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It’s time to go to the polls, folks. Although D.C. voters won’t have much of a say in the already-settled Democratic presidential primary race today, they will be able to decide D.C. Council contests—that is, if they turnout. Check out our visualization of which council candidates have raised the most money, and follow us throughout the day for election coverage.


  • Ex-Mayor Vince Gray voted for himself in the Ward 7 race this morning. He got heckled. [Loose Lips]
  • The former mayor and Councilmember Yvette Alexander went to Denny’s. Tension ensued. [NBC4]
  • Gray has thrown his support behind Ward 8 hopeful Trayon White, opposing LaRuby May. [Loose Lips]
  • Anti-gay graffiti in Dupont Circle became anti-gun graffiti. [Borderstan, City Desk]
  • Hundreds gathered in the circle itself on Monday night for a vigil for the Orlando shooting victims. [NBC4]
  • How are gay bars and other places increasing security in the wake of attacks like Sunday’s? [Post, NBC4]
  • Advocates for restaurant workers are filing another minimum-wage ballot initiative. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • Nats player Bryce Harper wears D.C. statehood shirt, stirs Twitterstorm. [NBC4, New York Daily News] 


  • Metro Money: The Federal Transit Administration is granting Metro $20 million to help fund SafeTrack.
  • SafeTrack Cycling Bump? Will Metro’s maintenance plan lead to more cyclists? Gear Prudence ponders.
  • Working the Polls: The D.C. Board of Elections says it has prepared 1,900 election workers for Tuesday.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • It’s primary day. Find your polling place. [DCBOE]
  • Follow LL on City Paper‘s site and on Twitter for updates throughout election day. [Twitter]
  • Muriel Bowser‘s hopes are on the line with Council races. [Times]
  • Yvette Alexander heckles Vince Gray, then says he’s the rude one—for running against her. [NBC4]
  • Gray backs Trayon White with a robocall in Ward 8. [LL]
  • Post ed board re-ups their council endorsements. [Post]
  • Gray out-raises Alexander in Ward 7. [LL]
  • Activists take aim at the tipped minimum wage. [WAMU]
  • Considering who doesn’t go to ANC meetings (nearly everyone). [GGW]
  • More on the District’s pointless presidential primary. [WAMU]
  • Deborah Simmons with more on the bruising D.C. Board of Elections audit. [Times] 

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

  • Listen to Thaylobleu‘s debut album, Oscars & Jellyfish. [Bandwidth]
  • Joe’s Record Paradise plans to reopen in a few weeks. [WCP]
  • Holocaust Museum gets $20 million gift to fund and update its permanent exhibition. [Post]
  • Photos from this year’s Pride Parade. [BYT]
  • Dupont Circle’s Books for America is closing. [DCist]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Where to get the best beer-and-shot combos in D.C. [Thrillist]
  • The 10 hottest new bars in D.C. [Zagat]
  • Everything you missed at the RAMMYS. [Eater]
  • Jrink introduces smoothie bowls. [BYT]
  • Lunch with Jose Andres [The New Yorker]
  • Swampoodle opens at 14th and Colorado streets NW. [PoPville]