No elected attorney general for you


Council members split dramatically on delaying the attorney general election. David Catania and Tommy Wells were fiercely against; Muriel Bowser (center) was in support. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

More than two-and-a-half years ago, District residents voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to start electing the city’s attorney general, with the understanding they would start doing so in 2014. Shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, the D.C. Council voted to delay the first AG election until 2018, with Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and others citing the lack of candidates, the argument over the scope of the office and the general ongoing uncertainty. Of course, the lack of candidates is due to the general ongoing uncertainty which is due in turn to the council arguing over the scope of the office and voting to delay the election. So here we are. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D), the architect of the referendum, was visibly upset on the dais Wednesday and is pledging to make certain, by final reading, that residents will be voting as promised next year.

In other news:

Can mayoral candidate Tommy Wells transcend his ham-handed if well-meaning past? (City Paper)

Council passes living-wage bill over Wal-Mart threat (PostAPDCistNYTWJLA-TVWRC-TVWUSA-TVHousing ComplexWaTimesWNEW-FMWBJInformer)

Everything you need to know about Wal-Mart and D.C. (Wonkblog)

“The eight Council members who thumbed their noses at Walmart are not hiring” (WRC-TV)

Hey Wal-Mart, “you can’t have it both ways” (Housing Complex)

“A special minimum wage that applies to retail workers but not janitors or restaurant workers and to Wal-Mart but not the Gap doesn’t make a ton of sense” (Slate)

National retail group says bill is “flawed and unwarranted” (WBJ)

Could union carve-out render the bill illegal? (Post letter)

Should Wal-Mart make good on threat, food deserts would persist (WJLA-TV)

Marijuana decriminalization bill gets early support from most council members (PostWashingtonianHuffPoReasonLoose LipsWTOPWNEW-FM)

But not from Cathy Lanier (DCist)

Housing Finance Agency chief used his government credit card for nearly $50,000 in questionable expenses (Loose Lips)

Following Freedom Plaza shotgun-loading video, Adam Kokesh has his Herndon home raided by Park Police (Post)

Council bill aims to fix badly broken police forfeiture practices (WaTimes)

Fun fact: City education officials don’t actually release standardized test scores (Answer Sheet)

Vincent Orange, by resolution, demands correction from Mark Segraves (Loose LipsDCist)

The city pays $250,000 a year to grade what people think of it (Post)

DCPS hasn’t been drug-testing teachers, but that’s probably a good thing (Post)

“No thanks” to public campaign financing (Blade)

Hirshhorn Museum board chair steps down (Post)

Hine developers get another six months to close deal (Capitol Hill Corner)

Transgender birth certificate bill passes council (DCist)

Forget charters vs. DCPS: “It is time to move away from competition to find out what works for all our children” (Post letter)

“Elopements” like Michael Kingsbury’s are all too common among autistic children (Hill Rag)

Could the Tony Cheng tapes embarrass some sitting politicos? (Loose Lips)

Tabard Inn battle heads to the courts (Post)

MLK Library will soon get a “digital commons” (HuffPo)

Can DCPS better foster school “culture”? (GGW)

Political wunderkind not ready to helm the Ward 8 Dems (Informer)

Hey, more apartments near 14th and U (UrbanTurf)

Why Ward 3 need to get over itself and allow bike lanes on New Mexico Avenue (GGW)

Hey, look: An inclusionary zoning unit actually sold (Housing Complex)

Old Georgetown Board wonders about proposed GU dorm (Current via Dish)

Another taxi app vendor says it is just fine with D.C. regulations (WBJ)

Che Brown is out of jail (Loose Lips)

The Deltas are in town (WBJ)

Mingering Mike accepted his council honor in a Spider-Man suit (@mikedebonis, WAMU-FMArts 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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