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Our Politics Issue is online and on stands today. There’s poll results on what voters think about everything from mayor, to pot, to guns, and homeless shelters. And we make our endorsements. Read it to see who we think should be mayor, the two at-large council members, attorney general, and more.


  • A majority of D.C. voters want the city to host the summer Olympics in 2024. Here’s why that’s such a terrible idea. [Vox]
  • Attorney general candidate Edward “Smitty” Smith tried—-unsuccessfully—-to get other attorney general candidates to drop out of the race to avoid a Karl Racine win. [Loose Lips]
  • Police are investigating the second fatal stabbing in a month in Columbia Heights. The latest incident occurred Wednesday night on the 1400 block of Perry Place NW. [Washington Post]
  • The D.C. Council will hold its first hearing today on legislation that would allow the city to tax and regulate marijuana like Colorado and Washington state. [News4]


Gear Prudence: What’s a good bike-themed Halloween costume?

Remembering Ben Bradlee: Who turned out for the legendary Washington Post editor’s funeral yesterday? Everyone in official Washington.

Pimp my Restaurant:  El Camino, a Mexican restaurant from the owner of 1905, opens in Bloomingdale next month and will have red velvet tufted booths mimicking the insides of a tricked-out ride.

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

  • Washington City Paper‘s editors endorse David Catania for mayor, Paul Zukerberg for attorney general, Graylan Hagler and Elissa Silverman for at-large. [LL]
  • The Politics Issue is here! Check out polls and crosstabs on the Pigskins, pot, and whether Vince Gray should be indicted. [WCP]
  • Attorney general hopeful Edward “Smitty” Smith fails to convince other candidates to drop out.[LL]
  • Lorie Masters drops new TV ad criticizing Paul Zukerberg and Karl Racine. [LL]
  • Muslim caucus says Muslims are religiously “obligated” to back Muriel Bowser. [Post]
  • Attorney general candidates spend big on ads and mail as Election Day approaches.[LL]
  • How the low income housing plan went off the rails. [Housing Complex]
  • Welfare reform barely appears in mayoral race. [Post]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton on WPFW this afternoon. [Twitter]
  • District residents make up less than a fifth of the police force. [City Desk]
  • GGW endorses Robert White and Silverman for at-large. [GGW]
  • Bowser talks to the Blade. [Blade]
  • District plans to court medical tourists. [WBJ]
  • What’s a bike-themed Halloween costume? [City Desk]
  • PoPville reader reports a “creeper” who looks like Gray, but with a goatee. [PoPville]

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

  • Polls polls polls! Likely voters weigh in on shelters, pot, Olympics, and more. [WCP]
  • It’s insane that most Washingtonians want the Olympics here. [Vox]
  • But for the political classes, the Olympics could be just what the city needs. [Bloomberg View]
  • Marcin Gortat drops $1.6 million on Arlington house. [WBJ]
  • Legislation could give first-time homebuyers a leg up, but not before next year. [District Source]
  • Could the NoMa underpass upgrades really be a downgrade for cyclists? [WashCycle]
  • Safety in flowerpots between Gallaudet and Union Market. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Adams Morgan 2BR loft—-$699,999

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

  • Screen Vinyl Image‘s new shoegaze release is moody and well-constructed, but predictable. [Arts Desk]
  • Photos from Dupont’s high-heel drag race [DCist]
  • Wale will be the Wizards’ “cultural liaison” this season, because the ‘Zards could really use some culture liaising. [Washingtonian]
  • Watch Kathleen Hanna talk about Bikini Kill finding support for its militant feminism in D.C. in the new documentary Positive Force: More Than a Witness. [Bandwidth]
  • Playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings on how her sons inspired her play about hip-hop culture, Not Enuf Lifetimes, now showing at the Atlas Performing Arts Center [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Jason Derulo borrowed from a bevy of other pop performers at his show at the Fillmore [Post]

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

  • Where to find restaurant Halloween specials and parties [Washingtonian]
  • Thanksgiving menus and to-go options [Post]
  • Wild Wings opens at Euclid and Georgia Ave. NW. [PoPville]
  • Five big chef changes you should know about [Zagat]
  • Halloween punch recipes from Gina Chersevani [Express]
  • Monsanto hired this guy to help win over millennials. [NPR]
  • Chinese and Thai restaurant Lucky Pot opens in Courthouse. [ARLnow]