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The Jim Graham controversy continues

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) has said voters will deliver the ultimate judgment on his alleged ethics breach. (The Washington Post)

If D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) thought his colleagues’ reprimand vote last month would end his ordeal over a 2008 contracting dispute, he was wrong. The developer who Graham allegedly tried to oust from a land deal is now suing him in federal court, along with Metro and another developer said to have been in line for the deal. Banneker Ventures’ 60-page lawsuit alleges various misdeeds by Graham, including insinuations that principal Omar Karim would have to do political favors to win his support for the project. Graham’s response came in a sharply worded statement: “Banneker Ventures’ recent, meritless complaint … is the latest chapter in their saga of failure to produce results. … Although audacious given their dismal performance and demonstrated pattern of nonfeasance, Banneker’s claims are spurious and wholly unfounded. I look forward to an early dismissal.” More from Loose Lips and Examiner.

In other news:

Which mayoral candidate is best positioned fundraising-wise? Muriel Bowser, says Harry Jaffe (Examiner)

Is  a Newt Gingrich endorsement a good thing for Pat Mara and the D.C. GOP? (DCist)

Man who tried to kill his wife by voodoo, other means is sentenced to four years in prison (Post)

Procurement language could complicate Medicaid contract awards (WBJ)

Defense attorneys push back on proposal to give attorney general subpoena power (WaTimes)

Board of Elections says it needs more money for special election (Examiner)

Deputy Mayor B.B. Otero: City money is going to “continuum of services” for homeless youth, not just emergency shelter (Post letter)

Eighteen months till a new Ballou, “one of the finest high schools in America” (Post)

Charter board announces new policies to prevent discrimination against special-ed students (Examiner)

New federal judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will keep her spot on U.S. Sentencing Commission (Legal Times)

Patrick Mara doesn’t have confidence in Kenneth Ellerbe, either (WaTimes)

Did Anita Bonds actually say this? (@VoteAnitaBonds)

Affordable housing task force report is “clearly of, by and for housing developers” (Poverty & Policy)

The case against liquor license moratoriums (Slate)

What the city currently spends on affordable housing (Housing Complex)

It will take more than snazzy flyers to keep kids in DCPS schools (GGW)

Vigil remembers hit-and-run victim Ruby Whitfield, presses for new traffic signal on Florida Avenue (WJLA-TV)

Arrest made in taxi shop manager’s fatal July stabbing (APHomicide Watch)

Reports: D.C. housing market is the nation’s least affordable (WBJ)

Vacant apartment building on Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue collapses (WRC-TV)

Senior driver injures three pedestrians on upper Georgia Avenue (WTOP)

Georgetown U. has its first gay student body president (USA Today)

New DCPL initiative celebrates D.C.’s literary life (DCist)

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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