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Jonetta Rose Barras: The budget as campaign tool

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When Mayor Vincent C. Gray informally presented his proposed $12 billion 2014 budget to D.C. Council members last week, those gathered in his ceremonial office in the John A. Wilson Building might have thought him Pope Francis incarnate. Legislators offered platitudes and seemed ready to kiss his ring. Even Ward 3's Mary Cheh, who, less than a year ago called for his resignation, was...