Referendum, shmeferendum

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner noted Mayor Vincent Gray’s opposition to the referendum in explaining his own objections. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

As widely expected, the move to grant the District budgetary autonomy from Congress by voter referendum will not be devoid of drama. Congress, it turns out, did in fact notice when more than 80 percent of voters opted on April 23 to proceed with the measure, and it didn’t think much of that. The Post’s Ben Pershing reports that language inserted into House Republicans’ appropriations report with Speaker John Boehner’s assent calls the referendum “an expression of the opinion of the residents, only, and without any authority to change or alter the existing relationship between Federal appropriations and the District.” Before you get too steamed, consider this point, raised by statehood blogger Josh Burch: In the wake of the decision last week to delay the voter-endorsed attorney general election, what’s the difference between the House GOP and the D.C. Council? Not much, really.

In other news:

It could be weeks before living wage bill is sent to mayor’s desk, says Phil Mendelson (WaTimes)

Harold Meyerson: “the Wal-Mart-ization of work — and income — must be stopped at the District line” (Post editorial)

Actually, D.C. government employees do make a living wage (Housing Complex)

Will Wal-Mart’s D.C. fight have national impact? Some say yes, some say no (Politico)

Meanwhile, Wal-Mart is polling city residents again (Loose Lips)

Royce Lamberth takes a bow as District Court chief judge, is replaced by Richard Roberts (PostLegal Times)

And it’s official: Eric Washington will be top D.C. Court of Appeals judge for four more years (Legal Times)

Audit: Kwame Brown’s 2010 chairman campaign, like so much else in his life, suffered from sloppy bookkeeping (Loose LipsOCF)

Adrian Fenty’s daughter taken into welfare custody after being found alone in rec center bathroom, reports Mark Segraves (WRC-TV)

Washington Teachers’ Union vote does not bode well for reform collaboration (Post editorial)

Forest City, Roadside and Hines/Urban Atlantic prepare Walter Reed proposals for big community meeting Thursday (Capital BusinessWBJWJLA-TV)

Georgetown U. acknowledges strong interest in Walter Reed site for satellite campus (Georgetowner)

It will cost upwards of $60 million to prepare Poplar Point for development (WBJ)

Developer sues Howard U. over canceled Howard Town Center project (Housing ComplexWBJ)

Why is it so hard to get this project moving? (Housing Complex)

Top House Republicans politicked Tuesday at Two Rivers Public Charter School (Post)

House Rep. Louie Gohmert offers another retrocession bill (HuffPo)

Under tentative contract deal, Metro workers to get 11 percent pay hike over 4 years (Dr. Gridlock)

Hot weather presents big challenges to homeless families (WTOP)

Parking minimums were not the only progressive priority watered down in latest zoning draft (GGW)

LivingSocial axes events business, lays off 30 employees (WBJ)

National Zoo is making very sure there will be no more escapes (AP)

Does the “suburban agenda” rule this town? (RPUS)

Time to get rid of the Connecticut Avenue service lane in Cleveland Park (GGW)

Sidwell Friends chief says he’ll retire after two more school years (Washingtonian)

Washington Hospital Center beaten out by Inova Fairfax in regional ranking (WBJ)

Michele Bachmann aide nabbed in Capitol theft sting (PostRoll Call)

What a heat dome looks like (Capital Weather Gang)

Extended pool hours today (DCist)

Also on District of DeBonis

High-ranking D.C. finance official is being ousted