The final weekend


Gray chats with Frances Johnson during a July 2013 walk-through in Ward 8. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Months of campaigning have come down to this: A statistically tied race for the Democratic mayoral nomination and four last days on the campaign trail. The Post’s Paul Schwartzman looks at how incumbent Vincent C. Gray is making his closing argument: by preaching to the choir and hoping they’ll stand up again and sing. “Gray is staking his political future on the black neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River where he won overwhelming support four years ago,” he writes. “And he is rebutting with renewed vigor any questions about his ethics.” The Gray strategy has sought to lock up his base — through a Marion Barry endorsement, black-radio ads, even a new hospital proposal for Ward 8 — while sowing last-minute doubts about surging challenger Muriel Bowser.

NB: Big pre-election Politics Hour extravaganza at noon. Tune in and call in!

In other news:

Amid search of Kenilworth Park, Cathy Lanier says we “cannot ignore” that Relisha Rudd may be dead (PostPostTV)

Grand jury is investigating mother’s possible obstruction of justice (Post)

In the wake of Relisha’s disappearance, The Community Partnership’s shelter management comes under question (Post)

Council hearing today on the shelter’s safety (APWaTimes)

Post poll: Anita Bonds well-positioned in at-large race (Post)

Mayoral voters look for alternatives to Gray (AP)

D.C. is growing faster than any regional jurisdiction except Loudoun County (PostGGW)

Asked about her record, Muriel Bowser gets snippy (DCist)

“Alice Deal for all”: education plan, or bumper sticker? (WAMU-FM)

More stories from across the city about the intersection of life and politics (WAMU-FM)

Remember that time Vincent Gray and Bob Bennett investigated and censured Marion Barry? (Post column)

Vincent Orange went to court seeking to be included in the Channel 9 debate (Loose Lips@ZoeTillman)

Gray cuts ribbon on playground at Turkey Thicket — which is also an early voting site (AP)

With Alaska senator’s commitment, budget autonomy could soon get Senate consideration (DofDRoll Call)

The fight for the second Capitol statute begins (DCist)

In praise of David Grosso’s election reform proposals (Post editorial)

Terry McAuliffe gives away some Jeff Thompson donations (AP)

Muriel Bowser, Sharon Pratt and the sexism faced by D.C. candidates (Blade)

Wine bar owner is getting in at-large council race as independent (Loose Lips)

Cops over 60 are told to retire or get fired (WTTG-TV)

Georgetown University explains how it responded to ricin reports (Post)

More liquor licenses available in Georgetown (WBJ)

Major exterior home renovations in historic districts now need to be placarded (SLAM)

D.C. taxpayers are paying to cart Chris Brown here from L.A. (Reliable Source)

Blagden Alley is about to get fancified (UrbanTurf)

Where D.C. residents can walk to a grocery store (GGW)

Bike lanes are not really reserved for bikes (WTOP)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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