The veto comes at last

September 13, 2013

After veto, Wal-Mart says it is moving full steam ahead with at least five planned stores. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

A 64-day fait accompli came to an end Thursday morning when Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) put pen to paper, signing a letter decrying the Large Retailer Accountability Act as a “job killer” that would “do nothing but hinder our ability to create jobs, drive away retailers, and set us back on the path to prosperity for all.” In vetoing the “living wage” bill passed in July, Gray chose the promise of more jobs and development at home over joining a growing national movement pushing back on low-wage employers like Wal-Mart — which now says it will move full steam ahead on five, maybe six District stores. The D.C. Council could override the veto as soon as Tuesday, but supporters are a vote short and there’s little indication any members will be changing their minds before then.

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In other Wal-Mart news:

Here’s what’s going on with all the planned Wal-Marts (Post)

The veto was never really in doubt (WBJ)

Nor is the outcome of the override vote (Loose Lips)

But let the lobbying begin (DCFPIWAMU-FM)

Wal-Mart has a habit of firing its internal critics, including union agitators (Post)

“Anger at the riches of Wal-Mart’s owners is no way to set policy” (She the People)

Tommy Wells explains why he’s still against the bill (Facebook)

“If $12.50 was the new “living wage” at Walmart, what would that make $8.25 an hour everywhere else?” (Atlantic)

In other news:

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 campaign is a significant part of the Jeffrey E. Thompson investigation (Post)

New charge puts veteran political consultant Minyon Moore front and center (Post)

Do the Clinton revelations place Vincent Gray’s shadow campaign in a new light? (Post)

Jeff always loved the Clintons (Post)

Now Terry McAuliffe is feeling the Jeff Thompson heat (Post)

“[A] city scandal … is now cascading onto the national political scene, with potential fallout for the 2016 presidential election, federal and state politicians, and even the government”(WSJ op-ed)

Have we reached full “-gate” status? (WRC-TV)

Post-DOMA, the D.C. courthouse marriage business is booming (Blade)

There are only 25 D.C. residents currently licensed to buy medical marijuana (City Desk)

Robert Dickey, once beloved Southeast pediatrician, pleads guilty to child porn possession (PostD.C. Crime StoriesWTOP)

Connie Picciotto’s three-decade peace vigil was dismantled by U.S. Park Police early Thursday (Post)

Why don’t D.C. officials take whistleblowers more seriously? (Post column)

Metro will buy even more new rail cars (Post)

Metro union is not happy with background checks (Dr. Gridlock)

ACLU pressures FEMS on whistleblowing paramedic’s reassignment (WTTG-TV)

With tattoo waiting period, “[a]nother bewildering instance of D.C. government regulatory overreach” (Blade)

Ex-D.C. property tax chief says lien sales are “distasteful” (Post letter)

“The process … sounded to me like government-sponsored elder abuse” (Post letter)

It was the lien-sale system, not high property taxes, that caused elderly D.C. residents to lose their homes (CTJ)

OTR chief is on the Politics Hour today (WAMU-FM)

Sequestration isn’t just bad for the city; it’s bad for the people who live in the city (Poverty & Policy)

Dice-game dispute near Sursum Corda leads to quad shooting, one death (Post)

Brazen Thursday evening shooting along 14th Street strip (Post)

Man shot in possible Shepherd Park carjacking (Post)

Two other shootings in Brightwood, Fort Davis (WNEW-FM)

Beware the bump-and-run (Post)

Ellington School rehab moves along (Patch)

Fire at shuttered Spingarn High (WRC-TV)

Tunnel work could mean new “linear park” along Virginia Avenue SE (Capitol Hill Corner)

Dangerous Massachusetts Avenue intersection will get a look from DDOT (DCist)

U Street’s Duke Ellington mural will be recreated (PoPville)

“Street activism” or plain old vandalism? (Post)

Free help finding the history of your home (Where We Live)

Meridian Pint owners eye Brookland (WBJ)

Gentrification siren: The House is getting a facelift (New Columbia Heights)

Other D.C. buildings, Trumpified (Curbed)

Hey, remember the ’90s?! In Adams Morgan?! (GOG)

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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