And they’re off

February 5, 2013

DCision 2014 is officially underway: D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) launched his mayoral exploratory campaign Monday with a “listening tour” stop at Big Chair Coffee in Anacostia, where he touted his “livable walkable” bona fides as well as his days volunteering for Marion Barry’s 1986 campaign. While Wells is first to make an official move, rest assured he’s not alone among mayoral hopefuls: “I fully intend to run for mayor whenever there’s the next mayor’s election,” Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) tells WRC-TV’s Tom Sherwood. (Evans, for the record, is not an exploratory-campaign kind of guy: “You either want to run for mayor or you don’t want to run for mayor.”) Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), meanwhile, is being coy but hardly Shermanesque: “I know how to put together winning campaigns. And so should that be my decision, we’ll come out of the gates really strong.”

In other news:

The D.C. government is in the money, and maybe Vince Gray will get to spend some of it (Post)

Cathy Lanier says reports have been found for allegedly uninvestigated sexual assault cases (PostWRC-TV)

Police contract negotiations finally head to impasse (WashingtonianExaminer)

Nine D.C. Council members move to mandate hospitals’ nurse staffing levels (PostWBJExaminer)

Meanwhile, Mary Cheh has an alternative bill that is less onerous to hospital finances (WBJ)

Nat Gandhi’s missteps “cannot erase the accomplishments of his notable tenure” (Post editorial)

Jonetta: CFO transition committee or bust (Examiner)

Two of eight at-large D.C. Council candidates have their ballot petitions challenged (WRC-TV)

Taxi drivers: still racist (WUSA-TV)

Joe diGenova tells all (Washington Lawyer)

A. Scott Bolden tells all — including that Ron Machen needs to wrap up his mayoral investigation (Legal Times)

Mendo explains his change of heart on funding more cops (WAMU-FM)

Albrecht Muth’s legal fate to be reassessed Wednesday (AP)

Emergency council bill will give ethics board more flexibility in levying sanctions (Examiner)

Adams Morgan gas station out, drab condo building in (UrbanTurf)

Judge says Salvation Army is free to evict nonprofit associated with Union Temple Baptist Church (WUSA-TV)

Commerce building will get some exterior upgrades (WBJ)

Pondering fixes for major Hill East intersection (GGW)

D.C. jail inmate alleges genital scalding (City Desk)

21-year-old man arrested in killing of 68-year-old man (Crime Scene)

18-year-old pleads guilty to punching 81-year-old woman in the face (Post)

Woman is suspect in two Monday bank robberies (Crime Scene)

Native Washingtonian Kevin Merida is now my boss’s boss’s boss (PostPost releaseCity Desk)

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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