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Good morning sweet readers! Pity the eight dudes ahead of he who shall not be named. News time:

Oh Sekou: Former Councilmember Sekou Biddle hasn’t even announced his bid to retake his council seat and already his campaign staff is proving a distraction, again. The Post reports that Biddle’s choice for campaign manager, Vicky Wilcher, the former head of the D.C. GOP, was popped with a gun charge after trying to bring a gun into a city building. Wilcher was working for Biddle’s opponent, Councilmember Vincent Orange, when the incident happened. “Wilcher, who lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia, said she was arrested after forgetting the handgun was in her purse after she was summoned at the last minute to One Judiciary Square to help Orange oversee the counting of absentee ballots from the April 26 special election.” Wilcher was also part of the failed bid to bring slots to D.C. Biddle’s campaign kickoff is scheduled for today.

AFTER THE JUMP: Democratic In Party Name Only? New Council Website; Brown Announces Teacher Swap Plan…

Democratic in Party Name Only? The Post also reports that the D.C. Democratic State Committee has shifted away from having direct elections for members to having members elected at a party convention or caucus. Party leaders said they have no choice, because that’s what the grand poobahs at the DNC want. But activists see the move as a way for calcified entrenched insiders to hold on to power.

Wrong Kind of Football: If D.C. United thinks it can squeeze a new stadium-deal out of the District, Mayor Vince Gray says think again.

In Other News:

  • Pols turn out for Frank Kameny memorial.
  • News D.C. Council website is live.
  • Chief Cathy Lanier has the power.
  • DeBonis thinks a better location for Redskins training facility would be RFK parking lot over Res 13.
  • Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown introduces his teacher-swap plan.
  • Schools, race, conflict.
  • Big signs, is that what the tourists want?

Gray sked: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: America’s Great Outdoors Ribbon Cutting on Anacostia Riverwalk Trail; 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Smithfield Packing/United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Salute Veterans With Donation to Capital Area Food Bank; 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Taping of Children’s Storybook Reading for Auction at Hope House D.C. Art Show; 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Videotaping for HealthHIV’s U.S. Conference on AIDS Institute; 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: DCPS High School Football: Dunbar versus Coolidge.

Council sked: nada.