Four more years?

January 13, 2014

Mayor Vincent C. Gray waits in the wings Saturday at THEARC before formally launching  his reelection bid with a public apology. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

There is once again a Vincent Gray campaign, and Hizzoner’s hopes are high that this effort will clear the clouds now associated with the words “Gray campaign.” Speaking to supporters at his re-lection kickoff Saturday at THEARC, Gray began with a mea culpa for the 2010 shenanigans that left four campaign associates pleading guilty to criminal charges. That earned him a standing ovation, reflecting backers’ hopes that voters will now move on even if federal investigators won’t. More from Loose LipsAPWRC-TVDCistWashingtonianWAMU-FM and WTOP.

In other news:

Dunbar alums have a plan to return the high school to greatness: autonomy and selective admissions (The Washington Post)

For sale to grieving loved ones: Morgue photos of D.C. homicide victims (Post)

Harriet Tregoning is under consideration to head Bill de Blasio’s planning department (Crain’s)

Tim O’Shaughnessy will step down as LivingSocial CEO (Capital BusinessWBJLivingSocial)

D.C. Health Link says 20,000 have bought insurance through Obamacare exchange (WBJAP)

Why did U.S. Marshals give Chris Brown a special courthouse escort? (WUSA-TV)

Gray campaign takes aim at Tom Sherwood (Loose Lips)

Clinton Yates parses the mayoral campaign signs (Post)

Andy Shallal gets a visibility boost from Danny Glover (WUSA-TV)

Vincent Orange plans black-tie campaign kickoff Sunday night (Loose Lips)

Tommy Wells, heretofore ardent soccer-stadium backer, demands affordable housing as part of deal (Capital BusinessHousing ComplexDCist)

Watch out for David Catania in November, Deborah Simmons says (WaTimes)

The mayoral race, in shorthand (Washingtonian)

Police union contract could be settled within weeks, Cathy Lanier says (WRC-TV)

Darrell Issa is “open to discussions” on legislative autonomy bill (Post editorial)

Charles Allen describes going from Paul Wellstone volunteer to Ward 6 council candidate (Roll Call)

At Education Festival, parents shop for education options, figure out new unified lottery (Post)

New York charter operator will take over troubled Imagine Southeast (Post)

A fond farewell to Biz Journal healthcare maven Ben Fischer (WBJ)

Metro wins architecture award for holding up, 25 years later (AIAHousing Complex)

Final zoning rewrite meetings are less than a month away (GGW)

DeAngelo Gatling, 18, was shot to death Sunday afternoon near Skyland (Post)

Seventeen-year prison term for 23-year-old man who shot and killed cabbie over 75-cent fare (PostAP)

Three-year prison term for Ohio man who tried to crash car through White House barrier (WaTimes)

Ex-cop gets probation for stealing from arrestee (Post)

In praise of the DCPL Washingtoniana division (Post column)

POTUS lunches at The Coupe (PoPville)

Barry Farm Rec Center now closed for demolition and replacement (CHotR)

There’s an “ice slide” at the St. Elizabeths gateway pavilion (DCist)

Zipcars can park on the street for free (WBJ)

D.C. Eagle, the city’s most venerable leather bar, moves east of the river (PoPville)

Oregon, South Dakota now more popular moving destinations than D.C. (WBJ)

Worst ad ever (Reddit)

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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