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The lamest duck

Muriel Bowser may be acting mayoral, but Vincent C. Gray will remain in office for nine more months. (Melina Mara/ The Washington Post)

Muriel Bowser on Wednesday, fresh off her Democratic primary win, looked mayoral and acted mayoral in her first news briefing at the National Press Club, where she embraced the tag of “presumptive” mayor-elect despite a not-inconsequential general election campaign to come. But — and a major but here — she is not the mayor for at least nine months. That remains Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who now begins an unprecedented nine-month lame duck period, during which he’ll be trying to move a budget through a D.C. Council containing two of his likely successors. Bowser hinted Wednesday she intended to occupy a role in the process that outstrips her status as a ward representative and committee chair: “I will work with my colleagues on the council to make sure there are priorities that I can support when I get in office.”

In other news:

More on Bowser’s first day as Democratic nominee and the coming general election race (WaTimesAPWUSA-TVWTTG-TVWBJDCistAP)

After “ridiculous” late vote count Tuesday, officials demand answers and action from Board of Elections (Post)

A timeline of Tuesday night’s tabulation woes (Post)

“Even more distressing is that this was not the first time the District has been embarrassed or its residents inconvenienced by the amateurish operation of its elections office” (Post editorial)

Tuesday’s turnout is likely to end up as the lowest for a mayoral primary since 1986 (Post)

Jonetta Rose Barras blames “corruption fatigue” (Post column)

The big winner Tuesday: “dismay and disinterest” (Blade column)

Bad turnout means new focus on moving back the primary date (WAMU-FM)

No, it wasn’t Ron Machen who beat Vincent Gray (DofDSlate)

Won’t be a cakewalk for Bowser, says Jonetta Rose Barras (Post column)

Anita Bonds says she’ll call in national Dems’ help to beat Catania (DofD)

Bob McCartney has some questions for Bowser, including: Can she grow a thicker skin? (Post column)

Tom Sherwood: “time to cue the Fenty Comparison Contest” (WRC-TV)

“For Gray, Tuesday’s election played out like a citywide April Fools’ joke played on him” (Loose Lips)

Out: “One City.” In: “All Eight Wards.” (Loose Lips)

With Jim Graham loss and Tommy Wells exit, change is coming to the D.C. Council (WJLA-TVWRC-TV)

New speculation about Christopher Barry succeeding his father: “When and if that times comes for me to serve on the city council, I may step up and do it” (Informer)

Howie Kurtz thinks the Post should have done a better job covering Bowser’s legislative record (Fox News)

Does dismal east-of-the-river turnout prove the shadow campaign mattered? (Loose Lips)

The LGBT Tuesday tally: eight wins, eight losses (Blade)

On school reform, “it is more than likely that Bowser and her opponent for the city’s top office, David Catania, are more than likely to stay the course on the reforms that Fenty began and Gray continued” (Dropout Nation)

Judge: CityCenter developers don’t have to pay Davis-Bacon wages (WBJ)

SCOTUS ruling probably means the end of D.C.’s limit on aggregate campaign giving (WAMU-FM)

D.C. Health Link’s outreach strategy involved canvassing bars and laundromats (WBJ)

Next big challenge: selling the exchange to small businesses (WBJ)

Eleanor Holmes Norton urges feds to fast-track Virginia Avenue Tunnel study (Dr. Gridlock)

You really can’t hide your divorce in the District of Columbia (Gawker)

Irv Nathan responds to Paul Zukerberg’s slams (HuffPo)

City Human Rights office will campaign for gender-neutral single-occupancy bathrooms (DCist)

Arrest made in Barry Farm killing (Post)

D.C. Water town halls this week and next (Post)

Eataly could end up at 395 air rights site, aka Capitol Crossing (UrbanTurf)

Free outdoor wi-fi in NoMa (WBJ)

Potholepalooza starts next week, for real this time (WUSA-TV)

Gray’s lack of concession call: Latest in emerging trend! (The Fix)

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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