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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 01/04/2012

DeMorning Links: Perspectives on American democracy


Michele Bachmann received fewer votes Tuesday night than did D.C. Council chairman hopeful Dorothy Douglas in 2010. (Brandon Pollock - AP)
About 122,000 Iowa Republicans participated in Tuesday night’s caucuses, an event that stands to dramatically shape the national presidential race.

But here’s some perspective: In 2010, about 134,000 D.C. Democrats voted in the city mayoral primary. On Tuesday night, winner-by-a-hair Mitt Romney won fewer votes than Shadow Sen. Michael D. Brown did in his quixotic race for an at-large D.C. Council seat. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) got more primary votes in 2010 than Texas Gov. Rick Perry did in Iowa. And ex-television reporter Leo Alexander got more D.C. mayoral votes (908) than former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman got from Iowa Republicans.

In other news:

Harry Thomas Jr. misses D.C. repayment deadline, loses bid to seal student-loan settlement (The Washington Post, Crime Scene)

Kwame Brown wants all D.C. students to take SATs and apply to colleges (Post, WaTimes, WAMU-FM, WRC-TV)

What’s on the D.C. Council’s 2012 agenda (Post)

It’s official: No more “DCFD” gear for firefighters (WTTG-TV, STATter 911)

“Dwindling” number of Occupy protesters brave the cold (Post)

“Why Can’t Hollywood Get Washington D.C. Right?” (The Atlantic)

Frou-frou restaurant caves, will serve free tap water (Washingtonian, DCist)

Ex-Hardy principal Patrick Pope has settled in nicely at Ward 8’s Savoy Elementary (Examiner)

Interior Department needs more time to reply to Occupy queries (Examiner)

Wire tree-box fences: Big tripping hazard! (Current via Dish)

How a redeveloped bus barn could enliven upper 14th Street NW (Housing Complex)

Bill to be considered today would impose snow shoveling fines (Examiner)

Occupiers need to clean their kitchen (DCist)

How congressional gridlock is killing the commercial real estate market (CityBizList)

More condos for Shaw (Housing Complex)

Be Kwame Brown’s press secretary (NCSL)

Man’s Tuesday night killing was 2012’s second homicide and the fourth in the Kenilworth area since October (Homicide Watch)

Pre-zoning of Georgetown heating plant could reduce sale price (Patch)

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