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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Jim Graham
A longtime D.C. councilmember who was reprimanded by his colleagues last year for an ethics violation has lost his bid for a fifth term to a first-time council candidate.
When children go missing, a lot of folks out there want to immediately blame the parents, and in the case of a missing homeless girl much of the fallout is no different.
When politicians and their minions are this quiet, something's amiss.
Citing three nightclub events that ended in violence, D.C. Council member Jim Graham has proposed legislation that would require party promoters to be licensed through the District's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham of illegally meddling in a land deal around a Metro station.
DYRS youth being involved in homicides is not a new phenomenon. Now, DYRS Director Neil A. Stanley has reported that the recidivism rate among this population has decreased, a development that drew praise from city leaders.
Jim Graham is in a pickle jar and his colleagues on the D.C. Council are slated on Monday to screw the lid tighter.
At least two D.C. Council members say they would not support efforts by the chairman of the Committee on Education to deliberately withhold funds from public charter schools in order to slow their growth amid rising demand.
The District's ethics board found "sufficient evidence" that a D.C. Council member violated the city's code of conduct by proposing to a local businessman that he withdraw from a Metro development project in exchange for support in an unrelated bid for a contract to run the D.C. Lottery.
The D.C. agency charged with rehabilitating youth offenders has squandered and underutilized resources intended for youth services during a period in which dozens of managers have left or been forced out of the agency, according to legislative oversight documents obtained through a public-records request.
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said Monday he owes fellow city lawmaker Jim Graham the "courtesy" of a sit-down meeting to discuss a recent report that claims Mr. Graham violated rules of conduct while representing the District on the Metro board in 2008.
A pair of D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board members on Thursday accused Mayor Vincent C. Gray's pick to chair the independent body of creating a "toxic" environment behind the scenes while the board grinds through its heavy workload.
A previously unexamined internal memo drafted by the Greek gambling firm that won the District of Columbia's $38 million-a-year lottery contract in 2008 and again after a rebid a year later offers an inside view of a toxic climate that prompted the vendor to spend more time worrying about local political machinations than about the lottery itself.
Despite the return by President Obama and the Democratic Party of a tainted $10,000 donation from D.C. fundraiser Jeffrey E. Thompson, dozens of other federal and local campaign committees, Democrat and Republican alike, continue to hold on to tens of thousands of dollars they have received from the contractor now at the center of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's deepening fundraising scandal, records show.
D.C. developer Warren C. Williams Jr. was on his way to a project meeting in 2007 at Metro's headquarters when he got a call telling him that D.C. Council member Jim Graham, a Metro board member and chairman of the council's real estate committee, was displeased.
"I'm very proud of my record of achievement," said Graham, who congratulated Nadeau on Wednesday. "It all came down to a single issue."
Mr. Graham said his line of questioning will in no way jeopardize the health and safety of Relisha, whose disappearance led to search teams combing Kenilworth Aquatic Park on Thursday, a full week after a bungled Amber Alert on the missing girl.