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Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 07/16/2012

DeMorning Links: Mayor under siege


Mayor Vincent C. Gray visits a Congress Heights business during his Friday afternoon campaign against drug paraphernalia. (Jabin Botsford - for The Washington Post)
Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) won a weekend reprieve from new developments in his campaign scandals, but local opinion leaders gave him no quarter. Colby King, in his Saturday Post column, repeats that Gray ought to come clean about what happened at his January meeting with “shadow campaign” operative Jeanne Clarke Harris. In his Sunday Post column, Robert McCartney says Gray “is almost certainly going to have to resign in disgrace, and possibly soon, but it’s unclear whether he’s fully aware of that fact.” Dana Milbank seizes on the Gray affair to decry the city’s closed-primary system, which he says has allowed the city’s politics to be “hijacked by a small, unrepresentative group that chooses bad candidates.” And The Fix declares Gray had the Worst Week in Washington, citing his “Richard M. Nixon impression.” Perhaps a small victory was won in that Sunday’s Post editorial didn’t call outright for his resignation, only that he “might acknowledge there is a higher bar for elected officials than not getting indicted.”

In other news:

Now governing under siege, Gray forges on (Post, Loose Lips)

Kojo Nnamdi: How a lack of democracy leads to a bad democracy (Post op-ed)

Courtland Milloy: The Gray revelations don’t vindicate the “myopic little twits” (Post column)

Jim Graham’s alleged intervention in Metro development deal was detailed in 2010 letter from lawyer Scott Bolden (WaTimes)

Ratepayers vent at council hearing, while Pepco promises to look into burying more power lines (Post, WaTimes, WTOP)

Taxi Commission chair: Uber is “arrogant,” “believes it should have total freedom from any government interest” (WAMU-FM)

Despite scandal, city is “still on course” in many areas (Post op-ed)

Dorothy Brizill: What doesn’t kill our political culture will make it stronger (McClatchy)

“You want to know why every Washington mayor is corrupt? It’s because they are all liberal Democrats. That’s what they do.” (Rush Limbaugh)

Before leaders resign, they often say they won’t resign (Post letter)

Mark Plotkin: Deliver D.C.’s statues to the Capitol, whether they want them or not (Post op-ed)

Katrina vanden Heuvel is an Initiative 70 fan (The Nation)

Gray order limits use of personal e-mail for government business (Examiner)

Parents of special-education students balk at city attempts to put their kids in regular public schools (Examiner)

Jeffrey Thompson’s last (reported) political contributions? (Politico)

D.C. tech sector’s progress shown in legislation (Capital Business)

Metrobus driver who ran red light, killed man in 2008 will do year in prison (Examiner)

Darwin Award nominee: The guy who tried to jump from one Adams Morgan bar’s roof to another’s (DCist)

Summer jobs don’t always involve much work (Post)

Hey, at least we don’t have to pay for power we didn’t use (City Desk)

Common-sense changes to improve the DCPS budget process (DCFPI)

What Jack Evans would like everyone to know about his chances to become mayor (Washingtonian)

Adams Morgan streetscape work is winding to a close (DCist)

Zoning Commission should close out Georgetown campus plan fight tonight (Patch)

Contra Jonetta Rose Barras’s “colonial mindset” (Neighbors United for DC Statehood)

Just because a restaurant is popular doesn’t mean it’s going to stay open (WTOP)

Man who tried to stop street robbery in Dupont is wounded (Post)

This Shakespeare Theatre lawsuit looks like it’s going to be something (Legal Times, Post Style)

Muriel Bowser is not much of a golfer (WaTimes)

Adrian Fenty speaks: “I’m just a D.C. citizen, watching things unfold.” (@News8NewsTalk)

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