New Hampshire lawmakers listen to D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray make his statehood case last month. (Jim Cole/AP)

Tom Howell Jr. of The Washington Times reports on Wednesday’s floor debate in the state’s House of Representatives, which included this chestnut from a Republican lawmaker: “’The District of the Columbia has a history of mismanagement,’ he said, launching into colorful remarks that mixed perception with reality. ‘They had a cocaine dealer as a mayor and a thief as a superintendent of schools,’ he said.”

In other news:

Protective Services chief fired weeks after filing lawsuit against city (Post, Loose Lips)

”The D.C. fire truck specifically designated to save the president and the first family from a White House blaze. . . is, in the words of one firefighter assigned to drive the truck, a ‘piece of crap.’” (Loose Lips)

Bob McCartney: Time to get serious about DCPS cheating allegations (Post)

Chuck Thies kickstarts the Muriel-for-mayor chatter (G’town Dish)

Emily Miller got her gun (WaTimes)

Conservative protesters secure permit for Occupy counter-protest at Freedom Plaza (Housing Complex)

And Occupy protesters say they’ll re-pitch tents in McPherson Square (Examiner)

Was $5,000 worth of speechwriting a “bargain”? (Loose Lips)

Kwame Brown wants no cuts to charter facilities funding (D.C. Schools Insider)

Advocates criticize charters for ill-serving special-ed students (Examiner)

Former parks director, council candidate Clark Ray will run school athletics (Blade)

FEMS spokesman suspended after calling firefighter walkout “racist” (WaTimes)

D.C. residents are at an unusually high risk of becoming homeless (Poverty & Policy)

AIDS protesters to U.S. attorney: Treat us like the voting rights protesters! (HuffPo)

Arrest made in Ketcham Elementary sex assault (WRC-TV)

How one North Carolina roaster dominates the D.C. coffee scene (Young & Hungry)

New regs for food trucks “perpetuate their rogue renegade status” (Blade)

Why isn’t the new RFK skate park open to the public yet? (TBD)

Channel 9 demands action on liquor store! (WUSA-TV)

Why real-estate investors like the D.C. height limit (Housing Complex)

Columbia Heights gets shoes (WBJ)

In praise of the House bill that would exempt D.C. from federal taxation (Blade)

Latest photos from Georgetown streetcar-track restoration (WTOP)

It’s all about tech, Vince Gray says (DCist)

More on the forthcoming “rat summit” (Post)

Leadfooted Cleveland Parker has some of her speeding tickets dropped (WMAL-AM)

DPW will vacate New Jersey Avenue SE site come April (JDLand)

MWCOG’s Dave Robertson is leaving next January for Portland, Ore. (WBJ)

There’s some unhappy Instant Tax Service customers out there (WTTG-TV)