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All he has to do at the start of the new year is get the signatures of 45,000 bona fide registered D.C. voters to move forward — a small feat considering the recent complaints making the rounds on various listservs, in the blogosphere and by investigative reporting by The Washington Times and other local media, which remind city officials day in and day out that the road to political perdition is paved with chicken poop.

*Deborah Simmons can be reached at