At-large D.C. Council voting is underway


Anita D. Bonds has been the prime beneficiary of Michael A. Brown’s departure from the council race. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The at-large D.C. Council special election is officially underway: Early voting began this morning at One Judiciary Square, and will continue daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 20, with the exception of April 14 and 16. Or you can, of course, wait for Election Day on April 23. Now who to vote for? The Post’s Tim Craig looks at the state of the race after Michael A. Brown’s sudden departure, which gave a boost to interim council member Anita Bonds, who has picked up Brown’s union supporters. Bonds’s Republican opponent, Patrick Mara, is meanwhile issuing pleas not to split the “reform vote.” For more, you can hear the candidates in action today on a special debate edition of WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show — tune in to 88.5 FM at noon.

In other news:

DYRS case worker is being prosecuted for disclosing confidential information about youth offender to newspaper (WaTimes)

D.C. does poorly on key welfare-to-work measure (Examiner)

Tubman ES principal, Eastern HS teacher among the region’s distinguished educators (Post)

Gun stand has Virginia jurisdictions threatening to withdraw from the Council of Governments (Post)

Teen pregnancy: D.C.’s hidden crisis (Post column)

MedStar and Johns Hopkins race to get D.C. approval for “proton beam” cancer treatment of unproven benefit (Post)

Mark Plotkin handicaps the mayor’s race, wonders if his old buddy Jack Evans is out of touch (Post op-ed)

Is Vincent Gray trying to disintermediate his communications? (Examiner)

NewBrandAnalytics expounds on the limited utility of Grade D.C. (Examiner)

Douglas and Normal Jemal bet big on apartments (Capital Business)

Local congressional reps aren’t too eager to take stands on Redskins name (Post)

Would-be robber makes Woody Allen-esque attempts on two downtown banks (Post)

Darius Cannon, 16, is shot to death near Woodland Terrace (WTOPHomicide Watch)

Body of Northwest man fished from Potomac amid cherry blossom crowds (Post)

Grand Hyatt guest is accused of taking unconscious woman to room, raping her (Post)

D.C. continues to collect a lot of alcohol and tobacco tax (Examiner)

GPO isn’t party to proposal to move GPO (DCist)

Marc Barnes has to pay more back taxes, federal appeals court rules (CADC)

Could bad jury instruction let city off hook in unlawful arrest case? (Legal Times)

“[T]he most effective solution to [deer overpopulation] is, indeed, bullets, not birth control” (Post op-ed)

You can be a responsible urbanist and support underground parking for the Mall (RPUS)

Friday morning “running gun battle” in Woodridge leaves plenty of shell casings but no witnesses (WJLA-TV)

Georgetown’s new small but extremely luxurious hotel (Capital Business)

Former Capitol Hill public school will become condos (Where We Live)

Some Southwest businesses want a BID (Housing Complex)

Make that three ANCs opposed to 14th/U liquor license moratorium (Borderstan)

Huge downtown space to get upscale seafood joint (WBJ)

It’s easy to be post-industrial when you never had much industry to begin with (Atlantic)

To Nats fans’ dismay, WUSA-TV drops extra-innings game to broadcast Final Four pregame coverage (Post)

Conversation piece of the weekend: Bullet-riddled school bus (Post)

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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Mike DeBonis · April 5, 2013