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  • Evans Gets Roasted, Sherwood Kills
  • Good morning sweet readers! Then leaf subsides to leaf. News time:

    You’ve GOP To Be Kidding: Ronald Moten, former Mayor Adrian Fenty’s surrogate TV debater, plans on joining the Republican Party today in advance of his campaign kick off tomorrow at Woodlawn Cemetery. The party switch will let Moten challenge whoever wins the Ward 7 Democratic April primary in November’s general election, meaning that we’ll have a whole year as Moten-the-council-candidate.  Moten tells the Post that he’s “been a conservative the whole time” and the Republican Party is needed in local politics in order to restore balance to the force. As for tomorrow’s cemetery kickoff, Moten has guaranteed LL that it’ll be worth taking time out of a Saturday to attend. It had damn well better be.

    AFTER THE JUMP: Can You Not Hear My Now; Chavous the Younger; Wanna Move…

    Can You Not Hear Me Now: Mayor Vince Gray assured the public on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt yesterday that we won’t be hearing his voice on any federal wiretap. Is that because he knows sign language? No, it’s because the mayor hasn’t spoken to wired up mystery man and former campaign aide Howard Brooks this year … so far.

    Chavous the Younger: Kidney-disease-awareness Ward 7 Candidate Kevin B. Chavous gives an interview with the Afro. The 26-year-old on being 26: “I believe my age is an asset. At my age I have the opportunity to devote all of my time to Ward 7. I have the energy, vigor to attack things with aggression.”

    Wanna Move?: Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown is proposing to waive teacher evaluations for highly rated teachers who move to struggling schools. Why would that be an incentive to those teachers? Probably because it’s harder to get a good ranking in a poorer school, which totally sounds fair, right?

    In Other News:

    • U Street revitalization occurred despite Reeves Center.
    • Read the very boring emails between Gray and former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
    • G-Town Dish has more on Councilmember Ward 2 Jack Evans‘ roast.
    • Freedom Plaza ain’t no good for protests.
    • Jaffe: “More and more we are Vince Gray’s ‘One City.'”
    • Ward 3 YIMBYs are back.
    • Meet the other Bowser running for Ward 4.
    • CFO Nat Gandhi owes the city $15 million.

    Gray sked: 35th Annual Family Matters Senior Volunteers Recognition Luncheon at 12:30 p.m.; Centric/DirecTV/Viacom “Music That Made the Movement” Workshop at H.D. Woodson at 2:30 p.m.

    Council sked: Nada