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New polling shows Bowser may be making headway with her campaign strategy. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser’s strategy for triumphing over incumbent Vincent C. Gray in the upcoming Democratic mayoral primary is simple: Promote herself as the candidate with the best chance for overcoming Gray in a crowded field, appealing to the roughly two-thirds of primary voters who, according to polls, want a new mayor. Bowser got a boost last week by winning the Washington Post endorsement, and now a new poll sponsored by WRC-TVWAMU-FMThe Washington Informer and Marist College shows she may be making some headway — opening a significant lead over closest rivals Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6). But with five weeks till Election Day (and three weeks until early voting begins), the race may be entering a new phase of attacks and scrutiny. This morning, for instance, Evans will head to Bowser’s home ward to highlight his economic development platform, and look for the knives to come out during tonight’s debate broadcast live on WAMU at 7 p.m.

In other news:

Tommy Wells calls for dismissal of Paul Quander, Kenneth Ellerbe (PostWTTG-TVWashingtonianDCistLoose LipsWRC-TVWaTimesAP)

Gray shifts schools capital funds: Powell ES wins; Garrison ES loses (Post)

Archeological find means conversion of River Terrace ES into special-needs school will wait a year (WAMU-FM)

Elections board takes up whether marijuana legalization will go on November ballot (PostWaTimesDCistWAMU-FM)

Vince Gray decides not to put controversial homeless legislation in front of council just yet (Post)

Kaya Henderson will spend $5 million on making DCPS students happier (PostAPWAMU-FM)

Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund endorses David Catania mayoral run that doesn’t yet exist (Loose LipsWashingtonianGay Politics)

Muriel Bowser seeks to distinguish her economic development record from Hizzoner’s (Capital Business)

Jack Evans joins national liberal outrage over Arizona anti-gay law (Blade)

Jim Graham has doubts on streetcars (GGW)

Vincent Orange’s ambitious RFK plan encounters doubts at council hearing (WTOPWJLA-TV)

Demolition of Third Church of Christ, Scientist ends years of architectural controversy (Capital Business)

Barry Farm New Communities proposal goes to Zoning Commission with 1,879 housing units proposed (WBJHousing Complex)

Zoning Commission gives Brookland hotel developers another two years to secure financing (WBJ)

Hizzoner summits with Martin O’Malley and Terry McAuliffe today (AP)

Letter carrier is beaten and robbed near Fort Totten (PostWRC-TV)

Pit bull is found stabbed in Dupont Park; Humane Society wants answers (D.C. Crime Stories)

Where home prices rose the most in 2013 (Housing Complex)

This year’s plan for new bike lanes (WABAGGWWashingtonian)

Only 181 of the 1,425 people WMATA hired in fiscal 2013 were D.C. residents (DCist)

Why not run a Circulator line from the Lincoln Memorial to U Street? (GGW)

Georgetown manse goes under contract for $17 million (Curbed)

No apparent roadblocks to Senate confirmation of judicial nominee Tanya Chutkan (Legal Times)

Sometimes DPW ticket writers break traffic laws, and the ABC7 Watchdog is on it (WJLA-TV)

Sometimes Metro bus drivers run red lights, and Russ Ptacek is on it (WUSA-TV)

Ward 3 will soon get better water pressure (Dr. Gridlock)

Renovations to Union Station ceiling are underway (WJLA-TVDCist)

A modest taxi proposal: No credit card machine, no fare (Post letter)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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