Banned in D.C.

January 23, 2013

Grogan’s arboreal anti-abortion antics earned him yet another D.C. arrest. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Rives Miller Grogan didn’t make a whole lot of friends at Monday’s inauguration festivities, after he climbed a tree on the Capitol grounds and used the perch to shout anti-abortion messages during the swearing-in ceremony. For his annoying but attention-getting antics, the veteran protester was arrested by Capitol Police on a property charge, according to court records. It’s at least his sixth arrest in the city since 2006. Now, Peter Hermann reports in the Post, a Superior Court judge has banned him from the District entirely until his next court date, on Feb. 25. Grogan’s mother says that’s not fair: “Washington is the place where people should be allowed to protest,” she said. “God will judge all of this one day, not the courts.”

In other news:

It’s cooooooooold out there (Capital Weather Gang)

In reversal of 1967 policy, Mary Cheh would like to release suspect mugshots (WAMU-FMDCistExaminer)

David Catania renews effort to impose adult sanctions for youth truancy (D.C. WireExaminerWTOP)

Kenyan McDuffie would mandate campaign finance training for candidates (WAMU-FMExaminer)

Man who saved nephew from pit bulls could be charged with gun violation (Post)

Police contract negotiations are closer to fruition than any time in years (Examiner)

Today: Kaya Henderson takes D.C. Council’s questions on school closures (D.C. Schools Insider)

Today: Ballot petitions due for at-large council race (Examiner)

2009 Inauguration Day Metro ridership: 1.1 million; 2012 Inauguration Day Metro ridership: 797,787 (Dr. Gridlock)

How big will the 2012 budget surplus end up being? (DCFPI)

MPD sexual assault dispute has been marked by “unfortunate rhetoric” (Post editorial)

14th and U liquor license moratorium is still a thing (Borderstan)

Business lobby groups want Hizzoner to kill CBE reform bill (Loose Lips)

New high-school graduation requirements drop U.S. government, add phys ed; weigh in at today’s State Board of Education meeting (D.C. School InsiderAnswer Sheet)

Law firm revenues are up — will law firm philanthropy follow? (NLJ)

Scandal: Some National Park Service rangers used to be accomplished urbexers (WRC-TV)

Did the trees in front of Ross Elementary really need to be removed? (PoPvilleGGW)

Brass knuckles are still illegal (City Desk)

Tortured reading of federal regulations would suggest “Taxation” plates do not belong on presidential limo (Post letter)

When it comes to taxi payment systems, is choice a good thing? (GGW)

Marion Barry repeats his standard narrative of 1990s District-congressional relations (Housing Complex)

Georgetowners debate parking reforms, fail to agree on much beyond additional enforcement (Current via Dish)

Tonight: Chevy Chasers confront developers of controversial Connecticut Avenue apartment building (Dish)

Navy Yard’s getting a Nando’s (Post)

Further proof Petworth real estate is nutso (PoPville)

Phase 2 of Waterfront Station is moving along (SWTLQTC)

Reminder: Georgia Avenue used to be in Southeast and Southwest (Ghosts of DC)

“Next time, Michelle, let’s bring our bikes” (TransportationNation)

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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