Don’t speak ill of the prez

November 18, 2013

The high-pitched politics of Obamacare helped cost D.C. Insurance Commissioner William P. White his job. (iStockPhoto)

On Thursday, D.C. Insurance Commissioner William P. White was among the first in the country to suggest that President Obama’s solution to the political outcry over the cancellation of millions of individual health insurance policies wasn’t such a good idea. “The action today undercuts the purpose of the exchanges,” he said. A day later, White was fired by his immediate supervisor, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor L. Hoskins, for reasons that were not made explicit but, according to officials familiar with the decision, had to do with White’s decision to issue his statement without having it approved by Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s office. Interviews and e-mails obtained by the Post’s Aaron C. Davis show that White tried to apologize for the breach of protocol late Thursday, but it was too little too late. More from WBJNYTWAMU-FMWRC-TV and Politico.

In other news:

Some seniors are feeling left behind by the louder, later, younger D.C. (Post)

Early critiques of school boundary-and-feeder changes are mostly about the middle schools (Post)

City transportation projects are foundering, David Alpert says, and “[i]f DDOT Director Terry Bellamy is providing any leadership on these matters, it doesn’t show” (Post op-ed)

Remembering the battle for Home Rule, four decades after it was (partially) won (WAMU-FM)

D.C. still in the running for FBI relocation (Capital Business)

GAO report lambastes CYITC’s oversight of school voucher program (PostWaTimes)

Paul Zukerberg has to wait before continuing lawsuit against AG election delay (DofDLegal TimesLoose LipsDCistWAMU-FM)

What the NAEP scores say — and don’t say — about DC-CAS cheating suspicions (Post column)

Advocates want more detail on health and phys-ed CAS scores (Post)

NCPC sticks with staff recommendation for only modest Height Act changes (WAMU-FM)

David Grosso says Trayvon Martin killing helped inspire his marijuana decriminalization efforts (DCist)

In praise of UDC’s restructuring plan (Post editorial)

Students and faculty are not taking the changes all that well (Post)

Lacrosse player: “The University of the District of Columbia needs athletics in the worst way” (Post letter)

Phil Mendelson on the mayoral candidate field: “Chances are very high that I will not be picking favorites” (WAMU-FM)

Andy Shallal campaign dismisses veteran D.C. political operative, apparently for his veteran-ness (Post)

Shallal: “I’m not a fringe candidate” (Post)

Tommy Wells introduces himself to Georgetown students, opposes expansion of campus policing (The Hoya)

First soccer-stadium deadline is blown (Housing Complex)

New “supplemental poverty measure” pushes D.C. poverty estimate to 23 percent (DCFPI)

Off-duty fire captain in shot in apparent robbery attempt near St. Elizabeths (Post)

Cop is hurt trying to break up fight outside Dupont club early Monday (Post)

Woman stabbed to death outside Georgia Avenue club had been dancer there (WRC-TV)

Microsoft “innovation center” at St. Elizabeths is pretty much a done deal (Housing Complex)

Glover Park ANC reverses stance on Wisconsin Avenue traffic calming, leading to urbanist freakout (GGW)

Planner Roger Lewis makes the case for zoning changes (Post column)

Has the “knockout game” come to D.C.? No one really knows! (DCistWUSA-TVWRC-TV)

Food bank aims to make cheap meals more nutritious (Post)

Vince Gray has now renovated 20 playgrounds (WAMU-FM)

And he’ll sign the immigrant driver’s license bill later today (DCist)

How a “promise” college-tuition initiative worked out in Kalamazoo (GGW)

Specialty Hospitals, already in financial hot water, admits to overbilling Medicare (WBJ)

Patton Boggs says it’s pretty much done firing people for now (Capital Business)

Mayor’s office orders Hine documents released (Capitol Hill Corner)

Beer garden runs into historic preservation concerns (WBJ)

Temporary Frager’s will be erected on vacant Pennsylvania Avenue SE site (The Hill Is Home)

Historic Georgetown congregation puts church on the block, prepares for move to Prince George’s (WBJ)

Yellow Cab gets to keep its insignia on repainted cabs after all (WBJ)

Are cab drivers using non-approved credit card readers? (PoPville)

In this week’s radio address, Vince Gray touts Grade DC (WNEW-FM)

A tourist’s guide to the “dangerous” quadrants (DCist)

Kojo Nnamdi’s older brother is shot to death in Guyana (Washingtonian)

Inside the infamous V Street pop-up: A standard issue flip job (PoPville)

Funds are raised for K-9 cop injured in Navy Yard shooting (WUSA-TVWNEW-FM)

D.C. first responders are generally pretty great (Post letter)

In search of the long-lost YWCA cookie recipe (Post column)

This weekend in presidential dining: Valerie Jarrett’s birthday at Restaurant Nora (WNEW-FM)

Grosso has “a hand-crafted bar made of bubinga wood” in his basement (Famous DC)

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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