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Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 03/19/2012

DeMorning Links: The ‘lost term’?


D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, delivering his State of the District address last month. (Ricky Carioti - WASHINGTON POST)
Two prominent columnists ponder what the broadening investigation of D.C. campaign finance will mean for Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D). In his Sunday Post column, Robert McCartney fears a “lost term” for Hizzoner: “[I]t’s hard to see the mayor and D.C. Council accomplishing anything significant when they’re preoccupied defending themselves in a mushrooming federal investigation into campaign finance irregularities.” In her Examiner column, Jonetta Rose Barras offers Gray a compliment of sorts: “Gray has been changing the culture of politics and government at a speed and indisputable level of success his predecessors only dreamed of. ... [H]e, his posse of self-serving managers and mercurial friend Sulaimon Brown have instigated near cataclysmic changes in the city.” And the changes may have just begun.

In other news:

The Post editorial board makes its D.C. Council primary picks: Sekou Biddle, Muriel Bowser, Tom Brown, Jack Evans, Ron Moten and Jacque Patterson (Post editorial)

Huzzah: Capital Bikeshare is now on the Mall (GGW, AP, WAMU-FM)

Eighty-five city employees refuse to take ethics pledge, face discipline (WTOP, WJLA-TV)

Canadian columnist goes to Player’s Lounge, compares Marion Barry to Moammar Gaddafi (Winnipeg Free Press)

Arresting George Clooney (Reliable Source)

Want real ethics reform? Give the Office of Campaign Finance more firepower (Post editorial)

When it comes to questionable campaign contributions, the buck stops with the politicos who accept them (Post column)

Restaurant Association president says she has public space concerns about new vending regulations (Post op-ed)

Jeffrey Thompson might have run afoul of Maryland campaign laws (HuffPo)

Eyes on Thompson-connected firm that appears to do nothing but give campaign donations (WaTimes)

Southwest Waterfront plans now include 5,000-seat concert hall (Examiner)

Spring Valley munitions: Still an issue (N.Y. Times)

“D.C. officials will do just about anything to keep law-abiding citizens from lawfully possessing a gun in the city.” (WaTimes)

Police tout progress on hate crime cases (Blade, DCist, WUSA-TV)

What business interests want out of the new Tax Commission: lower taxes (WBJ)

Woolly Mammoth stands by fabulist Mike Daisey (Post, DCist)

District lags Maryland and Virginia in start-up incentives (Capital Business)

Evans to D.C. United: Pony up (Examiner)

In the end, Pete Ross spent six hours in jail (DCist)

Peggy Cooper Cafritz mansion site will be sold and subdivided (WBJ)

Mary Cheh also doesn’t like the red-top parking meters (Examiner)

Marion Barry’s rationale in opposing social service cuts: “Gray received 83 percent of the black vote, and we need programs that affect this community” (Examiner)

One man’s lesson from Wisconsin Avenue Giant saga: “shift the balance of power toward property owners, giving NIMBYs a little less control” (Market Urbanism)

New video tries to garner support for making D.C. War Memorial into National World War I Memorial (HuffPo)

DCPS names “Anti-Bullying Advisory Committee”; Deborah Simmons isn’t a fan (AP, Afro, WaTimes)

Sasha Bruce Youthwork will soon turn crumbling Marshall Heights building into group home (Where We Live)

Peter Rosenstein has a few ideas about what should happen at the Democratic National Convention (HuffPo)

Why D.C.’s vast income inequality matters (Poverty & Policy)

Ward 4 candidate Max Skolnik says what nonprofits can do for you (HuffPo)

Would you donate to keep City Paper afloat? (DC Porcupine)

Parallel parking mishap sends minivan through Brookland day care center (WTTG-TV, WUSA-TV, WAMU-FM)

Cops run down some bad guys (Post)

Coming soon: Hilda Mason Way (Afro)

We have a lot of “speed traps” (WTOP)

In least surprising news ever, Evans still hasn’t ruled out a citywide run (Loose Lips)

Michael Brown writes a letter to Rick Santorum (WaTimes)

Shawn Junior Ray, 21, shot to death Friday in Deanwood (Crime Scene, Homicide Watch)

Former murder suspect gets seven years for intimidating witnesses (Post)

Man stabbed to death early Sunday in Brookland nightclub (Crime Scene)

RIP Gerard Pain, beloved Georgetown restaurateur (All We Can Eat, Post)

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