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How the game is played

Brown is looking to focus attention on his housing and jobs record. (Bill O’Leary — The Washington Post)

D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown (I-At Large) is looking to focus attention on his policy chops Tuesday, sponsoring an emergency bill to preserve a handful of expiring housing vouchers. But he’s still feeling the political heat. The estimable Clinton Yates looks at Brown and sees a guy who better shape up after highlighting his opponent’s 20-year-old marijuana arrest to deflect criticism of his own problems: “The days of ‘my record speaks for itself’ not only insults the intelligence of D.C. voters, it seems like a flimsy campaign strategy,” he writes in his The Root D.C. column. “It just reeks of the old D.C. boys club mentality … which this city needs to grow out of before we can progress. We’re tired of seeing people treating public office like it’s a birthright.” Meanwhile, challenger A.J. Cooper tells Jonetta Rose Barras that Brown asked him early on to exit the race, offering to teach him “how the game is played.” But he stayed in: “Public service is no game to Cooper,” Barras writes. Meanwhile, David Grosso, he of the 1993 marijuana conviction, gets the D.C. Urban Moms and Dads endorsement.

In other news:

Jeffrey Thompson’s Chartered Health Plan is on the brink (Post, WBJ)

Chief tax appraiser with checkered past resigns (Post)

“How the D.C. Council reacts to evidence of misconduct documented in the [Jim Graham Metro report] will be a measure of its promise to improve government integrity” (Post editorial)

Phil Mendelson would like a word with Jim Graham before referring him to ethics authorities (D.C. Wire, WaTimes)

Education expert confronts the parental schools dilemma: Should I stay or should I go? (Post)

Walter Reed campus plans start to coalesce around “town square” model (Capital Business)

Could be three more years before Metro finishes adding cell phone service to tunnels (Examiner)

Winter is coming (WRC-TV, Examiner)

More evidence CBE joint-venture arrangement was a total sham (Loose Lips)

Disabled advocates aren’t real happy about having to pay for parking (WaTimes, Examiner)

LivingSocial got all that Nats Metro publicity for free (City Desk)

Blind tasters prefer D.C. Water to Bottle Water X (D.C. Water)

As you can guess, Chinatown businesses would much prefer there were hockey games right now (WJLA-TV)

Trial moves forward for D.C. cop accused of assaulting transgender woman (Crime Scene)

Maury Elementary honors principal’s breast cancer survival by going pink (WJLA-TV)

Convicted lecher leches again (Post)

Someone wrote swastikas on Cooper’s street signs (City Desk)

Mie N Yu is no more (Young & Hungry)

Heartbreaking losses are the crucible in which real fans are made (TNR)

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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