DAYBREAK DAILY: Poll shows majority of Virginians oppose Medicaid expansion
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MEDICAID EXPANSION: Of public sentiment, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “A majority of Virginia voters now oppose Medicaid expansion in the state, according to a new survey on the issue and budget stalemate released Thursday. Roughly 53 percent oppose expansion, while 41 percent support it, according to the survey conducted by the Wason center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.
“The numbers represent a reversal from results of a Wason survey in February, which showed support for expansion at 56 percent, compared to 38 percent of opposition. While 7 out of 10 voters want Democrats who favor expansion and Republicans who are opposed to find a compromise on the issue, the results suggest the argument made by GOP lawmakers made to separate the issue from budget negotiations is winning support.” http://bit.ly/1mFCi6O
MEANWHILE: Foreboding words for Gov. Terry McAuliffe, per the Washington Post editorial board, “. . . Mr. McAuliffe, a Democrat who promised in his campaign to expand Medicaid, said he has the tools to prod Virginia Republicans to make a deal. So far, though, there’s no sign that he’s using them — or even what they might be. Judging from the available public evidence, he seems long on determination but short on strategies.
“He might start by describing to Virginians the paralysis and hardships that are likely to befall the state if Republicans continue to refuse any semblance of compromise and the government shuts down. As in other states, Virginia probably would conjure a way to maintain essential services, such as prisons and mental health institutions, but most of the state’s public employees, more than 100,000 of them, probably would be furloughed, and a wide array of functions used by residents would grind to a halt.” http://wapo.st/1laI5S4
HOUSE: Of cards, per the Baltimore Sun, “If there is one message that came through this week in Netflix executive Ted Sarados telling Wall Street analysts that the problems between “House of Cards” and Maryland are “over-comeable,” it is that enough’s enough. The impasse and bickering have gone on long enough, and it’s time to get back onto the soundstages and make Season 3.
“The message from the chief content executive at Netflix was sent not just to Wall Street, where the kinds of questions that can affect stock prices are starting to get asked; it was sent first and foremost in a very public way to Media Rights Capital, the production company to which Netflix paid $100 million to make Seasons 1 and 2.” http://bsun.md/1k8EVgs
SURGICAL WONDER: Just the facts, per ABC7-WJLA, “We met Kodie Brown, nickname Koko, who just turned three years old. She was with her grandfather, Derrick Ferguson, a D.C. Police officer, and they had just returned from Los Angeles along with grandmother Roshann Ferguson, where on March 28, Kodie underwent the first of a series of surgeries from the Face Forward Clinic – free of charge. "Face Forward L.A., they were like heaven-sent because we didn't know how we were going to get the surgery done," said Derrick.
“Kodie's injuries are the result of an argument between her parents at this Minnesota and 18th SE bus stop when Kodie was just 20 months old. With Kodie in her arms, the mother – 19-year-old Salina Brown, tried to board the bus when the father – 27-year-old Javon Foster – started shooting. One of the 40-caliber bullets went through Salina’s face then struck Kodie’s face. Salina died as a result, and the father fled and later killed himself. Kodie was hospitalized in critical condition.” http://wj.la/1mFTuJu
SILVER LINE: Hard to keep a straight face, per the Associated Press, “The authority overseeing the Silver Line Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner to Reston says work on the $3 billion project is belatedly nearing completion. Officials still do not have a projected opening date, but some public officials are hopeful the line will open by the end of summer.
“On Thursday the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority declared that the project is "substantially complete." The contractor tried back in February to say the project had reached that checkpoint, but MWAA found multiple deficiencies in the contractor's work. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which runs the Metrorail system, said it could take custody of the project late next month; it would then have 90 days to run its own testing.” http://apne.ws/1lMVlL2
SETBACKS FOR POTUS: A double shot, per the New York Times, “President Obama encountered setbacks to two of his most cherished foreign-policy projects on Thursday, as he failed to achieve a trade deal that undergirds his strategic pivot to Asia and the Middle East peace process suffered a potentially irreparable breakdown.
“Mr. Obama had hoped to use his visit here to announce an agreement under which Japan would open its markets in rice, beef, poultry and pork, a critical step toward the trade pact. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was not able to overcome entrenched resistance from Japan’s farmers in time for the president’s visit. In Jerusalem, Israel’s announcement that it was suspending stalemated peace negotiations with the Palestinians, after a reconciliation between the Palestine Liberation Organization and the militant group Hamas, posed yet another obstacle to restarting a troubled peace process in which Secretary of State John Kerry has been greatly invested.” http://nyti.ms/1pwsNeL
UKRAINE: The latest, per The Hill, “Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia that the "window to change course is closing" in what appeared to be a final warning to Moscow that the U.S. was readying severe economic sanctions over the situation in Ukraine. "Let me be clear," Kerry said. "If Russia continues in this direction, it will not just be a grave mistake, it will be an expensive mistake."
“Speaking at the State Department one week after foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and European Union penned an agreement designed to de-escalate the crisis there, Kerry accused the Kremlin of "a full-throated effort to actively sabotage the democratic effort" in Ukraine.” http://bit.ly/PzsFdC
POLITICO PLAY: "It can happen to anyone, right? You rally behind a guy and his anti-government cause, and suddenly he’s spewing racist bile and boy, does it splash on your face. Well, actually, it can’t happen to just anyone. It didn’t even happen to most people. It happened, specifically, to a handful of politicians and media celebrities who didn’t check out Cliven Bundy a little more closely.
"Republicans like Rand Paul, Dean Heller and Ted Cruz are sprinting away from the Nevada rancher after embracing his fight against the Bureau of Land Management. And media figures like Sean Hannity, who built Bundy into a star for his battle against yet another heavy-handed government agency." http://politi.co/RRQ6AZ
“HORRIFIC”: So says the judge, per the Washington Post, “Before she was sentenced Thursday to a maximum of six years in a state juvenile detention center, the 15-year-old assailant of an autistic boy in Southern Maryland pleaded for leniency. The girl, who had used her cellphone to record the abuse, asked a St. Mary’s County judge if she could avoid jail and instead be placed in a community-based treatment program.
“But Judge Michael Stamm sternly rejected the Chopticon High School student’s request, declaring that her actions and those of her accomplice — which included luring the autistic 16-year-old onto a frozen pond, where he fell in multiple times, and encouraging him to try to have sex with his family’s dog — were “horrific.” The 15-year-old, he said, posed a danger to the community.” http://wapo.st/1fdfQSG
THANKS, BUT: No thanks, per City Paper, “The mayoral race is starting to pick up again after a sleepy few weeks, but don't expect to hear leading contenders Muriel Bowser and David Catania face off on the airwaves soon. LL has learned that Bowser refused requests this week to go on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi-hosted The Politics Hour with her opponent next month.
“Bowser campaign manager Bo Shuff says his candidate's choice to opt out is an extension of the campaign's decision to skip debates against Catania until the ballot is set. Earlier this month, the Post reported that Bowser refused to attend a June education debate against her general election rival on the same grounds.” http://bit.ly/1hsLSZT
ANOTHER SWIM-COACH SITUATION: Just the facts, per Gazette.Net, “The coach of a Laurel swim team has been charged with sex offenses and child abuse for allegedly sexually abusing a Montgomery County girl in the 1980s. Christopher Thomas Huott, 53, of Fulton was arrested Thursday. He is the founder and owner of the Maryland Suburban Swim Club in Laurel, according to Montgomery County police. According to the club’s website, he also is the head coach.
“Detectives started investigating Huott after a woman contacted them in March, saying Huott had engaged in sex acts with her on numerous occasions, according to a police news release. At the time, she was a minor and Huott was her swim coach, according to police. The Gazette generally does not name victims of alleged sex crimes.” http://bit.ly/1nsNq9E
MARKETING THE REDSKINS: And Loudoun, per the Loudoun Times-Mirror, “Supervisors, the Department of Economic Development and representatives of the Washington Redskins organization spoke with the Board of Supervisor's Economic Development Committee April 21 to further express support for a $2 million marketing deal between the Redskins and the county.
“Before the discussion started Buddy Rizer, director of Economic Development, first wanted to make clear that the Redskins Marketing agreement with Loudoun was part of a much larger package with the Virginia State Lottery, giving $6 million and the Commonwealth of Virginia giving $4 million for the expansion of the Redskins Headquarters and training facility.” http://bit.ly/1rr0tGr
STRANGE: Whatever, per the Frederick News-Post, “Frederick police arrested a man on charges of disorderly conduct, trespassing and making false statements after refusing to give an officer his name and referring to himself as "Jesus Christ." Benjamin Gordon Bekedam, 29, of no known address, was arrested Wednesday after a clerk at Motel 6, at 999 W. Patrick St., called police to report feeling threatened, according to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court.” http://bit.ly/1fdilED
AU CONFRONTS A SITUATION: Head on, per DCist, “A top official at American University released a statement to the campus community (Thursday) on the disturbing emails allegedly written by members of an unofficial "brotherhood," saying the school takes the allegations raised "seriously" and "will address them head on."
“. . . Gail Short Hanson, Vice President of Campus Life, said Hanson said AU "will take appropriate measures to protect the safety and well-being" of victims and witnesses involved, and to protect the rights of the accused. Implicated in the emails — which describe rape, assault, misogyny, homophobia, racism and more — are members of the underground group Epsilon Iota. (Two of its members have been charged with the assault of another AU student.) While the emails have been posted without the names of the accused to the Tumblr, Fratergate AU, uncensored screenshots have made their way on to sites like Jezebel.” http://bit.ly/1jKhJCd
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 4-3 against San Diego.
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