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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/27/2012

DeMorning Links: Let the pushback begin

Jim Graham says letting these folks have another hour of fun will be a ”major problem.” (Nikki Kahn - The Washington Post)
Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) appears before the D.C. Council Tuesday morning to sell them on his budget plan, but reaction is rolling in to the proposals within. Regarding his plan to extend bar closing times by a hour, Jim Graham tells the Examiner that is “going to be a major problem” for him. But Madam’s Organ proprietor Bill Duggan tells the Washington Times another hour would allow nightspots to have a “soft closing” rather than dump their revelers on the street at once. And the AAA tells Tom Howell Jr. that the Gray to expand traffic cams to the tune of $30 million shows the city is “addicted to revenue.” Alternately, perhaps drivers will become addicted to the speed limit.

In other news:

New ethics law hits some snags (Post)

Mike Daisey will appear at Woolly Mammoth’s “public forum” Tuesday night (Style Blog)

Chick-Fil-A will come to D.C. in food truck form (D.C. Sports Bog)

End of pilot program could mean dwindling number of accessible cabs (Examiner)

Boom times for line-standers (Post Now)

Hey D.C. Council, “the city does not need 13 chancellors” (Post editorial)

Oh, and neither does it need eight turf-conscious ward bosses (GGW)

Jeffrey Thompson has reportedly “withdrawn” from the accounting firm he founded (WAMU-FM)

And he’s caught up in a real estate dispute involving the workplace of a frequent political donor (Loose Lips)

Money order contributions to District campaigns since 2006 total $217,000 (WaTimes)

Sign-hanger extraordinaire Scott Bishop is being awfully cagey about his involvement in the Gray campaign (Loose Lips)

Harry Jaffe wonders if newcomers to city will vote (Examiner)

Chuck Thies gets a new perch, but not before sharing his election thoughts (Dish)

History of the Takoma Theater (Ghosts of D.C.)

City will pay cable company $4.25 million to leave Skyland (WBJ)

Intelsat wants to abandon its strange Van Ness compound (WBJ)

Population density around D.C.’s Metro stations (R.U. Seriousing Me)

If proposed hikes pass, Metro fares will approach historic inflation-adjusted highs (GGW)

Former U.S. attorney Ken Wainstein switches firms (Legal Times)

Street trees: Now scannable (Examiner)

Five medical marijuana locations will be announced Friday (WTOP)

Appeal your property tax assessment now or hold your peace till next year (UrbanTurf)

Vincent Gray: Better than 93 percent of ESPN’s NCAA basketball tournament prognosticators (Examiner)

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