A stern admonition for Jim Graham

February 8, 2013

Graham maintains he did nothing wrong in his handling of a D.C. businessman’s contracts. (Sarah L. Voisin — The Washington Post)

Nearly five years after D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) is said to have made comments in a private meeting — comments that have since been characterized as being something between an offhand suggestion and a “sordid quid pro quo” — he has been rebuked for them by the District government’s new ethics board. While the board determined it is constitutionally unable to sanction Graham, it said it would have sanctioned him if it could for suggesting that businessman Warren Williams Jr. drop out of a land deal in favor of Graham campaign contributors. The ruling, such as it was, gave The Washington Post’s editorial board to sum up their years of coverage on this issue with a call for Graham to resign. Don’t hold your breath, though — Graham’s lawyer says they are considering “legal options” to challenge what they consider an flimsy and unjustified ruling.

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Metro evacuation report leaves a whole lot of questions unanswered (Post)

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Nurse staffing bill is a bald union giveaway, says Jonetta Rose Barras (WAMU-FM)

Heller plaintiff George Lyon wants to train and arm D.C. teachers as “school shield officers” (WUSA-TV)

That time Jeff Thompson testified at a Vince Gray-chaired council hearing (Loose Lips)

PACs are a relatively piddling force in D.C. politics (Examiner)

D.C. rent heat map (We Love DC)

Georgetowners have few quibbles with zoning rewrite (Dish)

Build the Hirshhorn bubble already (City Paper)

Metro’s cell-phone contractor has declared bankruptcy (Examiner)

Big surplus — time for tax relief? (Blade)

Near-naked body found in Trinidad playground (Crime Scene)

New owner of Watergate Exxon promises “very competitive and low prices” (PoP)

The latest plans for the South Capitol Street bridge replacement (WashCycle)

New look for the Uline Arena? (UrbanTurf)

Dean & Deluca had a pest and vermin problem (Examiner)

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My, Ted Leonsis has lost weight (Sports Bog)

We’re so literate (Post Style)

The paywall may be coming sooner than we think (WBJ)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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