Here’s to small victories

October 17, 2013

Did Harry Reid and other Senate Democrats end up doing D.C. a real solid? (Melina Mara / The Washington Post)

The federal shutdown is over after 16 days, meaning the District government can start spending money at its usual clip. For all the sturm und drang of the past two weeks, the city did end up with a little token of congressional appreciation in the end: The final deal approves the District’s fiscal 2014 local budget, meaning the city is safe from shutdowns through next Sept. 30. So when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told Mayor Vincent C. Gray last week that he was “on your side,” was it actually true? Gray was certainly grateful in a statement he released late Wednesday. But folks certainly can wonder whether now would have been the right time to grant the District permanent budget autonomy. But that’s a job for another day. One important fan of the idea, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said in a statement Wednesday that the shutdown “illustrates the need for a permanent solution” to the District’s spending woes.

In other news:

With Vince Gray playing host, the “Big Four” regional leaders decried the shutdown (PostWJLA-TVWUSA-TVWashingtonianHousing Complex)

Your local shutdown winners and losers (Loose Lips)

Study: IMPACT evaluation system drove bad teachers out of DCPS, allowed good teachers to get better (PostUSA Today)

“Hundreds” have commented on proposed tattoo regulations, Health Department says (WTOP)

Graduate School USA pulls out of Southwest Waterfront, raising tough questions about the whole development (Capital Business)

Alleged killer of Howard student Omar Sykes says shooting was an accident (PostWTTG-TV)

D.C. cop is convicted of assault charge connected to excessive force complaint (PostWUSA-TV)

First new “single-role” paramedics in years hit the streets today (WRC-TV)

District government appears to believe it has no obligation to house homeless youth during hypothermia season (HuffPo)

Bright animated sign outside Oyster-Adams campus annoys Adams Morganers (WJLA-TV)

Kelly Miller Middle School’s top dog is your DCPS principal of the year (Post)

Why Empower DC’s partial victory in school-closings lawsuit is a mostly hollow one (GGW)

Protesters rally around study showing how fast-food workers rely on public assistance (Afro)

What sort of minimum wage hike would be “reasonable”? (Blade)

D.C. United owner, seeking $150 million in public stadium investment, spends a whole lot more than that on a new soccer team (WBJ)

Howard University faculty express displeasure with board (Post)

Kwame Brown’s 2010 campaign gets $45,000 fine that it will never pay (Loose Lips)

Tommy Wells backers urge non-Democrats to switch parties ahead of primary (Loose LipsTommy Wells for Mayor)

Ward 6 Dems election will have to be re-run (Blade)

More than three years after losing United Medical Center, hospital executives are paying the price, quite literally (WBJ)

Is it “almost impossible to generate profits” under the District’s Medicaid system? (WBJ)

Worker at National Museum of African-American History construction site is critically injured in fall (Post)

BIDs + Main Streets = magic? (RPUS)

Following pipe burst, Canal Park ice rink won’t be opening for a while (DCist)

Dupont block set to be named for the late Annie Kaylor — or at least her famous restaurant (Blade)

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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