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Election-year legislating in D.C.

Should RFK Stadium be surrounded by playing fields instead of parking lots? (Doug Kapustin/For The Washington Post)

It’s time for some election-year legislation down at the D.C. Council. Among the bills introduced at a meeting Tuesday was David Catania’s bid to provide as much as $50 million in annual tuition grants to D.C. public school graduates — a more targeted and reliable version of the federal tuition grants now offered to D.C. residents. The fiscal implications are major, but the proposal earned nine co-introducers. A Kenyan McDuffie bill would prevent discrimination against victims of domestic violence — a proposal that also got major early support. And a Tommy Wells resolution offers support to the notion of converting the RFK Stadium parking lots to public parkland, echoing the longstanding efforts of some civic groups. That measure is somewhat more controversial, DCist reports, because Yvette Alexander sees it as encroaching on her Ward 7 turf.

In other news:

Jim Graham needs to explore whether he wants a fifth term (Loose Lips)

Repeal of anti-scalping laws “was basically a mistake,” Gray administration says (Post)

The sordid story of how Brendan Sullivan III became locked in legal warfare with his Little League buddy turned business partner (Deadspin)

Charter schools expelled far fewer students last school year — but still way more then DCPS (Post)

Nader-affiliated activists wrest control of MLK Library group as redevelopment debate heats up (Housing Complex)

Qatar will open cultural center in CityCenter office space (Capital Business)

Charles Allen kicks off his Ward 6 council run (Capitol Hill Corner)

Why only honest-to-god civil disobedience will advance the District’s shutdown posture (GGW)

With payouts frozen, lottery sales are already down $1 million (Post column)

Private gifts keep LAYC, SAFE, Ford’s Theatre in business (DCistDCistAP)

Vince Gray, Rushern Baker, Ike Leggett and Sharon Bulova to chew the shutdown fat today at the Wilson Building (APWJLA-TVWTOP)

Shutdown has had mixed impact on city pawnshops (Wonkblog)

Kathy Hollowell-Makle of Simon Elementary is your D.C. teacher of the year (WRC-TV)

Charter School Board delays action on Options (WUSA-TV)

If D.C. is going to offer film incentives, offer them to the locals first (DCFPI)

At least one ANC isn’t going along with Board of Elections precinct redrawing plan (SALM)

Arrest made in Howard student’s killing on Georgia Avenue (APWJLA-TVWRC-TV)

Three men stabbed near Edgewood Terrace (Post)

Muggee reportedly convinced mugger to leave cellphone by citing NSA (Examiner)

Circulator is still popular, survey finds (Dr. Gridlock)

One city ticket-writer screwed up and cited a driver for an expired visitor parking pass that wasn’t actually expired (WTOP)

Sekou Biddle is having a hard time picking a horse in the Ward 1 race (Loose Lips)

The charitable reading of Big Chair’s demise blames internal squabbles, not the neighborhood (Housing ComplexWUSA-TV)

Georgetowners are still at war against Glover Park street changes (Current via Dish)

Chef Geoff would still rather not leave his profitable downtown location (WBJ)

An incarcerated Victor Page would much prefer you pay him for interviews (WaTimes)

Once a head shop, now a personal training outlet (PoPville)

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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