The third-place finish for Patrick Mara, middle, has D.C. Republicans wondering about their future. (Amanda Voisard for The Washintgton Post)

The election’s over, which means it’s time for recriminations. First up: The D.C. Republican Party, which saw its best hopes in a decade of electing one of its own to the D.C. Council vanish with Patrick Mara’s third-place finish. Less than 12 hours after final results were in, D.C. GOP Chairman Ron Phillips sent a missive to party members lamenting the “collapse” of the Mara campaign and pledging to get to the bottom of the electoral “disaster.” That led Mara’s campaign manager to lash out at Phillips, including noting that he pushed Mara to sign a National Rifle Association pledge that would have doomed Mara’s crossover appeal. Phillips said the party will rise again: “The Republican Party is not dead. We are going to rebuild from this, and we’re going to be a better party.”

In other news:

Who is Muriel Bowser? (City Paper)

Celebrating Anita Bonds’s win, the old guard partied heartily at the Channel Inn (Loose Lips)

Yes, Bonds is quitting her job with Fort Myer Construction (AP)

Tuesday showcased voter apathy, little else, Harry Jaffe says (Examiner column)

Bonds: “We don’t need anyone here who’s stealing, it’s as simple as that” (WUSA-TV)

Mara: “I’m still the only Republican on the board of education” (DCist)

Did you know: The “Washington Post editorial [and] Metro pages … spin narratives that are misleading and inaccurate” (

Time for instant-runoff voting? (Post editorial)

You are not likely to examine public officials’ text messages by filing an FOIA request (DCist)

Ethics board is recommending council make significant changes, including criminalizing some conflict-of-interest violations (Examiner)

Latest Hill East proposal is mixed-use, has 353 units of rental housing (UrbanTurfHousing Complex)

Why isn’t development there a bigger priority for the city? (Housing Complex)

Survey shows large majority of D.C. residents support traffic cameras (Examiner)

Referendum passage has meant “more robust discussions about congressional action on budget autonomy,” EHN says (AP)

Now, “There’s a lot of wait and see, and it’s going to be kind of a long wait” (WaTimes)

Fifteen ways to infuriate Congress (City Desk)

CareFirst is proposing a 25 percent rate hike in Maryland (Wonkblog)

Sequestration is about to hit the beloved Tuition Assistance Grant program (Post)

Stepson accused of killing D.C. cop will be held without bond in Prince George’s (Post)

Three men go to trial for T.C. Maslin beating (PostWJLA-TV)

Remembering Frank Zampatori, Capitol Hill activist, dead at 68 (Blade)

Rahmaan Jamal Ward, 32, is shot to death Tuesday near Shipley Terrace (WRC-TV)

Council proposal to give illegal immigrants ID cards irks Deborah Simmons (WaTimes)

Trump hotel design gets initial thumbs-up from Commission on Fine Arts (Capital Business)

With fewer curbside spaces, Zipcar is now keeping its cars at Colonial Parking garages (WBJ)

Bowser gets heat after Bob King, backer of gay marriage referendum, is listed on lengthy host committee list (Blade)

Feds shut down party bus service due to lack of driver drug testing (WBJ)

New Connecticut Avenue crosswalk system is kind of confusing (WRC-TV)

What the vicinity of Florida and Sherman avenues will look like should developers have their way (Housing Complex)

D.C. government is auctioning half-off homes (Informer)

Guilty plea in $212,000 Medicaid fraud case (WBJ)

WPFW-FM could be homeless on May 25 (Arts Desk)

Pedestrian is badly injured after being struck by car in Scott Circle (Dr. Gridlock)

What the monumental core would look like after the ice caps melt (CWG)

Farewell, Martin! (DCist)

Farewell, Alan! (LL)