Bag tax roadshow


Maryland Del. Michael G. Summers (D-Pr. Geo’s) stands between Wells and Barry. (Miranda S. Spivack/The Washington Post)

The District’s political odd couple road-tripped to Annapolis Thursday: D.C. Council members Marion Barry and Tommy Wells hit Route 50 to tell the Maryland statehouse black caucus about the boons of a plastic bag tax, like the one the District has had in place since 2010. Barry called it “an environmentally healthy tax for the community,” The Post’s Miranda S. Spivack reports: “Many Prince George’s state legislators have hesitated to back the measure, but support appears to be growing. ‘You will hear that it is too much,’ Barry said. ‘But people will waste five cents on alcohol, on a lot of things,’ he offered, and many of the caucus members laughed.”

In other news:

Happy parking bondage day (Dr. Gridlock)

The new Columbus Plaza really is a tremendous improvement (Post)

Vince Gray tells police that new contract is possible “in a matter of weeks, if not days” (Crime Scene)

Council members hear from D.C. General shelter residents (PostWJLA-TV)

There are bigger issues with youth homelessness than an overflowing D.C. General shelter (DCAYA)

Feds want six months for Che Brown; Linda Cropp, Elijah Rogers plead for leniency (ExaminerLoose Lips)

Che’s staying on the sunny side of life (@CheBrownSales)

Council members press Kaya Henderson to do more about truancy (Post)

Democratic women line up behind Anita Bonds (Post)

Eleanor Holmes Norton says she’ll donate her salary as long as federal workers are furloughed (Post)

Time to end automatic “social promotion” for D.C. students (Post editorial)

Jonetta Rose Barras: It needs to be easier to censure a D.C. Council member (Examiner)

Bad jury instructions means murder conviction is tossed (Post)

War on graffiti means more murals (WRC-TV)

Richard Sarles could leading Metro until 2016 (Examiner)

Forest City sends latest Capital Riverfront plans to Zoning Commission (WBJ)

CityCenter is now an all-Hines production (WBJ)

Expect more streetcar construction later this year (DCist)

Vincent Orange wants collegaues to consider overriding mayoral veto of CBE bill (Examiner)

Help these guys make their hot dog movie (DCist)

Cab driver accused of shooting Alexandria cop is wanted for questioning in connection with D.C. sex assaults (WRC-TV)

The case for keeping Glover Park traffic calm (GGW)

The case against a Southeast “boulevard” (GGW)

Organist for D.C. churches was also an unregistered sex offender (Examiner)

From Wyoming, a tremendously convincing case for D.C. voting rights (Star-Tribune)

D.C. courts won’t say much about sequestration impacts (Legal Times)

In case you haven’t read enough about the chemical weapons in Spring Valley (Washingtonian)

Prince George’s prosecutors drop charges against D.C. cop (Crime Scene)

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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