convince local restaurants to serve more vegetarian and vegan options. LDP has the week off. LL’s column this week wonders whether Attorney General Eric Holder‘s ties to District politicians under federal investigation presents at least the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Thanks, But No Thanks: Gray, Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton sure looked silly yesterday rejecting the gift of budget autonomy from Rep. Darrell Issa. The trio said they couldn’t take Issa’s deal, which would bar the District from spending local money on abortions. “I think we know a poison pill when we taste it,” Gray told TWT. The AP breaks down why this was a dumb deal to pass up: “The budget freedom in Issa’s proposal would have been unprecedented in the home rule era. By contrast, the restriction on abortion is nothing new. Since 1988, Congress has attached a so-called ‘rider’ to the District’s budget nearly every year banning the use of local tax dollars to fund abortions. The ban was lifted briefly when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress: from 1993-1994 and again in 2009. It was re-imposed in April as part of a budget deal with the new Republican House majority.” Former Congressman Tom Davis, who LL reports helped facilitate a meeting between Gray and Issa, unloaded on District officials for their weak-minded intransigence. “They need to learn to take some victories. I think the budget autonomy is critical. The reality is, with this Congress, that’s the best they’re going to do.” And in somewhat related news, seven out of the eight statehood activists were found guilty yesterday of illegally blocking a street.
AFTER THE JUMP: Get Off My Lawn, Dirty Hippies; Kinda Weird; Supermarket Tax, Who Needs it…
Get Off My Lawn, Dirty Hippies: The Post ed board summons its inner neighborhood crank and says it’s just about had enough of this whole Occupy D.C. thingamagig. “It’s worrisome that, as sources have told us, federal officials, who have sole jurisdiction over the plaza and square, and city officials, who are most impacted by the occupations, aren’t really talking about the next step.” That next step being, of course, to release the hounds. (And then the dogs that shoot bees at you.) Meanwhile, the protesters says they’re going to occupy Key Bridge and the French wire service asks Gray why he’s not knockin’ heads like NYC’s Mike Bloomberg. Gray’s response: sacre bleu!
Kinda Weird: Former Prince George’s County Councilmember Peter Shapiro says he’d like his old job back—with a twist. That’s the cheey lede LL would have used if he’d bothered to write about Shapiro’s intention to run for the D.C. Council at-large race against incumbent Vincent Orange and former incumbent Sekou Biddle. Does this seem like a really dumb idea to anyone else? “I’m sure there were folks who called Mayor Williams a carpetbagger. But people look back and say some great things took place under his leadership,” says Shapiro.
In Other News:
- Wal-Mart shows that supermarket tax breaks may not really be necessary.
- Inclusionary Zoning plan not the most efficient, says DCFPI.
- The Post does penance for being spoonfed Wal-Mart news by Wal-Mart.
- Federal judge orders DCPS to expand special ed preschool programs.
Gray sked: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Media Interview: NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk With Bruce DePuyt; 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Dunbar Senior High School Modernization Groundbreaking; 1:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.: American College of Sports Medicine/Body By Jake Fitness Center Donation Announcement; 3:15 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.: Media Interview: WHUR’s Food2Feed Radiothon; 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Takoma Park Neighborhood Library Centennial Celebration.
Council sked: Hearing on the confirmation of Harold Pettigrew Jr. as head of the Department of Small and Local Business Development. Housing takes up affordable housing bill at 1 p.m.