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January 4, 2013

Graham and Barry’s parliamentary maneuvering didn’t work out. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

Last month, D.C. Council member Jim Graham’s Human Services Committee approved legislation that would put new curbs on the city’s welfare program for needy families. But Graham, who has opposed those curbs, didn’t like how things went down. So Thursday, with a shuffled committee membership, he had the council take up new legislation without the curbs, thinking he had the votes. As the Examiner’s Alan Blinder reports, he didn’t. Contra Graham’s assumptions and Marion Barry’s best lobbying efforts, new member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) preferred to proceed with the new welfare restrictions. “I’m no one’s puppet,” she told Blinder after the contentious meeting. “I mean, come on, I’ve been around a long time. I have my own thoughts.”

In other news:

Inside D.C.’s first marijuana dispensary (PostWTTG-TVWTOP)

Deputy mayor addresses suspected fire department sickout: “I expect people with a job to do, to do their job. Nothing else is acceptable.” (Post)

Finding confession was improperly coerced, D.C. Court of Appeals overturns murder conviction in 2005 homeless beating case (Legal Times)

Jim Graham’s parliamentary maneuver to stop welfare curbs backfires (Examiner)

Bob McCartney his bold predictions for 2013: How will the Gray campaign probe end? Who will win the special election? (Post column)

On “Frontline,” Michelle Rhee says, “I lost the job that I loved” (Examiner)

Will “community college fever” kill UDC? (Examiner)

Gray and Lanier take victory lap at homicide milestone, but other crimes rose in 2012 (PostExaminerDCistWTOPWJLA-TVWUSA-TVHomicide Watch)

No foul play seen in Adams Morgan roof death (Post)

Top lawyer for D.C. police says in court he doesn’t remember details on Pershing Park evidence (WTTG-TV)

We’re in a serious snow drought (Capital Weather Gang)

Are whistleblower cop’s speed-camera concerns being ignored? (WaTimes)

Police “retirement bubble” hasn’t gone away (Examiner)

At 17th and Euclid, less crime and more condos (GGW)

What to do if your kid’s school is being closed (Post)

Bikes vs. cars vs. blah blah blah (WRC-TV)

A Park View playground’s key role in desegregating D.C. (Park View D.C.)

Lawyer turned at-large candidate: “I don’t know much about DC politics. But I am committed to reforming our marijuana laws.” (Washingtonian)

D.C. Council may ask Obama to use “Taxation” license plates (DCist)

Shotgun-armed robbers target Northeast neighborhoods (WJLA-TV)

United Way’s Bill Hanbury announces he’s stepping down (WBJ)

Patton Boggs is staying put in the West End (Legal Times)

Street Sense now costs $2 (Washingtonian)

In preparation for Skins-Seahawks, Pat Collins threw a fish (WRC-TV)

D.C. United coach, Shaw resident Ben Olsen is “kicking [him]self for wasting all those years living in Northern Virginia” (Post Magazine)

What The Nose likes about your D.C. Council members (Hill Rag)

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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