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Good morning sweet readers! Big day in LL land; his evil overlords have given him his very own blog to play with. Goodbye City Desk, hello Loose Lips blog. LL hopes to make this new politics-only blog so entertaining that it pulls you in with the gravitational force of a dying star and traps you there—until 5 p.m., when you can go home. In other LL-related news, his third column appears today, in which he looks at the candidacy of Leo Alexander. LL has always been curious about what’s going on in the heads of political candidates who run for office and have no chance of winning—not long shots, but no shots. LL’s favorite part of the column is when Alexander lets LL know that a Mayor Alexander would be very good to the City Paper.
Process Process Process!:City Paper‘s own Mike Grass drops his mini-bio of mayoral hopeful and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray. Gray, it turns out, is a smart, hard working, well-dressed, wonkish, micro-managing, hand-dancing, polite, ice-creaming-loving pol who worships at the alter of process, Grass writes. Whether that process driven approach turns you on or off, probably depends on you: “[Former staffer] Rauch describes Gray’s approach as Socratic, one where the boss would rather inspire and motivate via constructive dialogue than crack the whip on screw-ups. They say it means he expects staffers to consider every variable, detail, and opposing arguments in the process of coming to a decision… In the worst-case scenario, the political lesson of a Fenty defeat would be that mayors dare not alienate the status quo’s powers-that-be—the councilmembers seeking free baseball tickets, the unionized teachers who fail performance tests, the bureaucrats who demand to be treated like favored children even after years of lousy performance. Better to hide behind process, and be polite to one and all. If you’re inclined to read the campaign this way, Gray’s endless focus on process leads inevitably to bad government. Sometimes, after all, cities need to be shaken up, and to Gray’s critics, they need leaders who care more about the end product—the outcome—than they do about how you get there. The knock on Fenty is that his administration empowers individual stars like [DCPS Chancellor Michelle] Rhee to evade scrutiny. The danger with Gray’s approach, on the other hand, would be the elevation of process over policy; as long as the right rules and regulations were followed, it wouldn’t matter what the end result was.” LL is currently working on a cover story on Mayor Adrian Fenty, and LL thinks it only fair that we meet for ice cream in Georgetown like Gray met with Grass. LL will treat.
AFTER THE JUMP: DYRS drama; empty seats at the election board; Fenty-a-go-go!
It’s Only A Problem If You Want It to Be: The Examiner‘s Freeman Klopott reports on unrest with the Nickles’ Fenty administration’s pick to head the troubled Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. “The deputy attorney general that Mayor Adrian Fenty placed at the head of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation services last week led the investigation that toppled the agency’s previous chief, according to documents obtained by The Washington Examiner. The behind-the-scenes maneuvering has raised credibility issues. DYRS handles sentencing, commitment and rehabilitation of juvenile criminals. It’s now Robert Hildum‘s job to set the sentencing for the juvenile offenders he previously prosecuted as the former head of the attorney general’s public safety division. ‘Hildum’s new job undermines the credibility of being able to say he provided an objective evaluation of the system,’ said D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells, whose committee oversees DYRS. “Now, he will have to overcome the argument that he’s a prosecutor in charge of sentencing.” Mike DeBonis over at the Post has final version of the report Klopott references, which doesn’t have Hildum’s name attached to it. Nickles told both DeBonis and Klopott that the conclusions of the earlier report and the later one were Nickles’ opinions, not Hildums’. Wells has scheduled a hearing for September to sort through the whole issue. Meanwhile City Paper‘s Jason Cherkis has the reaction of activists who opposed Hildum’s promotion: “‘It cannot be ignored that OAG is investigating how youth offenders are treated, and at the same time, has the authority to prosecute those offenders,’ said Daniel Okonkwo, Executive Director of D.C. Lawyers for Youth.”
Is Jonetta Moonlighting at the Post?: The Post‘s editorial board rewrites Jonetta Rose Barras’ column in yesterday’s Examiner about the need for the council to approve Mital Gandhi, a Republican, to the city’s elections board. The GOP plans on invading the Wilson Building this morning to give councilmembers rubber ducks, as a reminder of their “ducking” the issue. Clever! Sort of.
Looking Forward to Hearing That One: WAMU’s Patrick Madden has more on Fenty’s go-go songs: “[Ronald] Moten also says there are three or four more tracks coming out, including one with a vocal by Fenty himself.” LL also stands corrected for calling “Five for Fenty” the worst song ever. Meanwhile, City Paper‘s Mike Madden (not related to Patrick) explores the musical provenance of “Five for Fenty,” which is based on a recording by the Backyard Band.
CFO: Hospital purchase could be bad for ratings [WBJ]
“D.C. Doin’ It!” is the new slogan promoting condom use [Examiner]
Council: Togo West confirmation, 3:30 p.m., Wilson Building
Mayor: No official schedule
Politics: Multi-sponsor mayoral forum at 6:30 p.m. at UDC. The Windows Lounge, Building 38, 2nd Floor, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW