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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 08/29/2012

DeMorning Links: Reform we can believe in?


Mayor Vincent Gray’s campaign finance reform package is serious. But will the council take it seriously? (Charles Dharapak - AP)
Mayor Vincent C. Gray made good on his pledge to tackle campaign finance reform Tuesday, unveiling legislation that would curb the influence of lobbyists and contractors in city politics — a notable step toward ending “pay to play” as we know it. But is a mayor facing allegations of massive corruption in his election campaign really the person best positioned to move the ball? The Post’s Tim Craig notes that Gray has “largely left the heavy lifting” to Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan, who said Tuesday the legislation represents a “bold, comprehensive and systematic shift in thinking in our campaign finance laws” that will “assure going forward our citizens will have full confidence in our elected officials.” More from Loose Lips, Examiner, WaTimes, Legal Times, DCist, WUSA-TV and WRC-TV.

In other news:

Video of suspects in Capitol Hill beating is released as victim slowly improves (Crime Scene, WaTimes)

With zoning application, Ward 7 Wal-Mart moves forward (Capital Business)

Police lieutenant says fancy hotel is the “last thing that needs to be added to the Adams Morgan area” (WBJ)

It’s tough being a D.C. Republican in Tampa (WAMU-FM, The Takeaway)

Maybe not that tough (DCist)

Harry Jaffe: “Our local GOP has been the domain of the ‘raised pinkie’ crowd for decades.” (Examiner)

At Fort Totten picnic, resentment simmers over Republican attacks on Obama (Post column)

MPD will soon roll out new types of traffic cameras authorized in new budget (Examiner, WaTimes)

Only neighborhoods not to grow in past decade: Chevy Chase and Forest Hills (WRC-TV)

Library Renaissance Project goes to court to block West End Library redevelopment deal (DCmud)

On a strictly financial basis, the Informer had no business winning the city contract it is now protesting (WBJ)

It’s easier to tell if the government is wasting money than the private contractors it hires (GGW)

Developer isn’t abandoning Uline Arena redevelopment: “No way are we walking away from this.” (DCmud)

Wal-Mart’s local largesse since its D.C. rollout exceeds $2 million (WBJ)

David Grosso to OCF: Freeze Michael Brown’s campaign account (D.C. Wire, Examiner)

New lights installed on Sherman Circle after brutal murder will be unveiled today (WJLA-TV)

DDOT looks to replace crumbling pedestrian bridges over 295 (Hill Rag)

Don’t expect many more conventioneers next year (WBJ)

Advocates praise Gray administration’s delay on TANF changes (DCFPI)

Marvelous Market says it’s addressing its rat problem, thank you very much (Current via Dish)

Mind the giant snakes in Mount Pleasant (Post column)

Also, mind your Chavouses (Erik Wemple)

Now open: The John A. Wilson Building lactation room (Examiner)

Let’s talk about swagger-jacking, baby (City Desk)

So long, Chris Cooley (Post)

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