All eyes on Vincent Orange


Orange announces in 2010 his candidacy to succeed Vincent Gray as council chairman. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

With Michael A. Brown’s bribery plea returning attention to the ongoing federal corruption probes, the big question is: Who’s next? D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange (D-At Large) has not been named in court papers as being connected to the activity thus far. But his long-standing ties to money man Jeffrey E. Thompson, alleged source of illegal campaign contributions to Brown and Vincent Gray, made it less than surprising when he acknowledged to The Washington Post Tuesday that he had recently met with investigators and provided campaign documents to them. A statement from Orange’s office Wednesday characterized it as a “due diligence investigation” but an investigation nonetheless. More from WRC-TVWAMU-FM and WUSA-TV.

In other news:

Tom Sherwood: “It is hard to believe the crassness of Michael A. Brown’s crime” (WRC-TV)

LL VIII: “Brown’s predicament should be enough to spook any councilmember” (Loose Lips)

After burbs balk, D.C. Council is dropping plan to levy fees on commuter buses (Post)

D.C. grows younger and whiter, as “steep rise in the number of young white adults has outpaced the growth in African American residents” (Post)

Cyclist’s beating highlight long-running safety concerns about Metropolitan Branch Trail (PostDCistWAMU-FM)

Board: Cops are too often entering homes without legal justification (WaTimes)

Federal judge rules longstanding ban on Supreme Court protests unconstitutional (NLJ)

Federal Trade Commission wades into taxi/sedan rulemaking struggle (FTCWAMU-FMExaminer)

A complete list of whom Chartered Health Plan owes and how much (WBJ)

Labor Department attorney arrested for alleged Forest Hills attempted sexual assault (PostWRC-TV)

D.C.’s marijuana arrest rate is high, even compared strictly to other cities (Post)

Can the city improve its handling of “orphaned properties”? (Housing Complex)

Elevator inspector’s seven-year-old whistleblower claim is over (Courthouse News)

Folks freak out about bad paint job at Francis pool (WJLA-TV)

Silver Line not likely to open until January (WTOP)

“What is WMATA’s long-range financial plan?” (GGW)

The members of the D.C. Council, as rendered by Mingering Mike (Arts Desk)

Glover Park ANC: “I don’t understand how Councilman Evans could get DDOT to make these changes that make our community less safe” (WAMU-FM)

But Evans is very concerned about story placement (Post)

Residents can now apply for a medical marijuana card (Post)

Frager’s is seeking a temporary location to sell hardware (Hill Rag)

Is a Whole Foods coming to the ballpark area — for real this time? (The Hill Is Home)

Hotel’s rooftop speakers vex Georgetown ANC (Current via Dish)

Metal plates of DOOM (WJLA-TV)

Former Georgetown guard, assistant coach Mike Riley is UDC’s new hoops coach (UDC Firebirds)

Be careful with today’s severe weather (CWG)

Please welcome Jonetta Rose Barras to The Washington Post! (Post release)

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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Mike DeBonis · June 12, 2013