Last-minute D.C. Council drama

April 22, 2013

The good news is there are no more forums to attend. (Amanda Voisard/For The Washington Post)

Early voting is over, and Election Day polling opens in less than 24 hours for the open at-large D.C. Council seat. So what’s news? With concern rising about splitting the “progressive” vote, Tim Craig reports in the Post, Elissa Silverman has asked fellow Democrat Matthew Frumin to exit the race. Part of her entreaty, Frumin said, was a promise to support him if he were to run for the Ward 3 seat — the seat currently occupied by Mary Cheh and one that Frumin has denied any interest in seeking. Meanwhile, the Office of Campaign Finance has opened an initial inquiry into Patrick Mara’s potentially troublesome deal to raise funds for a lobby group using his 2008 donor list. And if you’re still undecided, here are the candidates on the issues, from education to bike lanes to the Redskins.

In other news:

Kaya Henderson on explosive testing memo: “This is not a memo or document I would have ever seen, because I wouldn’t be involved in testing integrity at that level” (WAMU-FM)

Cell phones perceived as instruments of courtroom intimidation (Post)

Award of huge Medicaid contract to newcomer Thrive Health Plan is facing D.C. Council questions (WBJ)

Jim Graham, advocates believe city pharmacies should be required to offer translators (Examiner)

Boston’s emergency response was top-notch; will D.C. be ready? (WRC-TV)

Construction firms are big players in financing the at-large race (DCist)

Patrick Mara, “portrayed as a rabid right-winger,” would be “considered a Republican-in-Name-Only practically anywhere else” (Examiner editorial)

The Board of Elections, for the record, “does not research hypothetical situations” — like what would happen if Michael Brown wins (DCist)

FBI relocation is subject of “virtual real estate beauty contest” (AP)

College students have bright ideas of their own for transforming FBI headquarters site (Capital Business)

Does a new study prove something must be done about charter school funding equity? (Post editorial)

Congress passes bill allowing the city to have interim CFO (AP)

D.C. police union strongly supports speed cameras; New York’s police union does not (Streetsblog)

Don’t mess with Metro’s retro ’70s charm (Post op-ed)

G Street buildings, including former Clement’s Pastry, to be razed for Armenian genocide museum (WBJ)

Meridian Pint owner (and former Mara business partner) changes mind on paid sick leave (PoPville)

Can the D.C. government really do much to encourage tech investment? (Housing Complex)

Jeffrey Thompson wants D.C. Circuit to reconsider decision on seized records (@mikedebonis)

New direction for United Medical Center acknowledges “deeply rooted, fundamental brand problems, a white elephant of a building and awful geography” (WBJ)

L’Enfant Trust eyes saving dilapidated Anacostia properties (WBJ)

The Chinatown Walgreens is a hit (Capital Business)

Forget exempting D.C. from federal taxation: “The American people will never support creating a Monaco on the Potomac” (Post letter)

D.C. unemployment dropped 0.1 point in March, to 8.5 percent (WTOP)

Seizures of tax refunds for parking fines reach $2.5 million (Examiner)

Man shot Saturday in Washington Highlands, crashes car into building (Post)

Frederick Douglass Bridge got stuck open Sunday (Post)

Six hurt in Woodley Park Metrobus accident (Post)

Potholepalooza begins today (WRC-TV)

Perry Redd: Council candidate, songwriter (Arts Desk)

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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