Patrick Mara wins Post nod

March 22, 2013

Mara fell short in his 2011 special election run, when he also won a Post endorsement. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

The Washington Post’s editorial board has wasted no time: More than a month before Election Day, Patrick Mara has won its full-throated endorsement in the at-large D.C. Council special election. Besides praise for his stands on education and government ethics, the endorsement notes this: “Indicative of Mr. Mara’s strength is the fact that the only thing his opponents seem able to attack is his affiliation as a Republican.” The board also has kind words for Paul Zukerberg — “an authentic new voice with a smart grasp of the issues, a commitment to pragmatism and a powerful message about marijuana laws” — and to a lesser extent, Matthew Frumin and Elissa Silverman. Not so much for Michael A. Brown and Anita Bonds, who they say would “take the council in a backward direction”

In other news:

Marion Barry and David Catania are best buds again — for now, anyway (Post)

Abigail Smith, former DCPS honcho and charter school leader, is Vince Gray’s new deputy mayor for education (Post)

Full report on EMS response to injured cop released (WRC-TVWUSA-TVWaTimesWTOPExaminer)

Union blasts report: “How can you do an investigation without interviewing people?” (Loose Lips)

Woman killed by hit-and-run driver on Florida Avenue NE after leaving church (PostWUSA-TVWJLA-TV)

Probation for Harry Thomas Jr. accomplices Jimmy Garvin and Marshall Banks (PostWAMU-FMAP)

Another delay for Jeanne Clarke Harris’s sentencing (Examiner)

Congressmen visit America’s “most politically important” marijuana dispensary (National Journal)

Nonprofits have turned away as many as 80 homeless youth due to budget cuts (Post)

Photos show messy conditions inside new forensics lab (WaTimes)

Eyewitness identification reform bill gets council hearing (Legal Times)

Anita Bonds, empowered woman (Examiner)

Patrick Mara gets realtors’ nod; Bonds gets former Ward 8 Dems chair (Examiner)

An early look at the DCPS budget (DCFPI)

DCPL’s Ginnie Cooper: “Those beautiful libraries draw people in” (Post)

Stein Club makes its at-large endorsement (Blade)

Flood-relief work begins at McMillan (Flickr)

Empower DC leads picket at Barry Farm Rec Center groundbreaking (WJLA-TVWRC-TV)

Don’t worry: DC TAG payments will restart soon (Post)

Downtown shooting victim ID’d as 24-year-old Paul Aime Tanoh Danzo of Laurel (Post)

15-year-old stabbed on 92 bus in Congress Heights (Post)

H Street NE, Benning Road bus stops will get cameras (DCist)

National Zoo’s new elephant facility opens this weekend (AP)

Proposed food truck regulations stoke libertarian outrage (Daily BeastReason)

Proposed living-wage law stokes libertarian outrage (Forbes)

Buy an old fire boat (DCist)

If Miami U. can do it, the Washington football team can do it (PoPville)

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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