As you may have heard, a close vote on a procedural motion in the U.S. Senate today means that the residents of the nation's capitol may not get the right to vote any time soon. But not all of today's news about democracy in the District of Columbia today was bad. D.C.'s City Council has the power to enact local legislation and today it voted to pass the Payday Loan Consumer Protection Act, which will make payday lenders subject to the District's 24% interest rate cap. Although the bill had been the subject of some intense and questionable industry lobbying efforts that continued up until the last minute, the members of the Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of it. The only dissenting vote was cast by D.C.'s unpredictable former mayor, Marion Barry, who originally cosponsored the bill but then made a bizarre about-face for which he still hasn't provided a satisfactory explanation.