Quicker liquor on Sundays

December 6, 2012

In need of fine cognacs on the Sabbath? Never fear! (AP)

D.C. is now slightly less blue. We’re not happier or more Republican, just less moralizing. As part of the omnibus booze bill passed Tuesday, DCist notes, the D.C. Council legalized Sunday liquor sales. Other pro-bar measures were removed on the dais — such a geographic restriction on who can challenge a liquor license. But, subject to a few restrictions, if you’re thirsty for a wee dram on the Lord’s Day, a fine bottle of Macallan 18 year can soon be yours for the taking.

In other news:

Che Brown, brother of Kwame, is charged with bank fraud after campaign investigation (PostLoose Lips)

Both Jeff Thompson and David Wilmot are about to be out of the health care business (Loose Lips)

Democratic at-large hopefuls John Capozzi and Doug Sloan chat with Bruce DePuyt (NewsChannel 8)

LivingSocial makes a bunch of promises in return for its tax break (Capital Business)

Vince Gray details his misgivings on budget autonomy referendum (WaTimes)

D.C. may get its public school ombudsman back (D.C. Schools Insider)

How your D.C. Council members voted on key issues Tuesday (D.C. Wire)

D.C. sells I-395 air rights for $120 million (WBJ)

With council vote, Metro governance changes more ahead (Examiner)

Why ex-offenders need the D.C. Council’s help (The Root DC)

Doctors say Michael Davis, accused in hammer attack, is fit to stand trial (Post)

Bloomingdale fire fatality was USAID executive (Post)

ANC would prefer hotel project on city-owned lot in Shaw (Housing Complex)

Why is the Metropolitan Branch Trail so freakin’ dark? (GGW)

Judge indicates school bus incident won’t stop class-action settlement (D.C. Schools InsiderLegal Times)

“Christmas headquarters” returns to New York Avenue (Post)

The Buzzard Point velodrome is dead (DCist)

Why it makes sense to trade three parking spaces for a Bikeshare dock (G’town Metropolitan)

Uber CEO says council “really responded boldly and really listened to their constituents” (DCist)

Harry Jaffe notices politicos don’t have much stomach for campaign finance reform (Examiner)

WWI memorial bill heads to House floor (WaTimes)

New Anacostia townhouses are finally selling (UrbanTurf)

Surprise: Parking grips rooted in self-interest (GGW)

Cathy Lanier pledges to help make Metro bus routes safer (Post)

Send the streetcar to Minnesota Avenue Metro station, or on to Benning Road? (GGW)

On V Street, a monster pop-up (PoP)

D.C. health insurance buyers are closer to having a “navigator” (DCFPI)

Ex-LivingSocial employees are doing OK with other D.C. startups (WBJ)

Intelsat might have moved to ballpark area instead of Tysons (WBJ)

“Logan is the new Dupont, and not in a good way” (Blade)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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