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Although Latino political power is rising around the country, in D.C. it remains the same

RACE | The rising tide of political power among the Latino community is reshaping our country’s political landscape and delivering a wave of support for Hillary Clinton in the final days of the presidential campaign. In the nation’s capital however, their voice is barely heard. (WaPo, 11/6)

As residents head to the polls this week, they will once again be electing a D.C. Council without a single Latino representative — despite a growing Hispanic population that now stands at about 10 percent.

The reasons for that absence are rooted both in demographic realities that have hampered Latinos’ influence at the ballot box throughout the country and in the idiosyncrasies of D.C. politics.

ARTS | Opinion: Community conversations about the new DC Cultural Plan, led in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, are bringing people together to discuss how to build community through the arts. (East City Art, 10/31)

– Last week the Community Foundation in Montgomery County hosted their 20th anniversary Celebration of Giving event, honoring Clifford & Camille Kendall and Sally Rudney.

 – Channing Wickham, executive director of the Washington AIDS Partnership, has been named chair of the board of Funders Concerned About AIDS.

– A new report on the affordable housing crisis details the challenges in stopping lower-income families from being displaced. (CityLab, 11/3)

The rent is too darn high for nonprofits, too (WaPo, 11/4)

TRANSPORTATIONCould a gondola from Georgetown to Rosslyn work? A study says yes. (GGW, 11/3)

 – Numb to Second-Class Citizenship, D.C. Tries to Awaken a Statehood Movement (CP, 11/3)

– Ever wonder if your neighbors vote? This new map lets you view what percentage of your community votes. (GGW, 11/3)

DISTRICT Council Hears Seven Hours Of Testimony About The State Of D.C. Police (dcist, 11/4)

Oooh, these are some great tips on choosing a paint color  for specific things – like sleeping, showing artwork, and decluttering a room – Buffy

Where you live in DC determines the availability of medical care

– Where people live in D.C. affects their access to non-emergency medical care. In addition to emergency vehicles taking longer to get east of the Anacostia River, fewer clinics, pharmacies, and vaccination centers means access to non-emergency medical care is more difficult there as well. (GGW, 10/4)

No urgent care or retail clinics have opened in Wards 4 or 8 since 2010, and nearly 70% of all D.C.’s clinics are in Wards 2 and 3. This gap is partially filled by community health centers. Community health centers receive federal funding to provide primary care to underserved populations. One such clinic, Unity Health Care, operates a community health centers in all wards except 2, 3, and 4, with varying degrees of walk-in services.

– ‘An act of kindness’: Medical aid-in-dying legislation advances in the District (WaPo, 10/6)

TRANSPORTATIONMontgomery’s new bus rapid transit system will make the county more equitable (GGW, 10/5)

– Study finds 10 percent of Virginia schoolchildren are chronically absent (WaPo, 10/5)

– Although it hasn’t been discussed much on the campaign trail, education is on the minds of the electorate. (Atlantic, 10/1)

LGBT | For D.C.’s LGBT Community, A Police Liaison Who Can Relate (WAMU, 10/6)

NONPROFITS Corporate America Emerging Source for Nonprofit CFOs (NPQ, 10/5)

ENVIRONMENT | The James River in Virginia at Jamestown, where America’s first permanent English settlement was founded in 1607, was just cited as being among America’s “most endangered” historic places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (WTOP, 10/5)

MARYLAND | Two months after a flood ravaged downtown Ellicott City, Maryland, killing two people and ruining businesses and houses, Main Street will reopen on October 6. (WTOP, 10/5)

ARTOne Photographer Chronicles 30 Years of Life in Our City (City Paper, 10/6)

– Hurricane Matthew, the decade’s most powerful Atlantic tropical storm, has devastated parts of the Caribbean and is now expected to have a significant impact on the East Coast of the United States the next few days. Here’s how funders can help. (Center for Disaster Philanthropy, 10/6)

– Philanthropy and Social Innovation in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter (Invested Impact, 10/3)

 – How Philanthropy Can Help Bridge America’s Political Divide (SSIR, 9/30)

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So much to learn about the tunnels under Capitol Hill.

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– Buffy

Guilty Gray aide reveals $653,000 ‘shadow campaign’ [News, 7.11.12]

POLITICS | It looks like the Eugenia Harris corruption case we posted about yesterday is actually part of a much bigger scandal. Harris pleaded guilty to corruption and fraud charges – and also confirmed that she participated in a $653,000 “shadow campaign” of illegal spending to elect Vincent Gray with money from donor Jeffrey Thompson. U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said (WaPo, 7/11):

Today’s plea confirms the sad truth that many of us have long feared: that the 2010 mayoral election was corrupted by a massive infusion of cash that was illegally concealed from the voters of the District.

The Post is careful to point out that prosecutors have not accused Gray of having knowledge of the corruption. But that doesn’t change the fact that the election was undemocratic and unfair. So, now what?

The Washington Post has conducted a county-by-county analysis of elementary and middle school test scores in Maryland. The article highlights modest gains for both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. (WaPo, 7/11)

– Bill Turque published his final post for the D.C. Schools Insider today. Over the last few years, he has diligently covered all aspects of school reform in the District. Here’s an excerpt from his farewell (WaPo, 7/11):

The schools beat was more than an interesting job; it was a privilege. That’s what made the decision to leave after four years so difficult. People sometimes ask me whether Michelle Rhee’s departure made the story less compelling. My view is that while the post-Rhee days may lack the drama 2007-10, there remains no more important story in the District than the fate of public education.

Turque moves next to coverage of the presidential campaign.

NONPROFITS | A senior vice president for development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles talks to the Chronicle about the secret to managing a successful $1 billion capital campaign. She says, “You just try not to fail more than once at the same thing.” (Chronicle, 7/11) That’s what I’ve been saying all along!

HEALTH | Prince George’s County has confirmed former Kaiser Foundation Health Plan administrator Pamela Creekmur as its new health officer. (WaPo, 7/11)

UTILITY | After last week’s massive power outages, the District is considering two bills that would require power lines to be buried underground. (Examiner, 7/11)

If you’ve been tuned into pop culture over the last few months, you’ve probably heard the terrible (to be polite) song Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. I can’t for the life of me figure out why it has amassed 150 million YouTube views, but the internet has been working on plenty of parodies of the song. I’ll let you search for those, but the cream of the crop has to be…

Cookie Monster singing Share It Maybe!

Rick Moyers on board lessons from UVA…Gray to chair Chesapeake cleanup council…Report says Maryland lost 31,000 wealthy residents [News, 7.10.12]

NONPROFITS | In his latest Against the Grain column, the Meyer Foundation’s Rick Moyers analyzes the recent University of Virginia turmoil and says that big mistakes made by the university board offer a lesson for nonprofits (Chronicle, 7/9):

For board members of all types of nonprofits, this episode should serve as a cautionary tale about what can go wrong when a board and its leaders are not clear about their roles. Trouble often erupts when people forget that boards govern, board members do not.

Related: Here’s an old article from the Nonprofit Quarterly about how personalities affect boards. (NPQ, 2003)

ENVIRONMENT | District Mayor Vincent Gray has been chosen as the new chair of the Chesapeake Executive Council, a group of the region’s officials dedicated to protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.  The council is another great example of the power of regionalism. (Examiner, 7/10)

HEALTH | Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius writes a defense of the Affordable Healthcare Act and offers facts to counter three attacks on the bill – about costs, the burden on small businesses, and the impact on Medicare. (WaPo, 7/10)

WEALTH | A new study from Change Maryland – an anti-tax group – finds that a net 31,000 wealthy individuals left the state between 2007 and 2010, when Gov. O’Malley’s “millionaire’s tax” was in effect. The group says that the tax cost the state $1.7 billion in lost tax revenue. On the flipside, the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute says taxes weren’t the drivers of the exodus, and new residents offset most of the exiting ones. (CNBC, 7/10)

POLITICS | It must be pretty easy to be a local politics reporter. All you have to do is recycle the same story and switch the names. This week’s conspiracy, fraud, and campaign finance violation charges go to former Vincent Gray donor/aide Eugenia Harris. (WAMU, 7/9)

LOCAL | Due to damage from the earthquake, the Washington Monument will need to be scaffolded (again) and likely won’t reopen until 2014. (DCist, 7/10) 2014? Who is managing this repair? Metro?

CORRECTION | For those of you who get the Daily via email, I forgot to add the hyperlink to Pablo Eisenberg’s article yesterday. Here it is. Sorry for the confusion.

When Paris ran out of room for cemeteries, officials dug up graves and moved the bones deep underground into the city’s extensive network of catacombs. I had a chance to visit recently, and it was a strange but impressive experience.

Well, it seems that Hong Kong is also facing an overcrowding problem, so designers have suggested unique alternative. Floating graves. Or really, a floating ship of graves – complete with a food court and worship areas. Very innovative.

Kwame Brown resigns chairmanship, seat on D.C. Council [News, 6.7.12]

LOCAL | Kwame Brown has resigned his seat on the D.C. Council following federal charges of fraud – unrelated to charges of illegal campaign spending that were filed against him this morning. (WaPo, 6/7)

– Here’s what happens next: Mary Cheh takes charge immediately and is responsible for presiding over the council’s election of a new temporary chair – who must be an at-large member (Michael Brown, David Catania, Phil Mendelson, or Vincent Orange). That person will then be in charge until a citywide special election can be held. (Examiner, 6/7)

– Here’s a reminder that, while our justice system seems to be working well, the District’s democratic process keeps electing corrupt leaders and leaders with corrupt associates. (WaPo, 5/7)

– Mike DeBonis points out that these political scandals work against D.C.’s fight for autonomy. (WaPo, 6/7)

– And, Bob McCartney says that the city’s political problems are serious, but we are generally in better shape than in the Barry years. (WaPo, 6/7)

MOVING | Exxon Mobil Corp. has announced that it will move all 2,100 employees from its Fairfax location to Houston in 2014. Fairfax County Economic Development Authority President Gerald Gordon says (WTOP, 6/7):

Exxon Mobil, and Mobil before the merger, has been a major employer in Fairfax County and an excellent corporate citizen, so its departure will be a big loss…We thank the company for its contributions to the county economy and quality of life.

PHILANTHROPY | The Foundation Center’s 2012 Growth and Giving Estimates report finds that giving in the United States increased slightly, but that increase is being offset by inflation. (FC, 6/7) Stay tuned next month for WRAG’s annual report on giving in our region.

MontCo schools #1 in graduation rates (Examiner, 6/7) Wait, it’s “MoCo”. Not “MontCo”. There have to be some rules for these abbreviations! Otherwise we’re going to have to put up with things like “PrinGeo” and “ArCou”.

Virginia lawmakers eyeing year-round school (Examiner, 6/7)

Another political scandal. I guess nothing changed while I was gone! Thanks very much to Rebekah for handling Daily duties while I was out.

In celebrating the life of the late, great Ray Bradbury, the Post looks at ten predictions that the science fiction writer got right. My favorite Bradbury book isn’t actually science fiction – it is the horror(ish) Something Wicked This Way Comes.

We won’t have a Daily tomorrow, but I’ll see you on Monday.

– Christian

New extensive health data rank counties…Defense cuts would cost region 159,000 jobs…Don’t forget to vote today [News, 4.3.12]

HEALTH | The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the newest data from its County Health Rankings and Roadmaps project. The project looks extensively at health indicators and outcomes, and ranks counties in each state accordingly. The data ranks Howard County as the healthiest in Maryland, and Fairfax at the top in Virginia. District of Columbia data is available, too.

The project also allows users to build “roadmaps” that “show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.”

VOTE VOTE VOTE | Well, you can only vote once, but hopefully that caught your attention. If you live in Maryland or D.C., don’t forget to vote today! It’s a right, a privilege, and a duty.

REGION | A report from Deloitte, commissioned by the Aerospace Industries Association, finds that Congress’ proposed $1 trillion in defense cuts will cost the region 159,000 jobs. That would mean nearly three local jobs would be lost for each job intentionally eliminated by the cuts. (WBJ, 4/3)

– The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities has announced the recipients of its Arts Impact Grants. (DCist, 4/3)

– The Clark Charitable Foundation has pledged $500,000 to support a Loudon County retreat for wounded veterans and their families. (Wire, 4/3)

PREPAREDNESS | Intelligence officials say that a cyber-attack on the government would have crippling physical effects on our entire region – effects so devastating that officials invoke Pearl Harbor for comparison. (WTOP, 4/3)

POLITICS | Embattled D.C. Political Donor Receives Millions In City Contracts (WAMU, 4/3) What a strange coincidence.

TRANSIT | Metro has launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging sexual harassment victims to file police reports. (WaPo, 4/3) One of the slogans – “Rub against me and I’ll expose you.” – is perhaps not the best choice for such a campaign.

Related: Metro transit police: Not quite the region’s finest (WashTimes, 4/3)

TO INFINITY…AND BEYOND! | The Air and Space Museum has a new guest – Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. The Toy Story character joins the museum’s “Moving Beyond Earth” gallery. (WaPo, 4/3) And here is my favorite Buzz Lightyear scene.

I began this post with health news, so I’ll end it with…free ice cream! Today is Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry’s (from 12-8pm). Enjoy.