Judgment day for Jim Graham

February 25, 2013

As his colleagues meet to consider reprimanding him, will Jim Graham be chastened or defiant? (Katherine Frey — The Washington Post)

What started as “two minutes of conversation nearly five years ago at the end of an hour[-long] meeting,” as D.C. Council member Jim Graham told WUSA-TV’s Bruce Johnson Sunday, ends Monday in a likely reprimand for the four-term Ward 1 Democrat. A Superior Court judge on Friday declined Graham’s request to intervene in the matter, setting the stage for his colleagues to approve rare punitive measures Monday morning. Graham last week suggested that the council should pursue its own investigation of the underlying 2008 contracting dispute before acting — a change in position, the Post editorial board noted this weekend – but according to WRC-TV’s Tom Sherwood, Graham now won’t challenge the reprimand. In any case, don’t count on this episode to be Graham’s political swan song: “I’m always very reluctant to walk away,” he told The Washington Post’s Tim Craig. “And I think if the election were held today in Ward 1, I would win, against any field.”

In other news:

Taxpayers could be on the hook for tens of millions after Chartered Health Plan sale (PostWBJ)

A tearful guilty plea from former D.C. emergency management director Millicent West (PostLoose LipsWJLA-TV)

Graham reprimand is a big moment for Phil Mendelson: “All of my training is to avoid criticizing a colleague, and this reprimand is everything about criticizing a colleague. … But the criticism is deserved” (Examiner)

Turkey Bowl title vacated after Dunbar found to have ineligible player (Post)

Capitol Hill mom does brisk business helping parents get their kids into the right D.C. public schools (Post)

Vince Gray’s sustainability plan is a step forward, but beware “free-lunch thinking” (Post editorial)

Surprise: Audit finds weaknesses in CYITC grant controls during period when Harry Thomas stole (WRC-TV)

On license plates, Gray orders “District of Columbia” will replace “Washington, DC” (DCistD.C. Wire)

More CFO employees caught abusing parking placards (Examiner)

D.C. primaries should be open to all voters, says former Ward 3 Dems chair (Post op-ed)

Firefighters appear with POTUS; FEMS starts asking questions (WRC-TVPostABC NewsCNNSTATter911)

Big-name developers check out Walter Reed project (WBJ)

City cuts ties with Donohoe after it fails to make progress on 5th and I hotel project (Capital Business)

New food truck regs should be in place in two weeks (Examiner)

At-large candidate Paul Zukerberg says election board isn’t managing voter rolls properly (DCist)

David Catania hints to crowd he’ll back off truancy bill (WTTG-TV)

DCRA inspectors cracking down on light booze pours were trying to enforce regulations that didn’t actually exist (Young & Hungry)

Did Nat Gandhi really get the “last laugh” with revenue figures that assume a decline in revenue from last year? (Washingtonian)

Child welfare agency hopes to increase number of adoptions (Examiner)

Housing inventory is “at historically low levels” (Where We Live)

In Kent, a war on McMansions (Post)

Green arrows at traffic signals are a big factor in pedestrian collisions (WTOP)

Two killed in weekend shootings — one outside a Shaw nightclub, another on Livingston Terrace SE (Post)

Mother stands accused of trying to kill her four children by driving them into the Anacostia (Post)

Survivor accused of starting fire that killed 4-year-old (Homicide Watch)

Suspended sentence 180 days in jail for convicted cat declawer (Examiner)

Lamont Peterson is back: Wins by eighth round TKO in Armory bout (Post)

Federal judge Louis Oberdorfer, friend of D.C. voting rights, dies at 94 (PostLegal TimesAP)

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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