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Seven months after she secured the Democratic mayoral nomination, Muriel Bowser crushed her opponent David Catania in the general election to become D.C.’s next mayor.


  • D.C. voters overwhelmingly voted to approve the legalization of marijuana in the city. Now the legislation just has to pass Congress. [Loose Lips]
  • Karl Racine won the District’s first-ever attorney general race. [Washington Post]
  • In Maryland, Democrats lost control over the gubernatorial mansion in a stunning upset. [Politico]
  • The Virginia senate race was remarkably close. The incumbent, Democrat Mark Warner, gave a victory speech, but his opponent Ed Gillespie has not conceded the race. A recount is possible. [Washington Post]


Family Affair: The Silverman family partied and gushed over each other last night as they celebrated former reporter Elissa Silverman winning an at-large D.C. Council seat. As expected, incumbent Anita Bonds won the second seat up for grabs.

Oh Carol: The perennial mayoral candidate had a grand ole ball on the campaign trail yesterday. She also had fun at her election watch party, where she didn’t let her loss stop her from dancing.

Bad Day: David Catania fought back tears last night as he conceded the mayoral race to Muriel Bowser. Catania gave up his at-large council seat to run for mayor. “Not all fights are winnable,” he said. “The important thing is to fight.”

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

  • Muriel Bowser wins the mayoral race by nearly 20 percent over David Catania. [LL, APPost, WAMU, DCist]
  • Bowser’s speech focuses on urgency. [LL]
  • Voters approve marijuana legalization even as advocates strike a cautious tone. [City DeskTimesPost, WAMU, DCist]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says she’ll defend pot initiative from Congress. [City Desk]
  • Elissa Silverman is your newest at-large councilmember. [LLPost]
  • Catania asks supporters to help Bowser succeed in his concession speech; finds some takers. [LL]
  • Single-digit vote totals can’t stop Carol Schwartz from boogeying. [LL, LL]
  • More on Election Day. [LL, LL, LL, LL]
  • Deputy mayor pushes back on Courtland Milloy‘s descriptions of New Communities. [Post]
  • Post ed board cheers Bowser’s election. [Post]
  • Inmate who had his conviction overturned sues the District. [Post]
  • Even this dog likes Initiative 71. [City Desk]
  • Conveniently for politicians on the ballot, D.C. United stadium report doesn’t appear until the day after Election Day. [Deadspin]
  • Marion Barry says his talking about a rump-kicking for Catania is just how people talk in Ward 8. [LL]
  • Roast of the mayoral candidates should itself be set ablaze. [LL]
  • Ward 4 operatives started eying Bowser’s Council seat before she even won. [LL]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Affordable rental building and rowhouses planned near Benning Road Metro. [UrbanTurf]
  • Navy Yard gets its long-awaited Harris Teeter. [DCist]
  • Barry Farm redevelopment doesn’t do justice to the site’s history. [Post]
  • Expanding church buys Blue Castle near Navy Yard. [WBJ]
  • Signs of instability in the housing market [CityLab]
  • GSA weighs leaving another big D.C. building. [WBJ]
  • ANC committee signs off on parking-free Blagden Alley micro-units. [SALM]
  • An update on demolition at The Wharf [SWTLQTC]
  • Today on the market: Adams Morgan 2BR condo—-$545,500

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • A preview of the photography exhibitions, talks, and workshops of FotoWeek DC [BYT]
  • Sara Curtin, one half of local folk-pop act the Sweater Set, released a sultry solo track, “Summer,” inspired by D’Angelo. [Bandwidth]
  • An onstage marriage proposal at Round House Theatre [Post]
  • Big Hush recorded its new EP, Wholes, with all its members playing together in the same room. [DCist]
  • November’s museum and gallery openings [Washingtonian]
  • An angry pianist asked classical music critic Anne Midgette to strike her unfavorable review of his performance from the Internet. Does he have a “right to be forgotten”? [Post]
  • Quotidian Theatre Company’s Hedda Gabler is “awkward and amateurish.” [Post]

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

  • After eight years, Duffy’s closed last night. [PoPville]
  • Barracks Row Entertainment sued for fraud, conspiracy, and racketeering. [WBJ]
  • 15 things you’ll want to eat now that marijuana legalization Initiative 71 passed [Post]
  • Pastry chef Chris Ford is back in D.C. with a new gig at Bryan Voltaggio‘s restaurants. [Eater]
  • 17 new party spaces around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Domino’s becomes a tech company that happens to make pizza. [NPR]
  • Taste test of the Gibson‘s fall cocktail menu [BYT]