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"Jesus says [to] love our enemies,” said Mullen, who holds a degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. “So I was sitting in Starbucks and thought, maybe I’m the one person who needs to do something."
David McAuley has the story from last night’s ANC 2F meeting. Here’s ANC 2F chair Matt Raymond’s resolution opposing the moratorium. The next ANC to vote is 1B, which includes most of the moratorium zone. The vote’s tonight, Thursday, at the Reeves Center at 14th and U. I expect the moratorium to be opposed by a majority of the 1B commissioners.
At least half of Five of ANC 1B’s 12 commissioners oppose the proposed liquor license moratorium, according to the whip count I’m maintaining. The latest to oppose the plan is ANC 1B09’s James Turner, who wrote this in an email to constituent BrookeLynn Locke:
Thank you for the email. The input I have received from the town hall and the ANC-1B ABC Committee meeting shows residents oppose the proposed moratorium. There are valid concerns raised by the proponents of the moratorium regarding trash, noise, and such which we can effectively address in other more efficient ways.
CORRECTION: BLURGH, I miscounted when I initially said it was half. It’s still 5 out of 12 who oppose, since Reinoso is undecided.
Thanks for your email. I’m with you on the moratorium. I think it would do little, if anything, to address the concern of increased violent crime, it would punish responsible business owners (both of existing establishments and those hopeful of opening a business in the area), unfairly discriminate against prospective business owners, and stifle the development that has made our neighborhood such desirable place to live and do business.
I will be voting to oppose the moratorium and I anticipate that a majority of my colleagues will as well. In fact, I have not heard of any 2F commissioner voicing any support for it. We’ll be considering a resolution opposing the moratorium at our April 3rd meeting if you’re interested in attending.
Matt Raymond, the chair of ANC 2F, will introduce a motion at 2F’s April 3 meeting to oppose the proposed U Street liquor license moratorium, Raymond told Josh Dorner, a liquor license moratorium foe, in an email Thursday. “Thanks for your views, and for attending last night,” Raymond wrote in the email, which Dorner forwarded to me. “My motion on April 3 will be one of outright opposition to the moratorium, and I’m optimistic that the majority of my colleagues will join in support.”
"The Texas congressman, who is three weeks into his second term after a 16-year hiatus from the House, is almost certainly the only member of Congress to have been caught with 30 mg of valium hidden in a cellophane wrapper in his underwear. He’s defended militia groups; accused an attorney general of “premeditated murder”; appeared on a Holocaust-denying radio program; waged a one-man war against Alfred Kinsey; compared his constituents—favorably—to Branch Davidians; and traveled to Denmark to protest climate change while wearing a red blindfold. The man who bested his 2012 opponent by 44 points isn’t the most ballyhooed of incoming lawmakers. He’s just the nuttiest."
"As a result, they believed the public/media polls were skewed - they thought those polls oversampled Democrats and didn’t reflect Republican enthusiasm."
CBS News reports that the very top levels of the Romney campaign actually believed the conservative media’s bullshit about “unskewed polls.” That shocks me. I can understand publicly saying you think the polls are biased against you in order to rev up the base. But internally, you have to have some grip on reality.