The Wal-Mart debate jumps the shark

September 6, 2013


It’s a week after the Large Retailer Accountability Act was delivered to Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), and his decision on the bill can’t come soon enough. Today’s e-mail blast from Wal-Mart flack Steven Restivo was titled “Living wage bill = U.S.S.R.” Umm, sure. And a union-backed protest in suburban Maryland Thursday, part of a string of national protests, did not include any current Wal-Mart employees, as organizers had intimated it would. [Update: Protest organizers say several current Wal-Mart employees attended the rally, though they were not featured as speakers.] Meanwhile, The Post’s Jonathan O’Connell has news that one of the six Wal-Marts planned for the city won’t be happening for now — thanks to business, not politics. The landowners of the New York Avenue NE site canceled their deal with the developer after he lost another prospective tenant.

In other news:

Tune into the Politics Hour at noon today — I’ll be playing Tom Sherwood! (WAMU-FM)

Department of Human Services worker is accused of stealing more than $700,000 in public benefits (Post)

Paramedic who wrote letter to D.C. Council members alerting them to staff shortages is taken off street duty (WTTG-TVWRC-TVWashingtonian)

Revived cadet program is a bright spot for FEMS (The Root DC)

During early stages of LRAA passage, Wal-Mart was in communication with supportive mayoral administration (Housing Complex)

And, gasp, they tried to get a council member to change his vote (Housing Complex)

An academic case for signing the LRAA (EPI)

A historical case for signing the LRAA (DCFPI)

Jonetta Rose Barras warns: Election season could involve political antics! (Post column)

Watch Hizzoner talk sports (NC8)

Tony Cheng’s lawyer has his law license suspended, wants trial delayed (Loose Lips)

Four suggestions for improving Franklin Square (GGW)

It’s not easy being a tax preparer in D.C. (WBJ)

The West End library deal lawsuit isn’t over just yet (WBJ)

District Judge Robert Wilkins, nominated to federal appeals court, will be facing a much more rigorous confirmation process this time (Legal Times)

Dead U-Va. student’s father: “[I]f her death can open someone’s eyes, then we need to talk about it” (Post)

Josh Burdette death was suicide, Montgomery County medical examiner says (Post)

Fairfax County man charged with taking voyeuristic photos at Lincoln Memorial (Post)

Three sought in thefts from McKinley Tech (Post)

Fourteen charged with D.C. unemployment fraud (PostWAMU-FMWNEW-FM)

Prosecutors consider hate-crime charges in Manny & Olga’s attack (Metro Weekly)

Dead abused dog disposed of in dumpster, Humane Society says (DCist)

Police department takes to listserv to defend speed cameras (PoPville)

Proposed Anacostia development is too big for neighbors (Housing Complex)

Inside Union Kitchen, D.C.’s culinary incubator (Post)

Don’t expect dramatic impact from “career academies” (GGW)

Frager’s paint store will reopen Saturday (The Hill Is Home)

No luck for D.C. man who sued Whole Foods for unlawful discrimination (WBJ)

More details on 15th Street cycletrack repaving (GGW)

Can D.C. become an ultimate frisbee town? (City Desk)

Nationals Park serves the MLB’s third-most-expensive beers (WBJ)

“Can Robert Griffin III save the NFL, or will pro football destroy him?” (Slate)

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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