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Good morning sweet readers! Mayor Vince Gray crashed the hacks and flacks party last night and bought everyone multiple Jager shots. Will it result in better media coverage.? Undoubtably. News time:
G is For Vendetta: Eric Payne, the former Chief Financial Officer staffer who is suing the District because he says he was fired for protesting political meddling in the lottery contract, has filed a humdinger of an affidavit in court. Payne recorded a conversation with Angell Jacobs, the CFO’s director of operations, in which Jacobs lays bare that yes, there was political meddling in the lottery contract. “[Ward 1 Councilmember] Jim Graham is on a personal vendetta here … For Gray and Graham, this is all personal. This is about their friends, or who is not their friends for Graham.” Graham says he can’t respond, per the orders of the council’s lawyer. Plenty of other juicy stuff in the affidavit, which LL will post later today.
AFTER THE JUMP: Sulaimon! Hayden! Irv!…
Turn’Em Over, Sulaimon: A judge has ordered Sulaimon Brown to hand over documents to the council by Monday. “Brown and D.C. Council attorneys are to return to court for an evidentiary hearing Wednesday, the same day Brown is to appear in another courtroom to answer his landlord’s claim that he is squatting in his Northeast Washington apartment.” Brown indicates he might not turn over everything the council wants.
D.C.’s Hero: Actress Hayden Panettiere is apparently a big support of D.C. voting rights. Who knew? You do now, and for $51 bucks you can hang with her tonight at a fundraiser. Panettiere is also having a shindig with the mayor today at 2 p.m., which for some reason is closed to the press.
In Other News: Attorney General Irv Nathan killed it last night among the gray hairs at the Ward 3 Democrats meeting. Ex-offenders in Ward 7 making it safer for kids to walk to school. Senate Approps budget bill passes with no riders. Gray’s jobs program is a good start says the Post. DC left out of MLK Memorial celebrations, Mark Plotkin laments. Too much booze on H Street? FBI investigation whether there was any cover up on Pershing Park arrests. Councilmembers Harry Thomas Jr. and Michael Brown deny trying to get Sekou Biddle to run for the at-large seat. Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans to anti-smoking advocates: sometimes it’s easier just to circumvent the legislative process to get what you want.
Gray sked: Remarks at Department of Mental Health Youth Suicide Prevention Conference at 9 p.m. Super private meeting with Panettiere at 2 p.m.