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Good morning, all. This edition of LL Daily is for all those folks who want to pretend like they care about local politics today.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—-LL and the rest of City Paper’s Election Day and Night coverage
Voters say goodbye to Carol Schwartz after four council terms, and put Michael Brown in the non-Democratic at-large seat. Nikita Stewart called the race for Michael Brown in a Web story posted at 2:28 a.m.: “With all precincts reporting in unofficial results, Kwame Brown far outpaced his opponents, garnering about 48 percent of the vote. Michael Brown came in a solid second with nearly 20 percent, or 62,023, compared with the 34,219 write-in votes that appeared to be cast for Schwartz.” Late comment from M. Brown: “I think our message was right at the right time. I think we outworked everybody. We had a very good campaign, and I learned a lot from the other campaigns…I think it’s paying off.” Other stories from Biz Journal, WashTimes, WJLA/NC8, WTOP.
ALREADY—-LL is annoyed he’s going to have to type out Kwame Brown and Michael Brown’s full names for the next four years.
WaPo rounds up the school board races.
THE BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE NIGHT? Is it Dorothy Douglas taking the Ward 7 school board seat? Or is it that Leroy Thorpe will no longer have a stranglehold on ANC 2C? More on that later from LL.
The post-Obama scene around the city, from Bill Turque in the Post. “For Sen. John McCain’s backers, the evening was a more sobering affair. In a half-filled room at Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Republicans watching Fox News took the returns with stoicism and perspective….’What language do they speak in Kenya? Maybe I should get a book,’ said Ed Sellman of Falls Church. ‘I’d sure like to see his birth certificate.'” WaTimes local reax story; video from WTTG-TV, from WJLA/NC8, from WRC-TV, from WUSA-TV. The GW Hatchet blogged live from the local Dems’ Madison Hotel party.
THE FLIP-SIDE—-“Scores of oysters on the half shell were left to stew in their melted ice as supporters of Sen. John McCain streamed toward the exits at the Republican National Committee event at the Capitol Hilton in downtown DC. The seven piece pop band stopped playing just before the networks called the race for Sen. Barack Obama,” reports WUSA-TV.
DCRA clerk accused of extorting cash “late fees” for elevator licenses. Ikela M. Dean “is accused of keeping money from such businesses and groups as the Omni Hotel, the Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Association of Home Builders, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and the Ritz Carlton Hotel and Residences.” Also Examiner story; AP story.
Richard Walters gets four years for helping sister Hariette in OTR tax scam, Examiner reports. Walters “has admitted to using his cut to finance a sultanic lifestyle. Under his plea agreement, he’ll hand over a home in the U.S. Virgin Islands, two houses in Maryland, a 2005 Bentley and four other vehicles, jewelry, and cash in several bank accounts.” Also WaPo story; AP story.
Harry Jaffe sticks up for erstwhile MPD homicide detective Michael Irving, who’s about to be sentenced for a felony tax-fraud conviction.
Chilling, chilling story behind a Deanwood murder from Paul Duggan in WaPo Metro—-about a guy trying a keep his life on the right track, working as a security guard, murdered in cold blood by a teenager. “Williams, without a word, squeezed the trigger once….’You shot me,’ Harrell said, before he keeled over backward and lost consciousness. Standing frozen…he looked at Williams as the teenager glared at him, the gun at his side….’Now what’s up?’ said Williams.” Truly a must-read.
Some ill-fated optimism from a local Repub.
Anti-teacher-tenure op-ed from Manhattan Institute think-tanker in Wash Times.
UPDATE FROM YESTERDAY’S LLD—-Person who was allegedly murdered in Permanent Supportive Housing is still alive, badly beaten.
Metro wants 648 new rail cars.
New Orleans citizen activist urges his city to follow Fenty on crime stats.
Here’s one person who wrote Carol in.
Here’s a ponderous D.C. Republican.
Fenty was at the Skins game Monday night, and this is what he told the WaTi’s Thom Loverro: “I think about what it would be like to have a game like this in Washington…I think everyone knows that is going to take a lot of time to plan and to happen. The fans out here are great, but I think they would even have more energy in the city.”
Blurry pic of Jim Graham at Target!!!
D.C. COUNCIL TODAY—-10 a.m.: Committee on Public Works and the Environment hearing on Bill 17-982, Performance Parking Pilot Zone Amendment Act of 2008, JAWB 500.
ADRIAN FENTY TODAY—-10:30 a.m.: remarks, DPR/OPEFM Memorandum of Understanding announcement, Bald Eagle Recreation Center, 100 Joliet St. SW; 12 p.m.: guest, The Politics Hour, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5 FM; 4:45 p.m.: remarks, Dog Park ribbon cutting, 2001 10th St. NW.