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A sea change in D.C. politics?

Brown was hurt by both his personal troubles and demographic shifts. (Tracy A. Woodward — The Washington Post)

A day after David Grosso’s big at-large D.C. Council win, plenty of folks are wondering: What does it all mean? Was it a one-off fluke driven by Michael A. Brown’s “soap-opera campaign,” as he described it to campaign workers on election night? Or was it the first big win for a new “progressive” coalition in the city, a “game changer” that threatens to permanently alter the citywide electoral calculus? Reality is somewhere in the middle, Tim Craig and I conclude in Thursday’s Post: Grosso won a citywide race with a western-ward coalition, succeeding where Adrian Fenty, Patrick Mara and Sekou Biddle could not. But Grosso was also helped by the weak incumbent and the particular circumstances of a pick-two at-large race. This spring’s at-large special election should be more telling.

In other news:

A whole lot of people eat fish from the Anacostia River, and, no, they really should not do that (Housing Complex)

Charter school ratings released; most retained the same “tier” ratings (PostWAMU-FMExaminer)

Coolidge has its heat back (WUSA-TV)

Yeah, Metro needs to explain how it accidentally closed an hour early Sunday (Dr. Gridlock)

Jack Evans: Why not hand me the economic development committee, too? (WBJ)

Food trucks say the regulations would keep them away from prime downtown locations (All We Can Eat)

Study from teacher group Michelle Rhee once headed says Rhee’s evaluation system is working (PostPost column)

D.C. is “the country’s next big tech hub,” Vince Gray tells techies (WBJ)

Big item on council agenda: liquor licensing overhaul (Blade)

Why is Comcast putting ugly metal boxes on Georgetown streets? (PatchCurrent via Dish)

A.J. Cooper’s in for the at-large special election (D.C. Wire)

Elections board lawyer expects special election will be in March or April (WaTimes)

If Phil Mendelson “intends to get tough and demand excellence, he should begin by assigning leadership positions based on competence” (WRC-TV)

Where did all the at-large campaign contributions go? (WAMU-FM)

With Brown loss, the “sons are gone” (Washingtonian)

Shadow campaign figure Vernon Hawkins parties with Marion Barry (Loose Lips)

More on the ANC candidate assault in Southwest (Examiner)

How gay and lesbian candidates did Tuesday (Blade)

Muriel Bowser is not a fan of raising speed limits (GGW)

“Grosso’s election means that J.D.-holders will remain in the majority on the council.” (Legal Times)

Down went chat-line-calling Lenwood Johnson (DCist)

So will a second-term President Obama do anything about D.C. voting rights? (DCistWUSA-TV)

The Informer is pleased with its city settlement (Informer)

Sharon Baskerville steps down from the local health-care advocacy group she founded (D.C. Wire)

Dead body found near vehicle fire on Brentwood Parkway (Crime Scene)

Woodson coach’s firing “just another example of DCPS and its administrators trying to rid the system of strong black male leadership” (Informer letter)

Oh, Jesus, another inauguration already (WJLA-TV)

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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