Abysmal voter turnout and a decidedly un-sexy spate of primary races means the city’s got four more years of much of the same. Expect an overcast sky this Wednesday.


  • Fifty-five percent of D.C. voters cast their ballots in favor of Initiative 77, the measure to slowly phase out the tipped minimum wage through 2026. The city’s poorest wards threw their weight behind the referendum, while the richest voted against it. Opponents issued a statement after the results were tallied promising that the fight to destroy 77 isn’t over.

  • Incumbents had a terrific showing Tuesday night, with nary a primary challenger toppling candidates who currently hold office. Read City Paper’s dispatches from a handful of the candidates’ watch parties for more context on the races and their stakes.

  • Protesters confronted Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsenwhile she dined at MXDC on Tuesday night. Miriam’s Kitchen organizer and advocate for the homeless Jesse Rabinowitz reportedly asked Nielsen how she can “enjoy a Mexican dinner as you’re deporting and imprisoning tens of thousands of people who come here seeking asylum in the United States?” The Associated Press reported Tuesday night that DHS has separated hundreds of babies and toddlers from their parents, placing them into “tender age” shelters in South Texas.


  • Wonder Woman 2An unconfirmed movie is filming in D.C., so be wary of road closures.

  • If you’re at a marijuana pop-up event, stay vigilant.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • By the numbers: How candidates performed in the District’s primary races. [WCP]

  • Recapping last night’s June primary results on air. [Kojo]

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

  • Trillectro is back, announces this year’s iteration on Sept. 22 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, with SZA, 2 Chainz, RL Grime, Rico Nasty, Beau Young Prince, and more. [DC Music Download]

  • The National Cathedral is a little blue. [DCist]

  • Crescendo in Blue: What happened to the D.C. jazz venues of yesteryear? [WCP]

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

  • Initiative 77 passed 55 to 45 percent. What will the D.C. Council do? [WCP]

  • Four scenarios for what could happen next with Initiative 77. [Washingtonian]

  • D.C.’s newest Japanese restaurant opens Friday with sushi and grilled meat. [WCP]

  • Vernon Davisis getting into Jamba Juice. [WBJ]

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

  • D.C. General replacement shelters are “significantly behind schedule,” and the subcontractor responsible for building the shelters was never vetted by the city. [WCP]

  • Two D.C. Council committees will hold a hearing on that troubled plan, forcing government witnesses to go under oath. [Twitter]

  • New rules for short-term rentals in Montgomery County go into effect next month. [WTOP]

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

  • Hyattsville native Frances Tiafoe will return to the Citi Open tennis tournament this summer. The 20-year-old won his first ATP title earlier this year in Delray Beach, Florida and will be one of several young, rising stars on the pro tennis tour playing in the hardcourt summer tournament at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center that runs July 28 to August 5. [WCP]

  • Political reporter Kelly Cohen went viral on Monday after CNN cameras caught her shocked reaction when news broke that Capitals coach Barry Trotz was resigning. Cohen was covering a Senate Judiciary hearing for the Washington Examiner and had fun with her viral fame, tweeting “don’t ever let anyone tell you women aren’t passionate about sports.” [WJLA]

  • The Washington Nationals added two-time All-Star relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals, which further bolsters manager Davey Martinez’s bullpen. Adding Herrera, ESPN wrote, shows that the Nationals “mean business.” [ESPN]


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