Moten, at a 2010 D.C. Council hearing after the South Capitol Street mass shooting (Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post)

You probably didn’t see this coming: Ronald Moten — community activist, outspoken supporter of former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and now D.C. Council candidate — has joined the party of Abraham Lincoln, Herman Cain and Carol Schwartz. At D.C. Wire. Tim Craig reports Moten rationale for joining the Republican party: “I have been a conservative the whole time,” he said, noting that “the history of the Republican Party and the African-American community ... is deep and rich.” He kicks off his Ward 7 D.C. Council campaign Saturday at Woodlawn Cemetery. Do note: Moten doesn’t “agree with everything the Republican Party does” nationally.

In other news:

Kwame Brown suggests “highly effective” DCPS teachers could skip IMPACT evaluations if they teach in low-performing schools (Examiner, D.C. Schools Insider)

Harry Jaffe: “[M]oney is trumping race as the District’s new wedge issue.” (Examiner)

Pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist will lead DNC’s faith outreach (Post)

No one’s wiretapping me, says Vince Gray (DCist)

Frank Kameny will lie in state Nov. 3 at Carnegie Library (GLAA Forum)

Occupy D.C. might have destroyed $100,000 worth of government sod (Examiner)

A wet night with the occupiers (Post)

Metro area’s poverty rate is nation’s lowest, but District’s edged toward 20 percent (Post)

Prostitution arrests are down, likely due to declining cop numbers (WTOP)

Man shot on Metrobus was 22-year-old Demetrius Thompson (Post)

Are taxi fare jumpers a big deal? (DCist, TBD)

Where Kameny fits in gay rights history (Blade)

OPM director hails Kameny, “great American hero” (Blade)

Big remodel for Jaleo (All We Can Eat)

Don’t get too excited about the West Heating Plant (Cap Biz Blog)

Ward 3 smart-growthers gear up for battle (Housing Complex)

I-395 air rights development inches toward reality (WBJ)

With Wal-Mart, low prices conquer all (Post)

Remembering Ben Mufti, killed by a falling tree branch in Mount Pleasant (Post)

Georgetown University works with DCRA to police students’ landlords (Patch)

Why is beer so expensive here? Why is everything so expensive here? (City Paper)

Fire in Florida Avenue market (Crime Scene)

Former D.C. cop gets four years for assaulting woman (WUSA-TV)

Q&A with Kevin B. Chavous (Afro)

Bowser takes on Bowser in Ward 4 (WUSA-TV)

After Thanksgiving, it’s “GOVgreen Week,” Gray declares (news release)