No more Mr. Nice Council


Grosso’s decision to endorse against a colleague is unusual for the council. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

The D.C. Council’s curtain of comity has been breached: Member David Grosso (I-At Large) on Tuesday did what not so long ago would have been unthinkable for a council incumbent: He said out loud that one of his colleagues, Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), should take a hike. In a robocall sent to Ward 1 voters (including yours truly), Grosso backed one of Graham’s primary opponents, Brianne Nadeau: “Brianne is the positive change we need and will bring new energy to the D.C. Council.” Graham told the Post’s Aaron Davis that, despite the shock factor, the endorsement won’t amount to a hill of beans: “Having a non-Democrat comment on a Democratic primary won’t mean much,” he said. “My opponent is grasping for straws – and she got one.” More from Loose Lips and the Blade.

In other news:

Schools “adequacy” study: Per-pupil funding needs to rise 15 percent; charter funding is inequitable (Post)

Vince Gray crows as unemployment rate drops to post-recession low (DofDAP)

Tommy Wells slams Gray administration for sending homeless families to Maryland hotels (DofDWAMU-FMWRC-TVWJLA-TV)

The Jemals get moving on Hecht’s warehouse rehab, with Mom’s Organic Market and Planet Fitness committed (Capital BusinessWRC-TVWJLA-TVHousing ComplexWBJ)

After spate of firefighter arrests, FEMS says it will start running background checks on current employees, not just recruits (WaTimes)

Officials pledge to investigate man’s death across from fire station (WJLA-TVDCistAP)

What is to be done about Options PCS students? (Post editorial)

Behold the art that might grace Chuck Brown Park (DCist)

What exactly Metro is proposing in terms of fare hikes (Dr. Gridlock)

DCIAA-leading Coolidge hoops team forfeits four games due to ineligible player (Post)

Oman embassy pays $16.5 million for downtown cultural center (WBJ)

Another establishment determines 24-hour service is a no-go (PoPville)

Construction on Anacostia Riverwalk Trail connection will begin in spring (ElevationDC)

It’s official: Morton Bender’s N Street townhouses will become condos (Curbed)

JBG will break ground on 13th and U project this fall (UrbanTurf)

Glover Parkers team up to clear icy sidewalk (GGW)

Woman sues police, accuses officers of assaulting her in 2012 (AP)

Everything you need to know about attending a UDC hoops game (DCist)

Yes, people bike through the Polar Vortex (Dr. Gridlock)

U Street could get a “funk parade” (DCist)

Buy ugly Brookland house for slightly less exorbitant price (PoPville)

New Nats Park concession options: sushi, crab cakes and more local beer (JDLandWTOP)

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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