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  • Council Passes Tax Increase
  • Good morning sweet readers! LL bets those were good muffins. News time:

    Pay More Taxes: Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the most powerful councilmember of them all? Based on yesterday’s tax fight, LL would have to say it’s … Councilmember Phil Mendelson??!? Staffer Phil was able to squeeze out a 7-6 victory yesterday to raise the income tax rate of people making $350,000 from 8.5 percent to 8.95 percent. In doing so, Mendelson thwarted the will of Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown and the council’s most senior member, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans. The messy details are here. TWT quotes Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, who voted in favor the tax hike, saying she was “boxed into a corner” and her decision to break with Brown isn’t a big deal. “We’re not partners in government, we’re not like twins, I’m not a butler, or maid or hand-holder. When it comes down to voting on something, I’m going to vote how I think I should vote.”

    AFTER THE JUMP: Council Wars; Ethics King; Real Ethics…

    Are You Shitting Me?: WaPo puts an A1 story out on how Evans and Councilmember David Catania used cuss words at yesterday’s council breakfast. “Privately, council members say trust and respect is all but gone; before Tuesday’s outbursts, members had been uttering insults behind each other’s backs, with the chairman as a frequent target. Racial tensions also have flared anew, as some have complained that black members’ ethical behavior has been scrutinized more intensely than whites’.”

    Who is the Ethics King?: Jonetta Rose Barras crowns Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells as the council’s “ethics kings,” says to “watch out for his stealth campaign.”

    Not Our Fault: Moody’s, one of the three Wall Street bond rating agencies that boss local governments around, said yesterday the outlook for the District’s bonds has gone from “stable” to “negative.” The move isn’t due to anything local lawmakers have done, Moody’s says, but because of the possibility of the federal government shrinking. That being said, Moody’s says the outlook could go back up to stable if local lawmakers keep feeding the the city’s fund balance.

    Real Ethics: DeBonis says the lessons of the lottery contract mess point to some real ethics questions that need to be asked: “Why, for instance, are bidders offered preference for having a local partner, regardless of whether the partner brings any expertise to the table besides political connections? Why do council members have the opportunity to dismiss otherwise bulletproof contract awards because they don’t like the winning bidder? Why are council members allowed to place legislation enabling something with such a potential impact as widespread Internet gambling in a bill impenetrable to a layman’s eyes?”

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    In Other News: Cabbies sue the mayor, who says at this morning’s presser that he’s disappointed because his administration is trying to work with cab industry. CFSA lays off 10 staffers, is also part of city’s “dysfunctional child welfare system.”  Ousted WTU VP is suing to get her job back. WaPo editorial board doesn’t like tax hike.

    Gray sked: Tony Morrison Society “Bench By The Road” Dedication Ceremony at 2 p.m.; One City Reception Honoring Congressional Black Caucus & CBC Foundation Annual Legislative Conference at 5 p.m.;