Nine is enough


All of these folks — plus three — made the cut. (Mike DeBonis/The Washington Post)

So long, Michael Green, Luis I. Poblete, Frank Sewell and Octavia Wells: We hardly knew ye. Those four D.C. Democrats were among the 13 who picked up ballot petitions for the April 1 mayoral primary, but they all failed to turn in signatures by Thursday’s deadline. So we’re left with nine candidates — incumbent Vincent C. Gray, plus challengers Carlos Allen, Muriel Bowser, Christian Carter, Jack Evans, Reta Jo Lewis, Vincent Orange, Andy Shallal and Tommy Wells — though that list could be culled further though petition challenges. The upshot is that this year’s Democratic primary is the most wide-open since at least 1998, when several D.C. Council members and a bow-tied bureaucrat named Anthony A. Williams vied to replace Marion Barry. More from Loose Lips and WAMU-FM.

In other news:

Jeff DeWitt is now the District’s chief financial officer (AP)

Shadow senator wannabe Pete Ross is fined for not providing documentation to campaign finance office (Loose Lips)

Police start re-registering guns as litigation lingers (WaTimesWTTG-TV)

Is D.C.’s gun wrangling a preview of national fights to come? (WaTimes)

Tommy Wells sets hearing on police misconduct allegations for Jan. 24 (Post)

Parks department conference junket “reflected the poorest of judgment” (Post editorial)

Explaining new social media policy for firefighters, spokesman says “incidents outside of the District that have highlighted the need for discretion” (WAMU-FM)

Running the numbers on Gray’s reelection plan (Hill Rag)

Muriel Bowser guests on The Politics Hour today (WAMU-FM)

Crowdfunded H Street library redevelopment could be “national test case” (Post)

More on the teams redesigning the MLK Library (GGW)

Mixed-income development might be eschewed for last phase of Capper/Carrollsburg redevelopment (Housing Complex)

Is the District’s art gallery scene withering? (Arts Desk)

Why we’re not “weather wusses,” exactly (Post)

Sharpshooters go back to work in Rock Creek Park (WAMU-FMWTOP)

Accused killer Albrecht Muth has started eating again, sort of (Homicide Watch)

Nanny is latest victim of Shepherd Park street robbery (WTOP)

Residency investigation of Friendship Collegiate football players ends without sanctions (Post)

Metrobus strikes wheelchair user in Anacostia (Post)

New documentary on a D.C. bike thief (DCist)

Another 14th Street boutique bites the dust (PoPville)

Madam’s Organ really doesn’t get along with its neighbor Tryst (PoPville)

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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