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D.C. politics awaits its youth movement

Inside The Coupe, young D.C. residents are passionate about plenty, but not the mayoral race. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Young new residents have transformed many D.C. neighborhoods over the past decade, but for the most part D.C. politics remain much the same. The Post’s Robert Samuels explores this paradox, noting that one in three D.C. Democrats is between ages 18 and 34, with about 51,000 having registered in the past four years alone. “Their massive numbers could swing the mayoral election — if someone could just figure out how to get them to vote,” Samuels writes. “The very group whose large economic footprint has jolted the city to life is barely felt in city politics.” The reasons why are on display at the Coupe in Columbia Heights — full of young, well-educated D.C. residents passionate about plenty, except for the city they live in. “Even when we start talking about [D.C.] politics, no one really knows what they are talking about, so the conversations end quickly,’’ said Jason Lopez, who has spent one of his 30 years in the District.

In other news:

Marion Barry will endorse Vincent Gray today (PostDCistWashingtonianWAMU-FMLoose LipsWRC-TVAP)

Meanwhile, onetime Gray stalwart Alice Rivlin has her doubts (Post)

Also today: Big groundbreaking for Southwest Waterfront redevelopment (WBJ)

Jack Evans finishes bill to fix tax lien sales process for once and for all (Post)

Feds doubt city’s ability to manage Race to the Top education funds (Post)

Pentagon review: Navy Yard shooting could have been prevented (Post)

David Catania-backed special education plan would give parents quicker evaluations, more leverage to appeal determinations (PostWAMU-FMAP)

InTowner endorses Jack Evans, who “knows how this city works (or doesn’t work and should work) better than most” (InTowner)

Jim Graham and Brianne Nadeau battle for Ward 1’s LGBT votes (Blade)

Fire lieutenant implicated in Cecil Mills death goes before trial board (WRC-TV)

Elections board screwed up Spanish-language ballots on electronic machines (DofDDCist)

Metropolitan AME candidate forum spends “roughly two or three minutes” on corruption allegations (WUSA-TV)

Gray administration homeless housing effort will begin the day hypothermia season ends (DCist)

New Gray lit plays up shutdown stance (@ha_nah_nah)

Baltimore takes note of Vincent Orange’s Hollywood recruiting efforts (Sun)

Mary Cheh bill would guarantee meals for poor kids on snow days (Post)

Human services officials seek to make partitioned “rooms” for homeless families legal through rulemaking (Housing Complex)

Tiber Island co-op battle goes high-tech with social media (Post)

Why does Thurgood Marshall Academy succeed where other charter high schools fail? (GGW)

City will swap land with WMATA to save the “Brookland Green” (Housing Complex)

Expanding list of conditions qualifying for medical marijuana will not be simple (WaTimes)

Meet Leroy Douglas, a satisfied medical marijuana patient (WTTG-TV)

Building codes represent a “hidden height limit” in some D.C. neighborhoods (GGW)

Hyattsville man shot and killed by police near Sursum Corda was wanted in murder investigation (WTOPWTTG-TV)

White powder found in Georgetown dorm, and it’s apparently not cocaine (Post)

Vandal is thought to have damaged 750 (!) trees (WRC-TV)

Don’t you dare call this new clinic a clinic (WBJ)

Some pushback on talk of banning pop-ups (PoPville)

The St. Patrick’s Day parade in D.C. has not policy against gay groups marching, but no gay group has ever asked to march (Blade)

Still more Chuck Brown Park renderings (WBJ)

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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