DC Governance is looking pretty ugly these days
1. Allegations that the Mayor's campaign paid someone to keep running, and hired lots of cronies/children for jobs. See "From behind his shades, Sulaimon Brown talks to council" from the Post.
2. Conflict of interest with regard to online gaming on the part of At-Large Councilman Michael Brown. See "Gambling man " from the Post.
3. The "smooth ride" desire on the part of the Council Chairman. See "Kwame Brown's SUV saga continues " from the Post.
4. The alleged misuse of funds to the tune of more than $300,000 by Ward 5 City Councilman Harry Thomas, Jr. See "D.C. attorney general: Thomas diverted funds " from the Post. How is that different from the graft that gets former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson a long stay in prison? (See "The rise and fall of Jack B. Johnson " from the Post.)
I have always thought that with the campaign for DC Statehood, that local government officials would want to demonstrate a high capacity for quality in governance and ethics, but that doesn't seem to be on the agenda.
Also see "Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C., 1964 to 1994," the book review from the Washington Monthly, and "City as a Growth Machine: Toward a Political Economy of Place" from the American Journal of Sociology (1976).