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DeMorning Links: The sporting life

Jack Evans in 2004, amid the baseball stadium financing battle. (Rich Lipski/The Washington Post)

There’s no doubt that D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) is a big supporter of local pro sports teams. No one on the council, for instance, is more responsible for the financing of Nationals Park or recent renovations to Verizon Center. But Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart report today that Evans is even more directly supportive, via his constituent service fund: “The records show that Evans spent $135,897 — about 31 percent of his total spending [since 2002] — on tickets to the Washington Nationals, Washington Wizards, Washington Kastles tennis and the Washington Sports and Entertainment Authority. By comparison, The Post identified $101,564 that Evans directed toward charitable organizations, neighborhood associations, arts groups or charitable activities.” Evans says the tickets were most often given to constituents or donated to PTA fundraisers. Two questions: Are these not just political chits funded by political donors, rather than “constituent services”? And will this prod someone to run against him next March?

In other news:

D.C. kids are back to school today, in spruced-up facilities (Post, WTTG-TV)

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is open but not dedicated (WAMU-FM)

The remaking of the New York Avenue hotel (Post)

Kaya Henderson on Vincent Gray: “His commitment to school reform and education in general has, I think, exceeded all our expectations.” (D.C. Schools Insider, WAMU-FM)

Georgetown, home of schmancy menswear (Capital Business)

Brace for driver outrage: Police citations of bicyclists and pedestrians have fallen (Examiner)

Colby King revisits lottery contract award (Post)

Gray, Natwar Gandhi subpoenas as part of lottery contract lawsuit (Examiner)

D.C. Taxicab Commission will hold meetings at One Judiciary Square (DCist)

”Obdurate Democrat” Gray should appoint non-Dem to elections board, says Jonetta Rose Barras (Examiner)

”Safe Surrender” attracts hundreds of fugitives (Post)

More on the waning days of the Tourmobile monopoly (Post)

Federal budget delays impact HIV/AIDS organizations (Post)

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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