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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
City Law: Don’t Buy or Lease SUVs The Circus: Sulaimon Brown Style Video: Sulaimon Brown Wants to Keep His Job Vince Gray on Sulaimon Brown: I Really Don’t Know the Details Sulaimon Brown Escorted From Office by Police Red Flags Win A Ticket to Lady Gaga with Jim Graham The Bigger Scandal Another Top Gray Aide’s Child Lands City Job Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown’s Statement On SUVs Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown’s Email to Constituent Tommy Carcetti, Stop Interrupting Unsolicited Advice on SUVs
Good morning sweet readers! LL missed you. The last two days LL hasn’t been able to finish these roundups because of, well, let’s just call it “stuff.” And now look, it’s well into the afternoon before LL gets this one out (and as such, this one will be short and sweet). Never again! News time:
Sulaimon Brown, the Essentials: Yesterday former sideshow mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown was fired. Mayor Vince Gray had a news conference to not really say why. Brown showed up at the presser. Things were crazy. LL is frankly all Sulaimon Browned out today, so please go here, here, here, here, here if you want more details.
AFTER THE JUMP: Bring On The Feds; “Bama of the Year,” Gagagate Over…
Bring on the Feds: “Chances for a federal control board never looked so good,” says the Examiner’s Harry Jaffe. Jaffe reports that police union boss Kris Baumann says a federal takeover of the District’s police department wouldn’t be so bad. “Why do we need to wait until there is a crisis and crime is rampant again,” Baumann asks. “What we need is a federal agency to oversee the police department. The police chief would answer to Congress.” Meanwhile, the Washington Times’ editorial page isn’t happy with Councilmember Michael A. Brown‘s plan to symbolically rename part of Pennsylvania Ave. “The capital city has placed the motto ‘taxation without representation’ on its license plates and gone out of its way to ramp up publicly funded activism on behalf of increasing the relative influence of the Democratic Party in Congress. It’s obvious the District has too much taxpayer money on its hands. Congress should adjust the D.C. subsidy accordingly.”
“Bama of the Year”: That’s what Leo Alexander, another mayoral candidate, says Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown is in the running to win. Amazingly, all six people the AFRO spoke to about Navigatorgate had negative things to say about Brown.
No Gaga for Graham: At one point this week, it looked like there was a small sliver of a chance that Councilmember Jim Graham and City Paper’s Jason Cherkis would enjoy an evening together watching Lady Gaga perform at the Verizon Center. Alas, it was not meant to be.
In other news: Councilmember David Catania wants Attorney General Irv Nathan to investigate whether District funds dedicated for HIV/AIDS prevention went to renovate a former drug kingpin’s strip club. “Does a highly profitable, high-end supermarket chain really merit an $8 million tax break to encourage it to open a store in a development-rich area of the District?” Is this bumper sticker’s timing an accident? Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is “rounding up allies” in the Senate and the Obama administration to protect D.C. from House budget cuts. EHN also submits a bill that would all DC to keep spending its own money if the federal government shuts down.