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CBC to Council: Lay Off D.C.’s Gasman
Good morning sweet readers! LL’s headed to the beach today. So long, suckers! News time:
Kwame v. Sherwood: The head of the city’s legislature and the dean of the city’s press corps went toe-to-toe yesterday over whether the council has the right to have a private meeting to talk about cussin’ at each other. “The chairman has been losing control of the council’s public meetings, with members openly and aggressively challenging him or other members,” says Sherwood. “I think the decorum of some of the media leaves a little bit to be desired,” Brown told the Post. “I understand some people want to get a story . . . and I understand some of it is theatrical.” So who won? Brown’s certainly right about the theatrics, but given how much attention the tete-a-tete received (as well as another spanking by the WaPo editorial board), LL’s gonna give the win to Sherwood.
AFTER THE JUMP: Teachers Rehired; Lotto Around; Victorious Twitter Battle…
You’re Hired, Again: The Public Employee Relations Board has upheld an arbitrator’s decision to rehire 75 new teachers who were fired by former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee back in 2008. Point: Washington Teacher’s Union.
Lotto Not Going Away: Bad news for D.C. pols who want the mess that was the lottery contract to go away. There’s a court hearing set for today to see whether Mayor Vince Gray will have to testify in the case of Eric Payne, the CFO’s former procurement officer who is alleging that he was fired for refusing to play politics when awarding the lottery contract. The WaPo editorial board has a nice summary of Payne’s case and warns “that this issue isn’t going away any time soon.”
In Other News: DC FEMS’ Twitter feed back up. No council movement on iGaming until after public comments, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans says. Let’s be car free, Jaffe says. Another DOES worker fired. Cardoza renovations to begin in December. Mayor Vince Gray just as annoyed as you are at possibility of another federal government shutdown. Was the threat of jury trial made up of disenfranchised D.C. residents part the reason why the case against a D.C. voting rights advocate was dropped?
Gray sked: National League of Cities Mayors’ Institute on Children and Families, 8:30 a.m. (in Baltimore); Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play Reception 6 p.m.; Qatari Banks Reception on Occasion of World Bank and IMF Meetings 7:15 p.m.; Pepco Holdings CBCF Reception Honoring Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton 8:15 p.m. Marshall Heights Community Development Organization Gala “Stamping Out Illiteracy in Ward 7” at 9:30 a.m.
Council sked: Hearing on prison population, inmate processing and release. Noon, 1 p.m.
On Kojo at noon: Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser talks ethics.
On Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt at 10 a.m.: Former (and maybe future?) at-large candidates Pat Mara and Bryan Weaver talk about council dysfunction.