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DAYBREAK DAILY: Flap in Annapolis leaves 'House of Cards' in limbo

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Two dead in Fort Washington; Secret Service undergoes shakeup; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

NOT IN THE CARDS: At least for now, per the Baltimore Sun, “The breakdown in Annapolis over boosting incentives for films and television series shot in Maryland has left the state without enough money to give Netflix's "House of Cards" what it was seeking to produce its next season here, officials acknowledged Tuesday. House and Senate members failed Monday night to reach agreement on legislation that would have provided $3.5 million in additional tax credits for the coming year — money intended to cover the gap between what "House of Cards" is seeking and what the state will be able to spend.

"House of Cards," the popular series about an unscrupulous Washington politician played by Kevin Spacey, has filmed much of its first two seasons in Baltimore and in Harford County, including renting space from The Baltimore Sun. The series producer, Media Rights Capital of Beverly Hills, Calif., has warned state officials that if it can't get sufficient tax credits for the third season — scheduled to start filming this summer — it would have no other choice but to break down its sets and move the production to another state. A spokesman for MRC declined to comment Tuesday. But the company's lobbyist in Annapolis said it didn't look like legislators had put enough in the state's film tax incentive pot to accommodate the company's request.” http://bsun.md/1kJpr1F

MEANWHILE: Of chess, per the Washington Post, “. . . The next move belongs to “House of Cards.” Its lobbyist, Gerard E. Evans, said he does not know what the show will do. “I don’t think they realized what they did,” Evans said of the lawmakers, “the message that it sends to the film industry.”

“Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) said Tuesday that the state will find the money to keep “House of Cards” and “Veep” filming in the state. The governor’s office is working with “House of Cards” to reach an agreement, a spokeswoman said.” http://wapo.st/1iv2DkC

CONFEDERATE HISTORY MONTH: Or not, per the Virginian-Pilot, “There's no danger Gov. Terry McAuliffe will commit the same error as his predecessor when proclaiming April Confederate History Month in Virginia because McAuliffe doesn't plan to grant that recognition during his four-year tenure. So said McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy when asked about such a designation: "We ain't doing that."

“Coy said the governor has no plans to recognize Confederate History Month as some past Virginia governors have, and he said the McAuliffe administration hasn't been asked to. . . Gov. Bob McDonnell stepped into controversy in April 2010 when he resumed a practice embraced by some past GOP governors and issued a Confederate History Month proclamation. What McDonnell failed to do was acknowledge slavery or its role in the Civil War. An almost immediate outcry prompted McDonnell to swiftly apologize for the omission and amend the original proclamation.” http://bit.ly/1g6mbxj

MEDICAID EXPANSION: Or not, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The Virginia Senate has approved its version of the state budget with a plan for extending health coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians, but the spending plan is not likely to go anywhere in the House of Delegates.

"The 22-15 vote on Tuesday sends the Senate budget to the House and substitutes the Marketplace Virginia plan for the two-year Medicaid expansion pilot Gov. Terry McAuliffe proposed after the General Assembly adjourned without a budget on March 8. . . Before leaving, both sides in the bitter debate took pains to remind taxpayers of who is responsible for the gridlock — the other guys.” http://bit.ly/1jt1eNI

MEDICARE: And doctors’ booty, per the New York Times, “A tiny fraction of the 880,000 doctors and other health care providers who take Medicare accounted for nearly a quarter of the roughly $77 billion paid out to them under the federal program, receiving millions of dollars each in some cases in a single year, according to the most detailed data ever released in Medicare’s nearly 50-year history.

“In 2012, 100 doctors received a total of $610 million, ranging from a Florida ophthalmologist who was paid $21 million by Medicare to dozens of doctors, eye and cancer specialists chief among them, who received more than $4 million each that year. While more money by far is spent for routine office visits than any other single expenditure, one of the most heavily reimbursed procedures — costing a total of $1 billion for 143,000 patients — is for a single treatment for an eye disorder common in the elderly.” http://nyti.ms/1hfKF8s

MEANWHILE: Simply put, per the Los Angeles Times, “Ending decades of secrecy, Medicare is showing what the giant healthcare program for seniors pays individual doctors, and the figures reveal that more than a dozen physicians received in excess of $10 million each in 2012.

“The Obama administration is releasing a detailed account Wednesday of $77 billion in government payouts to more than 880,000 healthcare providers nationwide that year. The release of payment records involving doctors has been legally blocked since 1979, but recent court rulings removed those obstacles. No personal information on patients is disclosed.” http://lat.ms/1g6ueKz

CAT FIGHT: Or something like that, per The Hill, “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday accused Secretary of State John Kerry of presiding over a “trifecta” of foreign policy disasters. McCain lambasted his former Senate colleague at a hearing in which Kerry faced wide-ranging criticism about the administration’s handling of crises in the Middle East and Ukraine. “I think you’re about to hit the trifecta,” McCain declared.” http://bit.ly/1szpOBb

POLITICO PLAY: “The Department of Justice has prevailed — at least in part — in a long-running and politically charged battle with Louisiana over the state’s private school voucher program. Starting this fall, Louisiana must provide the agency with timely information about the racial background of participating students each year so the Justice Department can monitor the program’s effect on school segregation, a federal judge ruled Tuesday night.” http://politi.co/1iwfUJI

NEXT MOVE: Of open chairs, City Paper, “Since Tommy Wells chose running for mayor over hanging on to his Ward 6 D.C. Council post, he's scheduled to leave the Wilson Building with fellow lame duck Jim Graham in January. Instead, though, Wells could end up just switching seats. With David Catania giving up his at-large seat to launch his own mayoral run, Wells says he's considering running for Catania's old seat.

“If Wells opts to compete for the minority party set-aside at-large seat, which (since he missed the Democratic primary) is his only option for remaining on the Council, he'll have to switch his party registration to independent. Among Wells' competition if he makes the leap: Rev. Graylan Hagler, second-place 2013 at-large race candidate Elissa Silverman, the owner of a Logan Circle wine bar, ex- Eleanor Holmes Norton staffer Robert White, an Adams Morgan ANC commissioner, and probably five more people by the time LL is done writing this.” http://bit.ly/1i0ji1X

SILVER SPRING TRANSIT CENTER: Of never-ending construction, per Gazette.Net, “As spring brings warmer temperatures, crews will soon begin work on some of the final stages of the Silver Spring Transit Center. But when the facility, at the corner of Colesville Road and Wayne Avenue, will be open to residents is still an open question and could depend on whether more work will be needed to help secure the facility’s interior beams.

“That could delay the opening for up to a year or more. The project has been in the works for years and the facility was originally scheduled to open in 2011. Soon, crews will begin laying latex-modified concrete in an effort to correct cracks in the building.” http://bit.ly/1lPy12G

A HUNT: Just the facts, per the Frederick News-Post, “Maryland State Police are continuing to investigate tips they’ve received since releasing a sketch of a man who tried to sexually assault two women on Sunday at Walkersville Community Park. Sgt. Rick Bachtel of the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division said Tuesday the agency received several tips after the sketch was released Monday.” http://bit.ly/1eqemP3

LONG TIME COMING: Fresh blood, per ARLnow, “For the first time in 15 years, a non-Democrat will sit on the Arlington County Board. John Vihstadt, a Republican who ran as an independent with the endorsement of the local Republican and Green parties, has won the special election to replace Chris Zimmerman (D) on the Arlington County Board.

“Vihstadt captured 57 percent of the vote to Democrat Alan Howze’s 41 percent. Independent Green candidate Janet Murphy and independent Stephen Holbrook each captured about 1 percent of the vote.” http://bit.ly/1qpF9Rd

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Florida 5-0; Caps beat St. Louis 4-1.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Security experts are warning all Internet users to change all of their passwords because of a threat called Heartbleed that breached encryption technology used to securely transmit email, e-commerce transactions, social networking posts and other Web traffic. http://wj.la/1egTq2H

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are D.C. Councilman David Catania, who will be asked about his mayoral bid, and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, who will be asked about the FBI HQ pursuit, the just-concluded legislative session, the 2014 elections and more.

--Skip Wood

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