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Happy Election Day, D.C. Bring an umbrella. After yesterday’s record-setting drenching, the rain may let up slightly this morning with more showers and wind around midday.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • The Initiative 77 effect. Here’s how the voter-approved, Council-repealed elimination of D.C.’s tipped wage could impact today’s election even though it’s not even on the ballot.

  • Aging, outdated, and broken fire fighting equipment in D.C. is putting lives at risk. And the department hasn’t budgeted enough to replace them, via The Washington Times.

  • D.C. residents are suing for the right to elect congressional representatives despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2000 explicitly denying that right.

  • A crowdfunding site has raised more than $100,000 “to help Mark Judge rebuild his life.” The site, Funding Morality, claims that Judge was “unwillingly thrust into the national spotlight” during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Judge ostensibly could have corroborated or contradicted sexual assault accusations against Kavanaugh, but never testified. Funding Morality is backed by an organization that has strong ties to gay conversion therapy, Washingtonian reports.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals(tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • All the endorsement information you could ever ask for in the D.C. Council races. [DCLine]

  • Once again, some helpful election guides: D.C. Board of Elections, WAMU, WTOP

  • And some boozy specials to carry you throughout the day: DCist, WTOP, Eater

  • ICYMI: In the Ward 3 race, a DJ annoys the incumbent. [WCP]

  • The married Libertarian couple running for Council chair and D.C. attorney general respectively know they’re not going to win. But they can’t stand the idea of incumbents running unopposed. [DCist]

  • A progressive incumbent vs. a mayor-backed small business owner: The battle between Councilmember Elissa Silverman and challenger Dionne Reeder is this cycle’s most competitive local race. [Post, Post]

  • On the 40th anniversary of Marion Barry’s first mayoral election, here is the first in WTOP’s three-part series on D.C.’s favorite mayor. [WTOP]

  • The New York Times election needle is back, and memories of the 2016 election along with it. [Washingtonian]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Seasons & Sessions opens Friday in Adams Morgan with live music and an arcade. [WCP]

  • Did you catch Federalist Pig on House of Cards? [Washingtonian]

  • Barack Obamareally loves this local doughnut shop. [DCist]

  • In major reservation platform acquisition, RESY acquires Reserve. [Eater]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Apparently The Shakespeare Theatre has a secret shrine to Elvis Presley. [WAMU]

  • Artist Evan Roth explains how your internet cache can make for a very modern self-portrait. [Washingtonian]

  • You can now visit the Black Panther costume from the movie at the Smithsonian’s African American Museum. [AFRO]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Amazon will reportedly split its second East Coast headquarters between two locations, in Crystal City, Virginia, and Queens, New York. [NYT]

  • How much will the tech behemoth’s presence in the region affect housing prices? Not all that much, according to DCPC. [DC Policy Center]

  • Organizers believe the 11th Street Bridge Park will be complete by 2023. [Urban Turf]

  • The head of a planning office in Maryland resigned amid an investigation into design flaws of the MGM National Harbor, a project approved by his department. [Post]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Baseball analyst Ray Knight will not be on Nationals broadcasts on MASN after the network did not pick up his 2019 contact option. [Post]

  • Three starters on the local NFL team, guards Brandon Scherff andShawn Lauvao and starting wide receiver Paul Richardson, have been ruled out of the season with injury. [USA Today]

  • The Georgetown women’s soccer team received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament after winning its third straight Big East title. [NCAA.com]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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