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  • Gray: Council Full of Haters
  • Good afternoon sweet readers! Yikes, where did the day go? Maybe LL should have watched the House Hunters marathon after doing this roundup. News time:

    Does that Come in a Bumper Sticker: Does Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., who may have used your tax dollars to go golfing and buy an Audi, “gotta go?” One Ward 5 resident says he does, and has collected 800 signatures of other residents who share his point of view, FOX 5 reports. The not-a-Thomas-fan man has also made t-shirts, which say “Harry Thomas Gotta Go.” Remember, a formal recall can’t be started until January.

    AFTER THE JUMP: Rider Time; One Year Ago; Brown the Destroyer…

    Don’t Tread on Me: So far, so good for D.C. budget autonomy advocates, as the Senate’s version of the federal government’s budget, at present, doesn’t have any prohibitions on the District spending its own money to fund abortions. Things could change tomorrow when the full Senate Appropriations Committee takes it up.

    One Year Later: DeBonis reminds us that today is the one-year anniversary of Vince Gray‘s victory over Adrian Fenty in the mayoral primary. Man, time flies when you’re having fun, eh, Vince?

    Not a Fan: The Examiner‘s Jonetta Rose Barras says Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown‘s talk of ethics reform is all wet and he’s on a mission to “distract and destroy.” Barras airs a theory LL hadn’t heard before: that Brown’s seeking to collect financial information of councilmembers and their staff as “as future ammunition against perceived enemies.” Man, some people are cynical! Meanwhile, DCist’s resident Swissman says Brown’s “political reputation can be salvaged.”

    In Other News:

    • Board of Trade’s Jim Dinegar says Gray’s incentive program for businesses to hire District residents is nice and all, but won’t actually make a difference.
    • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans was against development before he was for it.
    • Festering pile of garbage in Mount Pleasant could be there a while.
    • Little bird tells LL that Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser had a fundraiser at beloved group home leader David Wilmot‘s house last night.

    Gray sked: 2:30 p.m. visit to set of NBC’s The Firm. (Another show about lawyers? Really?)